Your dog may be whining because of many reasons. Below are some of the most common reasons why your dog might be whining and ways on how to stop it or address it:
They Want Attention
Your dog may start to whine when it wants you to hurry up to feed them, give them water, and pet them, of whenever they want you to do something. Or your pet may keep on whining because it wants to get out of its crate. This type of whining will tend to get worse when you, as the pet parent keep on reinforcing it.
In order to stop this behavior from happening, it is important to not give in whenever your dog is whining. What you should do is not to reward your dog by doing what it wants. First, don’t make eye contact with your pet when it whines, and then ignore it until it becomes quiet. Once your pet is quiet, you can proceed to giving it its food or opening its crate door. If you keep doing this, the whining should begin to lessen until it stops completely.
They Feel Scared or Stressed
When dogs feel stressed or scared, they may also begin to whine as well. To check if your pet is whining because of fear, look for signs of yawning, trembling, cowering, or being clingy. Your pet should look worried. Your dog may try its best to get away from what is causing its fear.
If you think that your dog is whining because of fear, then it isn’t the best idea to yell at your pet dog because of it. What you have to do is to find out what is causing your dog to feel stressed or scared. Help your dog address its fear. You can either eliminate the source of fear or try to train your dog into getting rid of their anxiety. You can use treats as rewards for good behavior.
Your Dog May Be Hurt
If your dog isn’t feeling well, then it might also begin to whine. If your dog is whining, which is also accompanied by acting strange or looking sick, then your dog may be experiencing pain. If this is the case, then it is important to take your pet to the veterinarian.