I understand what you're saying Demo...and I agree.
Bringing my dog back up...Elwood just plain got excited about stuff. Anxiously excited (if that makes sense)...because he was a middle-ranking dog...so he was always a bit unnerved by everything. As I said, he'd respond to known cues, or to unknown requests...(get up on this new piece of equipment)...but there was often an undertone of whining in his voice. A lot of times, it was just a wheezy breathing type of whine...really low under his breath. But it drove me crazy!
He was confident in some circumstances...flyball was the big thing for him...or just playing ball or frisbee in the back yard. No whining then. But his confidence would crumble in some places/locations/events, and the whining would happen. Usually was EXCITED about being in the new place...but whining would still occur as there was a undercurrent of anxiety. I used to use gentle corrections at this stage of my training...but he'd just take them, and whine again. Taking him away from the situation...more whining because we were leaving. He'd whine sitting in his crate during time-outs. He'd whine in the car, he'd whine in class, he'd whine in the house. (btw...numerous vet checks...no pain problems...) He just whined under his breath most of the time. When he was really pleased, he'd grab a toy and chuff...he was always noisy.
Basically...most of life and the world stressed him to some extent. This was not a dog that sat around the house doing nothing either...he was a frisbee dog, a flyball dog, a therapy dog, etc. He did stuff...confidence was raised, stress levels lowered...then the whining would start anew.
Can dogs develop the same bad habits as people...are they wired that way? I know someone who sings under her breath when stressed...and another person who whistles quietly when stressed...reminds me of Elwood.
"I don't have any idea if my dogs respect me or not, but they're greedy and I have their stuff." -- Patty Ruzzo
"Dogs don't want to control people. They want to control their own lives." --John Bradshaw