Why Dogs Cry or Whine?

Why Dogs Cry or Whine?

Dogs are our through and through friends, they have strong sense to feel and show emotions like joy, fear or sadness among others. So, is it true whether dogs (who) feels and show multiple emotions is also capable of crying? The answer is yes, if you relate crying to whining, whimpering, howling or mewling. However, there are no scientific evidences to prove that animals including dogs can produce tears in response to emotions they are feeling.

Dogs also use to whining or whimpering as a mode of communication to show their excitement or because they need something.  The other reasons associated why do dogs cry or whine includes dog’s mental state, he is in pain or hurt, it also signifies he is acting obedient to his master or submissive towards another dog and to convey his desires for water, food, potty break, attention, toy etc. Generally, little pups learn whining or whimpering to seek their mama’s attention and they often carry on with this behavior into their adulthood.

But it is also important to understand that a dog may relate that there is a direct correlation between whining or crying and getting what they want. This can lead to a problematic behavior which could be difficult to curtail.

Reasons why do dogs whine:
Reasons why do dogs whine or cry


Below are the main reasons, and what your dog may be trying to tell you while whining.

  1. Dogs may do whining or whimpering if they are in physical distress due to some pain or discomfort.

  2. Dogs may also whine if they have urge to urinate or defecation.

  3. If a dog lives in a group or pack of dogs, he whines as a sign of submission towards a more dominant dog. Dog crying at night is also one such behavior where he tells other dog about his presence and alerting them about something.

  4. Dogs may also whine, jump up and down to express their excitement while greeting you.

  5. Dogs can whine to communicate their emotions like excitement, anxious, frustration, or fear to us.

  6. Female dogs may whine to show signs of pregnancy.


How you can stop your dog from whining or crying:How you can stop your dog from whining or crying


Now you are aware of some of the reasons why do dogs cry, and if you are observing a continuous behavior of your dog crying or whining, you can work on these below suggestions:

  1. Check the health of your puppy and ensure it is safe.

  2. Play and exercise with your dog regularly.

  3. If you are assured that your dog or pup is not sick, hurt or injured and all his essential needs had been met, then the best way out would be to ignore his whining. It would be hard but if you acknowledge him and even reward him, it will be worse as he will relate whining as a rewarding and positive behavior. It is important to make him understand that he won’t get a snack upon whining.

  4. If in case your dog or pup is determined whiner, you should teach him by ordering him to stop, by saying ‘stop!!’ or ‘enough!!’ loudly

  5. If your dog jump up and down or spin around while whining, the best thing to do is “make no eye contact, do not touch, and don’t talk” till the time he calm down.


What if you see tears in your dog eyes?
why dogs whine or cry


We all fall for the sad eyes, whining and whimpering of our dog. But, if you see traces of fluid from your dog’s eyes than something else could be going on, which is surely not related to dog crying or whining. As unlike humans, dog’s liquid or tears drains back toward the throat and nose. Below are the common reasons why your dog seems to be crying.

  1. Allergies are one of the main reasons that can cause a dog’s eyes to water. A dog can be allergic to pollen, food ingredients, smoke or dust which leads to watery eyes.

  2. Irritation due to a blocked tear duct. The tears may start flowing from the dog’s eyes if the dog’s tear duct gets blocked. This type of discharge from dog’s eyes is also known as epiphora, the main symptom of this is the dampness in the area around eyes. If it is happening for a while, you’ll observe skin irritation or brown/reddish fur around the dog’s eyes. It is advisable to seek veterinary consultation if you notice these symptoms.

  3. It is also possible that there is a speck of dirt in your dog’s eye.However, this is should be temporary; the tears may stop soon and if not, kindly seek advice from your nearest veterinarian.

  4. Another most common reason for teary eyes is a scratched cornea. The symptoms of scratched cornea are the dog might blink more than usual and also try to paw at his eye.


To sum up whining or whimpering or even howling is a common behavior shown by dogs, and is also used as a mode of vocal communication among dogs and their masters or other dogs. The cry tears in the eyes of a dog should not be confused with the whining, it’s just an indication that there is something wrong with your dog. It is advisable to seek your veterinarian help at the earliest to prevent your dog from something serious.

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