Dog whining is a natural part of a dog's communication pattern, much like barking, howling and crying, and yet is the least easy to ignore or tolerate for any length of time.
Why Your Dog Whines Beyond being a puppy and whining for their mother's milk, or when in distress, a dog generally whines for attention.
Most often it's because they want what you're eating, or that toy you put out of their reach, or you to play with them, or give them some affection.
On the positive side, their whining can be useful, such as when they use it to tell you they need to go outside to toilet.
Whining can also indicate physical discomfort like being cold or hungry, or that they are hurt or in pain, so don't automatically dismiss your dogs whining.
One other reason behind a dogs whining can be separation anxiety in dogs, in this case, a dog will start whining whenever you leave them home alone (and usually drive you neighbours crazy at the same time too).
What Starts Your Dog Whining? Your dog whines because it works and although unintentionally, our reactions to it will encourage them to do it all the more.
Watch your dog next time he starts whining and see what the trigger was for it.
For instance, does your dog whine just at you, or at every one else in the family? Do they always whine when you're eating as a family, when you put them in their crate, or leave them downstairs alone at night? How do you, or the rest of your family react to their whining? Do you comfort them, yell at them or drop everything and go and play? Keep a note of every time they start whining for a week and decide which ones are useful and which ones are not.
Then you're ready to enlist the rest of your families help to stop the dog whining unnecessarily.
How To Stop Dog Whining To stop dog whining you need to completely ignore the unacceptable whining behaviour and reward the behaviour you do want.
When I say completely ignore, I mean no looking at your dog, touching your dog, or speaking in any way to them - not even sighing as they start-up their whining yet again! Any reaction from you means your dog has got your attention.
Even if you're yelling at them, you've just given them a reason to continue to do it.
The most effective way to combat this attention seeking behaviour is to isolate your dog briefly whenever they start whining about something you don't want them to.
This can be as simple as leaving the room they are in and shutting the door behind you until they are quiet.
Equally you could take them by the collar and put them in their crate until they are quiet, or in a room on their own or even out in the garden.
It usually only takes a matter of minutes for it to stop, then you can let them out, or open the door, but again without paying them any attention for a while.
Your dog wants to be with his 'pack', so this can be a strong motivator to stop whining as he learns that not only does his whining not get the attention he is seeking, it actually loses him access to you.
Whining Because of Separation Anxiety in Dogs A dog that whines constantly when they are left alone, may be suffering from dog separation anxiety.
This is not as easy to deal with as whining for attention and will need some specific dog training to get rid of it and in some extreme cases may even need dog anxiety medication to help.
Solution to Dog Whining The easiest way to stop dog whining is to first work out why your dog is whining and then use the right training methods to show them that their whining will not get them the attention they want.
It's vital that you get the full support of the rest of the family and they all react to your dogs whining in the same way, if you want to succeed.
Be prepared to give it some time and be patient and consistent in the messages you give your dog, as not all dogs learn at the same speed.