What to do? My dog is a crier!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My sister’s doxie did this after she got spayed and it was super annoying. The vet said that she was super anxious all the time because of her hormones changing after the surgery. She was constanly  nervous. The vet said to give her benedryl to help her calm down. Not sure how much or if it would be the same if your pup hasn’t been spayed or anything yet but it’s worth asking your vet about.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Have you tried swatting her on the nose or spraying her with water when she cries and rewarding her when she doesn’t?

My female chihuahua went through something similar a while back and we would spray her nose with a water when she’d cry/howl. Then when she was quiet we’d praise her and give her lots of attention. She eventually associated positive attention/rewards with being quiet and calm vs. crying and howling for it.

Post # 6
Hostess
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

Have you tried leaving a radio or tv on for her? That helps our pups a lot.

Another suggestion would be trying out a Thundershirt. It worked GREAT for our male with his anxiety and it is completley risk free as any pet store will allow you to return it for a full refund. http://www.thundershirt.com/

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My dog is very vocal also. I’m not sure if it’s the same, but I’ll explain our situation anyways.

1 year old female lab, stubborn but sweet temperment, never mistreated. Likes to grumble, huff deep sighs, cry, occasionally bark, but mostly grumble. I swear sometimes it sounds like we’re beating her! I wonder what the neighbours must think! We did some research (google) and the suggestion we got was that she needed more strict handling. We did that, just not letting her get away with her noises by making a vocal correction (NO.) when she does it. She seems to really enjoy being bossed around. I’ve never seen that before. 

Maybe you could try hiding in another room and the second she’s quiet, reward her with praise/treats? I also do that with mine when she’s just relaxing quietly.

Post # 11
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Newbee

Some dogs just take longer to realize that they don’t have to worry– you WILL come back. 

I have a five month old pup right now, and while I’m  starting to notice she is crying a little bit less now, her behavior got me talking to my neighbors. (I live in an apartment and someone kept calling animal control over her whining.) I tried to talk to all of my neighbors about it to reassure them that I was doing my best to get her comfortable with my absence and ask them to please call me instead of animal control since all they do is leave a note on my door telling me to “make her stop.”

ANYWAY, One of my neighbors has a purebred dachshund and she said that her dog took TWO YEARS to stop crying when she left him alone. He is quiet now unless he hears someone  outside, but he finally grew out of it. 

Sometimes you can do everything you are supposed to, but the only thing that works is time and patience. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MASPA:  That’s good! Maybe it’s just a dominance thing. That would probably be easier than if she is fearful.

Yes, mine is a real character! I might be worried about her hound dog antics if she wasn’t wagging her tail happily while she whines.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MASPA:  Hmm, other than changing your behavior in how your answer her (like teach her to use a bell for potty, not a whine), you can leave the house and give her “a job” for a while.  Job like cleaning out a Kong that was been frozen overnight with a little peanut butter or yogurt in it (little so you don’t come home to a mess).

I fostered a puppy who would FREAK OUT any time I was out of her sight.  I would only whip out the frozen Kong when I was leaving.  So my leaving was probably the highlight of her day because she got this awesome treat.

Think of other ways you can change the way you answer her whines. It will be a slow road though!

 

Also are you giving her a good exercise session where she won’t have the enrgy to whine?

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MASPA:  Ah I see you mentioned it above.  That would be the first dog I have heard of that wouldn’t go for a dab of peanut butter inside a Kong!

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