It can be very frustrating when your puppy howls and whines constantly. It is particularly irritating when they whine during the night since you loose your sleep and it may disturb the neighbors.
Whining is perfectly natural for puppies. However, it is important to find a solution immediately before it becomes a habit. You should first consider what causes your puppy to cry. Use these tips to make your puppy happy and settled.
The puppy may be craving for attention. Sometimes it is best to just ignore your puppy. It may be hard but is totally worth it because if you keep on reacting to your puppy’s whining, he may use it as a way of getting your attention.
When your puppy starts to whine you can turn and move away. When he gets quiet, give him attention or reward him with a treat. Repeating this process will show the puppy that whining gets you away and has unfavorable consequences.
However, make sure you are consistent and don’t give in.
Provide a comfortable place for your puppy to sleep. Your puppy may be crying if he is in an uncomfortable environment. Maybe he has soiled his crate or wants to go to the toilet. Always ensure that his crate is warm, dry and safe.
To avoid the puppy soiling, always take him to the toilet before you go to sleep so that you don’t make trips to the toilet in the middle of the night.
Puppies separated from their mothers may feel lonely. If your puppy cries at night, you can bring him to your bedroom. This contact helps him see you as a pack leader.
But if you are not comfortable with this, you can move his crate out of your bedroom slowly as time goes by or put something that has your scent in the puppy’s crate like a sweatshirt.
It is important to note that it’s not good to let the puppy sleep with you in bed as he may develop this as a habit. You can put him in a crate or an old blanket.
Whining can be caused by pain or discomfort. If you try many of these methods and they fail to work, it may be due to internal problems which cannot be seen. One should take the puppy to be checked by the vet.
Puppies whine when they are hungry or thirsty. Ensure you feed him well and provide fresh water to drink. However, avoid giving meals just before bedtime because they will have to wake up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet.
Puppies may cry due to excess unused energy. Exhaust your dog and use his energy by going for walks, obedience training and playing with him before going to bed so that he gets tired and sleeps soundly. Avoid letting him sleep earlier since he might feel like playing when you are sleepy.
You can also use a water gun. When the puppy whines, spray him using the pistol while saying ”bad”. In the puppy’s mind, whining will result to water being splashed on his face so he will avoid it. This has been proved to work, but if it doesn’t work for 5 days try something else.
Use these tips consistently and persistently, so that your puppy may know you are serious. Keep in mind that every puppy has a different reason for crying, so it is your job to choose the right method.