Why Do Dogs Growl When Playing?

All of us who have a dog as a housemate know that they are more than just a non-thinking animal that goes around the house, they truly are our best friends. Sometimes we even believe that they can fully understand what we say to them because they are always attentive to our calls and fill us with affection and joy. They feel our moods and they can definitely soften even the toughest man.

Dogs tend to bark at during activity they perform, but not all the barking means the same thing and it is necessary to understand when they are starting to become aggressive. But, what happens when we talk about the growling? Sometimes dogs bark for no apparent reason because it’s their nature, but it’s possible to identify their language, that is why we say: “sometimes it seems that my dog wants to talk to me”. In the same train of thought,we have the growls and the ways we can understand their meaning.

Regularly growls are associated with aggressiveness, but should it shouldn’t be that way. Like barking, the main reason they growl is to communicate and make others understand how they feel about someone or something.It is important not to qualify it directly as something good or bad because it could be both.

If we spend a lot of time in the parquet or another place where we take our pets to walk, we can notice these circumstances happening a lot. Dogs begin to play with each other and the intensity of the activity is stronger in some of them and much softer in others. They run, jump, sniff, seek and bring, and of course, they play a lot. Dogs among themselves find greater pleasure in entertainment, and when the games end they tend to bark and growl just as a consequence of what they experienced.

These are some of the general stages of dogs playing:

  • When dogs play they start their activity with a pose that resembles a bow to another dog or person with whom they will play. This pose indicates that they are ready to start the game in a friendly way. Here, they start making soft growls.
  • As their muscles warm up, they gain more confidence with theirs partner and start bouncing with their front legs, making quick movements from one side to the other. The sounds that the dog makes will increase.
  • The euphoria of the activity is transmitted through these postures that are nothing but expressions. And, of course, the barks and growls that naturally come out of their throat in the heat of the moment.
  • In these activities they can: chase one another, fight friendly, bite each other’s faces and tails and, of course, emit fight sounds that can later become aggressive growls if the game gets out of control. But the growling is completely normal when they play.

There are some different types of growls that the dogs make:

  • The growl of play or happiness. This is what they emit when they are playing with other dogs, their owners, toys or children.This means that they are pleased with the activity.
  • Growls of pleasure. Those fun sounds,that are worth hearing. They growl like this when they get pleasure out of an activity such as scratching their belly or their upper body. This growl looks harmless when accompanied by the rest of their body language.
  • Respiratory growls. Yes, dogs also snore when they sleep and, like humans, that snoring depends on many health factors that shouldn’t be ignored.
  • Warning growls. When they don’t feel comfortable or don’t like a situation or action, they’ll come out with these grunts like they’re saying “leave me alone or you will suffer the consequences”. This could be a warning before they become aggressive.
  • Growls of pain. If they are being caressed and begin to growl, they may be feeling pain in the part where there was contact. This may be a warning that something happened to your dog and perhaps needs to see a doctor.
  • If your dog was not used to human contact since it was a little puppy, it might resist touching by other people and start growling.
  • Defense growls are because of fear. If your dog fears an object, another animal or person, it will instinctively show its teeth hoping that what is coming towards him will stay away from him.
  • Growls of protection of food or objects. We have all witnessed this kind of growl instinctively.

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