Why Do Labradors Whine? How To Stop Them


Why does Labrador whine?

Labrador Retrievers whine in many different situations in order to exchange information with other dogs and people.

If your dog whines a lot, you can teach them to reduce whining. How you do it depends on why they whine in the first place.

Why Do Labradors Whine?

The dog is whinging about communicating with other dogs and people. In fact, barking and whining are the two most common forms of vocalization used by dogs.
This may be because they are both an effective means of attracting attention, but also difficult to ignore! But whining does not mean that it is the same in every situation.

Here are some reasons why Labrador (and all other dogs) whine:

1. They’re in pain

Dogs can cover up a lot of pain and discomfort.

For their wild ancestors, hiding any signs of vulnerability is vital to survival, and this feature still exists in today's domestic dogs.

However, if they suffer painful injuries or chronic diseases start to become unbearable, they may whine because of intense discomfort.

If your dog is whining and you cannot explain the cause, ask your veterinarian to check the cause of their pain.

2. They’re excited to say hello

For some dogs, whining becomes part of a strong and overly excited greeting.

It can target people or other dogs and is basically a bubbling of enthusiasm that is released as noise.

Therefore, when your laboratory sees a friend who has a particularly beneficial relationship with them, his kind of whine is likely to happen.

Watch out for their tail swinging high and other exciting greeting behaviors, such as jumping up.

3. To keep the peace

On the other hand, some dogs whine in social situations, because right or wrong they think the other person (dog or person) is a potential threat.

If dogs lack self-confidence, they are more likely to use soothing whining.

4. To get attention

We have already talked about the difficulty of ignoring whining.

It is no different from the cry of a human baby-we seem to have universally programmed to respond to it.

We are likely to instinctively turn our attention to the source of whining. Even if we tried to ignore it, it was one of the sounds most likely to exhaust us, so we finally gave in and paid attention.

Regardless of their mentality to get our attention by whining for the first time, they know now that they can use it to get our attention under any circumstances in the future.

Or, of course, it is not a bad thing for our dogs to get our attention.

From the start of domestication, people have made the decision to choose dogs that seek human attention. We cannot turn off this feature immediately.

However, we can control the relationship with the dog.

5. They’re anxious or afraid

Finally, a common cause of whining among Labradors is to convey feelings of stress, distress, anxiety, or fear.

A typical example of this kind of whining is separation anxiety.

Excessive vocalization, including whining, barking, and howling, is one of the most common signs of separation anxiety disorder.

Not all dogs that whine when their owner leaves have separation anxiety, but most dogs with separation anxiety whine.

To illustrate the difference between the two, look for other signs that your laboratory will experience unusual discomfort when used alone, such as pacing and gasping when preparing to leave.

Keep in mind that whether it is a working dog or a household pet, both types of laboratories may appear equally when the owner is away.

Now, let's see how to stop the dog from making a lot of noises based on the reason for it.

My Dog Whines A Lot! Help! 

Living with a Labrador who is out of control and whining can be frustrating.

Excessive noise (including whining) may even lead to the dog being exiled to an animal shelter.

If your dog keeps whining, it is not normal.

However, there are some ways to control the situation.

When To Get Professional Help!

 If your Labrador keeps whining, ask their veterinarian to check it.

First, they will rule over our possible source of pain.

If they conclude that your laboratory is whining about their emotional state, they may:

Can help you translate the meaning behind the whining.

It is recommended that you consult with a behaviorist to understand why your laboratory is whining.

It is recommended to use medication to reduce the feeling that causes the dog to whine.

Examples of drugs prescribed to reduce anxiety-related behaviors such as anxiety disorders include clomipramine and fluoxetine (trademark "dog", renamed Prozac when administered to humans).

Over-the-counter medications may reduce the whinings of anxiety, including dispersants and collars containing pleasing dog pheromones-Adaptil is one of the most well-known brands.


There are several reasons why Labradorians may whining.

The important principle of communication is that the communicator must believe that communication will bring some kind of reward or improve their situation.

Therefore, looking for this benefit is a reliable way to determine why your dog whining, and then reduce how often they do.

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