My Dog is Crying…What Does That Mean?
Dogs don’t cry the way humans do with tears, but that doesn’t mean they can’t demonstrate their anxiety or frustrations. There are numerous reasons your dog cries, all of which are some form of communication. In this article, we’ll break down the reasons why and what they mean. Next, protect your pet with a Canine Liability Insurance policy.
Dogs whine or cry in an effort to get their owner’s attention – usually to get food, water, attention, or a bathroom break. To be sure, whimpering and whining is instinctual. But it’s also learned. After all, it doesn’t take long for dogs to understand there’s a direct connection between letting out a little whine and getting what they want. And that’s how canine “crying” can turn into a problem behavior. Just as barky dogs can drive their owners crazy should they do so constantly in search of attention or anything else they might want, whiny dogs can stress out a household with their piteous keening, says Vet Street.
If your dog is older, incessant whining or crying could indicate confusion, anxiety, and disorientation. Another issue to be aware of is yelping or whining when you leave the house. Especially in puppies, this likely means they have separation anxiety. If that’s the case, your dog will likely bark, whine, or cry the entire time you’re gone.
Perhaps the most obvious reason for whimpering is physical pain. However, dogs don’t display their pain vocally when they suffer from chronic illnesses. Instead, they might let out a yelp if you accidentally step on their tail or trip over them.
Remember, a healthy dog is a happy dog. Understanding your dog’s needs and what they are attempting to communicate is beneficial for everyone.
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