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Do rottweilers really growl sometimes when happy?

Discussion in 'Dog Behaviour and Training' started by Crazy Dog Man, Feb 11, 2022.

  1. Crazy Dog Man

    Crazy Dog Man Active Member Registered

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    A friend of mine had a rottie and I remembered she loved affection and once when I was petting her whilst she was eating her food, she was growling so I stopped because I thought I was getting on her nerves or that she was going to bite me but then recently I saw a few YouTube videos of people who have rotties and they seem to growl when being petted and not attack their human parents.

    Can a growl also mean a sign of affection?


     
  2. JudyN

    JudyN Moderator Moderator Registered

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    The dog in the second vid looks stressed to me - visible whites of his eyes, tongue lick, lip lifting. I'm not sure about the first vid on a quick look. It's true, some dogs make their own characteristic vocalisations which may sound like growls, and their owner may read them correctly as non-aggressive. But if in doubt, I would always treat a growl as a request that you back off. And honestly, I'd never pet a dog while it was eating - if my husband came up and petted me when I was eating, I'd probably bite him! (Your wife might not respond to you in the same way, but you're newly married... give it a few years :D)
     
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    Lol, I try not to do it, it's kind of a force of habit sometimes I like to say hello to pets when walking past in the kitchen but I know it's annoying for them so now I try to remember to back off :D

    My wife would definitely not like being showered with affection whilst eating her food, food is something she really must enjoy in peace, otherwise you get the evil eye for the rest of the evening :eek:

    Thank you though for explaining to me the behaviours of rottweilers. I guess like us humans, they all have different personalities :D
     
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    I think it pays dividends to both parties to exercise common sense and respect.
     
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