Whining and crying is a perfectly natural behavior for a puppy or older dog.
This is how canines vocally communicate and get your attention.
Tackle this behavior immediately; don't let it become a habit.
Try to determine the cause of the whining--there's usually a trigger or a
reason. Pay attention so that you can determine the cause.
Is your dog uncomfortable? Maybe it is hot, cold, wet, in pain, needs to go
potty, wet his sleeping area, hungry or thirsty. It is very common behavior
for a puppy in a new environment to be lonely, scared or bored.
Unused energy needs to be released somehow.
For separation anxiety, you only respond to the dog when behaving quietly--stay
firm on this. If you respond when the dog is whining, the dog understands that
he has been rewarded for the behavior. One remedy is a ticking clock wrapped
in a towel, then placing it in the dog's bed for comfort. The ticking on the clock
sounds like his mother's heartbeat. Be sure you exercise your dog, play, walk
and go to the dog park. Some dogs love stuffed kong toys.
If you're going to crate, start with a short session and gradually work for longer
time periods so the dog becomes accustomed to being crated.
Don't put a dog in a crate for punishment.
Be sure you add toys and blankets to its crate for comfort.
If your dog whines for no apparent reason, have the vet check your dog
immediately. Whining can be a sign of pain. When your dog is left alone it
could start to pace, pant, drool, destruct around doors and windows
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