Dog whining can be quite annoying. My own dog, at once time, was a terrible whiner. From the very first day he arrived, he had been whining all the time from morning to midnight. After quite a while, his whining started to take a toll on me, in the forms of a countless sleepless night. Until one day, I woke up and decided that was the time to end his whining…
Why Does Dog Whine?
There are many forms of communication that dog uses to communicate, such as barking, growling, and whining.
Dogs whine to show you what they feel the most at the moment.
However, not all whines are created equal…
Why my Dog Whining?
These are some of the most common reasons why do dogs whines:
1. Attention-Seeking Whining
Being a social animal, dogs love to gain as much as attention as they can from their dog owners.
But, some dogs crave far more attention than others, and this is when your dog’s attention-seeking attitude can becoming a serious problem.
There are several types of dogs that can be affected by this attention-seeking problems: dogs with medical problems, dogs with anxiety problems, dogs with needs not meet, dogs with a history of being re-homed, dogs of certain breeds, dogs undergoing recent changes.
2. Anxious Whining
Anxious whining is a type of whining resulted from panic and stress.
When your dog’s stress level is high he will whine a lot and show panic behaviors such as pacing, circling, and licking.
Before you learn how to stop anxious whining, you need to learn to recognize signs of stress in dogs
7 Signs Your Dog is Stressed
Before you can help your dog coping with his stress, you need to be able to recognize stress signs in dog first. Here are seven common signs of stress and anxiety in dogs.
What Causes Stress in Dogs
In this article, I have classified three conditions that can cause stress in dogs. Those three conditions are separation anxiety, too much noise and too many people, and stressful situation.
What is separation anxiety?
Separation anxiety is a condition when your dog is afraid to be left alone by his or her owner.
How can you tell if your dog suffers from separation anxiety?
If your dog whines when he is alone accompanied by one of the following symptoms: pacing, panting, excessive drooling, destruction around doors and windows, and urinating or defecating around doors, then there is a great chance your dog suffers from separation anxiety.
Too Much Noise and Too Many People
Just like his owner, there is a time when your dog might want to be alone.
As in the case, when you hold a party in your house and there is so much noise.
In that situation, your dog might become uncomfortable and need to go somewhere alone.
But where he can hide and regain his composure again?
It might be a good idea to provide a safe, quiet room; the room that he can go whenever he feels he wants to, such as your bedroom.
A Stressful Situation
Just as the name implies, this is the situation where dogs feel stressed because of external factors conditions such as lack of water.
There are few things that you can do to make your dog less stressful, such as:
- providing enough water to drink
- giving new toys to play with
- giving blanket before he sleeps
3. Appeasement Whining
Appeasement whining is an excessive whining followed by appeasement behaviors.
What does it mean by appeasement behaviors?
According to ASPCA: “appeasement behaviors include holding the ears back, tucking the tail, crouching or rolling over on the back, avoiding eye contact or turning the body sideways to the perceived threat.”
As explained above, dogs give appeasement whining when he meets other people or dogs that he perceives as a threat.
Appeasement is often the result of low self-confidence. If your dog suffers from appeasement whining, then you need to increase your dog’s self-confidence to stop it.
4. Greeting Whining
Your dog can whine when he greets you to show an excitement. Personally, I see nothing wrong when my dog greets me as I come home.
However, in some cases, greeting whining can turn out of control. From a simple whining, some dogs can jump, bark and get crazy.
When this is happening, it’s the time to teach your dog self-control.
You can try to calm your puppy by setting an example, greet your puppy with a slow and calm demeanor. When your dog sees your reply, he would likely mirror your action.
5. Lack of Socialization
I believe that many of dog behaviors problems such as excessive dog whining can be traced back to improper socialization when they grow up.
Therefore, it is important to socialize your dog early.
Benefits of Socialization
There are many benefits of socialization that your dog can reap from proper socialization, such as boost dog’s confidence, reduce aggression, increase friendliness, and improve health condition.
The Most Critical Age to Learn Socialization
Socialization lesson must begin from the very first day your puppy arrives in front of your door.
According to research, the best time to socialize puppies is from birth to 16 weeks age.
Why? Because during this period, puppy’s mind works like a sponge for learning things. He will absorb and remember everything that you show him.
The First Step – Socialize Your Puppy in A Safe, Friendly Environment
First, let’s start by socializing your puppy in a safe, friendly environment – the environment that you know well.
After 6 Months-Old
Your job next is to encourage your dog to reach the bigger world by encouraging your dog to interact with more people and animals.
1. Encourage Your Puppy to Meet More People
Bring your puppy to meet more people.
It can be as simple as taking your puppy to the nearest dog park. Or let the children around your home to play with him. Or take him to the nearest mini market and let him interact with more people while you are buying a can of soda.
The point is, no matter what you do, you need to encourage your puppy to meet and interact with more people.
2. Introduce Your Puppy to Other Animals
You should bring him to meet and interact with other animals as well.
Does your neighbor have a bird? Great, you should bring your puppy to meet your neighbor’s bird. Does your aunt have a cat? Then you should bring your puppy to meet your aunty’s cat.
A dog that grows up knowing a lot of animals will grow into a confidence and affectionate dog.
6. Feeling Pain or Sick
Your dog can whine a lot when he is in pain or getting sick.
When you see some of the following signs in your dog, then that is the time to visit your vet.
Top 10 Signs Your Dog May Be Sick:
- bad breath or drooling
- gain weight or lose weight
- drinking or urinate excessively
- sleeping a lot
- difficulty to move
- coughing, sneezing and excessive panting
- dry or itchy skin, sores, and lumps
- dry, red or cloudy eyes
- digestive problems