My Dog Keeps Wanting to Go Outside, What’s Going On?

“My dog keeps wanting to go outside, what’s going on?” While it’s normal for dogs to want to run around and play in the sunshine, wanting to do it all the time could potentially be something to worry about — but not always! But don’t stress, because in this article we’re going to fill you in on exactly how to tell what you should be doing (if anything)!

We’ll cover what to do when your dog keeps whining to go outside, what to do when it’s happening every 10 minutes, how to tell if they’re sick, and more. So keep reading, and we’ll answer all the questions you have and most importantly, tell you exactly how to handle everything!

Why Does My Dog Keep Whining to Go Outside?

My Dog Keeps Wanting to Go Outside

Your dog keeps whining to go outside due to a few possible reasons. They could want to go outside because they need to pee or poop, or they could be feeling antsy and want some playtime or exercise. It could also always be something as simple as that they smell something really good out there (a dog’s sense of smell is up to 100,000 times better than ours).

If your dog is wanting to go outside and you’ve ruled out that they need to relieve themselves, then it might be time to take them on a walk or play with them in the backyard for a while. A tired pup is usually a calm pup! If your dog has been going outside regularly and still seems stressed, then they probably have anxiety issues.

Think about what other types of behavior you’ve seen from your dog recently. Are they very timid? Can they not be without you or else the whining will start? Are they suddenly sleeping under the bed? If you’ve seen them doing things like this, then your dog has severe anxiety issues that need to be addressed through behavioral training before things get any worse.

Why Does My Dog Want to Go Outside Every 10 Minutes?

If your dog wants to go outside every 10 minutes, then it is either due to possible health issues (which should be ruled out first) or just simple boredom. Let’s first talk about health. Is your dog going potty every time they go outside? Do they have a loss of interest in normal playtime? Are they eating or drinking differently? Does your dog yelp when you pick him up?

All of these things could be signs of a potentially serious health issue. Always stay on the side of caution, and if you’ve noticed any of these — or things just don’t feel right with your dog — then you should take them to the vet for a check-up right away.

If you haven’t noticed anything that concerns you, and your dog just seems bored — then you should just give them some more playtime. Go out and play in the backyard with them for a while, or take them on a nice long walk to tire them out. Also, consider getting a toy that can keep them occupied.

Is My Dog Sick If They Keep Wanting to Go Outside?

It’s possible your dog is sick if they keep wanting to go outside. Look for other signs from them so that you can make a better assessment. Are they eating and drinking more (or less) than usual? Are they going to the bathroom every time they go out, and if so, is it diarrhea? Are they uninterested in their usual activities?

These are just a few signs that your dog is sick. You probably have a good idea of your dog’s usual behavior and demeanor, so if you’ve noticed any of those things — or your dog just doesn’t seem to be acting right — be on the cautious side and take them immediately to the vet for an examination. They depend on you for their health and you can never be too careful!

What Should I Do If My Dog Keeps Wanting to Go Outside?

If your dog keeps wanting to go outside, first consider if they just need to go potty. Next, think about if your dog might want some playtime or attention. Are they acting very rambunctions? Barking playfully or running around the house with their toys? These would be clear signs your dog needs to go outside to burn off some energy.

If your dog doesn’t seem like they need some playtime or to go potty (or they’re going very frequently), then you should consider that your dog is feeling ill. Your dog might be having intestinal issues and feels like they need to throw up or that they have diarrhea. Think about what other things you might have seen from your dog’s behavior.

Are they eating and drinking normally, or have there been changes? Did they eat something they shouldn’t have, like the pad under meat, for example? How about their activity level, is it normal or do they seem uninterested in their usual favorite things? These are all very good signs that your dog is not feeling well.

If you notice any of these warning signs, or even if you just have a bad feeling, it would be a good idea to take your dog to the vet to be examined right away.

Yes, this can be very costly (about $200 on average, according to the National Canine Cancer Foundation), and that’s not even taking into consideration possibilities like surgery which can easily run more than $10,000 — before even taking into account any medications that would be needed for an indefinite length of time.

Still, it’s best to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to your dog’s health, as it’s much cheaper to catch any issues your dog might be having early on. Most importantly: you could save your dog’s life and their ability to live a happy life free of restrictions.

Hopefully, you now know everything that could be making your dog want to go outside all the time, and what to do about it. Best of luck with your four-legged friend, and thank you for reading “My Dog Keeps Wanting to Go Outside, What’s Going On?”

The Author

KB Williams

KB Williams

Hey there! I'm a dog behavior expert and lover of travel. Since 2016, I've been sharing my knowledge of dog training and behavior while exploring the Pacific Northwest with my two rescues.