Whine, Cry or Whimper
The problem typically begins when the dog is a puppy. He makes cute sounds that are enjoyable to the humans around him. They give him attention and he learns that whining is a good way to get attention.
In a natural dog pack, the young pups whine, but they soon outgrow the behavior. Domestic dogs tend to be adolescents for life, so we will sometimes see a youthful behavior carrying past its expiration date.
Why Do Dogs Whine?
- Seeking Attention
- Indication of Pain
Tips To Stop Dogs And Puppies From Whining
The good news is that whining is a relatively easy problem to fix.
When following these steps, keep in mind that if the behavior continues it can be a sign of an underlying physical problem. Use your judgment and make sure to enlist your vet's assistance if you feel unsure about the cause of the whining. Low level whining from a dog on its side or stomach which does not end when attention is given can be a sign that the whining indicates pain. It is better to be safe than sorry.
For youthful dogs that have never broken the puppy habit of whining, the whining is simply the result of too much attention having been given in the past. This can be attention when he is out and playing, or attention (freedom) given when he whined when placed in his crate, other living area, or outside.
- Ignore his whining.
- Work on the relationship with your dog, replacing the unstructured environment with a (more) structured one. Instead of rewarding your dog when HE wants a reward, YOU establish a time that he will eat, will go for a walk, and will play with you. When he begins whining for attention or treats at a time outside this window, ignore his complaints until they stop. If you ignore him, he will stop.
- Introduce basic obedience commands as well as the daily walk. When your dog receives a treat, a meal, or even attention, have him perform one of these commands first. This reinforces your position as the leader and helps him understand that following your commands, not whining, is the key to success.
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