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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-27-2016, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Doberman Whining

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So Hudson is just over 4 months old now and he has a habit of whining whenever I leave. To be fair, he's still a puppy and it is slightly improving - he used to whine as soon as I was out of sight, but now it's gotten to the point where I can be in other parts of the house for about 10 minutes before he'll start barking/whining. I'm working on mitigating this by leaving at increasing intervals and rewarding the correct behavior.

Anyway, he whines pretty loudly when I leave the house for work, sometimes for up to 15 minutes before it subsides. (a roommate informed me of this, thankfully he doesn't destroy anything while I'm gone!). For context, I exercise him daily and provide both mental and physical stimulation for at least 2-3 hours, even on weekdays. As soon as I come home from work, I take him hiking, or to a huge field to run and play fetch, or to different friends' houses so he can socialize/wrestle with other pups. After we get back home we always cool down with a short training session and he eventually falls asleep for the rest of the night. I do spend a LOT of time with him, is this bad? Is he perhaps becoming too attached or dependent on me?

The other day, Hudson and I were walking through a park when we came across another woman with a dobe. Her dobe was 4 years old and she started telling me about what to expect a little later on in his life. She said her doberman barks incessantly in most scenarios and that it still whines whenever the family leaves the house. More importantly, she kept mentioning that dobes are "all the same". I understand the breed is "velcro", but is this really true of all dobermans? Will Hudson never grow out of his whining while I'm gone? How many people with older dobies still experience excessive whining? Also, he almost never barks, unless something is clearly bothering him. Will this also change as he grows older?
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Here is a recent DT thread on SA that was opened specifically for your kind of issue. If you "bump" it perhaps the discussion will revitalize.
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The male I just lost would wine and act like the world was ending if he knew I was around but not with him. For example if I was at my parents house and left him inside while I went on the porch he lost his mind. Once he knew I was actually gone though he was fine. I could leave him with family and once he saw me leave he was ok with it. Your dog still seems very young to me for you to be worried about this behavior. I'm sure some of the experts on here will shed some light on your situation.
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