Don't Punish The Growl

Dogs growl because something upsetting is too close. If you punish them for informing us, they are still upset but now not letting us the know, thus allowing scary things to get closer and possibly end up bitten. lan Dunbar calls this “removing the ticker from the time bomb.” Much better to make the dog comfortable around what he’s growling at so he’s not motivated to make it go away in the first place.