Reasons why dogs whine and how to stop it

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Like barking and groaning, moaning or whining is a way for dogs to sing. There are a variety of things that your dog might be trying to tell you when it whines, whether it’s asking for something or experiencing discomfort or tension. Be cautious, though, how you respond to your dog’s barking, and try to understand the underlying cause. Encouraging moaning, even accidentally, can turn it into a problem habit, resulting in a dog that whines too often. There are a few things you can do to quiet the whining down and maybe even stop it.

The reasons why dogs whine

Whining is particularly common in puppies because they learn how to express their needs and desires. Young puppies are crying to get their mother’s affection and food in the same way that babies cry. It’s always pretty clear that a dog is barking. It may be begging for a treat from your plate or demanding to be let in or out of your home. The moaning may not be so easy to decipher at other times. In these situations, look at the body language that follows the moaning to find it out. There are a few different explanations of why dogs are whining, although they can often overlap.

Asking to get something

If your dog needs something like a walk, a treat, or a toy from you, it might whine in an attempt to tell you. You might also catch your dog’s eyes moving between you and the door or some other desired object when whining.

To seek attention

It can occur if you do anything that doesn’t involve your dog, like talking to someone on the phone or concentrating on an important job. It can also happen when your dog is jealous of the time you spend with another person or pet.

To convey that they are excited or bored

When the dog is excited, whining may be part of how it burns energy and may be followed by jumping up and down and running around. Part of this kind of moaning might also be about getting publicity. Boredom’s moaning also comes off as a “woe is me” sigh-and-white combo. The dog is crying out of boredom and maybe trying to get your attention as well.

To show that they are feeling pain

Many dogs complain when they’re sick or in pain. If your dog doesn’t feel right, barking might be a way to get your attention to let you know. In certain situations, moaning may be an attempt on the part of the dog to calm down rather than get attention. If your dog was moaning a lot and excluded all factors, a visit to the vet is to rule out medical conditions before dismissing whining as a behavioral problem.

Dogs whine when they are stressed

It’s normal for a dog to whine when it’s nervous or scared. This form of whining is also followed by gentle movements, such as yawning, rubbing the lips, or avoiding the eyes. You might also note a moan and a yawn happening together.

By showing signs of pacification, the dog is attempting to calm itself down and signal to others that it is not a threat. Whining is also followed by other symptoms of anxiety, such as cowering, flattened ears, and a tucked tail.

How to stop your dog from whining

When your dog is moaning too much, it’s recommended to try to learn the cause before you try to do something about the action. Some people don’t mind moaning a little now and then, while others can hardly handle it and consider any amount of whining unnecessary and irritating. The good news is that you can teach your dog to whine less—or maybe it can stop whining at all.

Show selective response

React selectively to the barking of your dog. If you’re sure there’s no immediate need for this, it’s best to ignore it. When you find a moment of silence, give gratitude, a treat, or a reward like that. You may also take the time to focus on the “quiet” command.

Provide toys

Enrich the environment of your dog. Make sure they’ve got a lot of toys, and get a lot of exercises. A dog with pent-up physical or emotional energy is more likely to complain.

Do not fulfill all the “wants” of your dog right away

You should not fulfill all of your dog’s “want” right away, as this trains it to whine about anything. This is the most common source of moaning issues. Yeah, it’s tough to avoid your whining puppy, but if you give in to that cute puppy every time, you might end up with a whining adult.

Do not encourage bad behavior

Do not allow the dog to whine unintentionally. If you’re very sure that your dog needs something like affection or food, redirect it to another action before you give in. Ideally, get the dog to sit or lay down peacefully, then pay attention and reward or treat.

Find the cause of fear

If your dog appears scared, nervous, or otherwise depressed, try to locate the root of the problem. There are many fears and phobias that can impact dogs. If you can identify the cause, you will be able to work on training and desensitizing your dog to conquer its fear.

Monitor your dog’s behavior

Please pay careful attention to your dog’s whining sound and any other activity that might follow it. Over time, you can note different pitches and volumes of whine for various reasons. For example, you may be familiar with the “I want something” and the “I’m bored” whines. When you hear a noticeably different whine, it will help you decide that the cause is stress or pain, for example.

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