I've never really had this problem before, but in the last month or so, Wyot has taken to whining ALL the TIME. I've tried many different things to stop it, but not successfully as of yet.
It's been beyond ridiculously cold here, so of course our outdoor activities have been curtailed a bit, but we do take him out on runs and small hikes as temps allow. He goes out numerous times into the yard, sometimes by himself where we can see him, to sniff, dig a little and chew some sticks as well as do his business...he always comes in happy and most of the time, after 5-10 mins, without being called in. I take time to play with him, letting him tug, chase and go after a rolling toy that has a handle, which he loves.
So, when he is not paid attention to (we have to work on the computer, do housework, etc.) he follows us around and WHINES, and WHINES, to the point where I want to scream!!!!!! The worst whining, I must say, is when we take him in the car (he LOVES going out for a ride, knowing adventure is coming, or simply going on an errand with us- like the Post Office, or grocery stop). I make sure he does his business (both ends, lol!) before going in the car, because I know the excitement can heighten the need to go....that taken care of, I always tell him he is a good boy, hoping that will settle him, but, he is on patrol- staring ahead, looking for oncoming cars, still trying to chase them as they come by.....at home, in the yard, he has no interest in the traffic that passes by the house, and does not chase cars...so, I am not understanding this at all.
Any ideas on how to handle this?? Get him out of the habit? We praise him, pet him for a little so he knows we do not ignore him. We also give him a bully stick or a horn to chew on, then say ok, we need to work, go sit, go chew your stick (he knows the words chew and stick, as well as lay down and sit...even wait, he knows, and will do it, when he knows that food will be forthcoming or something else- and will stare at either one of us the whole time, then 5 minutes in, he will start whining again....<sigh>....
Thanks in advance for any help!