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    I want to teach Pohm to growl on command.
    Is this a matter of teaching her to speak, then shaping this into a growl?
    Or 'catching' the growl and reinforcing this?

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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    I would capture a happy growl. So carry clicker and treats around, i have captured a smile from Tessa and a howl in Katy.

    Presently I am doing a growl in Lukey. Because he has a silly happy growly thing happening.

    You have to be careful with capturing a growl, because you DO NOT want to reward a unwanted behaviour, such as a inappropriate growl. hence Lukey is the first dog I have tried capturing a growl with. His is a very supercilious kinda happy growl. He does it when he is happy. I click it/reward and will soon give it a command. Which will be growl. I love Tessa's smile
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    My old dog used to do something between a growl, a howl and a bark when she was really excited. Never taught her to do it on cue though. I just used to join in.

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    My dog does a growl as a pre-bark and it was very easy to capture in front of her dinner bowl.

    So I say "what you say" when she's barking her head off, and say "yes" when she barks and shove a treat at her, which she has to stop barking to eat (tennis balls excepted somehow).

    And then I wait for her to start barking again and repeat. Eventually given I say "yes" as soon as I can hear her make any noise - she goes from big barking to very quiet growls. So then sometimes I add "louder" to the cue so she puts more effort in.

    And now that she understands the cue - she actually stops barking to figure out what she has to do, and then makes tiny roo roo noises. Sometimes get a drop and a tail-worky at the same time - because these went with the barking in front of the dinner bowl.

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    I hear you on ensuring this is a friendly growl. But im 100% definate this is a very happy growl. It occurs on my return to the house, along with wriggling in excitement, whilst really trying hard, not to jump up on me.

    And having said that.... she has not done it since ive ensured ive had my marker and treat ready as i walk through door. Grrr dogs huh?

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