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Whining: Why Does My Chihuahua Make This Sound?

Have you ever heard a chihuahua whining or possibly making any other unusual sounds? If so, what did the noise sounds like, and why do you think the dog exhibited this behavior? Do you remember the age of the dog when you witnessed this behavior? Was the dog’s discomfort, anxiety, or pain evident to you? These are the questions that most chihuahua owners are asking. And in this article, we will dissect each question and try to answer them before making the situation worse.

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I’m sure you’ve heard it before: “Oh, that chihuahua just doesn’t like me!” Or maybe you’ve even been on the receiving end of this statement when your chihuahua has growled at someone. But what is growling and whining? And how do you tell the difference between them?

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🟩 Pitch


Whining is a higher pitched sound than growling, and dogs often use it to avoid conflict or get something they want. This can signify anxiety, stress, fear, or even excitement. Whining is often used with body language that makes the chihuahua appear submissive, such as lowered ears and tail tucked between the legs. It may also occur when the chihuahua wants attention from their human companion.

Many people confuse whining with growling because both sounds are produced similarly (by vibrations of the vocal cords), but there’s a big difference between them!


Growling is a warning signal. It is a low-pitched sound that chihuahuas and other dogs often use to warn or say that they are not happy with a situation. For example, they may growl if another dog approaches their toy or food bowl while they are eating. When you hear your chihuahua growling, it’s usually best to let them know you understand what’s going on and give them space so that no one gets hurt!

🟩 Purpose


Whining may occur when you first let your chihuahua out of its crate in the morning or when you come home from work. The chihuahua may be trying to communicate that it wants something, like food or water. Whining is often a way for chihuahuas to communicate with their owners and other animals. When your chi whines, it can be helpful for you to find out exactly what they want so that you can give it to them as quickly as possible.


Growling is a warning that your chihuahua is uncomfortable with something. It is a way for the chi to say, “this is mine,” or “I don’t like this,” or even “I’m scared.” If you see your chihuahua growling at another dog or someone who has come too close, it’s best not to come near until he calms down.


There’s nothing more annoying than a whiney chihuahua. It makes you want to throw up your hands and say, “oh, for crying out loud.” But what are the reasons for whining in chihuahuas? Why does my chihuahua whine so much?

🟩 Over-excited

When chihuahuas are excited, there is a good chance they will whine. Whining can mean several things, including that your chihuahua is happy to see you or that he wants to go for a walk. Whining when the chihuahua is over-excited may also indicate that he wants more attention from you. 

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If this is happening and it makes you uncomfortable, give him some space and don’t reward whining by giving him what he wants right away. This will help prevent him from whining again later on in that situation. Instead, teach him how to communicate his needs appropriately, so everyone involved gets what they want out of the situation!

🟩 When left alone

If you leave your chihuahua alone, it may whine. The reason for this is that your pet is looking to get your attention. They want to be comforted and reassured that their owners have not abandoned them. If your chihuahua whines when left alone, try gradually increasing the amount of time before you return home so that they do not get too anxious about being left alone.

🟩 Anxiety

There are many reasons why your chihuahua might whine, and one of these reasons is anxiety.

Anxiety can be caused by separation anxiety or a new environment. Another cause of anxiety is a new person in the home, such as a spouse or a baby (a newborn). Finally, another cause for whining is if there is suddenly a new pet in the home, like an adopted kitten.

If you suspect that your chihuahua’s whining has anything to do with separation anxiety or any other type of emotional stress, please seek professional help from someone who knows how to deal with these issues!

🟩 Pain

Whining can be a sign of pain. If your chihuahua has a sore paw, he might whine when you touch it. He may also whine if he has a sore tooth or even if his back is hurting him. If you notice that your chihuahua is frequently whining and nothing seems wrong with him, take him to the vet to look at him.

🟩 Boredom

Boredom is a significant cause of whining. Chihuahuas are very intelligent dogs, and they need mental stimulation just like any other dog. They can get bored and angry if they don’t have anything to do for long periods of time. To help avoid this problem, provide your chihuahua with plenty of toys that keep him busy for hours on end, such as tough rubber toys that can be stuffed with treats, food, and peanut butter to keep your chihuahua busy trying to lick them out.

You can also get creative and make some unique homemade toys from things around the house. Use an old sock filled with rice or beans. You can also tie different types of fabric together in knots or fill an empty water bottle with rice or beans. Another tip is to stuff an old pair of pantyhose with treats like dog biscuits or cheese cubes.

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Lastly, put a tennis ball in a box, then stack books on top of it, so he has something tangible to play fetch with (but be careful not too high!). You may even want to consider getting two chihuahuas so that there is always someone else around who needs attention!

🟩 Discomfort

Chihuahuas are indeed the most common type of dog to whine, but it’s important to remember that whining is a sign of discomfort. If you have a chihuahua and it starts whining, check for signs of pain or discomfort in the area where your dog is located. Some common reason for this includes frustration when trying to get something from another animal or person. Chihuahuas can be very competitive with other animals and people over food!

Suppose there aren’t any obvious reasons why your chihuahua should be whining. In that case, there might be some existing issues within their behavior that you should look into further before taking any action yourself. For example, suppose they’re left alone too long without anyone else around being able to play with them. In that case, they may start getting lonely while everyone else is working or sleeping, which could cause them some stress that manifests into unhappiness.


Chihuahuas are vocal dogs and will whine if they have any reason to do so. There are many ways to tell what’s causing your chihuahua’s whining. If it seems like the chihuahua is trying to get your attention, you may be able to make it happy just by looking at it. On the other hand, if the chihuahua is whining because it wants something or somewhere specific, sometimes all you ought to do is give in and let it get what it wants.

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🟩 Eye contact

Eye contact is the best way to get attention if you have a chihuahua in a bad mood. But what about when the chihuahua is feeling fine and wants nothing more than to be left alone? In this case, it’s still vital for you to make eye contact with your pup because it will make him feel even better!

🟩 Take the chihuahua somewhere

Take the chihuahua where it wants to go. If your chihuahua is whining because it wants to go outside or on a walk or to see its favorite person at the vet, you can take it there. This is one of those things that’s easy for me to say but hard for some people to do.

But I think if you can get into the habit of being more accommodating with your chihuahua, you will find that taking them exactly where they want goes a long way toward keeping them happy and satisfied in their home life.

🟩 Comfort it

If your chihuahua is sick or injured, it might whine because of its discomfort. And if your chihuahua is being punished, it will probably still whine. While, if your old arthritic chihuahua has difficulty getting off furniture, that could also be the cause of whining when you try to get him off the couch.

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If your chihuahua is afraid of something, he may whine to alert you that something is wrong and needs attention (such as a monster under the bed). And finally, if your chihuahua has an injury or other pain in his joints or spine that causes him any discomfort while lying down on hard surfaces like tile floors (or even carpeted ones), then he might also have trouble getting comfortable enough not to whine at every little thing: A soft bed!

🟩 Treat for anxiety

A treat might work if your chihuahua whines because of loneliness or separation anxiety. Chihuahuas like food and people. They also love to be petted and praised for good behavior (and when they’re alone). If you can’t bring the chihuahua with you, give them something like a treat. That will keep them occupied until you get back and might help alleviate their anxiety.

🟩 Reassurance

If it seems like your chihuahua isn’t doing well, there are a few things you can do to help. It could be that your chihuahua is afraid of something and needs reassurance. If this is the case, try giving it a treat or playing with them in another room while they calm down. This will help your chihuahua adjust to his surroundings and make him feel more comfortable.

If you think there’s something else going on, like an injury or illness, then call up your vet immediately! The sooner they can see them and figure out what’s going on with their health (whether it’s physical or mental), the better chance there will be for recovery.

🟩 Focus on movements

A chihuahua’s whine can alert you that there’s something wrong with it. If your pet whines, you should check it over to see if there’s anything wrong with it.

Many times, a chihuahua will whine because they feel pain or are in some kind of discomfort. The best way to specify what is causing the problem is by observing your dog closely and seeing if his whining changes as he moves around or the position changes on his body.


Life with a chihuahua can be a lot of fun, but it can also be frustrating. One thing that makes this breed so frustrating is the fact that they like to whine and bark to get what they want. Whining may become a behavior problem in chihuahuas, and it usually starts when the dog is young.

If you don’t address this problem as early as possible, you may find yourself having issues with your pup later on down the road. The good news is that there are ways to stop the whining before it gets out of hand! Let’s take a more intimate look at some strategies for dealing with this behavior:

(Take note: These tips are advisable if your chihuahua starts to become stubborn.)

🟩 Don’t give in

Please don’t give in to their begging, their whining, their pleading, and their crying. That will only reinforce the behavior and make it worse in the future.

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🟩 Stop offering treats

If you find yourself in a circumstance where you want to leave your chihuahua alone, but he is whining or barking, don’t offer him treats. This will reward the behavior and make him feel like he can get what he wants by whining. Your chihuahua may also start to whine when you’re trying to do other things, such as watching TV or reading a book.

It would help if you stopped giving your chihuahua attention when they are whining after you give him lots of treats. This reinforces their negative behavior and makes it more likely that they will continue to whine in the future when they want something from you.

🟩 Don’t yell

To avoid yelling at the chihuahua, you should first be aware of the fact that yelling will only make things more threatening for both of you. The chihuahua will believe that you are angry or upset with him, which in turn can cause him to feel threatened and under attack.

He may also think that you are trying to take control over him and establish yourself as the Alpha in the relationship. Yelling at a chihuahua is not only ineffective, but it can actually lead to more behavior problems down the line!

🟩 Minimize the attention

Chihuahua puppies whine for many reasons and giving them attention can be a rewarding experience for them, which will make the behavior worse. If you give your chihuahua puppy attention when they whine, they may start doing it more often because they know that it gets them what they want.

If you have already taught your chihuahua to whine and have conditioned him to do so as a way of getting what your chihuahua wants, try ignoring him instead of giving in to his demands. This might take some time, but eventually, he should stop whining altogether once he realizes that there is no point in doing so.


Your chihuahua is a very small dog, but they still have the exact needs as any other breed. If you want your chihuahua to stay happy and healthy, then you need to make sure that they are taken care of. It’s crucial to keep a close eye on your Chihuahua and be aware of their needs. If you notice them whining or acting out in any way, it could signify that something is wrong with their health.

Chihuahuas are always going to whine from time to time. Still, if this happens regularly, then it’s worth taking them to the vet clinic for an examination or calling your local animal shelter for advice on how best to help them through this difficult time.

One way to keep them happy is by ensuring their comfort! We have some tips on how to prevent whining in your chihuahua so that everyone can enjoy their time together:

🟩 Access to food and water

I know that your chihuahua is very small and cute, but don’t forget to feed him! If your chihuahua gets hungry, he might try to eat something else by mistake. Make sure that your chihuahua has access to food at all times.

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Also, make sure that your chihuahua has clean water at all times. If you forget or run out of bottled water, fill up a large bowl with tap water and keep it full so that the cup doesn’t dry out and become an attractive chew toy (or worse).

It’s also essential not only to keep these things filled but also to clean them regularly! You wouldn’t want your chihuahua to eat off dirty dishes or drink from a dirty glass.

🟩 Take your Chi outside

It would help if you took your chihuahua out frequently so they can relieve themselves on time. This is incredibly true for those who have just gotten a new chihuahua and are still getting used to each other’s schedules. Some chihuahuas will wait until the last minute, while others may go whenever they feel like it. Regardless of their personality, it is always best to take them outside as soon as possible following their last meal, so they do not end up making a mess inside or in the car!

Make sure you keep your chihuahua on a leash when taking them outside, and avoid letting them run free in an area that has no grass or gravel where they can get pee or poop without being able to see where they’re going!

🟩 Comfortable crate

The crate should be large enough for your dog to move around and turn around in, but not so big that he will feel lost or confused. Some chihuahuas may choose to lie down when left in a crate, so make sure there is enough space for the chihuahua to stretch out and still be comfortable. Don’t use the crate as punishment, and don’t leave your chihuahua there for too long (no more than 4 hours). The crate should also not be used as a way to keep your dog quiet. Remember that the point of having one is to help him feel safe when you’re gone.


Chihuahuas are the type of dog that many people think about when they hear the word “dog.” Their rage has grown over the years thanks to their cute looks and small size, but there are some factors you may not know about chihuahuas. Here are some fun facts about these adorable little dogs:

🟩 Protective

Chihuahuas tend to be highly loyal and can be overly protective of their owners. While they are not aggressive, they tend to become defensive if they feel that the owner is being threatened. This may result in them barking or biting at anything that comes near the owner. Chihuahuas may also guard against strangers or unfamiliar dogs in an attempt to protect their owners from harm.

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Chihuahuas are not always recommended for families with small children since chihuahuas can be challenging to train due to their small size, but this does not mean that it cannot be done!

🟩 Watchdog

When it comes to being a watchdog, chihuahuas are considered one of the best. They may be small, but they’re alert and will let you know if there is a problem. As mentioned, they are very protective of their owners, too. They have been known to bark at strangers and even bite them if they feel threatened by them.

🟩 Shivering and shaking

Shaking is a sign of excitement, cold, fear, anxiety, pain, and anger. This is normal for them if you notice your chihuahua shaking when they are excited or cold. However, if your chihuahua shakes because they are scared, then it’s time that you find out why they are afraid in the first place.

🟩 Big personality

Chihuahuas are known for being very friendly and outgoing, which is why they make such good companions. They love to be close to people and are very social, so if you’re looking for a dog that enjoys hanging out with you and your family, chihuahuas will make great pets.

Because they’re so intelligent and loyal, it’s easy to train a chihuahua. They learn quickly, especially when rewards are involved!

🟩 Social and outgoing

Chihuahuas love to be around people, so they are not aggressive with other dogs or strangers. They are not afraid of children and don’t mind being around them. Chihuahuas can be a bit more aggressive with other dogs than small breeds like the Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese Terrier.

As long as you socialize your puppy well from an early age, they will become more comfortable around other dogs and people.

🟩 Long life

Chihuahuas are known to live up to 15 years. This isn’t surprising, considering their prominent personality and tiny size. They may be tiny, but they’re undoubtedly not weak!


Though this behavior of a chihuahua seems problematic, the intention of this article is not to scare anyone away from owning a chihuahua, as it is a lovely breed. But more to make people who are unfamiliar with the breed aware of what to expect when adopting such a dog. Of course, every owner knows that their chihuahua is special. But owners of other kinds of dogs will also know that these breeds are special and unique in their own ways. With the proper management and approach, you won’t have problems living with a chihuahua!

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