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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 hurt.


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 owner.


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