Whining is a natural behavior that just about all dogs exhibit, and in Weimaraners, whining is a particularly frequent behavior. One of the main problems with trying to stop dogs from whining is that they often are not aware that they are doing it. There are also some circumstances when whining would be appropriate.
Timing Is Everything
The real trick to controlling Weimaraner whining, then, is to help your dog to learn when the behavior is appropriate and when it isn’t. Essentially, you can do this by only responding to or paying attention to your dog when his whining occurs under appropriate circumstances – when he needs to go outside, for instance.
Of course, that’s much easier said than done. Before you can even begin to address and correct inappropriate Weimaraner whining behavior, you need to know why your dog may be whining to begin with.
Dogs will whine when they are upset, scared, hurt, bored, anxious or excited. If you have a puppy, it is not likely that he is whining because he is sick or in pain.
But if you have an older Weimaraner who has suddenly begun to whine a lot, you should probably make sure there is no underlying medical reason for this behavior before you simply try to train him out of it.
One of the hardest things about addressing Weimaraner whining training issues is that whining is one of a dog’s natural reactions to being punished. If your dog whines when he is upset, and your punishment upsets him, he will simply continue to whine without having any idea what he did wrong.
What You Can Do
That does not mean there’s no way to stop Weimaraner whining. However, addressing this behavior problem can be a multifaceted operation because you will have to first determine what triggers your dog’s whining before you will be able to correct it.
In many ways, addressing Weimaraner whining will coincide with other facets of your obedience training. For instance, if your dog is whining because he is suffering from separation anxiety, you will have to address the underlying anxiety and the whining will likely go away on its own.
However, there are plenty of times when a dog will whine just to try and get something he wants. Whether the object of your Weimaraner’s desire is a spot on the couch next to you or a bite of that tasty burger you’re eating, you should never give in to your dog when he is whining.
But if you can’t punish your dog when he whines and you can’t give in, then what do you do? You simply have to ignore him. This is the only way to get your dog to understand that it will never get what it wants while it is whining.
If whining behavior is not effective, your dog will eventually stop. It is then, and only then, that you can give your dog the attention that he craves.
Keys to Success
When you’re attempting to address Weimaraner whining, there are several key components to keep in mind. First of all, you need to be consistent and not give in to your dog or show him any attention, even negative attention, until he has completely stopped his whining. Also, you will need to be sure to positively reinforce the cessation of whining.
When it’s Okay to Whine
For most dog owners, a dog who is whining because he needs to go outside is a good dog. While you might not have a problem with this behavior, it can be a good idea to try and train your dog to alert you to this need in some other way.
Dogs don’t necessarily distinguish between different contexts for the same behavior and allowing whining only under certain circumstances is likely to confuse them.