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post #21 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-12-2019, 07:06 PM
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I relate as my Cubby is 11 months and Whining. At this stage of my life, I figure I put up with whining kids and grandkids.....not into putting up with this. So my approach is to ignore. I know it is hard, but Pavlov's theory, if I reinforce it he will do it. So I turn up the tv or music. I am trying really, really hard. I hope and actually think it will work. Good luck
Hey Carole! Did Cubby's whining last UNTIL he was 11 months (or older) or did he pick it up at some point? Ferdie is only 12 weeks now but she's started whining. She quiets down quickly, but she definitely lets us know when she's upset with us!! We're pen/crate training, so she has her ex-pen connected to a crate w/ her bed, some toys, and fake turf inside. We let her out after she does her business and then she has some time with us playing around outside. But if she doesn't behave, like if she continuously tries to get on the couch, making us repeat her off command several times (which she's good at!!), then I put her back in the pen to try and let her know her behavior was not acceptable, at which point she'll start whining!! We ignore her and then she calms down, but then a few minutes later she'll go tinkle on the pad and we'll click and treat. If we don't let her out at that point (which I'm not sure if we should or not!! Just cause she's still in there because she wouldn't listen. But do you do it just to reinforce the good potty behavior??), then she'll cry again. This is harder than I thought it would be!!

How are things with Cubby now?
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So glad to see this thread! Lonnie is about 14 weeks and he's a constant barker and whiner when he goes in the crate or is in the expen and I'm not. I typically can ignore it, but his bark is EARSPLITTING! He can bark for 10 min...I will continue to ignore tho. When he does get quiet I'll say "good boy" but then he just starts to bark more.
Isn't that too much!! You go to reward them for being quiet but when you walk over to do it they just go crazy again!
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I have the barking with Bella also, it's hard to keep calm when they don't stop, I have been working on her, and she seems to be responding somewhat. Now when I need to go upstairs and away for a minute, I softly tell her, mommy will be right back, she would always bark when I did this, but now she seems to be getting it, thank God! I am assuming it's separation anxiety. Hopefully as I continue with this, she will keep responding to it.

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I should start telling Ferdie when we're coming back and see how that works. How'd it pan out with you?
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My Sophie has separation anxiety also. I could have fixed it pretty quickly I think but with her getting so sick I stopped leaving her and working on it sicne stress makes her worse I didn't want to exasperate things. But she is so much better with the separation thing now. As a pup if she were behind the cyclone fence (while I was mowing the back yard) or in a crate (which I only do when I'm painting or on the computer, I have a wire crate set up in the window so she can safely look out while I work but I only put her in when she asks and take her out if she asks it's not for confinement just a window seat) anyway if I were more than a few feet from her she would fuss and whine and take the wire with her teeth and TUG TUG TUG for all she was worth.

I have worked really hard on it again now that she's feeling a lot better and can walk around the block (I watch what she is doing via NEST camera with my iPhone) and she and Aunt Edna just sit at the window and watch for me. I am usually gone 5-7 min and when I come back I calmly walk in the front door, no eye contact or touching, just go about my business and she's gone from leaping all over me crying like her life was over, to calmly greeting me like it's no big deal.

I work from home so am always with her if I could go back I'd start leaving her from the get go but I had never had a dog with separation anxiety before and didn't recognize it as the big problem it is before it got engrained. My goal is to be able to actually get in the car and go to the grocery store and leave her home and still have a home to come back to.
We try to ignore Ferdie when we get in from being out as well. She cries and jumps on the side of her ex-pen trying to get our attention. But we hang out in the kitchen until she chills out. Unfortunately, as soon as we walk over to the pen she continues jumping and crying and is now excitedly tinkling on the floor before we coax her to the turf!! It's so frustrating knowing it's going to happen every time... We're going through a lot of urine spray!
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