Puppies normally cry for few weeks after bringing them to a new home. This cry is mostly at night when the new owner must have left them alone.
I have experienced this annoying night cries and whines.
I have always had to convince clients who have acquired puppy to keep it when they got troubled with these night cries.
Some had even called me “doctor come and take this dog, he is disturbing me, I cannot sleep in the night” blah blah blah.
I tried to convince them that this is common when a puppy gets separated from her mum and litter mates.
Why do puppies cry at night when they entered a new home?
Puppies’ crying at nights in a new home is common. I have been asked on numerous occasions by pet owners why they cry.
From my observation with these puppies that just arrived in a new home, I found out that there a lot of things that make them to cry much in the night.
These things include:
Pups while with their mum and fellow litter mates usually play with one another.
They can feel the warmth of mum and litter mates, and by the time you take them away to new home they will miss this companionship.
In the night when you must have gone to sleep they will start craving your company they will begin cry for this company.
This cry can be so disgusting that it can last for hours in the night. One time I had to go and shout at the puppy, but instead of quieting him, I succeeded in aggravating the cry. Once I brought two puppies home, I found out that the cry reduced because they w played all through the night.
This is a form of separation anxiety
Early separation from mom and litter mates
I observed that puppies acquired a little bit at older age do not really cry much at nights. They take little time to adjust to their new environment. i have experienced this a couple of times.
At times a new puppy may whine at night to tell mum that his hungry especially if she is not around. As they suckle their mum every few hours, he is likely to transfer this habit to his new home to see whether his mum can come to his aid.
To ease himself
Pups found it difficult to pee where they sleep. This they copied from their mother during the the first potty training they passed under their mum. They do cry at night to show that they want to ease themselves.
As a reinforced behavior
Puppies may whine at night in response to reinforced behavior. I brought a puppy home sometime in the past, I always got up in the night to give food or some warmth each time she cried then.she will stop they cry only to resume crying any time I left so that can come and give food and care. Because I was always coming to see her each time she cries, she kept crying so that I can give her attention.
Stopping Night Cries
Before you can stop this disgusting night cries, you have know the reasons why he cries at night
Here are ways you have to take to stop this night crying
Exercise him adequately
Ensure you play with your puppy in the evening some few hours before bedtime. This will make him to be tired and he will dose off till the next day
Take him to ease himself before sleep
Take your puppy out to ease just before he goes to bed. Ensure that you praise him for doing so. This will make him not to wake you up in the night because he wants to empty himself.
Allow him to sleep in your room
Most times this whining and crying at night is as a result of loneliness. To stop this behavior you can let your new puppy sleep in your room. He will sleep soundly knowing that there is a company with him. If he has been crate trained put him in the crate, otherwise tether him to your bed. You can put a blanket on the floor as bedding so he can lie.
Keep him in a another room with sound
If your puppy cannot sleep in the same with you, then keep him in a separate room in the night. Ensure that the room is puppy proofed.
Leave him with toys you rubbed on your hand or your old clothing so he can perceive your scent reassuring him that he is with you.
You can put a ticking clock or a radio set to a low volume in the room. This will help in calming him the first night bin your home.
Use Adaptil (Dog Appeasing Pheremone)
You can use adaptil dog appeasing pheromone made available from your vet.
Adaptil releases a synthetic analogue of a pheromone that is secreted by bitches during whelping.
It has been proven to relax dogs and puppies and should allow for a more peaceful night sleep. It can reduce fear and even improve house training acquisition.
It comes in three forms; plug in (in the same way an air freshener works), a
collar or a spray that can be applied to bedding.
What if he continues to cry after following these advice?
If you have fulfilled all her needs and followed the advice above and she continues to cry. What you have to do is to ignore her. Going to her crate or room to soothe her will reinforce the crying. In other words she will continue to cry knowing that you will come to give her attention. Remember pooches are attention seekers and lovers.
Train him not to whine and cry when alone
Training your dog to accept being left alone will stop crying that is due to separation anxiety.
Steps To Training Your Dog To Being Alone
- Start by putting the puppy in a confined area (crate, exercise pen) for a very short period of time.
- If he starts whining or crying when you leave, don’t rush back to let him out or reassure him.
- If you do, the puppy will soon learn that he can control you with his whining.
- However, whining, crying and barking continues then he probably is not yet comfortable in his confinement area. Spend a little more time with him there.
- Then when you leave, if he continues whining or howling, give him a loud and stern ‘NO!’
- After he has been quiet for a few moments, return and praise him lavishly.
- Practice leaving and returning several times so he becomes accustomed to your departures and realizes that you are not abandoning him forever.
- He will see that you will return and there’s nothing to worry about. Practice leaving him for longer and longer periods of time.
- In many cases, putting a treat or toy in the crate or pen with the puppy before closing the door will help condition the puppy that it’s a fun place to be.
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