Im no expert, I can't give you any professional advice. But, my boy is 9 months old and he cries/ whines all the time. I just call it him talking. He cries when he is bored, when he is playing, when he wants attention, when he is stretching, when he is yawning, when he is eating, when he is trying to figure soothing out. I can now kind of distinguish between the whines. He has an im bored whine, and im overstimulated whine, an im very pleased whine, a let me outside whine, and a pay attention to me whine. He is a very happy, healthy pup. They are just very, very, very vocal dogs. And, it seems to be all whining. He rarely barks, but boy is he a talker.