Anytime you go to the doctor with an ailment, the first thing they do is eliminate what you don’t have. Discovering why your dog whines works pretty much the same way. Consider which of the following you can eliminate.
A Dog Whines Because Of Physical Needs
Begin the whining elimination process by considering your dog’s physical needs. There are several factors that come into play. According to Cesar Milan, if your dog starts whining while laying down in a submissive posture, he may be in severe pain. If this is the case, consult your vet immediately.
Another physical reason a dog whines is because he needs to relieve himself. If he is house trained, your pup will do his best to hold back the urge to urinate or defecate inside. Your dog may walk back and forth between you and the door. In addition, you may hear him scratching at the door, this is an obvious sign of this physical need. Therefore, be attentive by gauging how often he eliminates on a daily basis and be sure he has outside access to do so.
A simple thing to eliminate is your dog’s hunger. Be sure you feed him on a regular schedule. Even waiting for an additional 30-minutes disrupts his internal clock.
Your Dog’s Mental State Can Cause Whining
Personal obsessions about squirrels and other yard-intruders can initiate whining in your dog. To eliminate this cause, position yourself as close as possible to your pup’s line-of-sight. Can you see anything or anyone he may be agonizing over?
Living in the country, we witness this whining on a daily basis. Even lizards can start an eruption of verbal, high-pitched moans. They are excited to get out there and attack.
Perhaps you scolded your dog. As a result, he may lay down in a whimpering submissive position until you nod his direction. By doing so, you are giving him the “it’s okay” signal.
Is Your Dog’s Emotional Wellbeing In Good Shape?
It is possible that your pup is fearful of punishment. Perhaps your body language, or that of a guest, is making him anxious and uncomfortable. Specifically, look at his ears. Are they laid back on his head? Is his tail wagging, positioned between his legs, or standing straight up? Your pups posture says a lot about his mental state.
Because of their acute ability to smell danger, your dog may be protecting you from an unseen issue. Pay attention, assess the situation, and if you find no support of his noisiness, redirect him to another location until he calms down.
What’s A Pack Leader To Do?
By eliminating the pre-mentioned conditional whining possibilities, it could be your dog is bored or wants to be in charge. In that case, you must choose to be the pack leader and let him know who is the boss. Consider the following actions:
- Provide him with ample exercise, every day.
- Maintain control, stay calm, and redirect his attention.
- Ignore the whining, turn away, and go about your business.
Just because your pup asks for a treat doesn’t mean it’s time for him to receive one. All pack leaders lead. As the leader, you decide the nightly schedule; you decide when and where treats are given. You also decide whether or not your pup has couch privileges.
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