How to Stop Your Dog from Whining
One common problem that owners have is that their dog is constantly whining. If you have this problem, it is worth reading this guide to find out why your dog might be whining and what you can do to stop it.
Why Is My Dog Whining?
If your puppy is whining, the most common cause is because they simply want attention. In their first few months they are learning how to try and communicate to you that they either need or want something.
However, as your dog gets older whining can mean other things, sometimes more serious than simply wanting attention. Whining can be signs of stress as well as pain or discomfort.
If your dog is whining a lot, check as to whether they have any symptoms of ill health or if their whining seems to coincide with certain actions they may do. If this is the case, you may want to book an appointment with your vet to make sure their whining is not because they are ill.
Should I Give My Dog Attention If They Are Whining?
As difficult as it may be, no you should not give your dog attention when they are whining. This is particularly important when they are puppies.
If you give your dog attention, then they will learn that whining works and see it as an effective way to get your attention. It is much harder to break the whining habit if your dog has already learnt that it works.
How Do I Stop My Dog From Whining?
As mentioned before, if your dog seems to whine when they are doing something in particular, or if they show any other signs of ill health, you should take them to the vets so that any pain or discomfort they may be experiencing can be dealt with. Another common reason for whining is that your dog is bored, it is easier to prevent this than you think.
As long as you take your dog for long walks where they can exercise and provide them with attention and toys when they are back home, you should have minimal problems with your dog whining.
It is much better to try and prevent boredom rather than fixing it after they whine. Some dogs may whine due to stress and if this is the case you should look at their body language when they are whining.
If your dog is stressed or fearful, you can usually tell by if they bare their teeth or keep their tail between their legs. Whining from stress is usually caused by one stimulus or situation, keep a close eye on your dog and try to observe what is causing them such fear.
If you have isolated the cause, such as a house decoration they are scared of, remove it and this should lower your dog’s stress levels as well as their whining. If this does not solve the whining and stress problems, you may need to take them to a behavioural consultant in case this is a deep-rooted behavioural problem.
To summarise, preventing whining is much easier than fixing it and you should try to make sure that your dog does not learn that whining works at a young age.
There are also a variety of causes of whining and determining what the cause is will make dealing with the problem much easier.