For the past couple weeks my 6 month old mini schnauzer has been whining all the time. It's a real high-pitched whine, so high that it's sometimes hard to hear. Is this normal for a dog his age? It's almost like he can't get enough attention...if someone isn't playing with him all the time then he's whining. Sometimes he gets to the point of screaming and making vocal sounds, and it's becoming irritating...expecially when I'm trying to sleep. I don't know what's wrong with him. He was fine when he was younger.
Is he fixed? Maybe a female in heat near by? I have a little boy that 6 mo, but he doesn't scream constantly, (and I have one in heat right now). Is it when he's crated? Maybe seperation anxiety. Try to figure when and where he is. Is it when you hold or pick him up? Do you have a yard he can go in, does he whine out there? Let me know some details and I will try to help!
My pup Olive tends to be whine when she wants attention. She has found out if she whines long enough, eventually I will give her some attention or let her have her way. Perhaps your dog has learned this too. I noticed I do this with out event thinking about it, all you have to do is say something to them and it rewards them for whinnig because they get your attention. I am trying to break her of this by ignoring her until she becomes quite before I give her attention. But whinning is also a sighn of distress, so I would take your dog to the vet to make sure that they are no phyiscal problems that are causing this, but based on his age I would bet he's just trying to get attention.
He's not fixed yet and I don't crate him. He just does it when he's walking around the house, and sometimes on the sofa while we're watching TV. He doesn't seem to be in any pain because he plays hard, but I guess that could be deceiving. I also thought he was just trying to get our attention, but he seems to want to be left alone while he's whining...it's usually in the kitchen while we're in the livingroom. He sometimes wants to go outside where I haven't noticed him crying, but then he wants to come right back in and start up again.
Yeah, I would take him to the vet. I usually hear that at about six months they go through a little bit of a growth spurt. Is he getting enough to eat? It really could be anything. Do you think he is in pain? He could be a tummy ache. Monitor his eating, and see if there are any other things he's doing out of the ordinary. Are there any other dogs around, that could be in heat? That can cuase them to act differtly since his not fixed. Keep us posted
Thanks for the advice...I'll make him an appointment for next week. I didn't realize he was old enough to respond to a dog in heat; luckily he doesn't wander. Maybe I'll get him fixed during his next visit.
I think I discovered the problem: cats. I found out that three large cats are living under my back porch, and I saw Scruff chasing them out of the yard the other day. He also comes back in smelling like cat urine from time to time. If I can only find a way to get rid of them...
I think they're wild cats. They run as soon as I open the back door. I noticed them last year, but didn't realize they were living under my porch. I guess they only live there during the colder months. They kill rabbits in the back yard, and I think they tought that Scruff was a snack, because they were stalking him. Little did they know that my little guy isn't afraid of anything. I'd rather shoot them than have them injure my dog.