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Old 11-13-2012, 03:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys!

Belle is 4 months now and whenever she gets hyper she growls a lot & goes crazy, she sounds a little vicious lol! Then this morning we had our first snow fall, when I was wiping her feet off before coming inside she didn't like it and growled at the towel I was wiping her off with.

Just was wondering if this is normal maltese behaviour or if this is something I should be trying to correct?? Everyday she seems to be a little more vocal it seems.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My Laurel growls all the time, she has since she was a puppy. She never ever bites, but she sounds sort of like a little machine , when she's playing with the other dogs!
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My Lily is a growler. My two younger pups know that she is all growl and no bite. It's so funny to watch them pushing her buttons to get her to growl, they know she doesn't have a mean bone in her body, she just sounds MEAN.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Leila does it too if she gets something she knows she's not supposed to have and we're trying to get it from her. She'll run behind the loveseat that's not blocked off and growl at us when we come up to it before even reaching for her.

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Old 11-13-2012, 04:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I wouldn't let her growl at the towel you're using to wipe her down. It's one thing when they're playing with other dogs or toys, but growling can escalate into aggression if you don't nip it in the bud. I'd tell her "Shhhh!" very firmly until she stops.

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Old 11-13-2012, 04:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Glad to see that there are others on here who's little Fluffs growl also. I posted something regarding that same issue regarding our Chrissy on another thread and was happy to see that I am not alone with this issue.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Ok good glad I'm not the only one! No she have never ever bit me or anything she just can sound so mean sometimes lol! I told her NO when she growled at the towel this morning (she wanted to down to play with the cat but I wasn't being quick enough for her i guess lol) She has quite the personality!!
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Ozzie growls at Lisa and at his toys when he's playing... and he will growl at me if I try and take his rawhide/bully stick away if he is lucky enough to get one to chew on for a bit!

The only other time he growls at me (or bf) is a few times in our bed if we are reading... we think it was because we weren't paying attention to him. He has also growled at me once or twice out of NOWHERE while I'm ignoring him on the couch, pretty sure either for attention or because he had to go potty! All of these times, he was wagging his tail while growling! He sounds like a little motorboat!

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Old 11-14-2012, 07:10 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Bella growls at DH when she wants to play. She will sit in front of him and growl and growl and if he doesn't move quick enough for her, she will nudge his hand with her nose. It's the funniest thing to watch.

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Old 11-14-2012, 07:17 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Maizy is a growler when she plays wish i could figure out how to upload a video its hilarious!! She is sooooooo noisy always shocks everyone as she is so quiet normally!!!!

However this is the only time she growls im not sure on growling at her feet being wiped was it a vicious growl if so im not sure i would be happy with this??
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