7 Reasons Your New Puppy Keeps Whining

My new puppy keeps whining!

If your puppy starts talking to you in human form, please bring him to my house so I can experience this life-altering experience with you. Until then, it is safe to say that animals cannot talk, at least in a manner understandable to humans. Instead, animals use various sounds to communicate with their mom and other animals. Puppies often whine as a means of communication. It alerts mommy that something is wrong, and her baby needs immediate attention. A puppy may whine because he is tired, overwhelmed, hurting, or because he wants more attention, among other reasons. As a pet owner, distinguishing his whines to determine the problem is not so simple.

Yet, as a pet owner, it is all a part of the job, one we take seriously since seeing our four-legged friends in any type of distress is quite disheartening. Extended periods of puppy whining also causes us stress and can be overwhelming, especially if you’re tucked tightly into bed for a night of rest. It’s safe to say that easing our furry friend’s discomfort is important for many reasons. The puppy will stop whining when his needs are met. What are some of the most common reasons a puppy whines? What can you do to stop the whining and ease his or her discomfort?

1. Is your puppy bored?

Imagine how boring it can get when a puppy is full of energy, happy, and excited, but has nothing fun to entertain his time. A puppy may whine when he needs attention from his owner or, at a minimum, something to entertain him. The fix for a bored puppy is simple: provide him with a toy, engage him in a game of tug-o-war, take a walk, or otherwise offer your four-legged friend entertainment. If the whining ceases once this happens, you can confidently say that he was one bored pup who simply needed something to occupy his time.

2. Is your puppy excited?

Your dog is very smart. He knows who you are, how you smell, and the moment you arrive in the driveway. He may whine in anticipation of seeing you, especially if you’ve been gone from the home for an extended period. Once your pet has time to enjoy the thrill of your arrival, he’ll calm down pretty quickly. Give your pet his moment. Who else wags their tail, barks, and whines simply because they’re so excited that you are home? How nice is it to be so loved?

3. Does your puppy have to potty?

Many pets whine when it’s time to go outside. Hey, when you have to go, you have to go! Many pet owners keep their dogs on a bathroom break schedule, which reduces accidents and whining. Consider using a bathroom break schedule for your four-legged friend. In the meantime, if you notice that he whines and runs toward the door or exhibits other signs that suggest it is time to go potty, that is probably the cause of his discomfort. It’s nothing that a quick bathroom break cannot solve!

4. Is your puppy sick?

Whining is a normal part of a pup’s life and should be expected. However, if your puppy whines and other symptoms are apparent, it may be time to schedule an appointment with the veterinarian. A cold or a more serious health condition may be the reason that your pip is whining so much. Your puppy may be sick or have ailments that cause him to hurt or feel ill, which certainly causes a lot of whining. A thorough examination from the vet will determine if underlying health concerns are the cause of your pup’s angst. It is better to be safe than to be sorry, especially where your furry friend is concerned.

5. Your puppy is still adjusting to his new home.

Once you bring a puppy home, he is placed in a new environment. He may miss his brothers and sisters or even his mommy or previous owners. Every puppy needs an adjustment period once you bring them home. Hiring a puppy trainer may also help your pp learn better communication than whining. However, give your puppy time to adjust to his new home and family and do all that you can to help him feel loved and welcomed, like any other member of the family. A couple of weeks will ease his worries considerably, and in no time at all, you’ll notice that he has adapted well to his new surroundings and life.

6. Is your puppy uncomfortable?

Pups will whine and cry if they’re uncomfortable since this is the only means of communication they have to alert you to the matter. A puppy may be uncomfortable due to any number of reasons, from being too hot or too cold to being hungry or because he simply is having ‘one of those days.’ He may even whine because new people are at the home that he wants to greet and make an introduction! Follow the dog’s cues to determine the cause of his concern better so you can soothe the dog and stop him from whining. Many pet owners reward their pets when they stop whining. A nice treat is a great incentive to stop misbehavior, after all. Consider using treats to help train your pup when he whines.

7. Your puppy wants attention.

When it all boils down to it, a puppy acts in many of the same ways as an infant. If he wants attention, you may notice those sad eyes and whining. Sometimes it is nothing more than the need for a bit of attention that causes your puppy to whine. As mentioned above, many ideas help entertain your dog and eliminate boredom. Maybe after a game of fetch, you can also love your animal and give him lots of lap time. Puppies love being near their owners and, of course, being the center of attention from time to time.

1 thought on “7 Reasons Your New Puppy Keeps Whining

  1. Kristina Greenwell

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