Why Does My German Shepherd Whine?

You may have asked yourself the question – why does my German Shepherd whine so much? Now there’s a lot of different factors that could be coming into play but I’m going to try to keep this article as concise as possible. First, let me give you a quick overview of some of the common reasons that may lead your German Shepherd to whine, don’t worry, I’ll go into much greater detail shortly. 

Common reasons include:

  • Seeking attention
  • Stress/anxiety
  • Low self-confidence
  • Excitement
  • Lack of Socialization
  • Pain or illness-induced

The ones listed above are just a few of many, but you can probably already tell that there’s a bunch of different reasons that may be causing your German Shepherd to whine, some more significant than others. Hopefully, after reading this article, you’ll either realize that your German Shepherd’s whining is nothing to worry about, or it is something that requires medical assistance as soon as possible. 

Whining Due to Wanting Attention

Most German Shepherds love it when you or someone else give them attention – it makes sense since they are social animals. But you can’t generalize the personalities of all German Shepherds, each one is different. Some German Shepherds crave attention even more so than others and this is where it starts to become a problem. Now you’re probably asking, what can I do about this? Well, as long as the German Shepherd is just whining because it wants treats, toys, or you to play with it, the solution is pretty simple. Just walk away and ignore them. I know it sounds slightly mean but your German Shepherd needs to learn that whining is not tolerated and you will NOT reward it. It may take some time for them to catch on, but once they do you’ll be wondering why you didn’t do this earlier. After your German Shepherd quits whining to get their way, then you can feel free to give it love and attention. This method is great since your German Shepherd will quickly learn that to get what it wants, it has to behave. 

Whining Due to Stress

German Shepherds, like humans, can get anxious or stressful in certain situations which can result in whining. In addition to whining, they may start pacing, circling, and or licking. There are three major factors that may be causing your German Shepherd to experience a level of stress. These are separation anxiety, too much noise/people, and stressful situations. 

Whing Due to Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is when your German Shepherd is afraid to be left alone by his or her owner for any period of time. Your German Shepherd may show other such symptoms such as drooling, destructive behavior i.e. scratching doors, and possibly urinating or defecating inside your house. If your German Shepherd shows any of these symptoms in addition to whining, then there’s a pretty good chance that it may be because of separation anxiety. To solve this problem, you need to find a way to show your German Shepherd that you will always come back home. A good method that I’ve been told about is to start small and work your way up. For example, you could leave your house for a much shorter period of time, and eventually, your German Shepherd will catch on to the fact that you aren’t leaving for good. 

Whing due to Too Much Noise/People

Similarly to some humans, certain German Shepherds dislike crowded or noisy environments. Now the solution to his is pretty simple, give your German Shepherd a safe area such as a room that’s not used frequently so they know where to go if they ever start to feel uncomfortable. 

Whining Due to Stressful Situations

There can be certain situations that your German Shepherd may feel stressed due to external factors. Now it’s hard to give an exact solution because I don’t know what is causing your German Shepherd to get stressed, but generally giving them love and care in addition to trying to figure out what’s wrong can usually be your best bet. 

Whing Due to Low Self-Confidence

This is usually shown by your German Shepherd’s actions such as an inability to hold eye contact, rolling over onto the back, and tucking the tail. These actions are all mostly due to your German Shepherd having self-confidence issues. There are lots of different ways that you can go about increasing their confidence, but a few that I would recommend are enrolling your German Shepherd in reward-based obedience classes or playing fun interactive games with them. Just remember, never physically or verbally punish your German Shepherd! That would just make things worse. 

Whining Due to Excitement

Many German Shepherds get excited when they get to meet a new person. Now there’s nothing wrong with this, but it can quickly get out of control if it reaches the point where they begin jumping or even barking. When it reaches this point, it’s time you teach your German Shepherd some self-control. A few ways to go about this is practicing greeting your German Shepherd in a calm, relaxed way. Even get a family member or friend to have practice with your German Shepherd if they’re willing. 

Whining Due to Lack of Socialization

A lot of bad German Shepherd behavior can be tied back to one simple fact. Lack of proper socialization with other people and dogs. Because of this, it’s absolutely crucial that you socialize your German Shepherd early. There are a few ways that you can go about socializing your German Shepherd. First, you can invite a friend over and have them bring their dog. This is a great easy way to get started since the German Shepherd is in a comfortable place that they know well. Another idea is to try and take your German Shepherd to a dog park. These are great spots to have them meet other dogs, and who knows, they might make a few good friends along the way. 

Whining Due to Pain or an Illness

One way that animals, and in this case dogs show that they are in pain or just not feeling right is by whining. 

Some common signs that your German Shepherd may show are:

  • bad breathe/drooling
  • gaining/losing weight abnormally
  • drinking more than normal
  • sleeping a lot
  • difficulty moving/leaving the house

If you see your German Shepherd experiencing any of these symptoms, contact a vet as soon as possible so they can figure out what’s wrong and figure out a course of action. 

Hopefully, after reading this article, you’ve got a much better idea of what may be causing your German Shepherd to whine. If this article has helped you in any way, please let me know in the comments down below!

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