Picture this, it’s 10:00 pm at night, I just got off of work, all I want to do is take a nice shower, and get to bed as soon as I possibly can. I walk into my house and then it just hit me like a sack of bricks, “my dog will not stop whining”. Usually, he would whine for about a minute or two but not tonight.
Tonight was a special night because the whining continued for hours. Does this sound familiar?
I absolutely could not figure out what was going on and how to solve my problem. I took her outside to go potty, I fed her, played with her for a few minutes but it seemed though as if she lost my attention for even a second that the whining would begin. This nonsense continued for several weeks until I could take it no longer.
I did what any other normal individual would do and searched google for help with my problem. I found tons of videos that kind of helped but nothing that would really help to solve the issue at hand.
I eventually ended up hiring a local professional dog behaviorist in my area that worked with my dog for several weeks and eventually cured her whining issue. He even taught me a lot about why dogs whine, how to stop a dog from whining, and even gave me a few tips & tricks every dog owner should know that I would like to share with you all having the same problem.
Why your dog won’t stop whining?
There are a few reasons for this mysterious whining coming from your dog. Obviously, a dog will whine in order to get its owners’ attention. Usually, and the most common reason your dog will whine is simply that they just want to go outside to potty. If you believe that none of these are the real reasons that your dog is whining then please continue reading.
Reason #1 – Medical Attention
Your dog is in pain. You should first look for signs of discomfort, uneasiness, or pain. Is your dog walking a bit unusual or walking with a limp, are there any signs of bruising or redness that is visible to you, has your dog been eating less than it would usually eat? These are all signs that you should consider determining if your dog’s health could potentially be at risk.
You should seek medical attention for your dog as soon as you possibly can from your local veterinarian or pet clinic if you find that your dog is in physical pain. Do not try to solve the problem on your own unless you are a licensed veterinarian. You may only worsen an already sensitive problem This will most often be the reason for a whining dog that is whining for no apparent reason.
Reason #2 – Separation Anxiety
If you spend a lot of time outside of your house and haven’t been able to spend much time with your dog then whenever they see you, they will just become an uncontrollable ball of helpless excitement and unstoppable whining that can only be stopped by some of your time and attention.
Training your dog to be alone is an essential part of developing a young puppy into a dog that will learn to find comfort and peace in being alone. I learned a trick that to stop your dog from whining in this area can be to simply tire your dog out before stepping foot out of the house. Playing games like fetch and tug of war are great to tire out your dog and send them fast to sleep so you can make your way on out.
This method will only work if you plan on being away from your home for 3-5 hours. If you need a bit more time consider implementing chew toys (link to Amazon) in your dogs’ playtime. This will increase the amount of tiredness they eventually will feel.
Reason #3 – They’re hungry
If you’re anything like me, you will find it hard to remember to feed your dog or just not be able to because of your busy schedule. I have found that using automatic dog food dispensers (link to Amazon) in your home can help out a ton.
I would usually need to pour out my dog’s food into their food bowl about 2-3 times a day. By using an automatic food dispenser it extended the time to about 2 to 4 times a week. I find that using the dispenser has helped me out a lot in situations where my dog will not stop whining. The problem usually fixed itself after about a few days by using this method.
Reason #4 – Dogs are Attention Seeking Beings
Does this sound like your dog? It sure does sound like how my dog once was. My dog would follow me everywhere I went in my house, she would want to lay in my lap every time I sat down and she would also run into the shower every time I went in there to go take a shower.
The dog behaviorist that I mentioned earlier in the article pointed out to me that these actions should in fact be discouraged. Your dog will essentially begin to believe that they are in charge of you and that you are their #1 responsibility. Well, they should be, that is of course if you don’t have any kids of your own.
I made it a goal of mine to spend less time with my dog.
This was my version of teaching puppy independence. I only played with my dog for a few hours of the day, stopped allowing her to sleep right underneath me in my bed, and overall just tried to implement some boundaries between us. She quickly got the memo and eventually learned that she will only consume a small portion of my life.
Whenever you are trying to figure out exactly “why my dog will not stop whining” please consider everything I mentioned above and also try to do some research outside of this article if the problem continues to persist. Though, I hope this article has been helpful and has been an insightful reading.
Try these methods out today and come back again for more dog & puppy training tips, tricks, and valuable canine information.
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