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My 15 week old pup sometimes growls when playing with his toys. He only does this with toys that he can't get his mouth around. He'll play with a basketball and chase it around and pounce and growl. He does the same thing sometimes with a bowl that he has tipped over, or tupperware. I can grab the toy easily, tell him to drop it, and take it away and he will go chew on something. He doesn't seem possessive over the toys he growl at or anything.

It seems perfectly healthy to me, but I tend to always second guess myself when my dog does something that is often related to aggression, in this case growling.

So my question to you all is whether this is acceptable behavior, or should I take away the toys he growls at and replace them with something else?
 

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Play growling is perfectly fine, and quite normal. Both my dogs do it, and neither are being aggressive. Most dogs will play growl eventually while having fun, and I don't think you can really get rid of it. Its natural, and shows they are having lots of fun!
 

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Okay, great! That's what I was thinking! I actually quite enjoy his growling. It's such a cute puppy growl at this point that it's hardly a growl at all. It's kinda like a lion saying, "rawr!" instead of actually roaring.

Thanks for the response and advice!
 

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Yeah, I like play growling too. It is very cute most of the time... Although, my friend has a dog whose play growl sounds vicious, but you can tell she is just playing ;D My chihuahua also growls sometimes when she is really enjoying a roll after a bath.
 

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My oldest dog growls when she has to go out, rather than barking. It is adorable. Whenever we have company and my saint growls to be let out, it scares the company. I love to see the reaction on their faces when she growls at me.
 
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