5 reasons Your Dog is Whining – and Hoe to Make
5 reasons Your Dog is Whining – and How to Make him Stop
by Teoti Anderson
A barking dog can certainly be annoying. But whining? That’s enough to drive you crazy. Whine, Whine, whine, whine,…it can feel like it goes on for hours. Some dogs also hit a certain pitch, driving a mental spike right through your brain. The more your dog whines, the less patience your have. What is up with the whining, anyway? Dogs whine for a variety of reasons, including appeasement, excitement, and for attention. How you stop it depends on why your dog is whining.
The Attention Whine
“Pay attention to me! Whine, whine, WHINE!” This is one aggressing dog. These dogs whine for you to hurry up and feed them meals, whine for you to throw the ball, whine for you to pet them, whine when they want water, whine to go outside, whine to come inside, and generally whine for whatever it is that they want at the time. This is a behavior that often gets worse because the pet reinforces it.
If you give in to the attention-seeking whiner, you’re paying that behavior. So your dog will keep whining, because it works. In order to fix this, you have to stand strong. Don’t give in to the whining. Don’t reward the behavior, which includes not looking at your dog and not talking to your dog when he’s whining. Ignore your dog completely until he quiets.
For example, your dog whines until you let her out of her crate. Don’t look at her don’t move towards the crate until she stops. The second she is quiet, reach for the crate door. If she starts again, then remove your hand. Wait for quiet. Only when she is quiet do you open the crate door to let her out. The first couple of times you do this it will take a long time. But if you give in to the whining it will only get worse. If you stick to your funs, it will take less and less times, and the whining will stop.
>>> The Stress or Fear Whine
A dog that is frightened or stressed may whine. Is this natural for a dog? Look for other signs that your dog may be afraid, including cowering, lip licking, yawning, being clingy, and generally worried. She may try to avoid or get away from whatever is causing her to be afraid. She may pace back and forth. Tail may be tucked.
If your dog is exhibiting these symptoms, yelling at her to stop whining will not fix the problem because it will not address the issue of the feat. Imagine something is terrifying and you crying out, and only to have someone yell at you to shut up (One dog barks at something, and the rest bark at the dog) Does that make you feel comfortable for happy? Of course not? If you are stressed or frightened of a dog. Try to find out what is the cause of the stress. Is it a loud noise? People? Other dogs”? The unusual vacuum cleaner? Help your dog be less afraid of what is scaring the dog, she will be less likely to whine in fear.
To start addressing this, make sure you and your dog are close enough for this. Do not force her to be close to a person or thing that frightens her. When you are at a good distance away., every time she looks at what-is frightening her, give her a treat. See the scary object, get a treat over and over. If she will not take the treat, it means the scary person or object is greater than your reward. Move her farther away and increase the value of the treat. Work slowly and don’t rush progress. It may take time for you to teach your dog that scary objects are not so scary at all. If you need help, work with a professional, reward-based trainer. Address your pup’s fear, and you will find her whining decreases.
If you have a dog that isn’t exactly terrified, but just anxious in general, the same techniques will help. Also, consider increasing your dog’s exercise. Exercise is good for the body and mind. If you dog is tired, she has less energy for whining. Realize that a typical walk is not adequate exercise for your dog. You might be tired, but your dog won’t be. Aim for at least 20 minutes of Cardiovascular activity a day.
The Alert Whine
Some dogs are natural watchdogs. If they hear something or see something they deal a need to inform you about it. This can take the form of barking or whining. It could be a potential burglar. It could also be a lizard sunning himself on a tree outside a window, or a piece of trash blowing by on the breeze. Some dogs are not picky about what they want to talk about!
If you have one of these dogs, get your treats handy. After one or two whines, call your dog to you and reward her with a treat. With practice, you’ll find your dog whines a couple of times and then comes to you, rather than fixating on the whining.
The Excellent Whine
This dog whines when you grab his leash, when he’s in the car, when you’re approaching the dog park – basically anytime he get’s excited, particular if there’s a delay in gratification. There are two ways to approach this – management and training. For Management, you want to remove the dog from the situation that is causing he to whine. For example, if your dog whines when he sees something outside the window, block his view of the window. The more he practices the whining, the better he gets at it and the more ingrained the behaviors. So blocking his view prevents him from starting whining in the first place. Increasing this dog’s exercise will help, too. If his leash is the cure to whine, try taking you dog outside by the collar and only presenting and attaching the leashing once you’re outside.
For training your dog not to whine, the approach is very similar to what you do with the Alert Whiner. After a couple whines, call your dog to you and give him a treat. Give him other behaviors to do except whining – sit, down, shake paw, any option rather than whining. Channel that energy into something else.
With car whining, this can be tricky because you have to drive. It’s best to have a friend help you. Work in short sessions. For the first sessions, don’t even start the car. Get your dog to where she is quiet in the cart without it even moving. Give her treats when she is quiet. What also helps the Car Whiner is a food-stuffed interactive toy. Stuff a rubber hollow toy with peanut butter and her favorite kibble to give her a pacifier while you’re driving.
The Hurt Dog.
Dogs also whine when they are sick or injured. Is your dog acting strangely? How is her breathing? Is she eating normally and eliminating properly? Is she old and perhaps arthritic?
If you suspect your dog may be whining because she is in pain, please consult your veterinarian.
While whining can be annoying, it’s communication. Your dog is trying to tell you something – you just need to figure out what is is so you can best help your dog learn that silence is golden!