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I've noticed this issue ever since she was about 6 months old, she is now 1 1/2. She is very playful, loves other dogs, and goes to doggy daycare a few times a month. Unfortunately she seems to always have dogs growling at her. She has a lot of energy so I figure the other dogs were just saying stop. She seems to have good doggy etiquette with other dogs. I've watched her and she definitely only plays with dogs that show interest. The other day we had 2 times were 2 different dogs growled the most aggressive I've heard. I was worried it was going to be a fight!

Is this common for a young dog? How do I keep this from happening and escalating into something worse. I always immediatly take her out of the situation. Also I should add a few times she has been nipped by other dogs enough to make her yelp. I should also add she has never shown any aggression towards other dogs. Never growled always the submissive one. Please help!
 

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Is she jumping all over the dogs when they growl at her?
Yes definitely have seen her jump on dogs and get growled at. Most of the more aggressive growls seem to come when the dogs are chasing each other. The other dog is usually the chaser. I was hoping the other dogs growls would be a self correct but whatever she is doing she still gets growls at least once a week. We are out about everyday of the week. I just want to correct it if it's something I need to do.
 

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She does great at daycare they just say she loves to play. I can watch her from the webcam all day and she does run around and play but definitely mellows out and does her own thing. She is a 40 lb Australian Shepherd and absolutely loves to play with other dogs. This is the situation from the other night... we were up hiking passed a good amount of people and dogs. My dog sniffs the other and keeps walking, no problem. Then we come across 3 dogs and they sniff maybe with a bit more excitement and then zoom they are off. They ran up the trail a bit and then back to us and then back again. On the second pass I heard one of the dogs with a slight growl and maybe by the 5th growl it was very aggressive sounding to were I was a little concerned. That dogs owner immediately went over and stopped her dog. We then kept walking up the trail (and the 3 dogs and owner continued to walk down the trail). There was no yelping and my dog seemed fine. I do know what you are saying about play growling. Her best dog buddy and her raise some eyebrows as they love to growl and bark and play rough, but I'm pretty good now at hearing the difference in the growls. Usually with the more intense growl my dog will show some sign of submission. I think my dog does have a pushy play style for sure. I'm guessing it comes down to her energy level and her love to play with any and every dog. I've had all sorts of different breeds and dogs that give her the growl. Most dogs enjoy playing with her but I just don't want her to cause harm to herself at some point because she takes it too far with a dog that does not like it.

Am I worrying too much about this? Or does she just have to learn the hard way?
 

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Thanks for the response. Like you said I would rather my dog not take off running with a strange dog. I've always done a 'lets go' command which works 80% of the time. Once she is in the play mindset there is no hope in calling her back. I think I may try a short leash and just grab that when I see another dog. Any other ideas to teach her to leave the dog alone?
 
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