Top 3 Reasons Why Dogs Whine While Lying Down

Has your dog been acting restless lately? Does he whine a lot while lying down? This behavior is likely due to pain and discomfort but could also be explained by other factors. Here are the most common reasons for dogs that whine while lying down.

1. Pain in the joints

A visit to the vet might be necessary as the behavior of lying down and whining could be due to an underlying health issue. For example, pain felt from a joint issue could cause a dog to lie down to find some relief. The dog could, in turn, whine to vocalize his discomfort.

This becomes more likely as the dog gets older. Senior dogs, for example, are more prone to musculoskeletal conditions like arthritis. These conditions can discourage a dog from moving. You may find such dogs lying down and whining on many occasions.

2. The Dog is anxious

Anxiety and stress may also explain the behavior a dog that lies down and whines. For example, the dog could be suffering from separation anxiety when you aren’t in the same space as him. They may also start to lie down and have their tail positioned between their back legs due to a certain stress trigger. You might start to notice a certain pattern over time. Some dogs for example may whine and lie down when there is a loud noise (e.g. lightning and fireworks).

3. Trying to get attention

The dog might whine while lying down in order to get your attention. This can be a common occurrence among bored dogs. The dog may have noticed it’s easier to get your attention when he vocalizes. Make sure your dog is getting enough attention and exercise throughout the day if you don’t want more of your frustration to build up due to the whining behavior.

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