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Dog Whining

Understanding Why Your Dog Is Whining

Dog whining is guaranteed to try the patience of even the most patient dog owner! Dogs are social creatures, and whining is an effective way of communicating to each other and to humans either that they want something, or that something is wrong. Puppies learn quickly that their mother responds to a whine, for good reason, but that honeymoon generally ends fairly soon. Understanding triggers of whining in adult dogs is key for addressing the root cause and regaining your sanity. You need to understand any past conditioning and apply proper techniques for deconditioning — and ultimately eliminating — the unwanted behavior.

The Fearful Dog

We can trace some of the most disturbing canine problem behaviors back to a single trait: fear. Whether you already have a dog that is timid or fearful, or you plan on getting a dog or puppy, it’s important for you to understand the dynamics and impact of a fearful temperament—and to realize the advantage of professional advice.

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Fear of Fireworks and Other Spooky Sounds

At North Edge K9, we put a lot of emphasis on the environmental soundness of our dogs. This desired feature needs to include being oblivious to noise. The dogs we place with law enforcement and military K9 handlers must perform, regardless of whether gunshots are fired, a thunderstorm approaches, or the 4th of July fireworks culminate in one final crescendo. This environmental soundness also applies to K9s we deliver as family/personal protection dogs. Imagine your four-legged protector running for cover when a burglar kicks in the door or window! Even pet dogs will make their owners’ lives more enjoyable when sounds and noises aren’t issues.

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Inappropriate Chewing – How To Keep Your Dog From Taking A Bite Out Of Your Valuables

Ranking high in the top ten of unwanted canine behavior is destructive chewing on things that matter to their owners. That’s right; humans define what is not appropriate to chew on. The dog however, views the world through his own canine lenses and has not the slightest clue why you are so upset - just because he turned soccer cleats into sandals! Identifying why your dog is engaging in destructive chewing is key to figuring out how to stop it. In this blog, we will examine the most common underlying reasons for this behavior. 

Curbing Food Aggression in Your Dog

Food ‘aggression’ is an easily identified, unwanted canine behavior, but it is really just one of several features of resource guarding, a host of behaviors driven by canine survival instinct. Resource guarding dogs control access to food, objects, people, or places, and sometimes more than one of the above. For the purpose of this article let’s focus on the most common variant, food guarding.



We are very proud of our Service dog program working with Military Veterans. Thank you to all who support this great cause.

Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this very special report. 

Check out our appearance on Time Warner Cable's newschannel. The video focuses on our training of service dogs for military veterans.

Featured are Sgt. Jeremiah Church and his service K9, Quo. Click here to watch the video

Our team of trainers has started the next 16-week class of 10 deserving veterans with their future PTSD service K9s. The current class is being held in Bangor, Maine and our unique program and process will aid 10 warriors by restoring hope to their lives. Likewise, 10 dogs will now have a job instead of lingering at shelters.