How To Deal With Whining Puppies
Initially, whining puppies may seem just adorable and innocent but if it continues, they can turn into something very obnoxious and aggravating. Not to mention, a puppy that whines often grows into a dog that whines and then you're stuck dealing with this undesirable trait for many years.
You should first understand that whining puppies are engaging in a completely natural behavior. This is how they get their mother's attention, especially when having to compete with litter mates. The problem is not the short bursts of sounds that you shouldn't be too aggravated with but rather the long-term persistent noise that seems to never stop.
The best way to deal with this problem is tackling it right away before it becomes an established habit. Always remember to be reasonable and fair, this is a baby after all. Some whining is to be expected. Keep in mind that dogs are very social and your puppy just left his mother and litter mates to be brought into strange surroundings.
Why Is Your Puppy Whining?
The most important thing you need to determine is what the cause is behind whining puppies. You cannot come up with an effective or appropriate solution if you have no idea what the trigger is. Below are some common reasons why you may be dealing with whining.
- Attention – Your puppy simply wants attention. This is the most common cause and after all, you are taking place of his mother so it only makes sense that he would whine for you.
- Pain – Your puppy could be sick or have injured himself.
- Uncomfortable – Is your puppy wet from being outside? Hot? Cold?
- Boredom – Puppies need to be entertained. If they are not asleep, they need something or someone to occupy their time.
- Potty – Your puppy may have either already soiled his sleeping area or he needs to go outside. Dogs are usually house trained early however, they just are not sure how to tell you that they need to go out or you haven't learned their signals yet.
- Thirsty or Hungry – Just because the bag of food says that your dog should only have a certain amount of food doesn't make it right. Those are simply guidelines. Obviously, a high energy puppy that will grow into a large breed dog may need more food than what is recommended if he has been running around all day. Also, your puppy should always have fresh water available, even at night. Puppies can dehydrate quite easily.
- Build Up Energy – Have you walked your puppy yet today? If not, there is a good chance that he is whining because he wants to burn some energy.
Prevent Whining Puppies
Below is a list of preventative measures to take that may eliminate unnecessary whining.
- Provide your puppy with a safe, dry, warm area to sleep.
- Always make sure that your dog is well fed and has easy access to fresh water.
- Take your puppy outside to relieve himself every couple of hours when he is young and can't hold it long. Also, take the time to learn any signals he may be trying to give you when he does have to go out.
- Make sure your puppy has a supply of safe things to chew on.
- If you are having issues with your puppy whining at nighttime, bring his crate or bedding in your bedroom. It usually remedies the problem right away if he can see or smell that you are close by. Again, keep in mind that he just came from sleeping curled up with other puppies.
- Take your puppy to the veterinarian if you feel he may be in pain or sick.
- Make sure your puppy receives plenty of physical exercise and mental stimulation. Often just tiring him out will solve the problem, especially if he is wining because he is bored or wants attention.