Top 3 Reasons Why a Female Dog Whines While Carrying a Toy

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Most female dogs tend to have their first heat when they reach around six months in age. From this point onward, you may notice certain “maternal” behaviors that seem unusual. One of which is when a female dog whines while carrying around a toy. Here are the most common reasons.

1. Effects of false pregnancy

Your dog could be experiencing false or phantom pregnancy. This condition causes female dogs to act and feel pregnant when they actually aren’t. The dog might start to show ‘mothering’ behaviors and think of the toy as her puppy. This would be the reason why she would carry the toy around while whining at the same time.

In such cases, it’s important to remove the toy from the female dog in a non-stressful way. You could, for example, take the dog out for a walk and have someone else remove the toy that the dog has been carrying around. False pregnancy is a condition worth checking if your dog was in heat recently. Hormonal imbalance may also encourage this behavior, especially if the female dog has yet to be spayed.

2. Your dog is anxious

It might have nothing to do with the dog’s gender Your dog might whine while carrying her favorite toy because she is nervous. During a stressful event, a dog might try to grab onto something she finds comforting. This could be her favorite toy or bone.

A certain pattern may develop over time if you observe your dog whenever she whines and carries a toy. It could, for example, happen when a stranger enters the house or when there is a lot of loud scary noises outside.

3. Your dog is bored

The dog might be whining because she is bored. She is carrying a toy and placing it in front of you because she wants to play with you. Make sure your dog is getting plenty of exercise and play time during the day. The whining behavior can develop and get worse over time if the dog is always alone for an extended period of time.


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