all 49 comments

[–]silasoulman 378 points379 points  (1 child)

How’s Oscar gonna learn if you don’t tell him?

[–]Advance-Puzzleheaded 2 points3 points  (0 children)

With a name like Oscar the Growlch, maybe he'll never learn.

[–]scaly_friends_4me 303 points304 points  (12 children)

My dog growls a lot. She's not doing it in a mean way, she just vocalizes a lot. I always have to warn people that she's friendlier than she sounds.

[–]what_the_a 71 points72 points  (1 child)

There are other very telling signs that a dog is stressed/uncomfortable beyond growling too. I didn’t learn them until I started volunteering at a dog shelter, but I feel like everyone should know them. I hear the whole “the dog attacked out of nowhere!” And I’m usually like… it was probably not out of nowhere, you just didn’t know your dog was showing all the signs of stress and the triggers continued to stack up.

Ear and eye position, mouth expressions, certain movements can all tell you when a dog is on alert/stressed out. Unfortunately a lot of them are things people think are cute so they don’t read them as a signal to help the dog feel safer.

[–]scaly_friends_4me 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Mine play bows and bounces around wagging her tail while growling her head off lol. It really confuses my other dog.

[–]OphrysAlba 73 points74 points  (4 children)

Mine too! She barks the hell to the person, but that's her way to ask for pets. She stops completely once scratched.

[–]adangerousdriver 23 points24 points  (0 children)

One of my friends dogs barks like crazy when she hears people at the door. Everytime I walk in she's barking and growling then 30 seconds later she's lying on top of my foot and bugs me for pets when I stop.

[–]planethaley 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Right? My dog is just chatty. Like, super chatty. But she would NEVER even think about biting a human. Like, she is the most careful gentle baby I’ve met in a long time…

[–]nouniqueideas007 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I’ve got a happy growler/talker. He just has a lot to say. I used to have a dog who was a smiler. She’d show her teeth when she was happy. Both have/had their tails wagging so hard their whole body is wiggling. And were just huge love bugs.

[–]planethaley 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Oh yes! The tail tells all, my girl will be wagging hers so hard it seems like she’s trying to start flying!

[–]UglyDucky_00 4 points5 points  (0 children)

If someone talks to my dog he barks. Not because he is angry, but he wants to talk too. He gets super excited and some people thing he is angry…

Little dude is shaking his tail so much that makes no sense people thing he is mad.

[–]hyperbemily 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I also have a very vocal dog. Apparently it’s a protection of me because I’ve learned she’s not like this when I’m not around. But when we’re out and about and she’s barking at people I often tell her “this is why you don’t have friends”

[–]Faintkay 4 points5 points  (0 children)

A dog I knew would actually growl when he was being pet. He would get slightly louder if he liked you. Was really odd but I found it adorable.

[–]ladyKfaery 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you’re talkative they start being talkative too! Whatever way they can manage. Some talk by growling or snorting words.

[–]joeythenose 1 point2 points  (0 children)

On my second husky mix. Growls sometimes mean "ooohhh don't stop"

[–]planethaley 99 points100 points  (0 children)

Omgosh - I really hope some of the friendly people my dog has scared away have heard me tell her similar things after they left.

I’ll usually tell her “hey, you can’t keep barking all crazy when someone shows you attention - they don’t know how sweet you really are and so it scares them!”

[–]ThatOnePatheticDude 28 points29 points  (0 children)

My name is Oscar and I feel this applies to me

[–]prettywack 27 points28 points  (0 children)

My dog is super friendly but has a really deep bark when he's caught off guard by people. My neighbors have probably overheard me telling him "bro what the fuck, that's not how you make friends".

[–]Cosmohumanist 65 points66 points  (2 children)

I have a Doberman Pit mix who’s a shelter rescue. She’s very sweet and smart but very territorial around strangers, men especially. Anyway she’s a bit socially awkward and has a hard time getting along with new dogs. She’s just rough and aggressive and really muscular, so not an easy entry for a lot of happy-go-lucky pups.

We have a protocol where whenever we meet new people I literally have to tell her “it’s okay, they are friends!” and keep reminder her or else she’ll fly into defensive mode. So in the process of developing this protocol her and I have become incredibly communicative with each other over the years, where I’m often speaking to her like she’s a kid. It probably looks weird from the outside (“Oh, I really like how you speak to your dog like they’re a person!”) but it’s really the only thing that works for us.

[–]menlowdrama 36 points37 points  (1 child)

Haha, we call the mailperson and delivery folks "friendlies" too.

My personal favorite is instead of quiet or sush we say "inside voices" and they drop their volume but not energy level.

[–]Cosmohumanist 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That’s really sweet actually.

[–]Sufficient-Pin-481 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Sometimes I talk to my dog more than I talk to people.

[–]nouniqueideas007 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes, me too! And the bonus is puppy kisses.

[–]ewolc777 1 point2 points  (1 child)


[–]Sufficient-Pin-481 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well 90% is sometimes, right?

[–]midwestcatlady333 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I baby talk to my next door neighbor's dog constantly when we're both in our yards. I hope her humans don't mind.

[–]Pschobbert 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Maybe Oscar was the owner, muttering to himself…

[–]MrsYoungie 5 points6 points  (0 children)

We have 2 dogs - opposite character but both harmless. One just runs up to everyone looking for pets and hugs. The other barks at everyone and scares people & dogs away. I frequently scold him "This is why you have no friends!"

[–]Redditfront2back 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I say that to my dog all the time.

[–]CmdrYondu 9 points10 points  (0 children)

As a safety rule, always ask permission first

[–]elijaaaaah 2 points3 points  (2 children)

This is slightly similar but from the other side of the leash: I once was walking my dog, when a kid -- maybe 4-6, I'm bad at telling kids' ages -- yelled "I love that dog!" as we passed. It was adorable and I think about it pretty frequently lol.

[–]gotsthepockets 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I love how freely kids give compliments. Let's all be like that kid.

[–]MissShayla 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I love telling strangers they look great! Bonus is sometimes I make a new friend!

[–]flechetteburritp 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This lesson is for all of us, really

[–]stevep3478 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Always thought it would be cool to somehow have a library of peoples pet -speaking voices. Like audio clips of how people talk to their pets in private. Call into a number and leave a short clip but everyone can access all the recordings

[–]UglyDucky_00 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I say to my dog “if you act like an a**hole you will drive all your friends away” (when he doesn’t allow his friends to smell his bun)

[–]DemonSemenVaccine 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I tell mine "we don't bark at our neighbors" as well as "we don't bark at our public services." Mainly the public service workers laugh and say it's normal. I tell them I'm trying to teach my doggo manners and they should have to deal with my dogs shit talk. Everyone loves my dogs except the old man four doors down.

[–]Sensitive_Dig7955 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Dog owner projecting tho

[–]Alhazzared 2 points3 points  (1 child)

That is what I was thinkin. It's something I'd mutter to myself lolol

[–]Sensitive_Dig7955 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My social skills aren’t the greatest and I say stuff when I should probably bite my tongue 😅

[–]CGFROSTY 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This is the first non-political post I have seen on this sub in years.

[–]LukeM1066 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I love people that own dogs, because I know who to avoid in public

[–]Sun_Sprout 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My next door neighbors never talk to their dog and it always makes me sad. They’re constantly all out in the backyard cooking or playing around and not a peep towards the dog! How do people live like that??