Are you upset because your canine companion whines non-stop? Are you worried something may be wrong or that your dog may be ill? Do you get angry towards your dog if it does whine? Does the whining set your nerves on edge and prevent you from sleeping properly?
Did you answer YES to any of those questions? If you did, then you most certainly are not alone. One of the biggest complaints by dog owners is the non-stop whining, a problem that seems to be increasing.
You need to remember that because dogs cannot talk, they will communicate their feelings by barking, growling, yelping and whining – these vocalization methods, and their behaviors, are the only means they have of communicating with you. Your dog is trying to tell you something when it whine – either it needs something, or something is wrong. Getting mad or upset towards your lovely dog isn’t likely to get a positive result, no matter how justified you feel it may be.
The first thing you need to investigate if your dog is whining is to thoroughly check for any medical issues. Dogs will indicate pain only by whining, crying or yelping (if it’s a sudden pain). With constant whining there’s a very real possibility that your dog may be ill, sick or injured. A trip to the vet should be your first stop if your dog whines a lot.
But this is only a possibility, because another reason may be that your dog is sad or scared. Dogs, just like humans, have emotions and feelings. So before you decide on any treatment or medication, you should investigate and find out the real reasons. Be prepared to investigate further if you discover that there are no medical issues.
One reason for excessive whining is it could be plain boredom. Dogs are highly intelligent and active animals. A dog that is lazy, listless, and uninterested in humans or other animals has a serious problem. Normally whining from boredom is a call for some kind of stimulation, and a good treatment is to keep your dog busy and active. Obedience training and lotso of playtime with your dog will keep the dog happy and may very well reduce the whining.
Obedience training is especially effective to keep your dog from suffering from boredom. Properly learning the simple commands like “sit” and “stay” are often enough to make your dog happier, because your dog will feel its doing something for its owner. And if your dog becomes highly obedience trained, you can literally take your dog anywhere because you know they will behave perfectly. This enriches your dog’s life, gives them constant new stimulation, and gives them access to a bigger world.
Something else that can cause dog whining is fear, the dog’s “bossy” attitude or its aggressive nature. Efficient and expert training skills are needed in these circumstances because a frightened or aggressive dog can be a dangerous dog, and you need an expert to teach the dog good habits. Remember a well trained dog will normally only whine if it’s sick or in trouble. If it’s frequent whining, it can be difficult to know the reason, which can be dangerous, so it’s important to investigate in detail and get an expert’s advice.
Separation anxiety is another possible reason for dog whining. This is a highly common but misunderstood disorder that causes dog whining, crying and destruction and chaos in your home when you are not around. Separation anxiety can often be treated while you train your dog. Look for courses that deal with issues like chewing, excessive barking, and other problems that accompany separation anxiety.
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