If you have a doggie in your life, then the frustration of not knowing why he's squealing or whining is probably very familiar territory to you. Unfortunately, canines can't answer questions and concerns back in plain English. Random squealing can signify anything from nervousness to the pure need for attention.
Sometimes doggies squeal when they just can't contain their enthusiasm. If your pet meets you at the door after you've been away from home on a work trip for three days, she's basically telling you she's elated to have you back (awww!). Or, she could be excited upon hearing the approach of a welcome visitor coming to the door.
If you notice your sweet pet squealing out of nowhere, don't automatically assume that she is doing so for "nothing." Something very real (though it may have slipped past your attention) may have suddenly struck her as frightening. This type of higher-pitched, thin cry is especially common in smaller-sized breeds -- think shih tzu or Maltese dogs, for example. Perhaps she heard a loud thud from the apartment below you or her sensitive ears picked up a distant car alarm. Maybe the look of an imposing character on the television screen surprised her. Although the sound may seem random to you, your little one may have a justifiable reason for the sudden outburst.
Loneliness, Boredom or Feeling Neglected
Random squealing also may indicate loneliness and/or boredom in a dog. If a pooch's favorite human member of the household just left for the day, she may squeal and whine as a means to summon said person back to her. A confused dog may be worried that her companion isn't going to return, and the squealing may be a way to "fix" the nerve-racking situation. Or, the pup may have loads of pent up energy with no-one or nothing to help them release it. Your bored doggie will probably resort to squealing and whining as an invitation to play. In the same vein, your pup may also be feeling a bit neglected by those around her and use sqeealing as an attention-getting tactic. Say, your entire household has gone through a hectic week and no one has had as much time as usual to play or snuggle with Fluffy. Her squealing may be her endearing canine way of saying, "Look at me, guys! I exist, remember? Give me attention!" In other cases, your doggie may just be pleading for more chicken treats, even if you just fed her supper half an hour ago!
Pain and Discomfort
A dog may also squeal out of the blue because of pain or other discomfort. Maybe the poor thing stepped on something sharp that fell onto the floor, such as a thumb tack. She also may be suffering from an ailment that may not be apparent to you, whether a severe stomachache or nausea. If your doggie continues squealing and you can't figure out why, take her to the veterinarian for a checkup immediately. The vocalization could very possibly be related to a health situation.
By Naomi Millburn
About the Author
Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.