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Old 01-23-2014, 09:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone.
I need some help or suggestions here. My husband and I have a (almost) 16 week old german shepherd puppy. We got her at 8 weeks. From the moment we first saw her and picked her up, I KNEW she was gunna be a talker. And I love her expressions and that she is a talker. However, the whining... Oh-EM-GEE!!! She is crated whenever we leave our house and she does pretty well for the most part being in there. She whines for a little bit and then is fine. When we take her out of her crate is when she goes stir crazy with the whining! To me, so far it just seems like she is wanting attention and some lovin'. The only other time she is really whiny is when we go to puppy classes. And this is by FAR the most embarrassing thing ever. She will literally whine the entire time unless she's working on whatever it is we're doing or she is the center of attention. Talk about annoying and embarrassing. How do I get this to stop?!?! I have tried sitting on the floor with her and petting her and have tried entertaining her to get her to just calm down.... I am at my wits ends with this whining stuff! Please help with any ideas or suggestions!!!

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Old 01-23-2014, 10:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like she whines when she is excited. Whining is a known trait in the breed. It's one of my requirements when I get a new puppy....no whiners! I don't there that there is much you can do about it other than ignore it. Others may have some ideas.
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ignoring works best to my knowledge. Just don't reward the behavior.


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Old 01-23-2014, 11:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Im suprised you were at training and the trainer did nothing. Dinozzo had his first puppy class last night. The trainer indicated we were to ignore it for a bit but if he kept it up we would work on it.
Well as I expected he kept it up. The trainer grabbed an empty Clorox bottle that was filled with coins or metal objects and shook it long enough for him to snap out of it. He mentioned not allowing him to check out the object once it was used. By the end of the night he pretty much was quiet.

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Old 01-23-2014, 11:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a whiner too. We tell him to stop singing or "ENOUGH"! when it's really bad. He's getting better. I don't want him to think he can never whine. There may be a time when he needs to. Like if he can't get outside to potty. Please whine then...lol
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I cant help but giggle i doggy sit a lab and he is always vocal about everything...he whines and whines and screams, and it is so high pitched that it will give you a headache and make you physically sick quick, i ignore it, his mom said that he has screamed since day 1. The kids like to hide from him when they come home because its so bloody loud, they all think his noises sound like a dying seal.
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Explain to us exactly what you do when you come home and your pup is in the crate.
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Old 01-23-2014, 12:05 PM   #8 (permalink)
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@kathrynapril: I did talk to the trainer about it & she advised it's just a high energy dog and I think she does the ignoring method... She will settle eventually SOMEDAYS... I find that if we exercise her before classes she is actually more whiny. WEIRD!?!
@lillie: normally my husband gets home before I do from work. What we normally do when we come home is IF we have something to out away or do really quick we do that. Normally that's not the case because if she has been in there for a while we will go straight to her crate to let her out. We then walk directly to the back door where she goes to go outside. She will whine the whole way to the back door. Do her thing outside and come in and whine. I know she is wanting attention, but we don't want to make her excited after letting her out of her cage because she will have an accident. So we wait to love on her until she comes in from outside... Am I doing this ALL WRONG or what?


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I have a whiner too. We tell him to stop singing or "ENOUGH"! when it's really bad. He's getting better. I don't want him to think he can never whine. There may be a time when he needs to. Like if he can't get outside to potty. Please whine then...lol
Rofl I so agree with this! Dinozzo whines to go outside too.





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@kathrynapril: I did talk to the trainer about it & she advised it's just a high energy dog and I think she does the ignoring method... She will settle eventually SOMEDAYS... I find that if we exercise her before classes she is actually more whiny. WEIRD!?!
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Good to hear. Dinozzo seems to get more whiny when tired or over excited. Its the default for everything. Lol


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Old 01-23-2014, 12:25 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I feel for you because I have a 12 week old whiner!! Sometimes he just walks around the house and whines until he finds a good spot to lay down. He sounds like a baby bear crying when he whines. It was cute at first but got old quick. I tell him to "shhhh" and ignore him and it has seemed to work. He has gotten much better over the last couple weeks. Keeping my fingers crossed. I wish you luck.


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