Joined: Apr 2005
Originally Posted by Mazhound
We have had Bones the retired greyhound for about 6 months now. Everything is going fantastically, but over the past few months he has taken to whining theatrically in various situations.
Examples of situations where Bones will whine are: in anticipation of his walks (i.e. if his lead is not on at the exact time it should be, dramatic whining ensues) or if one of us disappears into the bathroom.
Initially I didn't view this as behaviour that needed to be corrected (the sympathy angle!) but now it is escalating. It's annoying! Does whining constitute 'bad behaviour'? We try to ignore him and not give him a reaction, but perhaps we aren't succeeding as he continues to be a big drama queen! Any advice greatly appreciated.
Oh the wonders of owning a greyhound!
Must say my own and long term fosters have to varying degrees whined – it is a greyhound thing, they are not a very vocal breed and many seem to whine (or sing) instead of barking. It really is a way that greys use to communicate perhaps more so than other breeds. If it is getting annoying I would try and continue as you have now started and ignore, it can and will take time for him to get his head round it, as they are very sensitive dogs I would only ever use ignore as a training method for this sort of thing.
They are also very very big on routine some even to the point of only want to go on their usual walk as such and stressing if deviated from, funny creatures our greys.
Of course he could just be whining at you to say can I have a friend please