Dogs may also growl or bark when they see prey, such as squirrels, and they may bark for attention, food or if they are distressed. Dogs often growl when they are fearful or trying to assert themselves in a situation. If the dog's fear or assertiveness is alleviated by barking or growling, the dog will learn that their conduct is appropriate and the conduct may become more severe or frequent.
Socializing your puppy dog can help
Acclimate your pup to a variety of different people, noises, settings and situations to help lessen anxiety as your pup grows. Proper training is essential to preventing conduct concerns, such as barking and growling.
Correcting a growling or barking concern first requires that you have control of your dog. Once you have achieved this, you can begin to train your dog to lessen their growling or barking conduct by using rewards for quiet conduct. When your dog barks at stimuli (for instance, a doorbell ring), immediately interrupt the barking. When the dog is quiet offer the dog a reward for their conduct. Only reward the dog when they are quiet and gradually increase the amount of time that the dog needs to be quiet for them to receive a reward. And only when the dog is quiet offer the dog a reward for their conduct. Gradually increase the amount of time that the dog needs to be quiet for them to receive a reward.
Over time, the growling or barking will subside. As this starts to occur start to increase time spent desired activities. We suggest that you consult an animal training professional or your vet for methods that will work best for you and your Furry Companion.