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Updated: Dec 31, 2022

It seems that some dogs have discovered that whining gets them a lot of attention (usually in the form of negative yelling, shouting “shut up” and so forth) from his human/s. Unfortunately, that human behavior is a form of reinforcement of whatever behavior you paid attention to - whining! Your reaction tells him to do it again . . . and again . . . and again.

Often when the owner’s senseless “blah, blah, blah” continues, Phydo’s whining will increase not only in frequency, but in volume.

Let’s look at what you, the human, is calling a “problem.” However, know that from your dog’s point of view, it’s not a problem. He’s just doing what he thinks is right and is often confused when his humans start yelling at him or reaching for that nasty newspaper (a big no-no, by the way).

You have to realize, you taught him to whine by paying attention to it. Frankly, if you don’t like whining, don’t pay attention to it. You’ve got to Ignore it. Really. But that isn’t the end of it. You have got to figure out what your dog is trying to tell you, or it’s doubtful you’ll ever fix it.

You need to determine WHY your dog is whining.

  • Is it begging for food from the table? (Because somebody had started this bad habit?)

  • He wants to play ball? (No decent exercise in days?)

  • Does Phydo needs a potty walk and you are ignoring him?

Firstly, if you dog is begging for food at the table, stop feeding him from the table!

And if Phydo wants to play ball (and isn’t an OCD issue) perhaps it’s past time to give your dog some good exercise. (Dogs, even the little ones, need long-stride exercises)

But if it’s about a potty trip, that tells me your dog needs to go out more often. Don’t force you dog to “hold it” unreasonably.

The secret to solving whining simply put is don’t pay attention to what you don’t like, but say “good” when Phydo is QUIET. How else will he to know when he’s doing something right?


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