Boxer Puppies - 10 weeks to 1 Year
It takes a couple of weeks for a puppy to start to learn his schedule of when he'll be eating, taken outside for walks and so forth; however this is still the most common age of whining. Each dog is different, some will bark to vocalize feelings and others will whimper. It's a coin toss as to which one causes more frustration for owners. But the good news is that there are some steps you can take to lessen this.
The 4 main reasons a Boxer puppy won't stop whining:
The 2 most important keys are:
Check for a valid reason
Teach the Boxer to self-sooth if all needs are met
Whining at night -
If an owner wants to know how to stop a Boxer puppy from whining, chances are it's regarding nighttime issues. Until a pup is fully house trained
, owners will always wonder if the need to urinate or eliminate is causing the Boxer to whimper. Owners may find themselves getting out of bed every 30 minutes which can be extremely taxing.
The best way to handle this is to:
Have a set schedule of house training. Feed the last meal of the day at least 2 hours before the intended bed time. Take the pup out 30 minutes to 1 hour before he's placed down for the night and be sure to give him plenty of time to both urinate and eliminate (some pups take up to 20 minutes for a bowel movement)
Only respond to whining if a bathroom need is a reasonable cause. If you take him out, keep lights dim, talking to a bare minimum and there should be zero play time.
If you are sure that the Boxer is safe, comfortable, warm and doesn't have a real bathroom need, it'll be time to allow him to learn self-soothing. It's not easy since human instinct tells us to go to those in need, whether this is humans or animals. However, if an owner rushes over comfort a pup he is teaching the Boxer that the situation warrants comforting.
With a blanket to snuggle with - or an actual snuggle stuffed toy - and some favorite toys
to chew on, the pup will eventually calm down and eventually fall back asleep. Over the course of a few weeks, the time that it takes him to relax back down will become shorter and shorter.
Can Whining become a habit?
When a Boxer puppy just won't stop whining and owners are ready to pull their hair out, it's not uncommon to wonder if it's become a habit. And the answer is yes, in a way. If owners rush to the pup with each whimper and yelp, that puppy will learn that whining quickly equals attention. Even if owners 'shhh' the dog or say "Stop!" this is a form of attention as well. For this reason, ignoring the behavior - if the pup is fed, safe and free of any health issues - can stop the endless cycle.
Why Adult Boxers Whine
With adults Boxer dogs whining will almost always be due to one of three things:
1) Emotional distress -
Adults that struggle with separation anxiety may begin to whine the moment that they even suspect that you'll be leaving. If you so much as walk by your keys or make a motion toward the door, that's it. Whether you'll be leaving or not, if a Boxer sees or hears you in what he interprets to be your pattern of 'getting ready', he may whine in response to what he 'knows' is coming. This can make it really hard for owners that already feel guilty about leaving a Boxer alone.
2) Communication -
A soft whine usually coupled with playful actions such as extending the front legs out and 'bowing' or circling around an owner may simply be a Boxer's way of speaking.
When being petted, a Boxer may let out soft whines or humming noises that are a vocalization of feeling happy and relaxed.
A Boxer dog may also whine when excited; this is more of a high-pitched noise that may increase as the dog positions closer to the trigger or if there is no release for the excitement.
3) A health issue-
Sudden whining from an otherwise normally healthy dog can always be a sign of a health issue
that is causing discomfort and pain. We'll look at this ahead.
When Whining May Point to a Health Issue
Dogs that are ill, suffering from an injury or are in pain from a health condition will whine. There will usually be other signs that include but are not limited to:
- Favoring a certain part of the body
- Impeded movement
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
If your Boxer is whining a lot and this is out of character, it's always a good idea to bring him/her in for an evaluation at the vet's office.
What it Means if a Boxer Whines Around Other Dogs
This is an interesting event and is not that uncommon. This may happen when out on a walk or when at the park; essentially any time that a Boxer sees, approaches or is approached by an unknown dog.
The most typical reason for this is known as a calming signal. This may be accompanied by slight physical movements such as turning the head to the side, licking the lips, and/or yawning. This sort of whine is a dog's communication method to metaphorically say, "I'm not a threat' and to facilitate friendly interaction.