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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-22-2017, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Whining is driving me crazy

Over the past year Charley has been whining more and more and I'm going nuts!!! I know it's actually my fault because he whines and I ultimately give him what he wants. It started with him whining to tell me he has to go out. I thought this clever of him and I responded by taking him out for his business. And we had a nice little system going.

Little did I realize that the whining would expand to other things like, it's time to feed me and it's time for you to wake up.

Uuugggh! I don't know how to backtrack this and get Charley to stop whining. Please, send me your suggestions. I don't know what to do.

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I created a whiner with our first Havanese and the same thing happened to us. She whined for EVERYTHING.

With Tux, I learned my lesson and NEVER responded to ANYTHING vocal. I suggest that if you want your dog to let you know his needs, then you need to stay ahead of the vocalization and try to respond to other signals. You can also just tell him that he is going to go potty before he lets you know. When he whines for anything else, do NOT respond. Wait a second or two between whines, and then react, If its necessary, or just ignore him. The minute he is quiet, give him attention. Good luck. ALWAYS reward good behavior.
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Yup. I have a self-created demand barker. Kodi. He was our "first", and when he said "jump", we asked "how high". I now realize it was TOTALLY our fault. We've never completely gotten hgmove wit, though he's WAY better now than when he was younger. But, boy, I learned my lesson, and I made SURE that neither Pixel nor Panda were allowed to develop that habit!

With Panda, I went in a slightly different direction. She showed some interest in a little breathy non-bark. Whenever she did it, I'd click and treat, naming it "whisper". Now, if she starts barking, I remind her to "whisper" and she does.

But mostly, as Tux's mom said, it's a matter of TOTALLY avoiding even REACTING to (let alone responding to!) any vocalizations that you don't want.


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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
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You've received good advice so far. Really reward the behavior you want. GOOD LUCK!

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I've been following everyone's suggestions and I'm noticing some improvement.

for example, when Charley whines near the door to go out and respond quickly not to the whine but to the quiet right after to the whine. so I'm trying not to give him the opportunity to whine more than once.

i'm trying the same with other things he whines for - minimize the whining by ignoring the whine doing what he needs with the immediate quiet that follows.

I'm really hoping I can backtrack this so thanks for your suggestions.
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When Scout was a puppy he started tapping the sliding glass door if he needed to go out. I was so proud of him and always praised him with, "good boy." Unfortunately he likes going in and out frequently! He now taps a basket in the living room or the wall if he is hungry.
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He now taps a basket in the living room or the wall if he is hungry.
I can't breath....LOLOLOL
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Let us know how Charley does! Great you are seeing improvement already. I wish I could go back and do things differently myself They are just so darn cute it's hard not to spoil them from the get go.
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I can't breath....LOLOLOL
Now he's started tapping on the crate to get out!
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