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903476 tn?1242237037

Chihuahua Whining

So I have this little 4 year old Chihuahua/Pom mix, 2/3 Chi and 1/3 Pom I've had her since she was a puppy but lately shes been doing this whining thing. She just sits there and whines staring at me. Either on the Flore and she wont let me pick her up and put her on the couch with me. When I finally her her on the couch with me she just sites there whining at me. Shes got kibble in her bowl and water she get treats when ever she wants really. But it's not her treat cry it's like shes crying for no reason. It's driving me batty I've tried being nice and firm nothing seems to be working.
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1832268 tn?1326816010
Hmm,  Well, this is a long shot, but..... Chihuahua's get cold VERY easily.
My Chihuahua will whine when he is cold. I also had another Chihuahua that would do the same thing. I keep blankets around the house, so my dog can burrow under them if he needs too. Sometimes he has a hard time fluffing the blanket enough so he can get under it, and will whine until I help him.
I also have a terrier mix that loves to sleep under blankets.  
Give a blanket a try....it may be just the thing that will make your dog happy.
If that doesn't work, then maybe your dog just wants some attention, maybe she wants to play...?  Or maybe she is in pain...?  She is obviously trying to tell you something.... I hope you figure it out soon.... Let me know how the blanket works.
Connie
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1832268 tn?1326816010
Oh Yes...one more thing.... If there are no blankets in the room that I am sitting in, my Chihuahua will whine until I get him one...!  Boy, has he got me trained!
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612551 tn?1450022175
Looks like good know how in the above. Let us know how it works out, I hope you dog doesn't have pain or some other problem.  

My wife worries about our Westie being cold, and he always has a small dog-size blanket on his bed. He likes to work it over but always ends up on top...but a Westie has a very warm coat.

One thing you said troubles my understanding of inherited genetics (people, dogs, cats, ... maybe even plants, don't know on this second point).
You said: " 2/3 Chi and 1/3 Pom " to which I say can't be...okay now someone prove me wrong, Please be kind, I'm trying to be so myself.  

Here's how I understand breeding, regardless ow what, but it surely includes dogs.
The make up is 1/2 from the mother, 1/2 from the father.  Never 1/3 or any "odd" fraction.  Going by 1/2 get can get 1/4, 1/8 as well as more than 1/2 like 3/4, 7/8.  This doesn't prevent your dog from looking more like a "Chi" than a "Pom" even if 1/2 of each.

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903476 tn?1242237037
Your right I meant to say 1/4 pom and 3/4 chi Daddy was all Chihuahua and Mommy was half Chi half Pom she had three puppies two that look like Chihuahuas and one that looked like something else long thick, curly hair and big floppy ears. I got one of the ones that looks like a Chihuahua except she has big floppy ears.
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903476 tn?1242237037
Cleopatra's been sleeping under the covers with me since she was 7 months old. Mine has me trained as well if I fold up her blankets she will bark at them till I unfold them she she can nestle under them. She has a blanket on the couch and one on the loveseat she also has a bed in front of a heat vent. I also keep it 75F in my house at all times. Cleopatra is not the only one with a problem with the cold. I've known this dog since she was 5 weeks old and when I took her home at 8 weeks we were already best pals. I know her cold whine and her hungry and in pain whines and when she just wants attention just just jumps up on my chest and rubs her face in mine till I give her what she wants. Your right she is trying to tell me something but I cant seem to figure it out.
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612551 tn?1450022175
Sounds like a wonderful relationship - boy how could any of us add to your knowledge.  But, how about this: spoiled?

We have a Westie that is real stubborn and full of Terrier energy.  He isn't a barking problem in the neighborhood, but he can be in the house.  He barks when he wants out, when he wants food, when he wants attention ... and just for fun it seems, doesn't give up easily.  Of course he is let out, he is fed, and he gets lots of attention for a dog that isn't a lap dog.  At times I'd like a whine over a bark.  

I try to ignore the barking to let him know/learn barking isn't rewarded, but I haven't won that contest very often.
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903476 tn?1242237037
Of course she spoiled. You don't get a little lapdog to not be spoiled then again my 30lbs dog is just as spoiled and thinks shes a lapdog. And of course I thought at first she was just being a brat. Because she is a huge brat but shes my brat and I love her.
I know it's a personality thing because she just had her rabies shot a few weeks ago and the vet said that shes perfectly healthy except I need to brush her teeth more.
I will admit I'm a little OCD when it comes to my dogs I'm a 36 year old women with no children so sadly my dogs are my life so every little thing worries me. So with this new issue with her and I cant figure it out and I don't know what to do. Shes already a huge brat and I don't need her getting any worse.
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974371 tn?1424653129
I have just been reading through these posts.
You say she won't let you pick her up and put her on the couch.  When you do put her up there, she just whines.  Is this new behavior? Did she used to jump up on the couch?
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903476 tn?1242237037
Very new she has no problem jumping up on the couch and most of the time she dose it all on her own. She of course has to jump up on to everything I'll admit shes big for a Chihuahua but she dose have some Pom in her she shes about 8lbs. I thought it was a leg issue like Luxating Patella or something my other dog tore her ACL but when I took her to the vet on Oct 5th for her rabies shot the vet said her legs look good. She also doesn't want to take her little doggy stairs to get up on to my bed anymore she just sits on the flore and cry's. Right now shes curled up under the covers right beside me on the couch. I just don't get why sometimes she cool and sometimes she not.
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612551 tn?1450022175
Looked at your dog picture, Cleopatra is very tinny.. and Snow Flake is really a bright white.. I have grown a little partial to white dogs since we adopted our Westie, he is in one of my profile pictures.  There's another white dog in my group of pictures, the one on her back is a very large white Goldendoodle, must weight about 70 pounds - the Westie just over 20 pounds so he's no lightweight, but still easy to pick up.

Hope you find a solution, I know whining would worry me.
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1832268 tn?1326816010
If she did not injure her knees, perhaps she hurt her back...?  It seems strange that she will not even use her dog stairs. I know I have heard many forum members talk about Disc injuries in small dogs .... These injuries can be a result from jumping.  
Another thing may be pancreatitis...???    
Honestly....I really don't know much about either one of these conditions, but..I think Margot49 and Misfits4me are both knowledgeable on the subjects. Maybe they can offer some insight into the possibility of either one of these conditions being the cause of your dogs whining.
Thank-you for the updates.
Connie
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974371 tn?1424653129
Hard to tell without actually seeing what is going on.  I was thinking possible ACL ( which your Vet seemed to have ruled out) or back issues or even a pulled muscle.

I assume she is eating ok?  With pancreatitis, you usually notice something isn't right and it is painful and you will sometimes notice a hard abdomen and they are usually pulled up in the abdominal area.

  You might slowly going over her to try to determine if there any areas of pain or tenderness.  Take 2 fingers, start at the top if the neck or base of the tail and feel each vertebra and in between.  Don't press hard but use some pressure.  If there is a sore spot, she may yelp.  If you feel her quivering at a certain spot, it might be sensitive.  Sometimes the best thing you can do is ignore her but sit and watch what she is doing or won't do. You know your dog best.

Any other symptoms? Is she spayed?

It could be behavioral.  Any changes around there?  House, people, your schedule?

Kind of a funny story but have a friend that has a Yorkie that was doing the same to her for days with the constant whining.  Ended up one of her rawhide bones was stuck under the couch!  Once she got the bone,she stopped whining. LOL!

Anyway, could be something internal going on so watch fir any other symptoms (not eating, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargic, etc).

My first thought right now is a spinal issue or pulled muscle.
Please keep us posted.

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903476 tn?1242237037
Shes 100% healthy, eating good, regular bowl movements, no vomiting nothing shes a very happy and healthy dog. It's not a injury because she dose jump up on the couch 100 times a day it is she favorite spot it's where I keep her blanket. And she could have been sitting beside me 5 minutes before. Then shes whining for no reason. I get up try to let her out for a pee, I give her a treat, swap out her toys, give her fresh water even try to take her for a walk. Pretty much everything I can think of it's like shes taunting me for fun almost. This is why I totally think it's a behavioral problem. Other then this annoying whine shes the picture of health.
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903476 tn?1242237037
That's a old picture Cleopatra cant be more then three months old in that one shes much bigger now shes 4 years old I'll upload a new one of the girls and you can see them now SnowFlake is about the size of a Westie roughly about knee high Snowflake right now is 29.2lbs and Cleopatra is 8.2lbs
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974371 tn?1424653129
Is she spay?  Spay or not, she may be going through a hormone/false pregnancy issue.
Other then that, if it is behavioral, I would try completely ignoring this behavior.  No attention, co talking, no treats.  When she is quiet, reward for good behavior.
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903476 tn?1242237037
Oh of course she is, Much healthier to get them fixed unless you intend on breeding them all dogs should get fixed. It could be hormones I wouldn't put it past her.But yeah I'm doing the ignoring thing but Chihuahuas and persistent little buggers she will literately whine for hours. I hate to say it but I crack.
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1832268 tn?1326816010
It's nice to read that she is the "picture of health"
After she has been whining for hours, and you finally "crack".... does she quit whining when you start paying attention to her...?
My chihuahua whines for many of the same reasons you mentioned...water, food, out...etc.
He does whine when he wants to sit in our lap, and he is not able to get there. For example...when I am at the computer desk, or sitting at a table, he is not able to jump into my lap.
Another reason he will whine, is if he hears noises that he is afraid of. For example gun shots, ( we live in the country, and have a lot of hunters ) thunder, or loud banging.
Are there any unusual noises happening around your house?
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903476 tn?1242237037
My dogs are all I have so they see the Vet a lot at least once a year for a check up so yeah very healthy only problem she has is a little too much plaque. Kinda a pain in the *** to brush a chihuahuas teeth which I'm sure you understand having one yourself.
After I crack I try everything I take her out give her food, water, treats I try to play with her I even try brushing her or cutting her nails thinking maybe her nails are curling and straining her toes. She doesn't stop she just keeps whining.
I try and pick her up thinking she just doesn't wanna jump up on her own and she backs away. I live in a duplex in a city with very noisy neighbor's just off a main street a black away from a firehouse and 3 blocks away from a hospital so there are loud noises all day everyday sirens and what not. Tho shes still really scared of loud noises specially thunder but thunder is rare here like maybe 5 times a year so no time for her to get used to the sound.
I live in Canada so even in major city's there's a lot of parkland and trees so mice is a problem and when she hears them she dose go squirrely she's a natural born mouser. It could be that she's hearing mice. I haven't seen any signs of mice and it just snowed 2 days ago but it's something to look in to.
I cant think of anything else unless the sound is on a frequency to high or low for me to hear but then again it's not effecting my other dog.  If it's just mice it wouldn't mice never really bothered SnowFlake.
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1832268 tn?1326816010
Does she only back away from you, when you are sitting on the couch...?  If so, have you looked under it, or removed the cushions and felt inside the couch for anything...?  Like Margot49 had mentioned, maybe something is under or in the couch...?
When she doesn't let you pick her up, have you tried to follow her, or have her follow you to different areas of the house...?
Ha!  I'm starting to run out of ideas..!  
Here are a few more hair-brain ideas for you to consider...
Is there something that you do to her when you are on the couch...for example a regular routine that she does not like...?
Have you added any new fragrances to the house...?
Have you rearranged your furniture...?
I know that last one sounds crazy, but my first Chihuahua did not like it when anything was out of place..!
Good Luck figuring this one out...!
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903476 tn?1242237037
Hahahaha that's the first thing I did when I saw that. She has a few toys she really likes so I made sure to collect all of them make sure none of them are missing. I'm honestly thinking that shes just trying to drive me crazy like she's getting some bizarre amusement out of watching me pull my hair out. lol
Nothing has changed recently I remodeled more then a year ago, and she seemed ok with all that change as long as shes got a warm fluffy place to chill out and a plastic bottle cap to play with shes a happy dog.
She's doing it right now, I think she just want to put me in a loony bin.
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974371 tn?1424653129
You may be right.  :-)
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903476 tn?1242237037
Dogs are so much smarter then we give them credit for. Both my girls totally have me trained every bark and whimper I come running to for fill her every need. Probably because I feel so bad about having a Chihuahua in a place that has 8 months of winter. Shes gone entire weeks on end without going outside. No matter how hard I try to get her in a sweater and booties she just wont do it.
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974371 tn?1424653129
I am sitting here chuckling.  She has you trained very well.  

You can try my method, "Put this damn sweater on or I call the truck!"

Just kidding.  :-).  
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1832268 tn?1326816010
LOL... I know what you mean...!  Chihuahua's don't belong in Cold Climates. Poor things. Every time our Chihuahua would have to go outside in the winter, my hubby and I felt so bad, that we bought a greenhouse for him to do his business in. WE thought it was a good idea, but... the Chihuahua doesn't seem to agree. We left the ground bare in the Greenhouse, but he won't use it..!   He still thinks he needs to stand in the snowbanks like the boxers do. Of course, his little feet freeze, and I have to run out and rescue him.
He will wear a jacket, but... he will not move if I put boots on him.  Originally, I wanted to paper train him, so he would not have to go outside in the winter, but... he refused to use the paper, and has always preferred to potty outside
This year, we decided we may as well use the Greenhouse for a wood shed.
( Maybe he will use it now! )
Well, I just wanted to check in to see how things were going. I was hoping you figured out why your dog was whining, but... if not, then I think you are right, and it may just be because she has got you trained...!
I'm fresh out of ideas for you... :)
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