Question: How to stop a puppy from crying and barking at night?
This is a common problem for many dog owners. There are periods when puppies crying and barking at night when they spend a couple of nights at our homes.
Why Puppy Cries and Barks at Night?
It is completely natural for a young puppy to crying and barking at night when left
alone. When a puppy is separated from their packs, they cry and bark to call out for their family.
The behavior is written in his gene from the day when dogs’ ancestors were still in the wild, at that time young puppy wouldn’t have a chance when he was separated from his packs.
The Main Cause
The main cause for puppy crying and barking at night is the feeling of being left alone. The feeling is amplified when you leave your puppy alone in his crate.
In this case, you should make your puppy feels safe and comfortable in his crate, that’s the first thing that you should do. You should start to make your puppy accustomed stay in his crate at bedtime.
What to do Before Bedtime?
You should take up any food or water after six or seven o’clock to make sure your puppy is running on empty before sleeping. Then take your puppy to his potty area then wait for him to finish his business. Praise him when he is done. Then put him in a crate.
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Practice Crate Train
Play with him for 15 minutes or so before you put him in the crate. Start by putting your puppy in the crate for a short period of time.
Don’t rush back to see him when he starts to bark and cry. That’s his tricks to control you. If you fall to his tricks, he will do the same thing over and over again.
If his barking and crying continue, you should come and spend some time with your puppy in his crate. then leave him. If he continues to bark and cry when you leave, you should say “NO” loudly. After he has been quiet for a few moments, then return and praise him.
You should practice leave and return several times until your puppy understands that you are not abandoning him, and there is nothing to worry when he is left in his crate.
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You Should Never Let Your Puppy Sleep In Your Bed?
In any case, you should never let your puppy sleeps in your bed. If you let him once, he will expect you to let him sleep in bed over and over again.
You should put your puppy in a crate at bedtime, and if possible you should place the crate in your bedroom. If not possible, you can place the crate in another room, but give him your cloth or something that has your scent on it.
In a couple of nights, especially when your puppy is new to your house, I would recommend you to the crate in your bedroom.
Young Puppy Can’t Wait Too Long
Taking care puppy is like taking care baby, both require big responsibility. Young puppies have small bladders which mean they won’t be able to hold their pee and pups too long.
If your puppy is 2 months old, he won’t be able to hold for more than 3 hours. If your puppy is 3 months old, he won’t be able to hold for more than 4 hours. And if your puppy is 4 months old, well you know the next. Just add your puppy’s age in months to know how long he can hold his pee and pups.
If your puppy has been quiet for few hours then start crying and barking, there is a great chance that he needs to go potty.
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