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You may not realize it, but whining is one of the most versatile communications dogs have. Learning the different reasons dogs whine can help you understand your dog better and increase your bond. It can also help you with training, because if you are mis-reading your dog’s whining signals, you could be responding all wrong. Below are the top reasons dog’s whine.
#1 – Stress
Whining is one of the key signs of stress. A lot of reactive dogs will whine before they bark. Usually it is accompanied by pacing, cowering, lip licking, low tail carriage, panting, inability to respond to cues, etc. When training your dog, it’s good to notice this behavior – if your dog is whining he is over his threshold in terms of stress and you may need to alter your training place/methods to bring him back down so he can actually learn.