We have 2 dogs. The female is a white lab (40 lbs) and 1 year old. The male is a mastiff/lab mix (80 lbs) and 11 months old. They have been together since they were 8 weeks old. They are best friends and play together constantly. I am never worried that one will injure the other or become aggressive. They are both very well socialized. They went through puppy preschool together and we take them to the dog park at least once a week. The puppy preschool trainer did mention that our female is more vocal than our male and 'a bit of a talker.' I am wondering how we can get our female to stop growling when she plays with our male. She is not being mean or aggressive. Both their tails are wagging. But the play growling is so loud we often can't hear the tv or each other talking. I want her to keep playing but do so quietly. We've tried verbally scolding them but they don't even seem to notice us. We don't have a large house so we can't put them in another area to play. How do we encourage their playing, but without the growling?
Some dogs are simply vocal when they play. If you correct the growling the dog won't know if you are correcting the growling or the playing. It's one of the potential joys to owning dogs. I have a vocal bitch and a quiet boy.
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Both my girls are very vocal when they play. It sounds horrible, but it is all in good fun. I'm not sure how you could correct that without stopping the playtime. Do you have a backyard they could romp in without disrupting the house? It is a good idea to always watch them when they are playing hard, just in case things turn ugly - it can happen in a second!