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Here Is Why Your Dog Yelps In Pain For No Apparent Reason

As dog parents, we always take care of our furry babies and make sure that they are doing fine both physically and emotionally. This is why whenever you notice some drastic changes in how your dog is behaving then that could be an indication that something is not right.

Since you know your dog too well, you are always confident that every body language that he demonstrates always means something. This is why it might seem scary and a little bit frustrating when you notice that your dog yelps in pain for no apparent reason.

If this has never happened before, then you will get extremely frustrated as you attempt to figure out the cause for the yelping and shaking. If you notice that your dog is yelping and shaking, you should stop whatever you are doing and attend to your furry baby to assess the situation.

If there is no apparent reason for yelping such as an injury or a broken leg, then it would be hard to tell why your dog is yelping. You might, therefore, end up making speculations as to why your dog is yelping and shaking.

If the yelping occurs frequently, then it could mean that your dog is in pain. But can you be sure? Do you know some of the possible reasons why dogs yelp?

Reasons Why Dog’s Yelp

If only our dogs could talk, then they could be able to tell us how they feel, what they want and what is troubling them. But since they can’t talk, can we just be guessing what they are telling us from their body language and cues?

Dogs also have their ways of communicating to us what they want, how they feel and what they want to do. So when you see your dog whimpering, then there is certainly a reason behind it. Here are reasons why dogs yelp. 

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1) Asking for Something
Most dogs always yelp when they want us to give them something. Your dog might yelp because he wants you to give him something or because he wants you to do something for him. When your dog yelps and you feel like he wants something from you, the first thing that ought to cross your mind is that he wants food or water.

As a dog owner, you must be aware of how eager dogs are whenever they want food. If it takes you so long to give your dog what he wants, he is likely to start yelping. Better make sure that you nourish your dog with the right type of food so that he does not crave anything.

Your dog may also yelp constantly when he feels like he needs to go for a potty break. This can happen when you have trained your dog to go for potty breaks in designated spots. The yelping from your pooch can also be as a result of him seeking your attention so that you can play with him or if he wants you to give him a toy. 

2) Strong Excitement
Dogs are known to get overexcited when they see someone or something they like. They usually find it hard to contain their excitement. For example, when a dog sees its owner get home after being away at work or for a vacation, they may start to yelp as a show of strong excitement. This excitement will be much more when the owner is coming home after several years or months.

3) Separation Anxiety
Dogs usually bond with their owners and other members of the family. Whenever they get separated from their owners or people they are used to, dogs may suffer separation anxiety. This anxiety could end up being a lifelong problem that affects their behavior.
Some dogs may become anxious when their owners leave them at home alone. Every time a dog is away from his owner, he may find it difficult to deal with such a situation and may, therefore, show his anxiety by yelping or barking.
Other dogs may find alternative ways of showing how depressed they are by breaking things, chewing things and even trying to escape. Therefore, if you have noticed that your dog usually yelps whenever you are not around, then it could mean that he is exhibiting separation anxiety. 

4) Being in Pain or Discomfort
It’s very heartbreaking for you to see your dog yelping in pain. When your dog yelps and there is no sign of injury on him, then it can be awfully alarming. It may mean that he is bloated or that he might have eaten something that is causing his stomach to be upset. Maybe he has swallowed something that is inedible.

5) Old Age
Some dogs may yelp as a result of old age. When dogs become old, they may develop canine cognitive dysfunction and other health problems that may gradually affect their behavior. If your dog has reached this stage of his life, he may start to become a little bit lethargic. This may cause him to yelp most of the time, especially at night.

6) Fear or Trauma
Dogs with active lifestyle may undergo trauma as a result of suffering serious injuries. If you have a dog that has recently undergone a traumatic experience and is yelping, then it could mean that he is yelping because he fears going through the same experience. A dog that is recovering from trauma could also yelp as a result of pain.

Signs Showing That Your Dog Could Be In Pain

You might feel that the reason behind your dog’s yelping is because he is undergoing pain. But how can you be sure that he is in pain at a glance? You will need to closely observe your dog for signs that could show that he is in pain. Here are some of the signs that you should take note of.

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  • Limping

Dogs with active lifestyle may undergo trauma as a result of suffering serious injuries. If you have a dog that has recently undergone a traumatic experience and is yelping, then it could mean that he is yelping because he fears going through the same experience. A dog that is recovering from trauma could also yelp as a result of pain.

  • Loss of Appetite

Monitoring your dog’s eating habits is a good way of determining his wellbeing. Any dog that is in pain is likely to be in no mood of eating a lot of food and will eventually lose his appetite. Once you notice the loss of appetite that is accompanied by yelping, then you should take your dog to the vet immediately.

  • Difficulties in Breathing

A dog that is having some breathing difficulty is likely to be in a lot of pain. Once you notice this, monitor your dog closely. If he is panting even during cold weather, then he is definitely in pain and should be taken in for a medical check-up.

  • Eye Redness or Discharge from the Eyes

If you notice that your pooch’s eyes are red or that there are some discharge coming from the eyes, then this is an indication of pain. You should take your dog to the vet so that he can get checked up. Eye infection could be the reason he is yelping nonstop.

How You Can Stop Your Dog from Excessive Yelping for no Apparent Reason

Dogs usually yelp whenever they are in pain or when they are in a stressful situation. As a loving pet parent, you should never ignore your dog whenever they yelp. You should take him to the veterinary officer and have him examined.

However, sometimes dogs may be yelping excessively for no apparent reason and this may become annoying. So how do you stop your pooch from yelping for no reason? 

Stopping Attention-Seeking Yelping 

If your dog is yelping so that he can have your attention or get you to reward him with something, then you will have to teach her how to remain calm and the importance of remaining quiet.

It is not easy to reduce attention-seeking yelping because you may unwittingly encourage the behavior by giving your dog attention whenever he whimpers for it. If you give him eye contact, touch or talk to your dog whenever he yelps, then you will be encouraging him to continue with the behavior.

You, therefore, need a way to communicate to your dog that his attention-seeking theatrics will not work on you. Try turning away from your pooch whenever he starts to yelp. You can also use body languages such as folding your arms on your chest and ignoring him.

In addition to ignoring your dog, you should also start rewarding her for being quiet. Ensure that you only give her treats and rewards when she is not yelping. Once your dog understands that she only gets attention when she is quiet, she won’t be motivated to yelp or whimper for no reason. 

Dealing with Anxious Whimpering


If your dog is whining because she is anxious about something, then stopping her from yelping will be difficult unless you remove the cause of anxiety. Yelping as a result of anxiety is usually accompanied by other behaviors like excessive licking and pacing. When dogs are anxious, they may be unable to control their yelping.

Once you have determined that she is yelping because of anxiety, you can reduce the problem by giving your dog medications that may help to reduce her anxiety. However, any medication that you give your dog should be approved by your veterinarian. 

Take Your Pooch to the Vet

When your dog starts yelping for no apparent reason, then you won’t be sure what is going on with her. It’s advisable to take your dog to the vet so that the vet can examine her and determine the cause of her yelping.

Your vet is best suited to determine why your dog yelps in pain for no apparent reason and prescribe the right medication in case your dog is unwell. Your vet will also tell you what you should do and what you shouldn’t. 

Rosie Tran

I’m Rosie and I love pets, especially dogs. I have a dog, her name is Lola. I also love reading, writing and living joyfully with my rescue dog. I want to learn everything I can to become a better “dog-mom” to Lola and share my knowledge of dog with all who have the same passion as mine.

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