If you’re the proud owner of a Frenchie, it makes sense that you want to treat your Frenchie with the respect that it deserves.
Because Frenchie’s communicate in different ways than humans do, it is important to stay educated on how to interpret your Frenchie behavior. By familiarizing yourself with how your dog is trying to express itself, you will be able to recognize when something is wrong and take appropriate action.
When your French Bulldog is growling, it is most likely due to a reaction to an environmental situation. However, growling can represent a number of different things, so I’ve created a list of resources to help you identify why your dog is growling.
Why is My French Bulldog Growling?
One of the important things to understand when you hear your Frenchie growl for the first time is that growling can result from a wide variety of different situations. For example, if your Frenchie is around another dog that it doesn’t like, growling is an understandable reaction to that situation. Dogs like to signify to others that they have control over a certain area, so it makes sense that your Frenchie would growl as a means of asserting its dominance.
There is also the possibility that your Frenchie is growling as a result of being jealous of another dog. Oftentimes when a Frenchie is on a leash, it will feel negative reactions towards other dogs that are able to walk without leashes. The lack of freedom of motion causes feelings of resentment and might result in growling.
Another probable cause of growling is whether or not your Frenchie is intimidated by another creature they have come across. French Bulldogs are not the largest type of bulldogs around, but they don’t usually back down from confrontation. Especially when their owner is by their side! However, intimidation can play out in a variety of ways, not just by growling.
There are also other reasons that your Frenchie might be growling. Sometimes growling is not a signal to other dogs, but instead, the humans that take care of them. If your Frenchie is growling while being introduced to another human, it could be trying to communicate to you that the person it is meeting doesn’t seem very nice.
Sometimes a French Bulldog will growl because it is in pain, causing it to loudly try and reach out to you. This is a situation in which you must be prepared to take your Frenchie to a veterinarian immediately, as it is often a serious situation if your Frenchie is resorting to growling.
Should I Be Worried About My French Bulldog Growling?
In most situations, your French Bulldog is not growling as a way of being aggressive towards others. Instead, it is trying to communicate with you, so try and listen to it and see if it is directing you towards a particular action.
For example, if you touch your French Bulldog in a place that isn’t comfortable, it might growl as a means of telling you that the area wasn’t comfortable.
Of course, if your Frenchie is growling all the time, it could be a behavioral issue that needs to be addressed.
If your French Bulldog is growling and there is no other dog, person or another type of environmental cause, you should take your frenchie to the vet’s office immediately. A medical professional will be able to provide you with an accurate diagnosis of your frenchie condition.
How Can I Stop My French Bulldog From Growling?
Stopping your French Bulldog from growling can only be achieved by analyzing the surrounding area. For example, if you are walking your French Bulldog and it begins growling uncontrollably in an area where there are other dogs, it could be that your Frenchie is intimidated by the other animals. In this situation, all you have to do is remove your Frenchie from the area and it should calm down quickly.
In the same way, if your Frenchie is upset at the people you are introducing it to, the best remedy to the situation is to leave the area that is stressing out your Frenchie. If that isn’t possible, trying to comfort your Frenchie is always a great option. Bringing toys or other types of comfort items can help keep your fr at ease and demonstrate that the situation is actually comfortable for them.
One of the most important things to remember when your French Bulldog growls is that you must treat your dog with respect. Your Frenchie is often trying to communicate or protect you, so chastising will not promote healthy communication methods.
If growling persists or you start to feel worried about your Frenchie’s health, bringing your dog to a medical professional is the only way to truly know what is going on. Your vet will also be able to prescribe remedies that are specifically tailored to your Frenchie’s overall health.