Great article. I agree that we need to listen to our dogs more. I don't tell my dogs off for growling. Instead I look at what the situation is and act accordingly. It's usually for good reasons like Lilo growling when Rocky tries to steal her chew treats or food (which is completely understandable lol). And if I tell one off, it's Rocky for being a thief rather than Lilo for growling. They're just trying to say they're not happy with something. Or sometimes it's for all kinds of other reasons too, even having fun. hehe
Originally Posted by manydogz
Great article! It's a shame that many people don't listen to their dogs. I believe that every dog has a way of communicating with us, but we have to be alert to picking up the cue. Some growl, some whine, some bark. Others will paw at your arm. I have one chi that will gnaw on my forearm while growling then pull at my arm with her teeth until I get up and follow her. They do find a way but it's up to you to watch for it.
I agree they do a lot of little things like that to communicate with us. Rocky gnaws on my hands while growling too when he wants something. lol Lilo climbs on me and squashes her face all over my face. If I ignore her, she'll then sit and do a silly growl and whine mixture at me until I acknowledge what she wants. lol