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Now that spring is here, I've been spending much more time outside with the dogs doing gardening and cleaning up the yard and such. But Tynan won't stop whining the whole time we're out there. It's like he wants my attention 110% of the time and that is just not feasibly possible.

I'm gardening with the sound of a multitude of different birds singing their songs, peace and quiet...with whining in the background the whole time. I love gardening; it brings down my anxiety a lot, it gives me more time to spend with the dogs outside, it makes my home look better but the whining has just become excessive.

I need to find a way to make him stop or at least bring it down several notches. Ignoring does not work with this dog. I love Tynan to no end, but it's too much, especially when i'm looking for some down time.

I always tell Tynan that he's the boy who cried wolf....i'll never know when the whining actually means something.
 

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I know this is obvious but... Have you tried telling him to be quiet? A swift 'shh' or firm 'no' ? Or maybe give him a bully stick or something to occupy him?
 

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I know this is obvious but... Have you tried telling him to be quiet? A swift 'shh' or firm 'no' ? Or maybe give him a bully stick or something to occupy him?
Yup, tried that. Telling him to be quiet does not work. He has toys he loves out there, but he still whines. I can't give them high value chews outside though because I can't be watching them the whole time and some get snarky if another gets too close. Chew toys inside and they're fine but for whatever reason outside they behave differently.
 

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what happens is you leave him INSIDE and don't bring him outside with you in the garden. Sure he is going to whine, but maybe then he realises "hang on!" its even worse being alone inside with zero attention than being outside with some attention. worth a shot?
 

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I'm gonna be stalking this thread because Bandit has the same issue. He is the most ridiculous whiner I've ever met. He whines when I grab my keys, when I take him to visit work, when I put a leash on him, when I'm getting his food, when I'm petting another dog... the list goes on and on :eyeroll: . To be honest, the only way I've ever made it stop is when I'm trying to put a leash on him if I use the "watch me" command I can get him to quiet for probably 30 seconds.

I know this is unhelpful, but I just want you to know you are not alone with a needy whiny dog! I feel your pain! :thumbsup:
 

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Putting him back inside whenever he starts whining and taking him back outside when he's quiet?

Unless he also whines inside the house.
 

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Does he have a safe place to go? Like a crate or dog house, could help him feel secure.
There's a dog house out there, no one uses it. I do want to get a bigger one though. There's also a big platform/table like structure they can either stand on or go under, he doesn't really go under often. Ironically enough, Tynan loves his crate even though it's been put away for many years now. Whenever I bring one out for a foster, he goes in it. Maybe i'll bring out a crate and see if he chills out in it (with the door open). Thank you for the suggestion.

what happens is you leave him INSIDE and don't bring him outside with you in the garden. Sure he is going to whine, but maybe then he realises "hang on!" its even worse being alone inside with zero attention than being outside with some attention. worth a shot?
Tried that. Once I bring him back outside, the whining stats again. I'll keep trying it though. How long do you think it would be effective in doing this; 15min, half an hour, an hour? I usually put him inside for some mental clarity for myself for about 30mins to an hour, mind you I've been outside for 6-7 hour stretches (with the dogs outside with me) last weekend.

I'm gonna be stalking this thread because Bandit has the same issue. He is the most ridiculous whiner I've ever met. He whines when I grab my keys, when I take him to visit work, when I put a leash on him, when I'm getting his food, when I'm petting another dog... the list goes on and on :eyeroll: . To be honest, the only way I've ever made it stop is when I'm trying to put a leash on him if I use the "watch me" command I can get him to quiet for probably 30 seconds.

I know this is unhelpful, but I just want you to know you are not alone with a needy whiny dog! I feel your pain! :thumbsup:
I feel your pain too, lol. He's always been a whiner, since the day I brought him home. It's just gotten worse lately. I know nothing is wrong with him as he gets a complete health test about ever 3-4 months since he's a blood donor. This include exam, blood work, and urine and poop sample analysis.
 
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