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Why does my Doberman puppy whine and cry when someone is not near him? What can I do about it?

Hello everyone,

I am a new Doberman puppy owner and I have noticed that my puppy whines and cries when no one is near him. He is a very affectionate puppy and always wants to be around people. However, he becomes very restless and anxious when he is left alone or when someone is not near him.

I have tried distracting him with toys and treats but it seems like he just wants someone to be with him. I am not sure what to do about this behavior as I don't want him to become too dependent on human attention.

Has anyone experienced a similar kind of behavior in their Doberman puppies? If so, what did you do to address it? Any tips or suggestions would be highly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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Hi there,

I can relate to your experience as a Doberman puppy owner. I have had similar situations with my Doberman in the past. One helpful thing that I have found is to desensitize my puppy to my departures. Instead of making a big deal out of leaving, I try to make it more routine, so my dog learns that it is nothing out of the ordinary when I leave.

I also try to avoid punishing my dog when they cry or whine, as that can create even more anxiety. Instead, I reward them for being calm and relaxed while alone to teach them to associate good behavior when left alone.

Another thing I found helpful is gradually building up the time spent away from the puppy. At first, I would only leave for a few minutes and gradually work up longer periods. This helps to build up their confidence and trust that you will return.

Finally, I trained my Doberman puppy to have a specific command that would indicate that I am about to leave. This command could be something like "be good," and it would help reassure the dog that you will be back soon.

In conclusion, it takes patience and consistency to train your Doberman puppy to be more independent when you're away. But following these tips can help make the experience less stressful for both you and your dog.


Hi there,

I also own a Doberman puppy and I have had similar experiences. I found that it is important to gradually teach the puppy to be okay when left alone. Start with leaving the room for just a minute or two, gradually increasing the time, and rewarding them when they stay calm.

Additionally, I make sure to provide plenty of toys and activities for when I am not there. Puzzle toys and interactive feeders can keep them entertained and mentally stimulated.

I also recommend crate training, as it can provide a sense of security for the puppy when left alone. Make sure the crate is big enough for them to comfortably stand and turn around in, and slowly increase the time they spend in there.

It is important to remember that puppies are social animals and need interaction, but they also need to learn to be independent. Consistency and patience are key in training them to be okay when left alone.



I can certainly empathize with your experience as a Doberman owner. In my own personal experience, I found it helpful to mimic real-life scenarios where my puppy is left alone. For instance, I start by leaving my puppy in her crate while I run some errands outside or work in the garden to let her get used to it.

Additionally, I found it helpful to leave a radio or TV on while I am away to prevent complete silence. This way, the puppy will have some background noise, and it will make her feel less lonely.

Another technique I find very effective is to practice two different kinds of 'leavings.' One is to leave your puppy for an extended period, like half an hour or more, and the other is to leave for a shorter time, say five or ten minutes. While leaving for an extended period, it will help if you don't make a fuss with the puppy when you come on home. It will make the puppy believe that it's a norm for you to leave for an extended period.

Finally, teaching your Doberman puppy that positive things happen when you leave is essential. You might consider giving a small amount of food or toys when you're about to leave, so your puppy associates your absence with positive outcomes.

I hope this helps! Remember, every dog is different and requires different strategies, but with consistency and patience, you will train your Doberman puppy to be more independent and content when alone.



I also have a Doberman puppy, and I completely understand your concern about his crying and whining behavior. One thing that has worked for me is leaving some of my clothes or blankets near the puppy when I am not around, so he can smell my scent and feel at ease.

Another thing that has helped me is teaching my puppy to know that crying and whining won't get him what he wants. When he cries, I try to ignore him and not give him any attention until he calms down. Once he is in a calm state, I reward him with treats or playtime.

Regular exercise and mental stimulation is also important for Dobermans. Try to give him plenty of walks and playtime, so he feels more relaxed and tired out during the day. I also leave out some puzzle toys and interactive feeders for him to play with when I am gone.

Lastly, if you are still struggling to handle your Doberman's crying and anxious behavior, I recommend seeking out a professional dog behaviorist or trainer who can provide you with more specific advice for your puppy's individual needs.

Remember, with patience and persistence, you can train your Doberman puppy to be more independent and calm when you are not around.



I can definitely relate to your situation as I have also experienced the same thing with my Doberman puppy. Initially, she would whine and cry when no one was around, but gradually with the proper training, she has learned to be more independent and calm.

What I did was start small by leaving her in the playpen for a few minutes at a time and slowly increased the time. Also, I provided her with some new toys that would keep her occupied and mentally stimulated. The toys did wonders in keeping her distracted, and the crying became less and less as she played with them.

As for crate training, my puppy is not a fan of it, so I did not use it as a technique for solving her crying problem. Instead, I made sure to give her positive reinforcement when she was calm and quiet.

In addition, I set up a routine for her so she knew when she would have attention, walks, and playtime. Puppies thrive on routines, and it gives them a sense of stability and comfort.

I hope that helps! Don’t worry, with patience and consistency, you will train your Doberman puppy to be more independent and calm when alone.

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