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No one can avoid feeling guilty when they see their dog crying, whining, or howling. A protective feeling invades us that makes us wonder what we can do for him so that he does not feel bad. Dogs cry for many reasons, but in order to help them, we must know what exactly is happening to them.
Dogs cry when they feel lonely, when something hurts when they feel fear or anxiety. Sometimes they cry only in certain circumstances, such as when they go by car or to the vet, controlling these situations to alleviate them is very simple if you know how.
Let’s review the main causes that can make our dog cry and what we can do to make them feel better. Remember that in a way, dogs are like children, sometimes they just need a little attention.
Dogs crying out of anxiety or fear
Although it seems strange, this is one of the main reasons why dogs cry, especially puppies, which still do not know how to deal with certain situations given their inexperience.
Dogs are companion animals, and by this, we do not mean that they are animals to keep us company but that they live in packs, accompanied by other members of their species or on many occasions, by humans.
They cannot understand that it is not possible to take them to work or to the store to make the purchase, they do not understand those moments when they are alone at home and see that we are leaving, they get stressed. Their main fear is not knowing if you are abandoning them, if you will return soon or what is happening so that you leave, and they must stay.
This is called separation stress, and it is one of the reasons why dogs cry when they are left alone, out of fear, or the anxiety that comes from not understanding what is going on.
Some types of fear, such as the one they suffer when they go to the vet or when they get in the car, will also produce crying in the dog. These should be treated with distraction therapy, patience, and insistence.
Some dogs cry out of loneliness or melancholy
This happens mainly to puppies, although it can also affect young dogs. When they are weaned and separated from their mother and brothers, it is usually because they start a life with us, because they are adopted.
But for them it is an abrupt and painful change, not feeling the warmth of their mother or the company of their brothers is a new challenge for them. Adapting to their new life is sometimes too hard, and crying is the best way they have to express themselves.
We will know that it is loneliness or melancholy because our dog will cry at night, mainly when we are sleeping, and he feels alone. Normally, the dog misses its mother and brothers the most, causing crying in our dog.
Dogs that cry because they feel bad
Just as we humans do, when a dog feels bad, it also complains, in most cases, by whining or moaning. Dogs that are sick and in pain cry to express their discomfort.
Dogs cannot speak, and that is why they use their body language, among which, in addition to gestures such as hiding the tail between the legs, they will also use sounds such as crying.
Not only diseases or pain can cause a dog to whine, if it is hungry or thirsty, it will also cry to tell us its state. Remember that they are much smarter than they seem and will use all their weapons to let us know what is happening to them.
Why is my dog crying? Canine manipulation
Some of the dogs have learned to manipulate us through acts such as crying. If they have ever whimpered, and we paid attention, cuddled, or approached them to see what happens to them, they will have learned that crying is a great technique to get our attention.
Even if we are eating something and want us to give them a little bit because they want to try our food, they will know that by whining a little by our side, we will fall into the mistake of giving them some food. And they will quickly learn what they should do every time they want to eat what we are eating.
Can a dog cry just to manipulate us? Of course, what’s more, they will learn to do it very easily. When a dog wants to get something, mainly food or pampering, he will use all the techniques he knows to get it, from putting on eyes and a sad face to crying a little to achieve the goal.