Ask the Trainer: Why Is My Dog Always Whining?

whiningDear Kevin,
Poppy just over 2 years old. She’s a whiner. We’ve tried ignoring her and that didn’t stop it. I don’t know what to do to make her stop. It’s driving us crazy.


Hi June,

Whining can definitely get annoying. Sometimes ignoring can work, but if the dog really wants something then it probably won’t work for long. The best advice I can give is to make sure all the dog’s needs are met. Water, food, physical and mental exercise, and interaction with the human.

Most dogs live pretty boring lives. Especially this time of year depending upon where you live. Being cooped up in a house all day can be pretty darn boring. (I’m not saying this is definitely the case for Poppy.)

If Poppy gets everything she needs then the whining in theory should go away on its own. Things to think about are how much exercise is she getting, and how much interaction is she getting from the humans?

Every dog is different but 1-2 hours of physical exercise is a good base to start off with daily. This can come in different forms like walks, hikes, fetch, tug, etc. From there I would start to add in a few 10 minute training sessions a day. This can include teaching tricks, basic obedience, or giving interactive toys that makes the dog figure out what to do to get the good things.

As I mentioned above, by meeting all her needs this whining should start to go away. If you do meet all her needs and it doesn’t go away I would contact her Veterinarian and get her checked out to make sure there isn’t something wrong with her medically.

Thanks for your question!

Kevin Duggan CPDT-KA

Kevin is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (  and is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator through the American Kennel Club. He currently resides in Ohio with his dog, V, a six-year-old Shepherd/Lab mix, where he operates All Dogs Go To Kevin, LLC, specializing in helping build positive relationships between humans and their canine companions using clear communication, not pain and fear. For more training tips and tricks, and to meet his amazing dog, V,  follow him on Facebook by clicking here.

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