Does your Goldendoodle constantly keep whining? There can be many different reasons as to why your Goldendoodle may be whining. Sometimes your pet might be whining to get your attention, sometimes they might be trying to let you know that they are hurt or maybe it’s because they need to go out for a potty break.
If you pay attention to these noises, you can understand what they are trying to tell you. This article will cover the possible reasons that your Goldendoodle may be whining. It also highlights what you can do to stop the whining.
The Most Common Reasons that your Goldendoodle may be whining –
- The dog is in pain
- The dog is scared or anxious
- The dog wants your attention
- Your dog is excited to see you
- The dog requires something
After you figure out what is causing your Goldendoodle to whine, you can begin training them to stop whining. This takes some time and training, to be able to teach your dog not to whine.
Your dog might be in pain
If your dog happens to be in pain, it will whine. This whining could be an indication that your pet dog is experiencing physical pain. If they are constantly whining when they try to go up the stairs or jump off the couch, they may be experiencing joint pain because of arthritis. You will notice that your Goldendoodle is limping if they are in pain.
If your Goldendoodle is whining and seems to be suffering in pain, you should take your dog to the veterinarian to get it checked out.
Your dog could be scared or anxious
Whining can be the Goldendoodle’s way of expressing that they are scared or anxious. If your Goldendoodle’s whining is also pacing, trembling, or panting, it is very likely fearful or anxious about something.
The cause for concern can be a new guest or a new person living in the house, making your dog nervous. Or maybe your dog is worried because someone is missing. Few dogs also get scared during fireworks or thunderstorms.
If your Goldendoodle happens to be whining anxiously just before you leave your house, this can be a sign of separation anxiety. Dogs that suffer from separation anxiety often have very destructive behaviors when you leave their sight.
Your dog wants attention
Goldendoodles sometimes tend to whine because no one is paying attention to them. This is similar to how little kids whine when they are bored and just want to play. Your Goldendoodle might be whining just because they want someone to play with or need one of their toys to keep them occupied.
You have to make sure you are giving your Goldendoodle enough exercise as well as other mental stimulation every day. Boredom does not just lead to your Goldendoodle whining; it also causes your dog to pick up destructive habits.
Goldendoodles who are bored have been known to chew on the furniture and are prone to digging holes in the yard.
Your Goldendoodle is excited to see you
Goldendoodles will whine when you first come home or when they are meeting new people. This kind of whining is usually fueled by excitement and will only be seen with new dogs or people.
If your Goldendoodle begins to whine every time you come home, it is best to not get them overly excited every time.
They want something
The most obvious reason as to why your Goldendoodle is whining is that they need or wants something from you. They might be waiting for their next serving of food, their water bowl might be empty, or maybe they just want to go for a walk.
Little things like their favorite toy are stuck under the couch, or the cat is sleeping in their bed will cause whining. The whining will usually stop once you understand the problem and fix it.
If your Goldendoodle is whining because of food after you just fed them, this is a problem that requires fixing. Make sure no one else in the family is giving your pup extra help, and ensure that you never feed your dog from the table.
If you give your Goldendoodle more food in response to the whining, you are rewarding this behavior, and the whining will eventually get worse.
If you just took your Goldendoodle for a walk and they are now whining for another, this could be hinting at a possibility that they have a bladder problem or a digestive problem. If your dog wants to go outside to potty as soon as they come back inside, it is suggested that you take them to the veterinarian.
How can I stop my Goldendoodle from whining?
If your Goldendoodle is whining excessively, you need to figure out the reason before you try to fix the behavior.
Some pet owners do not mind a little whining every now and then, whereas others barely tolerate whining and consider any amount to be excessive.
Thankfully, you can teach your dog to whine less or not to whine at all. Here are a few tips that you can try to help teach your Goldendoodle not to whine.
- Pay Attention: Pay very close attention to the sounds of your Goldendoodle’s whining and any other behaviors that they also perform when they are whining. As time passes, you will likely notice a different pitch and volume of their whining, you might learn the difference between the “I want something,” and “I am bored” whines. When you hear a whine that is different from these regular whines, you will be able to determine that this is something different, could be stress or physical pain.
- Be Gentle: If your Goldendoodle’s whining seems to be caused due to stress or physical pain, you need to approach your dog carefully and be very gentle with them. Sometimes this whining can get worse and in the worst case can even possibly turn into aggression.
- Figure out why: Look at why your Goldendoodle is whining and figure out the potential reasons. It is vital to know the reason for whining before you decide how to proceed. You should not punish or yell at your Goldendoodle for whining as this may make them fearful or anxious, this can even lead to developing aggressive behavior.
- Look for stress or fears: If your Goldendoodle is acting fearful, anxious, or stressed out, find the main source of the problem. There can be many fears and phobias that are affecting your dog. If you can figure out the reason, you might be able to work on training as well as desensitizing the Goldendoodle to overcome this fear.
- Take them out on potty breaks: Giving your Goldendoodle what they want under certain circumstances is the best option. If your Goldendoodle is whining to go outside for a potty break, it is suggested you take them out for a walk, or you can let them out in the backyard, instead of allowing them to potty in the house.
- DO NOT encourage whining: You have to make sure you avoid encouraging your Goldendoodle to whine. If you are quite certain your Goldendoodle requires something like attention or food, try to redirect it to another behavior before you give in. Ideally, make your Goldendoodle sit or lie down quietly; then reward them with attention or food or praise with a tasty treat.
- Do not give in: Dogs are similar to kids, giving in to your child’s wants immediately is training your child to whine about everything, same applies ftoGoldendoodles. Giving in immediately is the most common reason that your Goldendoodle starts to whine constantly. Your dog has learned that just a little whining and they will get what they want. Yes, it is very hard to resist a whining Goldendoodle, however, if you give in to your dog every time, you will end up with a very whiny adult dog.
- Keep sa tore of plenty of toys: Make sure you enrich your Goldendoodle’s environment. Make sure your dog has a lot of toys to play with and gets a lot of exercises. If your Goldendoodle has pent-up physical or emotional energy, it will likely whine. Puzzle toys act as great entertainers for your Goldendoodle.
- Reward them when they are quiet: You need to respond selectively to your Goldendoodle’s whining. If you are sure there is no real need, ignore them. After you notice that they are no longer whining, praise them with a tasty treat, or a reward. If you do not respond to their whining for a prolonged period, they will stop.
- Prevention is the best, if you meet all your Goldendoodle’s needs each day, you will have prevented almost all of your dog’s problems, including whining.
If you took a relaxed approach at the start, and now you have a Goldendoodle that whines constantly, it is not too late to start teaching them to not whine. It will require lots of time and effort along with consistency, however, you will be able to teach your Goldendoodle not to whine.