Jul 11, 2011 6:04 PM by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP

Why does my dog cry so much?

Q: I have a bull terrier, she's as sweet as can be. She loves humans and other animals and she isnt alone for long increments gets tons of attention.... but WHY does she cry so much?!! We put her outside and the whole neighborhood can hear her!

A: This can be a tricky problem to figure out and I would recommend you see Dr. Jennifer Evans who is very good with behavior problems.

Whining and vocalizing is often more of a problem with dogs who get a lot of attention - they come to expect it.

I think you need to be sure the neighbors are happy and so recommend you keep her indoors in a crate while you are gone. Most dogs who are crate trained are much happier and more relaxed. Dogs are den animals and prefer to be within the confines of their own "space" - that is why you will see them curl up under the coffee table or sleep on the side of the bed closest to a wall, or prefer a dog bed with higher sides on it. It is important that the crate not be used for punishment and that you are fair in the way you work with your dog.

Please do not try bark collars or other forms af aversion training without professional help. Dr. Evans is available for help through Animal Care Clinic. Good luck!



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