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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-13-2014, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Whining Problem...

Schatzi is getting this habit of whining when she gets a bit excited. When people try to pet her, when I am about to feed her, sometime when we are training, when there is another dog around...etc. My question is how can I stop her from whining?

She has good obedience, but now that I am out of school and get home at 4pm from work I have tons of time to spend with her so I decided to start training both my dogs over again and turn their good obedience to great. I am following the methods Michael Ellies lays out in his The Power of Training Dogs with Food dvd.

Anyways, any tips and/or advice will be appreciated
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She could just be a talker. Allie and Lycan whine when they are happy, sad, puzzled, excited, pleased, annoyed etc.

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She could just be a talker. Allie and Lycan whine when they are happy, sad, puzzled, excited, pleased, annoyed etc.

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Hmm never thought of that lol. I know my Malamute howls and "speaks" but never thought a GSD can be like that as well...interesting. Thanks

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Our last was like that. She "cried" or whined a lot. In the car it was like we had a crying baby in the car.


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Our last was like that. She "cried" or whined a lot. In the car it was like we had a crying baby in the car.
Same here. In the car though, I really wish I could get him to stop.
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I'm not an expert trainer by any stretch of the imagination. I could never get her to stop.

Our current pup started doing that in the car and I can't stand the thought of going through that again.

Here is what I have been doing. I put a zip lock of treats in the car. When he gets in the car I treat. We make it to the end of the driveway without him crying, I treat. We make it to the stop sign at the end of the street without him crying, I treat. etc. If he cries or whines, no treats. You could also hold the treat so he could see it, when he chills out, mark the behavior, and treat.

So far that seems like it is working. Eventually I will start backing off on the treats until I eliminate them. However, he is currently 9 weeks old. Your mileage may vary.

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Same here. In the car though, I really wish I could get him to stop.


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I'm not an expert trainer by any stretch of the imagination. I could never get her to stop.

Our current pup started doing that in the car and I can't stand the thought of going through that again.

Here is what I have been doing. I put a zip lock of treats in the car. When he gets in the car I treat. We make it to the end of the driveway without him crying, I treat. We make it to the stop sign at the end of the street without him crying, I treat. etc. If he cries or whines, no treats. You could also hold the treat so he could see it, when he chills out, mark the behavior, and treat.

So far that seems like it is working. Eventually I will start backing off on the treats until I eliminate them. However, he is currently 9 weeks old. Your mileage may vary.
Thanks, I've tried the treats a little, but I should take your advice and really focus on it. The one thing that has made a difference is I put a plastic storage tote on the seat next to him, it keeps him from getting too excited. He used to jump from window to window, now he sits stiller and doesn't get so worked up. I'll definitely try the treat thing though.

I keep meaning to try short trips, or trips when I have more time. I'm always heading somewhere so never end up stopping or really doing anything when he whines. I keep wanting yo try just stopping every time he whines too.
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Same here. In the car though, I really wish I could get him to stop.

Mine doesn't whine in car, but does get car sick. I've tried almost everything from setting in the drive way and reward, ginger snaps, driving slow. But her issue is when we drive a bit further than just around the block. Right now I usually give her a bonine pill for the motion sickness and works like a charm she is normal and no issue.

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My dog is a huge whiner. I was told his grandmother was a talker/whiner too. He also makes other noises. he's just very vocal.


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My boy's super vocal too. If he isn't whining, it's because he's barking or yipping or groaning....or sleeping, lol.
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