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Old 06-23-2010, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Heart of Oklahoma
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I have a 5 year old Jack Russell Terrier (JRT) mix and about a month ago he just started whining at night. Every couple of days around bedtime he comes to me and whines. He's not hurt, hungry/thirsty and he doesn't need to go outside. Is he telling me he just wants my attention or he wants to go to bed; or is it something serious I need the vet to check out? He usually calms down if I pet him or show him affection, but I've read when they whine to not show them any attention and that will break the habit. Unfortunately I can't ignore him b/c for one he's annoying and gets in your face, paws at you, whines, etc. and another reason is that he's too cute and I give in...
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Old 06-23-2010, 11:16 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Old Wives Tale! Cripe give him some attention!!
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Old 06-23-2010, 12:16 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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agreed .... i think he just wants a little lovin' .....
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Old 06-23-2010, 12:22 PM
 
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I've got one that begs to go to bed every nite at the same time. Too funny, the dog says it's time to go to bed..and I go lol.
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Old 06-23-2010, 12:24 PM
 
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I agree with giving some attention. My Westie will get right in my face and won't let up until I spend some quality time with her. It's like they are saying "I'm here, look at me, talk to me I will not go away until you give me your undivided attention". Maybe spending a few minutes in the evening before bed in play and cuddling will satisfy the little guy.
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Old 06-23-2010, 01:22 PM
 
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I have a pomeranian mix who gets that way also. She will stare me down and keep offering her paw until I give her some attention. I think it is ok to give them attention when they ask - most of the time, but I also think it is important to say 'no' sometimes just so it does not become a habit you cannot break. I don't think anything is wrong with your pup, he is trying to train you!
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Old 06-23-2010, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Heart of Oklahoma
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I have a pomeranian mix who gets that way also. She will stare me down and keep offering her paw until I give her some attention. I think it is ok to give them attention when they ask - most of the time, but I also think it is important to say 'no' sometimes just so it does not become a habit you cannot break. I don't think anything is wrong with your pup, he is trying to train you!
Haha, he has already trained me! 5 years in the making And I hope I didn't sound like I never give the little rascal attention... That's all he gets!! He literally has me cradle him when I sit in the recliner like he's a baby... Which is exactly what he is; a big baby!!
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Old 06-23-2010, 01:39 PM
 
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Haha, he has already trained me! 5 years in the making And I hope I didn't sound like I never give the little rascal attention... That's all he gets!! He literally has me cradle him when I sit in the recliner like he's a baby... Which is exactly what he is; a big baby!!
YEP I would say that you have been trainedHe sounds like a real luv bunny. I have always said that in the case of my dogs anyway it"s their world I just live in it!!
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Old 06-23-2010, 05:42 PM
 
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I've got one that begs to go to bed every nite at the same time. Too funny, the dog says it's time to go to bed..and I go lol.
I agree.. I have a JRT and he will bark at me every night at 9:30 to let me know he wants to go bed.

Silly boy. He just wants attention. If I don't go to bed, he will come lay next to me.
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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My dog used to whine a lot, I think I reinforced it when he was a puppy and gave him attention when he whined. When I sought training (positive) for this they said to obviously ignore him when he whines, like turn my back, cross my arms and look away. They said after a while when he realizes he won't get attention for it, he'll stop. They said to give him attention when he's quiet so I'm rewarding the good behavior. Attention should be on your terms, that was very important. Just be aware that if you start rewarding the whining, the dog will learn to keep doing it because it is the best way to get your attention. Not sure if this is really a training issue for you like it was for me, but I hope this is helpful.
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