Why does your dog whine?

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All dog owners have probably heard their dog whine at least once in their lives together, but some hear it more often than others.

In this ASPCA post, they share helpful insights on why your dog whines, and how to address excessive whining. The following excerpt was taken from their article:

Why do dogs whine?

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Appeasement Behavior
Some dogs whine excessively when interacting with people and other dogs, usually while adopting a submissive posture (e.g., tail tucked, body lowered, head down, gaze averted).

Greeting Behavior
Some dogs whine during greetings. This kind of vocalization is usually motivated by excitement and may be directed at dogs or people.

Seeking Attention
Some dogs whine in the presence of their owners in order to get attention, rewards or desired objects.

Some dogs whine in response to stressful situations. In this context, whining sometimes seems involuntarily.

Other Problems That Might Cause Whining

Separation Anxiety
If your dog only whines just before you leave or during your absence, she may have separation anxiety. If this is the case, your dog will usually display at least one other symptom of the disorder prior to your departure or when left alone, such as pacing, panting, excessive drooling, destruction (especially around doors and windows), urinating or defecating indoors, depression or other signs of distress. For more information about this problem, please see our article, Separation Anxiety.

Injury or Medical Condition
Dogs often whine in response to pain or a painful condition. If you notice that your dog vocalizes frequently or has suddenly started to vocalize, it’s important to take her to the vet to rule out medical causes.

Read the FULL ARTICLE to learn what to do about excessive whining and how to teach hand targeting.