What Does Growling Mean?

What Does Growling Mean?

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You’ve heard a dog growl and instinctively kept away. What does it mean when you’re dog growls? What do you do? If you’re a dog owner, you’ll want to read through this guide.

Why Does My Dog Growl?

Growling, like barking, is a way your dog communicates with you. Dogs growl to let you know that it’s scared, in pain, or wants you away from his/her possessions (eg, toy, food, crate). A lot of dog owners will punish their dogs. Growling can be an early sign of aggression, so it’s best to handle it appropriately.


Does your dog growl when a specific part of it’s body is touched? This is one sign that the dog is in pain.

Only your vet can assess your dog. If you feel that the dog is in pain, contact your vet immediately!


Your dog considers his crate his territory. He will move his toys in there, anything he considers precious. If you try to get anything out of his cage, or touch him while he’s in his crate, he’ll likely growl.

Jaiveer Talwar

Animal lover, web developer, foodie and photographer. I have written over 115 articles in the field of pets.

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