Why does my dog growl at certain strangers? If your dog typically growls at strangers, specific people, such as children or men, or when the dog is in an unfamiliar place, the growls are most likely due to fear. A dog may also growl in situations that trigger fears, such as during thunderstorms or fireworks displays.
What to do if dog growls at visitors? If you have a dog that is acting aggressively toward visitors to your home or property, it’s vital that you consult a qualified behavior professional immediately. Catch it early if you can– if your dog appears uncomfortable, anxious, stiff, or is growling, then seek help before the problem escalates.
Why does my dog growl at some strangers but not others? Dogs have an extremely sensitive sense of smell. Dogs can average a 10,000-100,000 times stronger sense of smell than humans. Therefore, something in a person’s scent may trigger your dog to growl, and it will not even register with you. Dogs also make associations by how things smell.
Why do dogs growl and bark at strangers? They are taking a cue from you
Your pooch is very sensitive and can detect your body language and tone of voice, so the way you react to a stranger will impact their reaction too. If you are calm and welcoming to new people, your dog will take your lead and probably react the same way.