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our 2 year old boxer, Vinny, whines whenever he wants something. never had that from any of our boxers. thoughts
 

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One of our older boxers whines when he's hungry (or if there's cheese left on the counter too long and he thinks he needs a nibble).

Our youngest whines for a few things and much more than our older boys- mostly it is when we block access to the front door windows. We will usually talk to him when he comes up to us whining- we usually ask him what he's whining about- so we have pretty much encouraged him. In general, he's a talker too. Since he was a puppy he will growl, bark, talk on a pretty regular basis. He uses his voice much more than our other boys.

It may be part of his personality, but like most things, you can probably train him not to do this.
 

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Probably just depends on the dog. My guy is very quiet, really the only time he ever is vocal is if someone comes to the door or knocks. Or if I give the command to speak.
 

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My previous boxer was extremely vocal. He would make all sorts of interesting boxer vocalizations for a myriad of situations.

My current boxer is not very vocal. He has a big deep bark if someone knocks on the door, and occasionally will quietly vocalize while he is asking to go outside, but aside from giving him the command to "speak", he is quiet most of the time. He doesn't even vocalize when he is around other dogs who are being very vocal. Big difference compared to my previous boxer.

I think it's an individual thing, based on personality and probably on handling as well, if the dog is being rewarded in some way for vocalizing.
 

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My Kingston whines, but it is his way of communicating to me. It usually means: I need to use the bathroom, I am hungry, or I want to join you. His dad is a whiner too.
 
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