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Rubydoo's owner mentioned that she whines. Louie is the biggest whiner. I am wondering if this is a Basset trait, or just something that some of them do?

Does your pup whine?

Any idea on how to get them to stop whining?

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Beldin moans, murmurs, barks, yips, rumbles, harupmphs, snorts and woofs ... :blink:

Mocha yips, snarfs, chitters, groans, huffs, puffs, and sings (on occation) ... :p

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Lightning used to be an incessant whiner. I thought it would drive me out of my mind. He seems to have grown out of it (he's 8). I think he figured out barking got me to do his bidding faster than whining. Stomps never whines, but he's not your typical basset.

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Jasmine is a fairly regular whiner - mainly just when she wants attention. It has earned her the tag line "World's most hard done by dog", as her life is obviously much more trying than we can comprehend ;) - she's actually lying in her crate and whining, as I type this.

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Any idea on how to get them to stop whining?[/b]

In general dogs do what works for them. If you find the whining annoying it is most likely getting the dog the attention it is seeking.

1. be proactive why does the dog whine? satisfied the dogs need before it needs to ask.

2. attention seeking see Harmony Program Work much like you would for a crying baby. When a baby cry's do you ignore it? That does not work to well. It is best to give the attention. food etc it needs. Once it learns it needs will be and are being met it does not need attention as often

3. Ignore the behavor. As above usually fails because the dogs need are not met. At best you substitute one annoying habit for an even more annoying habit that you can't possibly ignore.

4. train an alternative less annoying behavior, Such as sitting in front of you quitely see <a href="" target="_blank">Training an Alternative Behavior:
Changing a Paw Whack to a Chin Rest</a> and Stopping Negative Behavior Positively
The first step in changing undesired behavior is to identify the behaviors that you want to change. Every time you interact with your dog, ask yourself, "Is my dog doing something I want him to do?"

The second step is to define what you want your dog to do. If your dog is doing something you don't like, define what you want him to do instead. It's not enough to say "I want him to stop doing what he's doing." He could stop doing what he's doing and choose to do something worse - and then you'd have to stop that as well. It's faster to define what you want him to do from the beginning. For example:

I want my dog to hold a sit-stay while I prepare his food. (Not "I want my dog to stop jumping on me when I prepare his food.")
I want my dog to sit at the top or bottom of the stairs when a person is walking up or down.
I want my dog to lie quietly on a mat while the family eats dinner.
I want my dog to lie quietly on a mat when I have visitors.[/b]
5. reward the behavior, just be sure the reward is not something the dog wants see "You Won the Prize!" and Insights Into Puppy Mouthing
I do not want to take anything away from the dog as a punishment so that they will decrease the chance of the behavior happening. I Reward the dog. Just not with the Reward they would prefer

If for example the dog is jumping and nipping for attention I reward the Behavior. BUT I reward it with something like me going away. "Yippie, you win! I bet I know what you would like! Your Reward is my disappearance." I know that it is semantics on one level but on another level it is really a completely different methodology.

...If my attitude remains that I am having a great time and even better if I am acting like I think that the Undesired Reward is what the dog wants I am not setting up a conflict. But I am motivating the dog to reexamine its choices. I am encouraging the dog to try and educate me as to the best thing to do. And when the dog figures out that biting and nipping me is the stupidest way to get me to play they will look for a better way. And when they think that the reward I offer is not worth the effort it weakens the probability of that behavior continuing to be offered.

If a good friend wants to get you to go golfing every weekend and you hate golf you could tell them how boring it is and keep debating the point forever.

Or you could enthusiastically head to the course wearing the most outrageous outfit you can put together at Goodwill. Hit the ball in the opposite direction because it is so much fun watching everyone's expression (besides you were never much of a conformist) Talk constantly. Hug them and scream with joy at every stroke they make and express your amazement at their skills. Then tell them what a wonderful time you have golfing with them and can't wait to do it again. I bet your friend won't be available for another round for months.[/b]
There is no one way to solve any problem, and as ussually the case most solutions are not complatable with one another. You know the dog better than any one else so you are in the best postion to evaluate which method is most likely to work for you.

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Oh, yes! Francis is also a whiner and he'd be darned surprised to know that he is NOT the world's most "hard done by" dog!! If you listened to all the moaning and whining you'd be calling ASPCA or Humane Society's hotlines and alerting the media. I ignore it most of the times and when it reaches a crescendo I usually laugh and tell him to "be a good doggie and go lie down". Then he harrumphs in disgust and rolls over into the "Franny Flop". It's quite the production.

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I totally agree to Mikes's good advices - but like to add the following:

There are two kinds of dogs. There is the dog that is always
wrong, and that knows it is wrong, and glories in it; and there is the
dog that is always right--except when you rely upon it, and then it
is more wrong than you would think a dog could be in a civilized

I remember a dog of this latter type, that we had in the house when
I was a boy, routing us all up at three o'clock one winter's morning.
We had finished breakfast at ten minutes to four, and I got to school
a little after five, and sat down on the step outside and cried,
because I thought the world had come to an end; everything was so

The man who can live in the same house with one of these dogs, and
not endanger his chance of heaven about once a month by standing up
and telling it what he thinks of it, is either a dangerous rival to
that old established firm, Job, or else he does not know enough bad
language to make it worth his while to start saying anything at all.

The great dream of its life is to lure you on into trying to catch a
train by it. For weeks and weeks it will keep the most perfect time.
If there were any difference in time between that dog and the sun,
you would be convinced it was the sun, not the dog, that wanted
seeing to. You feel that if that dog happened to get a quarter of a
second fast, or the eighth of an instant slow, it would break its
heart and die.

It is in this spirit of child-like faith in its integrity that, one
morning, you gather your family around you in the passage, kiss your
children, and afterward wipe your jammy mouth, poke your finger in the
baby's eye, promise not to forget to order the coals, wave at last
fond adieu with the umbrella, and depart for the railway-station.

I never have been quite able to decide, myself, which is the more
irritating to run two miles at the top of your speed, and then to
find, when you reach the station, that you are three-quarters of an
hour too early; or to stroll along leisurely the whole way, and dawdle
about outside the booking-office, talking to some local idiot, and
then to swagger carelessly on to the platform, just in time to see the
train go out!

As for the other class of dogs--the common or always-wrong
dogs--they are harmless enough. You train them at the proper
intervals, and once or twice a week you put them right and "regulate"
them, as you call it (and you might just as well try to "regulate" a
London tom-cat). But you do all this, not from any selfish motives,
but from a sense of duty to the dog itself. You want to feel that,
whatever may happen, you have done the right thing by it, and that no
blame can attach to you.

<span style="color:#009900">The one that drools rules, :p
Steinar - daddy and foodslave to Emma and Doris!</span>

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Jackie whines and barks...we have several conversations every day. People may think I am crazy but I swear that at times I can read her mind and she knows what I am saying. Now naturally, we do not have intellectual conversations about philiosphy and the world order but I can look at her and discuss how she is feeling and what she is thinking. Usually our conversations start with me telling her not to do something and she replies with a "But Mom" look and whines, I usually then reply with a "you know you are not supposed to" and she shruggs it off with a whine/bark. I love my Jackie...she is awesome. :rolleyes: :p

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Moosie likes to sit on the sofa with his head hung over the side or resting on the table next to the sofa and whine. That is his signal to come and pet me. His other is when he wants to go out. He sits at the back door and whines. Normally his whining stimulates a conversation between the two of us, and he sits and cocks his head to one side and seriously considers what I say...LOL (I like to think so!)...I would not change a thing! :rolleyes:

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I've really enjoyed the posts on this subject--whining!!
Bianca whines alot. It used to bother me, but I'm getting used to it. It seems to be her way of talking, mostly. Like right now she's looking out the window and trying to tell me that she wants go out and try her luck with the neighborhood cat that she sees. It's the same cat that she was afraid of yesterday!! So, I usually kind of like her whining, and talk back to her with some answer sometimes. I know it's really a Stimulus>Response thing.


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Buster is nine and has started whining a lot, especially at night. He had some problems with his hips about three months ago and is still wobbly. I'm thinking (after reading all of your replies) that he may be sore after walking and needs comforting. He would rather walk than eat or sleep so we've been using a support strap to take him on the walks he loves. Nothing too strenuous just short ones. He also whines until we do take him.

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Molly whined on the 2 hour ride home from the breeder and it continued through the whole weekend. This was her "where's mom, dad, and my sisters?" whine. She got through that in a few days, but continues to whine when she wants something. If she's bored, she paces and whines until we sit and play with her. She whines when the cats won't play. However, she doesn't whine for the things you'd think she'd whine for: potty, food. She's a mystery sometimes.

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haha! I thought it was just Bowser. He whines when he's happy, cries and whine's when he's excited and happy, cries and moans in the morning (because it takes him 20 minutes to crawl, wiggle, stretch, wiggle, crawl before he gets up..making noise the entire time) cries for just about everything. not food...but he'll cry to go outside. He's got a different cry for everything, but the one i hear the most is "OH MAMA you're BACK and you're HERE and i'm SO GLAD!!" lol, which i hear if i go outside, and come back in, or go upstairs, and come back down, or leave to go shopping or just about any time i enter a room *L*
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