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Teach your dog to growl on command.
- Growling is a sound that your dog will offer usually as a warning. You can however teach him to growl on command and you will be able to tell the difference between his play growl and serious communication.
- Show your dog a treat and wait for him to respond. He may perform a repertoire of the tricks he has learned so far but simply wait for him to offer a bark and concentrate on any tone of that bark that could become a growl. Reinforce and reward.
- Now shape the sound with reinforcement to become a growl, this will take practice and you will need finely tuned timing to catch exactly the right pitch that you need to reinforce.
Top tip; if your dog growls at random noises then you can utilize and reinforce this growling to learn the command.
Dog trainers love this trick because it’s unusual to see a dog growling at his handler in order to obtain a treat.