Whether your Border Collie is growling at you or other people, it’s never a good sign. No owner would want their own dog growling at them. And having a dog that growls at other people is a dangerous warning sign that you should take seriously.
Of course not all growling is necessarily aggressive. Border Collies can growl for several reasons and some are more dangerous than others. Here are some reasons as to why a Border Collie would be growling at someone:
- Defensive warning
- Dominance problems
What to do When Your Puppy Starts Growling
Depending on the reason behind the growl, you will need to respond differently to each situation. Remember to be very careful with a growling Border Collie. Growling usually is a warning that means “don’t provoke me or something bad might happen”.
- Aggression - If you suspect your Border Collie is growling out of aggression, step away. Do not come closer to the dog, but at the same time do not start running away. Try to remain calm and confident while you try to find a way to remove yourself out of danger. Try to get somewhere where the dog won’t be able to reach you and bite you.
- Playful Growl – Dogs love to growl while playing. It’s not exactly a cause for concern even if growls sound mean, but if things get too heated the Border Collie could bite you a little too hard out of excitement. The best way to prevent playful growling is to stop playing aggressive games. Keep away and thug of war are two games which you should cross off the list.
- Defensive Growl – If your Border Collie feels threatened or cornered, it will growl to let the person know to back off. You never want to tease or approach a dog that feels threatened. If you come any closer, the dog will most likely bite you. Simply give the dog the space that it needs to feel better. Don’t force any interaction if the dog doesn’t want it.
- Dominant Issues – A dominant dog might seem like it’s growling out of aggression, but in reality it’s doing so to remain dominant. It’s trying to hold its position in the hierarchy. If your dog is growling when you try to push him off the furniture or take something away then it’s most likely a dominance issue. Don’t test an angry Border Collie, instead solve the dominance issues through positive reinforcement and training.
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