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Old 02-20-2013, 10:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've never heard any dog make this crying sound before. Six month old Skye sounds like a human baby when she howls.

Her brother, Sawyer, never ever cries. Her brother, Sebastian, will sometimes whimper when he's unable to access something or someone he wants. But Skye cries all the time, or so it seems.

She makes a "puppy cry" every time she wants something -- wants to be held, wants to eat, wants up on the couch, wants to go to bed, wants out of her crate or x-pen. She cries; we ignore her. We make a concious effort to NEVER reinforce the crying. Yet she STILL cries. Will this ever stop?

Then there are moments when she howls like a "human baby." And I mean EXACTLY like a human baby. People on the phone hearing her cry will ask if I'm babysitting. She does this whenever she's been left alone too long (say when I'm outside gardening -- I can hear her) or when she seems to be scared (of my husband playing the drums). We do not reinforce this crying behavior either.

She is a happy, healthy, energetic, playful & loving six-month-old who just happens to express herself more like a skin baby than a fur baby.

Has anyone else experienced a dog that cries all the time? Or one whose howl sounds like a human cry? Just curious. And...kinda hoping it's something she will outgrow.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Gustave whines a lot. We never reinforce it either but from the looks of it, I don't think this will change. He just whines to communicate.

Everyone calls him Chatty Cathy at agility class. He whines to go on the obstacles, whines if I don't let him get close to other dogs, just whine whine whine.


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Old 02-20-2013, 11:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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BUMP. Sounds like your sweet baby may be experiencing some anxiety issues. I'm "bumping" your post in hopes that someone with experience in that area will reply. In the meantime, it might help to try searching anxiety in the SM forums. Best wishes.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes I've experienced this. My brother's dog was a constant cryer. It was an all day / everything thing unless he was home with her and should only cry a fraction of that. She would cry for no reason. It was never related to any fears or anxiety that we knew about. She'd cry to go potty which was nice because we always knew when she needed to go, she'd cry for another treat, she'd cry to play, and sometimes she would just cry. We tried not to reinforce the crying but after a couple of years we knew it wasn't going away so if she was crying especially bad I'd pick her up and she wasn't a fan of that so she'd stop crying.

The only time she didn't cry was when she was in the crate. I would her in the crate here and there for an hour and it seemed to relax her. Or if we'd put her on the back porch on the deck ( but I wouldn't recommend doing that with a Maltese, she was a bigger )

Now that she lives in a one dog household, she doesn't cry as much.

Sometimes it would sound like she was trying to "talk" and she would get annoyed that we didn't understand her.
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Sophie's a crier too. And it's those loud heart wrenching cries that makes your mommy instincts kick in and just want to make her feel better. She cries the most when I'm out of her line of sight, like if I take the kids I nanny upstairs for a nap, if I go outside to get the mail, she sits wherever it was that she saw me last and cries. She cries REALLY loud when I put her in her xpen to go out of the house, because she knows mommy is going bye bye without her. I feel like I should hire a babysitter just to go to the store she's very much like a skin kid, though that could partially be my fault. I don't have any kids myself so I treat her like she's my baby.


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Old 02-22-2013, 12:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thankfully, Skye's crying does not appear to be anxiety-related. I think it's her unique way of communicating.

I am hoping she'll outgrow it.

Ironically, soon after I'd gotten the boys, a friend asked me what it was like having two at the same time. I told her it was just like having twin toddlers -- everything was twice as difficult & took twice as long to complete. But I also insisted that it was easier than skin twins because they didn't cry when they were hungry or sleepy or needed a diaper change.

Yeah, right.
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