So our chug Max is now 11 weeks old. He is now starting to get into his playful mode. What does playful mean to dog owners?
Well…for us, it means the following:
- A strong desire to chew shoes.
- Playful nipping.
- Tugging on blankets, shirts and other fabric.
- Occassional growling.
- Random sprints (sometimes referred to as “tears”) around the house.
While most of this is harmless, we did become a bit worried when our chug started growling loudly while we played tug of war with him. At first we thought that he may be having behavioral issues, but after researching the internet and buying a book at Barnes and Noble we learned that the situation you are in and the expression on your chug dog’s face can be indicative of his current emotional state.
When it is ok for your chug to growl:
- You are playing tug of war or other games with a chew toy.
- He hears a sound and is being protective of his owners.
You should worry about your chug puppy’s growling when:
- He growls at you when he is not playing.
- He opens his mouth and shows his teeth.
- He growls at strangers.
Bottom line: observe your chug and be able to decipher between a angry growl and a playfull ground. If a playful growl, you do not need to worry. If he is getting ferocious, you better nip the problem in the bud while he is a puppy or it could impact his behavior as an adult.