How to Control Dog Whining
Dogs whine for a number of reasons. By understanding
the root cause of dog whining you can take some simple steps to control unwanted
whining by your dog.
Why Do Dogs
When your dog whines, she is talking to you. She wants
you to know that there is something that she needs for a variety of reasons. Your dog may not be
feeling well. Your dog may feel lonely and want your companionship. Your dog may be afraid and is calling out
How to Control or Stop Dog
If your dog is whining because you are not home, she
may be suffering from separation anxiety. This is a relatively easy dog behavior to
correct. You should start conditioning your dog to your leaving the house and coming back after a short
period of time, say 5 minutes.
Don’t make a big deal out of your departure. No
excited good byes and good girl farewells. When you return, don’t pay attention to your dog when you walk in.
Act as if you were just in the next room for a few minutes and that your re entry to where your dog is
doesn’t merit any fanfare.
If you do make a fuss upon departing or
returning, you are in fact, telling you dog that the separation was a big deal.This will instill an even
greater sense of urgency in your dog to whine. Now she “knows” that your absence is something that causes you
to get excited, she needs to tell you she noticed it and wants you
Start extending the periods
of your absence to 15 minutes, then 30 minutes then an hour, then 3 hours, until your dog pays no attention to your
departure or return. When you have accomplished this you will have defeated separation anxiety in your dog and the
whining will have stopped.
Your dog may also display a whining behavior if
she simply wants your attention. If she whines and you respond by giving her treats,
playing with her or petting her, your dog will have been very successful in training you ! She just became
the master and the dominant member of the dog pack. This is exactly the opposite of the appropriate pack
pecking order. You have to reassert yourself as the leader of the pack.
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One way to control this type of dog
whining is to simply ignore your dog. If she doesn’t get the desired reaction, your immediate attention, when she
whines, then she will soon get tired of this approach and you will have established
control over your whining dog.
If your dog persists in whining, you should give her a firm
command such as “No!”. Let her know with your voice and never by physical punishment, that dog whining is
unacceptable and must stop.
Another approach is to rattle a can full of rocks that make a loud
and unpleasant noise. This auditory interruption is very unpleasant; Your dog will associate her whining with
the unpleasant noise and the whining will stop..
Dogs also whine if they want to come
inside or go outside. If your dog whines to go outside to the doggy outhouse, this is O.K. In this instance your dog is
telling you she needs to relieve herself. When this from of dog whining occurs, you should say “good dog” to let
your dog know that you appreciate her alerting you to her need.
Always use the exact same words and in
the same tone. Your dog can’t understand your human language, but she will associate the sound of your voice and
the words you speak in a way that reinforces what in this case is a desired
Another approach to control whining in
your dog is to divert her attention from the cause of the whining to something more appropriate. Is she whines, you
could ask her to “come” to you or to “stay.” If she responds to your command you could
then giver her a reward.
Dogs as well as puppies whine if they are
hungry or bored. Puppies want food as do adult dogs and both need and want exercise. Be certain to give your dog
ample exercise daily before any whining has the opportunity to start. Your dog may be tired and happy and the
prospect of kicking up a fuss with dog whining will lose its appeal.
As we mentioned above, never, never , never strike or physically
punish your dog at anytime. Physical abuse of dogs is not only inhumane and punishable by law but is
An abused dog will have accelerated and more intense displays of
undesirable behavior than a dog who is worked with in a calm, loving, and appropriate training
Finally, dogs that whine for no apparent reason may be signaling
you that they are sick or hurt. Don’t ignore dog whining that is unexplainable. Take your dog to a
veterinarian right away to determine if there is an injury or illness that needs
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