How to Stop Dog Whining
Dog whining is a common dog behavior and you need to understand
why your dog is whining to be able to effectively stop it.
Whining can be stopped by training and the sooner you start the
training the more effective it will be.
Causes of Whining
Dogs whine for a number of reasons including fear, pain or
canine anxiety. Whining is a natural response of dogs when they
are in distress or if they feel abandoned by their pack or
owner. By whining, dogs signal that they are left behind and
need to be rescued.
Sometimes dogs are simply whining for attention or because
they are bored.
Dogs that typically don’t whine and start whining all of a
sudden may signal a disease or an injury. Examine your dog’s
body and look for peculiar symptoms. These may point to certain
illnesses. It is a god idea to visit the vet.
When the major cause for whining is abandonment, you need to
train your dog to get used to being left alone. Typically, a dog
that fears abandonment has had an experience of being abandoned
by a previous owner and he gets alarmed whenever you head to the
door without taking him along. However, even dogs with no
previous experience of abandonment may whine.
You can train your dog not to whine. Start by going out for
short periods of time, less than 30 minutes and then come back
and play with your dog or offer a treat. The dog will associate
your absence with a pleasant experience that follows it
immediately and this will decrease his anxiety.
Constantly increase the time you are spending out as your dog
gets used to you being gone.
Make sure that half an hour before you leave, you hide your
dog’s favorite toy and reveal it just before you leave. The dog
will be happy to see the toy and will be less disappointed
seeing you go.
Don’t make preparations when you go out or don’t allow the
dog to see that you prepare; if the dog sees that you are making
a big deal of going out, he will be more stressed.
Whining for Attention
Whining for attention is an old trick dogs use. Offer your
dog a few minutes when he asks for attention, but make sure he
still knows you are the master; otherwise he may easily turn
whining into emotional blackmail. When your dog whines for
attention, initiate a game and make sure you win the last round
and decide when the game is over. In this manner, you will
impose your authority.
If the dog still whines after you finish playing and leave
the room, don’t turn back to the dog’s room immediately. The dog
must learn that you will turn back whenever you want to.
Pain Induced Whining
Dogs may whine because they experience pain. This may be a
temporary (when someone steps on your dog’s paw) or continual.
When you hear your dog whining, make sure to eliminate any
factors causing pain and if you notice that your dog is whining
continuously, plan a visit to the vet.
It is important not to use any type of punishment if your dog
whines. Punishment cannot solve your dog’s problem; only
training and positive reinforcement can.
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