Dogs complain for various reasons. By understanding the root cause of dog whining, you can take a few simple steps to control your dog’s unwanted whining.
Why did the dogs whine?
When your dog whines, he is talking to you. She wants you to know that there is something she needs for a variety of reasons. Your dog may not be feeling well. Your dog may be lonely and want your company. Your dog may be scared and is asking for help.
How to control or stop a dog’s whining
If your dog is whining because you are not home, he may be suffering from separation anxiety. This is relatively easy dog behavior to correct. You should start conditioning your dog to leave the house and return after a short period of time, say 5 minutes.
Don’t give too much importance to your departure. No excited goodbye and good goodbyes as a girl. When you return, do not pay attention to your dog when you enter. Act as if you are in the next room for a few minutes and that your re-entry to the place where your dog is is not worth any fanfare.
If you make a fuss when you leave or return, you are in fact telling your dog that what you are about to do or the fact that you have returned is very important. This will instill an even greater sense of urgency in your dog to complain, as he now “knows” that your absence is something that excites him, therefore you need to tell him that you noticed it and that you want him there.
Start extending the periods of your absence to 15 minutes, then 30 minutes, then an hour, then 3 hours, until your dog pays no attention to your departure or return. When you have achieved this, you will have overcome the separation anxiety in your dog and the whining will have stopped.
Your dog may also display whining behavior if he simply wants your attention. If she whines and you respond by giving her treats, playing with her, or petting her, your dog will have been very successful in training! She simply became the teacher and dominant member of the pack of dogs.
This is the exact opposite of the proper hierarchical order of the package. You have to assert yourself as the leader of the pack of dogs.
One way to control this type of dog whining is to simply ignore your dog. If she doesn’t get the desired reaction, your immediate attention, when she whines, will soon tire of this approach and you will have established control over your whining dog.
If your dog persists in whining, you should give him a firm command such as “No!” Let him know with your voice, and never with physical punishment, that a dog’s whining is unacceptable and should be stopped. Another method is to ring a can filled with rocks that make a loud and unpleasant noise. This hearing interruption is very unpleasant; Your dog will associate your whining with the unpleasant noise and will stop whining.
Dogs also complain if they want to go in or out. If your dog complains about going to the dog toilet, that’s okay. In this case, your dog is telling you that he needs to relieve himself. When this whining of a dog occurs, you should say “good dog” so that he knows that you appreciate that he alerts you of his need. Always use exactly the same words and in the same tone. Your dog cannot understand your human language, but will associate the sound of your voice and the words you speak in a way that reinforces what in this case is a desired action.
Another approach to controlling your dog’s whining is to divert his attention from the cause of the whining to something more appropriate. If he complains, you could ask him to “come” to you or to “stay.” If he responds to your command, you could give him a reward.
Both dogs and puppies complain if they are hungry or bored. Puppies want food just like adult dogs and they need and want to exercise. Make sure you give your dog plenty of exercise every day before he starts fussing. Your dog may be tired and happy and the prospect of making a fuss over the dog’s whining will lose its appeal.
As we mentioned earlier, never, never, never hit or physically punish your dog at any time. Physical abuse of dogs is not only inhumane and punishable by law, it is counterproductive. An abused dog will have accelerated and more intense displays of undesirable behavior than a dog that is worked with in a calm, loving, and appropriate training environment.
Lastly, dogs that whine for no apparent reason can tell you that they are sick or injured. Don’t ignore dog whining that is inexplicable. Take your dog to a vet right away to determine if there is an injury or illness that needs treatment.