Stop My Dog From Whining

So you have a problem with a whining dog? It is not unusual for people to have problems, particularly with puppies whining all day long. Most puppies will outgrow this behavior.

They generally whine for two reasons: For attention and when they are anxious. If they want attention, they will continue to whine if that attention attracts a reward. It is better just to give your dog attention in the form of eye contact rather than a reward to stop it from whining, as a reward will only encourage it to whine all the more.

Often the best solution is to ignore the dog completely until the whining stops no matter how long it might take. When the dog realizes that it is not getting the reward it expects from whining it will tend to stop. An alternative method is to blow a whistle when your dog is whining and when it stops you stop.

Often this method works faster than simply ignoring it. Another reason why dogs whine is because they are anxious. Particularly when nobody is around and they have separation anxiety. This can be more difficult, if you are unable to find somebody to mind the dog when you’re away. Leaving your dog with suitable toys to play with, fresh food and water can assist, and also getting it used to you being away by starting off with shorter periods apart as discussed in a previous newsletter.

Another method to stop your dog from whining is to buy a clicker from a pet store and ignore the whining until it stops. Once the dog stops whining, wait for a few seconds and then click the clicker, and then reward it in some manner. The dog will soon learn that the reward comes from its silence. 

Please note: This article is part of a collection of dog-related content that we purchased the rights to. Opinions expressed may or may not agree with those espoused by Master Dog Trainer Adam G. Katz. When in doubt, please refer to the advice given in Adam’s dog training book.  This article is provided for your enjoyment, only. It’s relevance to real world working dog training may be limited.

Should You Correct A Puppy With A Pinch Collar

My husband and I recently purchased a white German Shepherd. She is 12 weeks old today and quite a handful. Sometimes she can be so sweet, but other times she is actually quite vicious.

Well, I don’t know if vicious is the right word, but when I tell her “No!” she just gets more agitated and lunges at me with her teeth bared.

I got a small pinch collar since she’s a puppy but I have a question as to how it should fit. When I take 2 prongs out it is snug against her neck and I worry about it being too tight. When I only take 1 prong out, it sort of slides down her neck a little bit and she constantly scratches at it and it circles around her neck and doesn’t stay put. Which is the right fit?

She is really a handful and I think the pinch collar is a great tool, but I want to make sure it fits right so as not to cause her any discomfort.

You say in the book that you should be able to slide half a finger in there, but I guess I am just confused as to how you should judge the fit.

Please help! I’m afraid my time is running out to get her to start obeying me. She doesn’t see me as the Alpha dog quite yet and it is very frustrating to be with her for long periods of time. When I say “Duchess, come” she only comes when she feels like it. With the pinch collar, what is the best way to make sure she comes each time I call her? I don’t want to go around yanking on her neck, but at the same time she needs to respect me. Any tips you can give me on making sure she sees me as the boss would be very helpful!


Dear Cassidy:

When I refer to “half a finger space” in regard to the proper fitting of the pinch collar, what I mean is:

– If the average person’s finger is ½ inch wide, then there should be aproximately ¼ inch of space between the end of the prong and the skin of the dog’s neck.

So, why don’t I just say, “1/4 inch of space”? Because it’s easier to judge by sticking your finger beneath the prong than it is to break out your old high school ruler.

Many of you (newsletter subscribers) are no doubt wondering why I would recommend a pinch collar for a puppy. And my answer is: I’m not. At least not for most puppies.

But there are some puppies who will not respond to a simple diversion or verbal, “No.” They will bite and cause puncture wounds on your legs and arms if they are not corrected for this behavior. So, if you’ve tried the other methods for dealing with “puppy nipping” that I’ve outlined in the book, then you’ll need to progress to a small pinch collar. (Also described in the book.)

“But aren’t they too young for a pinch collar?” you’re probably thinking.

The answer is: No.

They ARE too young for formal obedience [training->dog training]. (I.E., Sit, Down, Come, Heel, Stay). [This should start when you see the adult teeth come in& at aproximately 4 to 5 months of age.]

But a puppy SHOULD be corrected for biting& if you’ve found that diverting his attention to a chew toy or another activity is not working.

Why? Because the mother dog would not allow the puppy to bite her. If the pup bites her too hard, she will turn and bite the puppies neck.

From the puppies perspective, THIS HURTS.

But it does not cause damage.

And that’s why the puppy chooses not to bite the mama dog any more. Because it doesn’t feel good.

This is the same reason that it’s okay to correct a puppy for excessively hard biting with the pinch collar. The pinch collar replicates the mama dog.

Trust me on this: I’ve seen 11 week-old Rottweiler puppies and 10 week-old Jack Russell Terrier puppies who had biten through (literally) their owners fingers with their needle-like teeth. The owners are almost in tears with the idea that they may have to put their puppy to sleep.

They’ve tried all the nonsense garbage your read in the dog magazines.

Stuff like shrieking in a high-pitched voice. Or putting the puppy in the crate. Or turning your back on the dog. But none of it works on a puppy who is intent on biting down as hard as he can on your soft, human flesh.

Getting back on course& When you correct the puppy, just use common sense. Simply because your car can accelerate up to 140 mph. does not mean that you should or need to drive that fast. The same goes for the pinch collar. If you’re an adult and you can employ reason and common sense, then you should be able to tailor the intensity of your correction to appropriately match your dog’s temperament.

How do you do this? You test.

If you correct the puppy for biting, then next you should immediately offer him your hand again. If he immediately bites you again& then you now know that your correction wasn’t meaningful.

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Ankle Biting

I have a five month-old Maltese and I’m having a problem with him nipping at my ankles and pulling on my pant legs. Also could I use a pinch collar on him? He only weighs 4lbs.

Thanks for any help you can give me. Regards, Marie

Dear Marie,

By biting your ankles and pulling your pant legs, he is asking for attention. I find it hard to think that he is trying to dominate you at this age, so the behavior is probably more related to attention. You need to eliminate this behavior verbal correction IN CONJUNCTION WITH grabbing the scruff of his neck and giving a firm pull.

If it’s easier, use a prong collar on because the collar only pinches the skin instead of constricting against the neck. While they are very hard to find in conventional pet stores, they are available online and can be found by typing “micro prong collar” into a search engine. It will help you communicate with your dog in a way he understands. However, it’s unlikely.

Body Language Before Dog Bites

Mark writes: After catching up on doggy email, I’ve noticed your reference to submissive posture. Your book helped more than a professional trainer I hired for my adopted Golden. We went through biting and  dominance issues.

The problem I am having now is I still do not trust him 100%. When he bit there really wasn’t any sign it was coming (that I noticed). Even now, the only sign that he doesn’t like something  is a lowered head and sometimes a low growl (the groomer told me this).

This dog growls sometimes when he is happy. It is almost like someone
taught him not to make any other noise in doors. Outside he will bark.
I guess the big question is how do you read a dog’s face, body, etc.?

Dear Mark:

It’s a tough situation you’ve got. You’ve really got to just pay close attention to the dog at any time you suspect she may display the aggression. The most common indicators that I used when working with clients who had aggressive dogs was to watch:

1. The mouth. A dog will always pull has mouth closed tight just before
he bites.

2. Body language. The dog’s body language will get stiff and still just before he bites. Especially watch the stillness. It’s very subtle, but at the same time very noticeable once you train your eye to look for it.

There are other things that you could look for depending on the dog and the type of aggression. However, you need to recognize that there are ALWAYS cues… it’s just a matter of whether we are quick enough (or aware enough) to catch them.

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With Zippy barking furiously all the way, the girls started screaming and trying to get up. In one terrifying leap Zippy latched onto that angel’s nose and lip, knocking her over, and then we were all screaming. I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT! Zippy had nipped before, but never like this!

I’ll never forget the fear in that little girl’s eyes, and the look from her mom — my new best friend, and new enemy — all in 20 minutes. And the blood. Oh, my! I never knew a face could bleed so much.

Years later, not a day goes by that I don’t look at that little girl over the fence, and see her playing alone, with the scars on her face, and realize how I had changed her life forever. I cry when I remember how they carried her away in the ambulance, with her blood-soaked pinafore dress.

I cry when my own little girl wakes up in terror night after night, a little less frequently now, but still much too often, screaming, reliving Zippy’s attack.

I was the only one home when the police came to take Zippy away forever, and I was the one who had to sit down at the kitchen table and tell the whole family that their beloved pet was never coming home again. I’m the one who has to keep explaining why we’re not allowed to ever have a dog again.

I cry when I think of my husband working two jobs, and poring over the bills trying to figure out how to recover from the lawsuit, and when we have to sit down and tell the kids we can’t go on vacation this year, again.

If only.

If only I had known how to prevent dog bites. If only I had known. I tried to do what I knew to do, but I really didn’t understand.

My life, my little girl’s life, my whole family, and that precious little girl next door’s life, most of all, would have been totally different.

And her parents. How I ache for her parents as I see the grief in their eyes when we nod politely across the driveway. So much that could have been, and so much that never will be.

If only.

Kate FL

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Sue Bulanda

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Dr Milani

Dr Milani is a Charlestown, New Hampshire based animal behaviorist. The owner of TippingPoint, Inc.., and organization devoted to the advancement and understanding ofthe interaction between animal health, behavior and human-animal relationship.

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Gwen Bohnenkamp

Gwen Bohnenkamp has been providing behavior consultation and training services since 1985. She instructed the first university level course in Applied Animal Behavior at San Francisco State University.

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She has been a member of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI) for 25 years (also a past President), and attends each of the anual meetings, which provide seminars and workshops featuring top names in dog behavior and training.

She is also a member of Associationb of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), and attends their annual national conferences also. She is a published author. She wrote two books on flyball and co-authored NADOI’s “Good Puppy Handbook,” which won the Maxwell award for best educational training pamphlet in 1996.

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