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Why does my puppy cry at night and how can I help him to stop?

It’s a common scene for many puppy owners: bedtime comes and your adorable canine companion starts crying, leaving you wondering why it’s happening and what you can do about it. Understanding the reasons behind this behaviour and implementing effective strategies can make for a much calmer night’s sleep for everyone.

Why do puppies cry at night?

  1. Separation: Puppies, like human babies, can experience separation anxiety when left alone at night. After spending all day with you, being alone at night can be a stressful experience.
  2. Adapting to the new home: Newly arrived puppies may cry at night due to the stress and discomfort of being in a new and unfamiliar environment. They need time to get used to their new home and routine.
  3. Physiological needs: Like babies, puppies may cry at night if they need to go to the toilet, are hungry or thirsty. Food at this stage is essential, for puppies from 3 weeks to 2 months of age we recommend Picart Select Puppy Starter. Sometimes crying is simply their way of communicating a basic need.
  4. Fear: Puppies can be easily startled by unfamiliar sounds or changes in the environment during the night, which can lead to crying and anxiety.
  5. Boredom or lack of stimulation: Puppies are curious, energetic creatures who need physical and mental activity during the day. If they are not sufficiently tired or stimulated, they may express their boredom by crying at night.

How to help your puppy stop crying at night:

  1. Establish a routine: Create a routine for your puppy that includes playtime, exercise, feeding and bedtime. This will help establish a sense of security and regularity for your pet.
  2. Provide a quiet environment: Create a calm and relaxing environment for your puppy to sleep. This may include providing a comfortable bed in a quiet part of the house and keeping the area free of distractions.
  3. Crate training: If you decide to use a crate to train your puppy, make sure it is large enough for him to move around comfortably. Gradually introduce the crate as a safe and comfortable place to sleep, not as a punishment.
  4. Don’t reward crying: It is important not to reward your puppy’s crying with excessive attention or allowing him to leave his sleeping area. This will only reinforce the behaviour of crying at night.
  5. See a vet: If your puppy’s night-time crying persists despite your best efforts, it may be helpful to consult a vet to rule out any underlying health problems.

Understanding why your puppy cries at night and implementing effective strategies to address this behaviour can help both of you have calmer, more restful nights. With patience, consistency and love, your puppy will learn to feel safe and comfortable at night in his new home.

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