Behavior Tip of the Month
My puppy whines whenever he wants something. How can I make him stop?
I want what I want and I want it right now!
Does this describe some toddlers youve met? Well, it also describes some puppies and dogs. Because they haven't learned the skill of patience and delayed gratification, they whine to get what they want. Feed me now! Pay attention to me! Open that car door and let me out! Non-stop whining is a pain in the ear.
My favorite method for stopping this auditory assault is by simply ignoring the dog and not giving him what he wants until he's quiet. This is harder than it sounds.
For example, my last puppy, Teddy, continuously whined to get in and out of the car. It was time to teach him silence and patience.
Here are the steps I followed:
1. Buy a book or magazine that you really want to read.
2. Go to your pups whining location. In my case, it was the garage. Take your dog and your magazine.
3. If your K9 whines, dont say a word. Turn your back on him and read. Keep reading till he takes a breath. Silence for a nano second!
4. Instantly reward his silence by starting to turn around.
5. He will probably start whining again. Immediately turn your back on him and read. Don't stay say a word. This is TUF-LUV doggie style. The first time it took 20 minutes to achieve blessed quiet. Be prepared to spend time. Silence is worth the effort.
6. The next time, he will likely whine even longer. Hes having a tantrum since hes not getting what he wants. Dont follow his orders. Take your book, turn around and read. Repeat steps 5 and 6. Keep this up until he's finally quiet.
7. Continue to do this inside the house. If he whines for dinner, turn around and read. Repeat steps 5 and 6. If you yell, BE QUIET or even look in his direction, you're giving him the attention he wants. Hes rewarded for whining. My mantra is, be more stubborn and patient than your dog!
8. Finally, when he's quiet, give him a love fest of rewards. Pet, praise, throw him a ball, toy or treat. Play his favorite game. Make him feel he's won the lottery. You both deserve it!
Can we teach silence? WHINE NOT!
Best Friend Behavior Counseling and Training
San Diego, Ca.
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