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    Unhappy Crying Puppy

    Hello Again,

    Since everyone has been so great on this website regarding my other questions, I have another.

    Mia our 12 week old Staffy is a cryer and not just a little one but an extremely large one.
    As soon as my boyfriend or I are not in the room or near her she starts to cry, they start of quiet and get progressively louder, to the point it is unbareable.
    I would have thought that after a couple of minutes she would wear herself out but this is not the case. She will just keep going and going.
    We try to do the tough love thing and ignore her but the noise she makes is horrible. She was at the vets overnight and the overnight nurse said that she did not stop crying once. She also told me that Staffys are known for their constant crying and some people have to put their dogs down because of it (sad but true ).
    I would like to know if anyone can share any secrets or tips on how to put and end to the crying?
    I have done the clock thing in her bed but that only works if were asleep in the same room.

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    aww, poor love....you I mean, not the staffy.
    What a difficult situation to have to be in. I have never experienced that before. So I would not be the best person to give you advice in this matter.
    I would be very interest in peoples thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spunkymonkey1985 View Post
    Hello Again,

    Since everyone has been so great on this website regarding my other questions, I have another.

    Mia our 12 week old Staffy is a cryer and not just a little one but an extremely large one.
    As soon as my boyfriend or I are not in the room or near her she starts to cry, they start of quiet and get progressively louder, to the point it is unbareable.
    I would have thought that after a couple of minutes she would wear herself out but this is not the case. She will just keep going and going.
    We try to do the tough love thing and ignore her but the noise she makes is horrible. She was at the vets overnight and the overnight nurse said that she did not stop crying once. She also told me that Staffys are known for their constant crying and some people have to put their dogs down because of it (sad but true ).
    I would like to know if anyone can share any secrets or tips on how to put and end to the crying?
    I have done the clock thing in her bed but that only works if were asleep in the same room.

    OMG what a stupid bloody bitch that vet nurse is, that has to be one of the most ridiculous things i've heard about Stafford's, people like her make me bloody angry & i feel like slam'n her stupid head into a wall.. hope her stupid words have'nt caused pet owners to have their sweet innocent Stafford's PTS because they cry.

    Most puppies do & will cry at some point for various reasons, hunger, thirst,loneliness, attention, pain, unwell etc.

    You said that your puppy is calm when sleeping in the same room as you, i think you just answered your own ? in regards to your pups crying...

    Can i give you 1 major piece of advice about Stafford's, "they are a peoples dog" & they luv nothing more than to have human company, just being in the same room with us & not getting our attention is ok with them, they thrive on us being close by them.

    When i hear people say they are thinking of buy'n a Stafford, the 1st thing i ask of them is "do you work & will the Stafford be left home alone alot" if you work & will be out all day & your dog will be home alone, then don't get a Stafford, because they aren't suited to families who cant give then alot of attention..

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    I've search the net & found some information for you, i hope this information is helpful for you in regards to your puppy help ???


    Is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier the Correct Dog for you ?

    Before you buy a Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy it is wise to ensure that this is the correct dog for you and your family. The Stafford is renowned for its affinity with humans and is particularly good with children. He is therefore a dog who is more comfortable sharing your home or indeed your lap, than spending long periods of time on his own in a kennel. It should be borne in mind that the cute little puppy you first brought home will mature into a powerful and muscular animal and the males particularly, require a strong arm to control the lead. Staffords love human contact and will often be boisterous with visitors - you have to be prepared for the fact that not all your friends will appreciate this. Having a dog is a lot of extra work and responsibility and you need to be sure that you wish to commit yourself to your dog's welfare for its lifespan, which on average is between 10 -12 years.



    Is a Stafford the right breed for you?
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    Training - Stop Puppy Whining or Crying
    Stop Puppy Whining & Whinging

    So you've got a whinging, whiny little puppy or older dog - it's got to be one of the most annoying and frustrating sounds of all doesn't it?

    Firstly we should say that this whining is a perfectly natural behaviour for a young puppy - it is how they get attention from their mother from a very early age. It's when the whining or crying drags on and on and becomes a long term persistent habit that it becomes a problem for us dog lovers.

    The best solution to whining, screaming or whinging behaviour is to tackle it immediately, ideally before it establishes itself as an ingrained habit - try to nip it in the bud as they say. Always be fair, understanding and reasonable with a young puppy. They are sociable little creatures who hate to be left isolated and alone.

    There are many things you can put into place right now to help quieten your whiny little beast down.

    We'll start out with some general tips and then get a little more specific further down the page.

    "Whining/Crying Increases With Reinforcement and Decreases Without Reinforcement"

    Why Do Our Dogs Whinge & Whine?

    This is the key question we need to ask ourselves. We must determine the cause of our dog's whining before we can come up with an appropriate and effective solution. There's usually a reason or trigger to be found - we've just got to determine what it is.

    Some Of The More Common Reasons Our Dogs Whine:

    • They are seeking our attention - this is most common and tops the list of reasons.

    • Our dog may be uncomfortable. This could mean he/she is cold, wet or hot etc..

    • Dogs will whine if they are in pain.

    • The dog may be bored or lonely.

    • A dog who whines may need to go to the toilet (or has already soiled his sleeping area).

    • Dogs with unused energy will often whine - the energy has to come out somehow!

    • A hungry or thirsty dog will often cry or whine.

    • Many dogs whine because it works - we reward it.

    • The whining may be a symptom of canine separation anxiety.

    General Things We Must Get Right To Ensure We Have Happy & Settled Dogs

    Below is a list of general things that could feature under the heading of "responsible dog ownership". Put these ingredients into place and you will be eliminating many of the reasons why your puppy may be whining.

    • Provide a dry, warm, safe and comfortable area for your dog.

    • Ensure that your dog is well fed and has access to fresh water. If your dog whines in one particular area you may want to feed him/her in this area. This will provide your dog with a nice positive association to the area where he is normally unsettled.

    • If necessary take your dog out to the toilet every few hours.

    • One or two tasty dog chew toys may help reduce whining in some situations - a stuffed kong toy is a favourite with my dogs.

    • If your puppy is whining overnight you may be advised to bring his bedding/crate into your bedroom. Puppies love to be able to see and smell their "pack" - which is you. You will be able to move the crate out of your room over a period of time.

    • Burn off your dog's energy (this will prevent many destructive behaviours). Tire your dog out through on leash walks, playing games and some obedience training.

    • Place an item of clothing with your scent on it in your puppy's sleeping area.

    • If you are at all concerned that your dog's whining may be due to some kind of pain then a trip to the Veterinarian is needed.

    Specific Strategies To Help Stop Your Dog From Whining

    Once you have thought about what triggers the whining and have ruled out any of the general issues outlined above you can implement a suitable solution. Pick out one or more of the strategies listed below and apply them with consistency and persistence. Your aim is to get it through to your dog that you are serious about this and that his whining is not acceptable - don't be wishy washy about it.

    "Never Reward And Therefore Reinforce Undesirable Behaviour - Always Reward Desirable Quiet Time"

    1. If you feel everything is ok with your puppy and he/she continues whinging and whining then ignoring the behaviour is the best policy. I understand that this is not easy but it is worth the effort - short term pain for long term gain. Each time you respond in any way to your dog's whining you are in fact rewarding the very behaviour you are trying to eradicate. On the other hand when you ignore the whining you are sending a message to your dog that whining is a fruitless exercise. This method requires absolute commitment and consistency from all family members - don't give in to your puppy!

    2. If you have a persistent whiner only ever go to him/her when all is quiet. Repeat the following training program over and over until your dog "gets it". If you can hear your dog whining in the other room go to the door and say "enough!!" and quickly slam the door shut. When the whining stops (even for 5 seconds) you can go into the room full of praise and give your dog a tasty treat. Most dogs soon learn that when they whine you are not around, but when they are quiet you are friendly and come with treats. This method of providing instant feedback to your dog can be a slow process but does work - remember to reinforce in your dog's mind that his whining never leads to a desirable consequence.

    3. Another successful way to eliminate or at least manage a whining dog is to put the whining on command or cue. This is not a particularly difficult thing to do - you can also use this technique if your dog barks excessively.

    4. Another method that I've been told works is to use a water pistol. I've never used this method but what you do is squirt your dog when he/she is whining and at the same time say "No!!". This produces a negative association in your dog's mind between him whining and the unpleasant shot of water to his face. You must be on the spot to enforce this consequence to your dog - but if your timing is good you should only have to do it a few times. Don't continue to use this technique for more than a few days - it's not working if you don't get a good result in a couple of days.

    I hope this article helps with your whining puppy - as with most behavioral problems obedience training is the key.

    Training - Stop Puppy Whining or Crying
    Last edited by Aussie Floyd; 10-09-2009 at 05:41 PM.

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    What an informative post AF, thank you

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    I found a radio on overnight with our pup worked. Stuck it on one of the news channels and the sound of the voices was enough to keep her calm. Only used it overnight, and on very softly.

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    Try a Kong, and a hot water bottle in the bed too when your not in the same room. Lots of toys and things to keep your pup occupied.
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    "When i hear people say they are thinking of buy'n a Stafford, the 1st thing i ask of them is "do you work & will the Stafford be left home alone alot" if you work & will be out all day & your dog will be home alone, then don't get a Stafford, because they aren't suited to families who cant give then alot of attention.."


    AF, that goes for each and every breed and not just Staffy's. (Excellent post btw !)
    Last edited by DogSavvy; 10-09-2009 at 08:59 PM.

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    My puppy was nothing like as bad as yours. I used a crate for her, and also some old clothes that I wore for exercise - ie got them sweaty.

    You can also practice / pretend to leave for a few seconds and come back and then leave again and then come back... each time ignore the dog. Praise it when it's doing what you want - like being calm and quiet.

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    I was naughty with my dog... (before I joined this forum). When he used to whine as a puppy (on tiles too, so the sound echoed all around the house), I used to bring him into my room, and when he kept whining in my room, onto my bed.

    Needless to say, he's very much my dog now.

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