Holly is almost two years old and I've not heard her growl until tonight. She was sleeping on the bed in my bedroom when I walked in to take her outside for one last potty before going to sleep. Granted it's very cold here now and she probably did not want to be taken from a warm comfortable bed. I approached her and began to pick her up when she let out a growl. I was surprised, so I backed away from her for a couple minutes while telling her she needed to go outside (as if she understands English!). I then went to pick her up again and she went with me without objection.
Did I handle this the right way? I believe that it's okay for a dog to growl -- it is their way of warning I guess. I hated to disturb her, but it was my bed and she did need to go out.