Puppy whining, crying and howling
Puppy Whining and Crying Don’ts
Do not give in and reward your puppy for whining.
Do not hesitate to appropriately reprimand unnecessary whining.
It’s important to understand that sometimes your puppy will whine and vocalize for no apparent reason – from our point of view! We can only wonder what’s up with our dog. However, most times our puppy whines for a good reason. My puppy whines at the front room window because she is looking for her playmate to come over to our house. This is acceptable, for sure, but within limits. If she whines excessively, she is told to stop. My puppy whines and barks if her treat infested “Have-A-Ball” toy gets stuck in a place where she can’t access it – OK – I’m outa my chair to help her get it out – not a problem – I Love My Puppy! Before you reprimand your puppy for whining, barking and howling, try to get a handle on why! Maybe you can fix it!
Excessive or Demand Whining and Barking
The reason excessive whining continues is because the dog has learned that whining, crying or barking gets whatever he wants – attention, food, affection. Often what starts out as a demand whining soon becomes an unconscious whining habit…
If your dog is whining or howling when you are at home, either for attention or just out of habit, the first step in stopping this is to provide your dog with daily routines of play, exercise and training. Often these special times of undivided attention will stop the dog from whining the rest of the day. Secondly, pay attention to your dog only when he is quiet. Ignore him whenever he begins demanding your attention by whining. Each time you give in to your dog’s whining demands, you are training him to continue whining. If you want a few moments of peace, you can teach the dog to be quiet on request. Gently ask your dog to please ‘Stop Whining.’ If he ignores you and continues whining, immediately shout a very loud, ‘STOP WHINING!’. After a few repetitions, the dog will get the idea and obey the first gentle request of ‘Stop Whining,’ rather than get scolded.
Health Considerations and Whining
Unusual whining or whining that starts suddenly when it never existed before may be your dog’s way of telling you that something is wrong. See your veterinarian right away to be sure no health problems exist.
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