In reality, the dog wasn't corrected for whining...he was rewarded. Since the pup is not through basics, an ingrained correction process is not in place. This means the pup probably is not fully ready to hunt. If you continue (without a consistent, understood correction process in place), whining will become a negative expectation (bad habit) that will be more difficult to extinguish.
So at first I thought he just wanted some affection b/c he seems to stop when I give him my hand are rub on his face etc.