It’s hard to deal with a dog that whines a lot and this is due to the fact that the cause of Doberman whining is often quite difficult to get to the bottom of. The dog may be anxious, he could be bored and have excess energy to get rid of or he may be frustrated in one way or another.
Not knowing why he is whining makes stopping this kind of behavior complicated but there are a few things that can help you to narrow the causes down and put an end to the whining accordingly.
Doberman Whining – Why do they do it?
Whining is completely different to barking and it’s frequently the harder of the two to stop. As a rule whining indicates that the dog is in pain, he’s scared, he’s anxious or generally upset about something. As domesticated dogs are not normally in pain because they are safe and sound indoors, their whining is more likely to be about feeling abandoned by their pack or upset at something within the home.
It’s the way they tell you that they need rescuing from whatever is bothering them. However, as the dog owner you should concern yourself much more with training them to avoid this kind of anxiety.
It’s worth mentioning at this point that when your dog whines and none of the above reasons are the cause, he could be in pain and this kind of distress should always result in a visit to the vets so he can be checked over.
Doberman Whining Related to Anxiety
When your dog whines because he is anxious that you have left him, it is important that he is taught how to accept your absence or his behavior may end up destroying your home. Here are some ways to help you and your dog cope with separation anxiety.
1. Restrict his movements by not giving him the whole run of the house while you are out. This may mean allowing him to spend time in one room only or even placing him in a crate if needs be. In no time at all the area you allocate him will become his “safe spot” and he will take comfort there when you’re not around.
2. Ignore him at key times by keeping attention to your dog at its minimum just before you go out and immediately upon your return to the home. If you make a fuss over him before you go and then again when you get back he will be even more anxious about the separation as you are the one who is making a big thing about it.
3. Get him used to being comfortable when you are out by practicing this technique whilst you are still at home. Put him in his crate or in another room and leave the room he is in. Go about whatever you are doing and listen out for him whining but under no circumstances should you give in and go to him until the whining has stopped. This will encourage him to be at ease with your absence.
Doberman whining is not always related to anxiety – some dogs will whine non-stop just to get their owners attention. In some cases more exercise may be necessary and in others, it’s all about getting more attention than they already have. In these instances, although it’s challenging, it’s really best to ignore them rather than react to their whining.
However, if Doberman whining persists a little extra training as far as alpha leadership goes would probably be the best avenue to go down.
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