I’m often contacted on “How do I correct my dog when he growls?”. My answer is always the same. You don’t.
Now, I’m not saying you should praise your dog for growling because I’m not. However, what I am saying is why would you take away the most obvious warning sign there is to a bite? That’s like taking the ticking away from the time bomb. It’ll still go off you just don’t know when anymore.
Heal the cause, not the symptom
Burn this saying in your memory. Remember it everytime your dog growls. Growling is just the symptom not the actual cause. And if that’s not the cause then what is?
- Fear/ uncomfortable
- Precious resources
If you are able to fix (note I said fix and not correct) these underlying causes you will have a happier dog that has one less behavior problem.