My lab is rescued from a shelter shy was badly abused and would cry all the time and for no reason even when curled up in her nice bed she would cry I had the vet do a complete exam with x rays and found nothing but the more time we spent doing things and going places and being loved on the less she cried now she's a happy confident dog and the crying has stopped but it was a long road over two years. Good luck now go love on your pup
2 years ago
Last edited at 2:25AM on 7/22/2011
Do you play with him? Give him treats once and a while? Maybe you should rub his belly and give him some affection too. Just give him some attention. If that doesn't work, call your vet or ask someone with experience. Also maybe he's shy because he isn't used to being around different dogs. Hope this helps. ;)
2 years ago
Last edited at 3:03AM on 7/22/2011
My father-in-law had a wonderful black lab who did something similar, but he did it even more during thunder storms. He would whine and cry about almost everything, even about going places.
We finally figured out he was sound sensitive and my father-in-law took him to the vet. The vet gave him a med to calm him during storms and for anytime the dog felt anxious. It worked really well and it made him more relaxed and comfortable and willing to go places. : D
Could be he feels very anxious when you take him someplace he's not very familiar with and/or is around other dogs. If you know his history before he came to live with you, that might give you some clues. Ohdatguy has some good words of advice about increasing your dog's confidence. I suggest trying very short outings, maybe just to the corner and back if that's all he can do comfortably. Make it fun for him, offer a treat if he does well. Gradually increase the distance and time away. It might take a long time, but with patience your dog can become well-adjusted.