Dogs whine naturally for many reasons. When humans have problems we have the benefit of language to communicate our feelings and thoughts. But dogs and other pets must rely on more simple methods of communication and whining is a common response for dogs in various situations. This article will help you understand the reasons dogs whine so that you can deal with the behavior more effectively.
Dogs will often whine when they are in pain. If you can see no obvious reason for your dog’s whining it’s probably a good idea to visit the veterinarian. To be sure that pain is the route of the whining look for other signs of injury like limping or swelling.
Just like babies, dogs will whine when their needs aren’t met, regardless of their age. If your dog needs food, water, or toileting, they will often whine to show you that they are in some kind of discomfort. As you become more familiar with your dog, it should be easier to determine the cause of the whining.
Whining is a very effective way to get attention so dogs whine. If you want to prevent whining for attention you can pay more attention to your dog. If this doesn’t work, try to avoid giving attention only when your dog whines. You want to teach your dog that whining won’t be effective.
Dogs get angry or annoyed and may whine because they’re unhappy. Consider a dog that is chasing a squirrel. When the squirrel disappears your dog may whine because they’re frustrated that they didn’t catch the little critter.
Finally, dogs will often whine in stressful situations. Visits to the vet or long days spent alone will cause your dog stress and he will whine.
Basically, dogs whine to communicate. So pay close attention to your dog’s whines and you’ll have a better understanding of how he’s feeling.