Today we are going to see why a puppy cries in the crate at night and how that can be solved. There could be a number of reasons why your puppy cries in its crate at night. One possibility is that the puppy may be experiencing separation anxiety, which is common in puppies
Why puppy cries in the crate at night
Puppy cries can mean many things. Below are some common reasons for a nighttime cry:
Puppy wants to play :
This is probably the most common reason why puppies cry at night. Your dog has been sleeping and now he wants to move, run and play. If you have ever watched a puppy sleep, you may have noticed that they move around a lot. You can try to wait it out or start playing with him. If your puppy is sleeping in his crate, you may want to wait until he has calmed down before letting him back out.
Your dog needs his space :
Dogs are pack animals and they need their pack (you) close by. If your dog is used to sleeping in your bed or near you, he may start crying when he can’t find you. This is usually a sign that your dog needs more space and needs to be in his own bed or crate.
Puppy is hungry :
Puppies need to eat regularly, especially if they are young. A hungry puppy may cry at night in an attempt to get you to feed him. Make sure your puppy has a set feeding schedule and try to stick to it as closely as possible.
Puppy is thirsty :
Just like puppies need food often, they also need water. Puppies get thirsty just like humans, so try to have a full bowl of freshwater set out for your pooch at all times throughout the day.
Your puppy may be sick :
Unlike adults, puppies are more susceptible to illnesses and diseases. If your pup is crying during the night it could be because he is sick and is in pain. You can try to comfort your puppy but if he seems more tired than usual, it may be time to take him to the vet.
Puppy needs attention :
A lot of puppies tend to bark or cry when they want attention from you. If your dog isn’t allowed on the bed or furniture, he may cry at night to try and get you to come over and pet him. If this is the case, start by training your puppy early on what is and isn’t allowed in your home.
Puppy is afraid :
Some puppies may cry at night because they are afraid of the dark or they hear noises that they don’t recognize. You can try to alleviate your pup’s fears by keeping a nightlight on or playing some soothing music in the background.
Puppy needs to go outside :
If your dog is young and still learning how to control his bladder, he may cry at night because he has to relieve himself. If this is the case, keep a close eye on your dog and take him outside frequently. Also, consider crate training to avoid accidents during the night.
Your puppy may be lonely :
Puppies cry at night because they are afraid of being alone or they feel lonely. This is usually a result of not spending enough time with your dog throughout the day. Make sure to give your pup plenty of attention and exercise so he doesn’t get lonely at night.
There may be another underlying problem :
Although the reasons listed above are the most common, there may be another underlying problem causing your puppy to cry at night. If none of the reasons listed above seem to apply, it is best to take your puppy to the vet for a check-up.
In any case, it is important to be patient and consistent when working with a puppy that cries in its crate at night. With some time and effort, you should be able to help your pup feel safe and secure in its new home.
How long can a puppy be in a crate?
There is no definitive answer to this question as it will vary depending on the individual puppy’s personality and age. However, most experts agree that a puppy can be safely crated for up to six hours at a time.
A young puppy may need to be crated for shorter periods of time until he or she gets used to being crated for longer periods and can be trusted to hold his or her bladder during the night without having an accident.
A puppy who is over four months of age should be able to hold his or her bladder all night as well as be crated for six hours at a time.
If your puppy is consistently whining or barking in their crate, they may not be comfortable and could be trying to tell you something. In this case, it’s best to let them out and assess the situation. Additionally, it may be necessary to shorten the length of time they’re crated if your puppy is having accidents in the crate.