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Ok here it is in a nutshell.IT have an 8 month old Irish wolfhound male puppy.IF,ve been to my vets and physically he is perfect.But he doesn,t stop whining.I mean always.I feed him,walk him ,give him attention and he still bloody whines and doesn,t shut up.It,s driving me nuts.It,s gotten so ad I don,t take him anywere.His good in cars but you get him into my boyfriends van and he goes nuts.0 to 10 in 3 seconds.My boyfriend walks dogs and he says its all the scents of his pack driving Culann nuts.But then why does he still do it at home non stop?I,m telling you it,s getting anoying and now Culann goes no were because of it bothering other people now.

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He may not be so "perfect" as your veterinarian says.  Unless a vet has x-ray vision and magical powers, only extensive blood work and a complete exam (orthopedic, opthalmological, neurological) can answer the question: why is this adolescent dog demonstrating a juvenile behavior that is intended to elicit attention due to physical need, pain, distress?

Not taking him places is an error.  He needs to be socialized.  If people are annoyed because of his whining, my pov is: too bad, walk away, no one is in handcuffs.  As for your response, no attention at all for whining (in fact, leaving the room) and some counter conditioning: interrupt whining with a whistle or a clap of hands, ask for sit, heavily reward and praise.  Do this periodically throughout the day, every day, and if this is strictly behavioral it will stop.

However, it may not be strictly behavioral.  I suggest you find a veterinary behaviorist so this young dog can have a true overall examination and temperament evaluation.  You might find one on the following sites:

http://www.veterinarybehaviorists.org/
http://www.avsabonline.org/avsabonline/

I rarely go to the question pool (which is where I found your question) but it's never too late to try.

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I have spent my entire professional life rehabilitating the behavior of the domestic dog and I can answer any question regarding any behavior problem in any breed dog. I have answered more than 5,000 QUESTIONS on this site in the past (almost) eight years. If you are a caring, committed owner and need advice, I'm here for you. I am personally acquainted with my colleagues (Turid Rugaas, Ian Dunbar, etc.) who were members of an elite group in EGroups that I founded: K9Shrinks. THERE ARE NO QUICK FIXES for serious behavioral issues; not only is it unprofessional to offer same, it is also unethical. IF I ASK YOU SUBSEQUENT QUESTIONS, I NEED YOU TO INTERACT WITH ME. More information equals more credible answers and a more successful outcome. If you want ANSWERS THAT WORK, participate in any way I request. I'm quite committed to working on this site for YOUR benefit and the benefit of YOUR DOG. Help me in any way you can.

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30 years of solving serious behavior problems in domestic dogs; expert in dog to human aggression; Internet columnist for ThePetChannel.com for 5 years; former radio talk show host, WHPC.FM, Garden City, NY "Bite Back" (1995 through 2000). List owner, international animal behavior experts, K9Shrinks@egroups.com. Seminar leader: "Operant Conditioning and Learning"; "Aggression in The Domestic Dog"; "Solving Problem Behaviors" -- conducted for various training facilities on Long Island from 1993 through 2000. Former clinical director of "Behavioral Abnormalities" in conjunction with Mark Beckerman, DVM, Hempstead, New York.

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Member, APDT (UK); Psychologists in Ethical Treatment with Animals

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Harcourt Brace Learning Direct: "The Business of Dog Training" "The Fail Safe Dog: Brain Training, not Pain Training"

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Ph.D., UC Berkeley

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Board of Directors: Northeast Dog Rescue Connection; The Dog Project; Sav-A-Dog Foundation; etc. Pro Bono counselor: Little Shelter Humane Society My practice is presently limited to forensics. I diagnose cause of dog bite, based upon testimony before the Court, for attorneys and insurance companies litigating dog bites, including fatal injuries. I also do pro bono work for bona fide rescue organizations, humane societies, et al, regarding such analysis in an effort to obtain release for dogs being held for death in municipal shelters in the US.

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