Puppy constantly whining!

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When I grow up,- I wanna be just- like Dad
Barked: Sat Mar 23, '13 8:26am PST 
Demon is such an 'uptight' puppy. If you try to touch him, or pick him up, he just freezes and tenses up. he hates being laid on his back or even side, and he doesn't stop whining. He gets all the love and attention in the world. we play with him all the time, we take him out on a regular basis, and he gets all the water and food he wants. He just doesn't stop whimpering, barking, and howling!

I don't believe he was abused, we got him when he was just 8 weeks old from the breeder along with Apollo. Apollo is very well adjusted and loves everything and everyone.

I don't know if he's always scared or what he's upset about. He's been to the Vet a few times and she stated that he's very healthy. He doesn't really act afraid of us. His ears go back and his tail perks up when he sees us..Whenever we're outside, he's very playful with the other puppy and they get along really well. I just don't know what's wrong...

I hate to get a bark collar or bark control device, but the neighbors are complaining and our landlord has left us a few warnings. We're a little lost, can someone give us some advice?

When I grow up,- I wanna be just- like Dad
Barked: Sun Mar 24, '13 8:37am PST 
Just this morning, he scurried under the couch and started something close to frantic squealing. if anyone even looked under the couch, he would act terrified and would panic. It went on for over an hour. When he came out, he drank some water, hopped right on the couch, put his head in my lap and fell asleep like nothing was wrong. He scared the heck out of Apollo who cowered next to me during the whole thing and whined.

Has anyone else experienced this behavior? I'm worried about him. To be honest, he scared me this morning too. I thought something was seriously wrong. Could it be a neurological issue? Thanks in advance for any advice on the subject

blue/brown eyed- girl!
Barked: Sun Mar 24, '13 2:54pm PST 
I dont have experience with this at all, so I am sorry I can't help. I can imagine though how hard this must be for you though. My suggestion would be to take him to the vet and maybe have them run some tests to see if it is something to do with his brain.....hopefully not. The next maybe would be to take him to a behavior specialist? Maybe they could help.


Barked: Wed May 8, '13 4:20am PST 
This makes me think that Demon might have a psychological issue. I've worked with dogs with ADHD and depression before, this sounds to me like poor Demon might have chronic anxiety. The problem with dogs and behavioural disorders is that they can't talk to us and so we can't treat them frown so I'll tell you what we've recommended for anxious dogs in the past.

1. Don't let things get silent. If the dog sleeps away from you, try to mimic your heartbeat so the dog still thinks you're nearby. A ticking clock wrapped in a shirt you wore that day works wonders, the shirt smells like you and the tick tick tick mimics a heartbeat.
2. Get down on face level when interacting with the dog. Make sure you don't look bigger and scarier than him. Lie down beside him so his face is above yours or at the same level. Let him know that he can fight back if you ever hurt him, not that you'll ever hurt him, but if he knows he has a fighting chance it'll make him feel a bit better.
3. Don't chase after him if he finds a corner to hid in and cry. That's his den, it's a place where he's trying to get away from everyone else and you're not allowed to invade it. If possibly, make him a 'den' so he doesn't have to run under the sofa. A small, dark crate just big enough for him and nothing else will do the trick. Dogs love small, squishy spaces where they just barely fit, it's a reassuring feeling to them.
4. Limit loud noises around him. T.V.s and their scary moving pictures are loud and confusing.

If his behaviour starts to calm down with age, slowly reintroduce him to the world. More often than not, anxiety is age related and often due to a late developmental phase. Hopefully your gorgeous pup grows out of it. Best of luck!

Edited by author Wed May 8, '13 4:22am PST