When it comes to a dog growling, one should understand that this can sometimes be a good thing. How can this be?
Because when a dog growls, this is their way of communicating that they are aggravated or feeling threatened.
The noise that the dog makes:
- Is a warning that a bite may be coming
- May go no further and is simply a way to communicate that the dog is asking for a situation to change.
Therefore, there are many situations in which it is not a terrible thing that your Shih Tzu growls. It allows you a chance to make changes - if it is reasonable to do so - before any more severe aggression takes place or the dog becomes more stressed.
While you certainly do not want your dog to bite anyone or ever have someone feel threatened by your little pooch (unless there is an intruder in or near your home), this type of dog behavior can teach you a bit about your Shih Tzu and also can be controlled with proper training.
One must first make a determination as to what is causing the dog to growl.
A dog will make this warning noise in many situations including: