My new puppy cries and whimpers during the night. Why Is My Puppy Crying? What can I do?
There are several things that you can try to do to curb your puppy from whimpering and crying during the night. If one tip does not work, try another. And give your pup time to adjust to you, your family members, and their new house.
What Can I Do To Help My Whimpering and Crying New Puppy Through the Night?
The following are a few tips that pet owners try when their new puppy cries at night. While some of these may work for you, some may not. We suggest that you keep trying various approaches until you find success.
Finding a solution to a crying puppy at night is a process of elimination. A puppy does not cry or whimper during the night for no reason. It is up to you to find out why the puppy cries at night by eliminating things that are not the problem. However, you should know that this behavior is typical and expected when a new puppy comes into a new home.
It is an exciting time when you decide to adopt a new puppy. This decision is also an exciting time for the puppy. However, it is not uncommon for a new puppy to cry at night. However, a puppy’s constant nighttime crying can cause tension with your family because of the lack of sleep that the puppy’s crying causes.
Please know that your new puppy is trying to adjust to strangers in strange surroundings. Give your puppy time to adjust to this change. Meanwhile, please read the following tips that could help your puppy settle down quicker at night, allowing for a restful sleep for your family and you.
First, You Must Avoid Doing Three Things To Your New Puppy
While there are several things that you can do to help decrease the whimpering and crying puppy, there are three things that you or your family members must never do.
- Never yell at that little puppy because it keeps you up during the night.
- Never lose your patience or become angry towards the pup.
Yelling at your puppy because its crying irritates you is a form of animal abuse. Yelling tends to make the problem worse. Yelling out at this small helpless critter will not help build self-confidence or increase its total feeling of security.
- Never ignore a new puppy who cries and whimpers because it has a reason for crying. It is up to you to find the cause, thus eliminating the behavior.
Positive Things that You Can do to Help Your Puppy Stop Crying at Night
There are a few reasons why your puppy could be crying at night. If you make sure that you meet all of these possibilities, your puppy may settle down and sleep. It is best to put a new puppy in a cage at night, especially if it is not yet house-broken. You must make sure it has the essentials it needs to get through the night.
- One of the top reasons found by dog owners is that puppies crying at night is due to the pup being lonely. Loneliness added to anxiety equals a restless night of crying and whimpering.
Try to get your puppy closer to you so that it can see you. Some dog owners move their puppy to their bedroom until it gets acquainted with the new surroundings and people. However, if the puppy is not yet housebroken, putting the pup in your bed is not a good idea. It is better to bring a pen into your bedroom if there is space. After the puppy is potty trained and acquainted with you and its new home, it can lie at the foot of your bed if you and the dog desire.
- Always approach your puppy with gentle, loving kindness. Please speak to the pup gently to increase its confidence in you and your surroundings.
- Could your pup be crying because it is thirsty or hungry and has nothing to eat or drink? Did you fill its food and water dish before you went to bed? If its dishes have fresh food and water, this cannot be why your pup is crying. You are using the process of elimination to search for a reason why it is crying.
- Does your pup have pee pads at one end of its pen? Did you take your puppy outside to pee before you went to bed?
- Did you place the puppy’s pen where it is warm and comfortable, and does the pup have a cozy doggie bed or blanket?
- Nighttime is a lonely time for new pups. Place a piece of your clothing next to the puppy, like an old shirt with your scent on it. This shirt may be enough to calm them during the night.
- If your puppy wants to play and it is time for bed, be sure to place a few of its favorite toys in its pen to help occupy the puppy.
- Some puppy owners place a warm (not hot) water bottle on the puppy’s blanket or bed, and the warmth helps to calm a restless night.
- If you have an old alarm clock that ticks the time away, place the clock near the puppy’s pen, and the sound helps calm the puppy. Try some quiet, soft music during the night.
- Never allow your puppy to eat table food. Many human foods and drinks such as milk cause stomach and intestinal upset as a puppy or older dog cannot digest the same foods as you can. Feed your puppy dog food and doggie treats only.
- Dogs of all ages, from puppies to older dogs, require an element of daily exercise. Did you exercise your puppy that day? If your pup did not get a fair share of activity, perhaps all they want is for you to come and play with them. Ensure they exercise and play during the day, so they do not want to do this at night. Puppies require at least two walks per day. Short walks are OK and usually are enough exercise for a puppy.
- Is your puppy anxious and displaying panting, whining, or trembling? Perhaps they are scared of their new surroundings and need to have you by their side.
- If your puppy continues to whine and cry at night, please take it to the vet to rule out any possible medical issues.
Presenting the Right Attitude Towards Your Puppy Ensures a Faster Adjustment to New Surroundings?
Please know that a new puppy that reaches eight weeks of age will usually sleep through the night. Every pup and breed is different. Given that you typically purchase a puppy at eight weeks of age, they need time to adjust to you and your surroundings. The pup may not sleep well through the night until they are ten to fourteen weeks of age, give or take a few weeks. There is also possible separation anxiety from its mother and littermates.
Always be protective, understanding, and compassionate towards your dog. Behaviors in your dog are due to any number of issues. Behaviors can be chronic or short-term.
- It is your responsibility to discover why your puppy is whimpering and crying during the night.
- It is your responsibility to eliminate the reason for the negative behavior.
- As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that your pup has all the essentials and more in its life.
If you want a dog in your life, you need to show that critter the unconditional love they want to shower on you, their best friend. Answering the question and finding the remedy for the crying and whining at night helps your dog live a longer, well-adjusted, happy, and healthy life.