Although dogs cannot speak in words, they communicate with humans and each other through body language and the sounds that they make. In some ways, once you understand the language of dogs, their language is easier than that of humans. In our continuing series of Why Is My Dog Doing This?, We will explore the topic of whining in dogs.
Dogs whine for attention
When the dogs whine, they are typically trying to express the fact that they want your attention to fulfill a specific need. They could be looking for something fun, like playtime or their daily walk. The whine could be to ask to go outside for a potty break or to tell you that it is nearing time for their dinner. And finally, your dog could whine when it is in pain or afraid of something. As a human, sometimes it is more obvious than other times what your dog is trying to tell you.
Read Part-1 of this series: Why is my dog doing this?
Why is my dog whining at night?
Dogs are pack animals, which means they thrive on being part of the family, especially at night. Many dogs will whine or cry at night if they are separated from the rest of the family at bedtime. Deciding whether or not to allow your dog to sleep in your bedroom is a personal decision. According to PetMD, all of the old concerns about sleeping with pets have been debunked. Having your pet in the room with you is healthy for both humans and pets.
Senior dogs can experience Sundowner Syndrome, which means that they experience confusion as daylight ends and night begins, which can result in restlessness, anxiety, and whining. Some Veterinarians will prescribe supplements or medications, late afternoon walks, or mental activities that encourage the dog to sleep better, or adding night lights around the house and property.
Senior Dogs Whining for No Apparent Reason
If a senior dog is whining for no apparent reason, there is probably a reason that you just cannot see. If your senior dog whines frequently, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment at the Vet to make sure that your dog is not sick or in pain. Geriatric dogs experience joint pain, muscle loss, cancer, organ failure, and declining mental capacity just like elderly humans, but cannot easily express to us that they do not feel right.
Read Part-2 of this series: Why is my dog doing this?
Why is my dog whining & panting?
Panting is a way for dogs to release heat and cool their bodies. However, panting can also be a sign of distress or discomfort as a result of pain, fear, or anxiety. If your dog is both whining and panting, they are either extremely anxious and fearful or in physical pain. It is crucial to assess the situation and contact your Veterinarian.
Why won’t my dog stop whining?
As a dog owner, it is essential to know your dog’s personality and normal vocalizations. Some dogs use their voices frequently and bark, whine, growl, and even howl more often than others. Certain breeds are extremely vocal, and others are usually very quiet. If your normally quiet dog starts whining constantly, he or she is likely trying to tell you something. If you cannot find the solution to stop the whining, a trip to the Vet is always a good idea to err on the side of caution.
Read Part-3 of this series: Why is my dog doing this?