My one year old black lab, Abbie, is perfectly healthy. But she CONSTANTLY whines. Always. It's extremely irritating. I can get that she whines a little when she's by the door, because she wants outside. I get if she whines a bit after pawing her bowl because she wants water or food.
But there's so many random times where she just sits there and cries, and looks aroud.... is she just bored? We do play with her, I just don't get why she would do this.
Dogs need to be walked or taken to a dog park or something to burn energy and stimulate their brains. My dogs will do this too until I take them on a nice long walk or to the dog park, when we get home they are happy and relaxed.
Also, don't reward her whining. It would be the same thing with a child. If you gave them what they want every time they whined, they'd never stop.
I agree with the above posters that the dog would benefit with more activity. Teach the dog, however, how to behave when she wants something. If you want her to sit at the door when she wants to go outside, teach her and reward that behavior.
Make her sit, give her a treat or a favorite toy, and let her out with plenty of praise. If she wants to go for a walk, teach her to lay by her leash and do the same thing. As for food, put her on a strict schedule and don't react when she whines. Teach her to sit patiently when you do feed her. (Also, always have water available, she should never have to ask for that).
Remember, it's not about stopping the behavior, it's about redirecting their behavior toward what you want them to do.
Does she have any mind stimulating toys? I recently purchased a doggie puzzle...you hide treats under puzzle parts and they have to work their way around it to get the treats out. Another neat thing is a wumba ball by kong that moves everytime your dog touches it.
I just took someones advice. I took my dog on a walk on a walk/bike trail. She absolutely loved it. We drove so took a bit to get there are back. She's a really smart witty dog, so this did the trick. I guess she is bored and needs the stimulation and excersise. Now she is just laying beside me on the floor next to my desk, guiet as a mouse! Really good advice. J K