The Most Dog Friendly Community Online
Join Dog Forum to Discuss Breeds, Training, Food and More

Growling whippet


New Member
Reaction score

Join our free community today.

Connect with other like-minded dog lovers!

Login or Register
I have a 20 month old whippet bitch, she is well socialised and gets on really well with most dogs. However, Lola has recently started growling at 3 different male dogs that she has previously played with when they were pups. She has had regular contact with these dogs all of her life and she is not reacting in the same way to any other dogs. Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on the cause of this behaviour and if you have any suggestions to correct the behaviour?
Firstly a vet check to make sure that she is not carrying some discomfort somewhere.

If all is fine then I would think that it is just an age thing. She is maturing and may not tolerate the antics of silly boy dogs. It is common, in bitches, to control the behaviour of other dogs. Trainers often use older bitches to teach adolescent males some manners.

Mostly it is best to allow the group to work things out for themselves. The other dogs will know when they overstepped the boundary with her. They will learn that a look from her means "that's enough". If they do not heed her warning she will escalate it to a growl or a snap. The ball is in their court. They need to learn to leave her alone when she warns them. Often, after a short learning period, things settle down and play resumes but almost always when the bitch in the group says that she approves :)

Welcome to Dog Forum!

Join our vibrant online community dedicated to all things canine. Whether you're a seasoned owner or new to the world of dogs, our forum is your go-to hub for sharing stories, seeking advice, and connecting with fellow dog lovers. From training tips to health concerns, we cover it all. Register now and unleash the full potential of your dog-loving experience!

Login or Register