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One might consider looking at it a little differently than 'rewarding' him for whining (saying he is uncomfortable/bored). Giving the dog something 'to do' can serve to prevent the boredom and/or whining in the first place, there fore eliminating the possibility of 'rewarding' him for unwanted behaviors. Due to a major surgery my pup is confined to an x-pen I give him things 'to do' to work his brain, things to chew to help to tire him out so that he doesn't get bored and prevent him feeling the need to whine (or bark) for attention or to get out. In essence I am 'rewarding' him for not barking and whining.
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