“My dog growls at the kids when they go and hug him. What should I do?”

By |2018-09-21T11:17:49+10:00April 27th, 2016|General Information, Growling, Safety Concerns|

Dear Sarah, My dog growls at the kids when they come over to hug him when he's lying down resting. How do I stop him from doing this? Paul R Hi Paul, Growling is your dog's way of letting you know that he is uncomfortable with something. My guess is that your dog is either uncomfortable with being hugged in general, or with being interrupted while he's sleeping (or both!). Nando Brown, a well known force-free trainer from Spain was quoted at an Australian conference last year saying "punishing a dog for growling is like taking the batteries out [...]