Ace has a crying issue. It is the worst when he is in a new place with other people and dogs and wants something, usually attention. He sits there and does this high-pitched, annoying whimper. I try really hard not to give in to what he wants, which is easier said than done, especially when others say things like “Oh, poor Ace.”
The best thing I’ve come up with is to make Ace lie down and stay, usually with his leash on and sometimes his Gentle Leader. Then I totally ignore him until he is quiet. I only tell him “No!” and pop his leash when the crying really escalates. Usually it’s best to just ignore the behavior.
The mutt sometimes cries in the car when we are going somewhere exciting like the dog park or if we are going somewhere unfamiliar. The best way to deal with this is to have him lie down on the back seat with his leash and Gentle Leader on and make him stay. He cries the most when he is watching out the window, so if he is lying down and can’t see where we are going, he is less likely to cry.
Vee Hudson had similar issues with her dogs, and I suggested she try some of the ideas that had worked for Ace. Vee’s dogs and Ace have improved, but I know many people have the same problem, especially if the dog isn’t getting enough exercise or mental challenges.
So, how do you get your dog to stop crying?
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