Why Your Dog (Or Puppy) Whines
And How To Stop It
There are a lot of reasons why a
dog or puppy whines. A puppy will whine for almost everything it wants. Anywhere from wanting it's
mother to having to relieve it's self if it's been housetrained. As the puppy grows older, the whining may stop
unless the owner encouraged it by attending to the puppy every time it whined. In that case, the puppy has trained
the owner to come when called. An adult dog will whine for attention, if it wants something
(including wanting to go out to go potty), if it's bored, has separation anxiety or is ill or
If your dog just starts to whine
the first thing you should do is determine if the dog is hurt or ill. You may have to take your dog to your vet if
you're not sure. It's best to rule that out first.
If your dog isn't hurt or ill,
then it's bored, wants attention, wants something it can't reach (like a squirrel in a tree or some food on the
table), wants to go potty, or may have separation anxiety, if it's only when it's left home alone for extended
periods of time, such as when everyone in the household is at work or at school. For more information on Separation
anxiety click on Separation Anxiety. So, if your dog isn't ill or hurt, and doesn't have separation anxiety, here
are some steps you can take to stop the whining.
1. First you have to know why your dog is whining. If it's bored, it may not be
getting enough exercise. If you think that may be the case, give your dog more exercise. Depending on how much
exercise your dog needs, not getting enough can manifest into all sorts of other bad behavior.
2. If your dog whines because he has to go out to relieve himself, that's a good
thing. It may be a little annoying, but it means you've done a good job on housetraining him.
3. If your dog wants attention, here are the steps to take.
A. First just ignore your dog. Do not give in to him. Do not punish your dog
because even that is giving him attention.
B. If he doesn't stop, you can go to him, give him a sharp "NO!", "Don't
whine!", or "Quiet!" and immediately turn your back on him and leave. If he stops whining, give
him lots of praise and even a treat. If he starts whining again, ignore him again.
C. Another thing you can do is spray him with water from a spray bottle. If he
stops whining, give him lots of praise. If you go back to what you were doing and he starts to whine again, spray
him again. If he stops whining, praise him again. He'll soon get the idea that he gets praise when he's quiet and a
spray when he's not.
D. Pet and praise your dog when he's quiet. If he starts to whine, do not give
in to him. Do not feel sorry for him and pet him or cuddle him. He is using his whining like blackmail to get your
attention. If you give in to him, it means he's won and that whining works. It will take you just that much longer
to get him to stop.
E. Whatever tactic you use to get your dog to stop whining, you must do it while
he's whining. If you tell him "Quiet!" after he has stopped whining, he thinks you're reprimanding him for not
whining. As soon as he stops, give him praise for being quiet.
Once your dog is obedience
trained, he will be conditioned to obey commands. Then, once he learns what
"NO" means he will quickly learn that whining is not a good thing to do. For more information on dog training,
go to train your dog.
A trained dog is a happy dog and has a happy