Congratulations on your new puppy! Having a new and adorable four-legged best friend in your home is exciting—you will forever have a loyal companion with you. Like with a baby, those first few nights home may not be so glamorous. Your puppy may cry, whine, and make other noises while you try to get some beauty sleep.
It can be quite annoying but try to put yourself in your puppy’s shoes. Your cuddly friend is in an unfamiliar environment without its mother and siblings. For a young pup, this new world is a big and scary place, and the only thing they can do is cry out.
So what can you do to help your puppy? Fortunately, there are many ways to calm a crying puppy at night. Take a look at our following tips on what to do when you’re faced with a whining puppy!
1. Check possible causes of your puppy’s crying.
Your puppy’s crying or whining is a signal of distress. It doesn’t always mean they’re lonely or scared. Your furbaby may have to go for a toilet break and doesn’t want to mess their sleeping spot, especially if they’re sleeping in a crate. Make sure you check for all possible causes before heading back to bed. If your puppy continues to whine, you can soothe your puppy by gently caressing and talking to them. A firm “hush” also works in calming them.
2. Engage your pup in exercise during the day.
Throughout the day, you should encourage your puppy to play and perform other strenuous activities. With enough exercise and play, your furry friend will be too tired to whine and cry at night, giving a chance to sleep soundly. Let your furbaby receive an adequate amount of nap time after each play session so that they don’t overwork their growing bodies. Engaging your pup in these activities alone is the best way to keep them quiet at night.
3. Do not feed or give your pup water before bed.
Avoid giving your puppy food and water for at least an hour before their bedtime. A puppy on a full stomach and/or bladder is likely to wake up for toilet breaks throughout the night—and they will cry out to you about it. If you would rather not have a crying puppy keep you from sleeping, lift up the doggy bowls and don’t give in to your puppy’s pouts for a snack.
4. Use calming remedies to soothe your puppy.
Some calming remedies, like playing soothing music can calm down your puppy’s anxieties. In fact, there’s even calming music specifically for dogs that maintains your puppy’s stress levels down and may even make them feel sleepy. Other remedies include vet-approved oils (make sure it’s prescribed by your vet), pheromone products, and a full-body massage.
5. Keep your puppy close to you.
When all other options have failed, try having your pup sleep in your room. Being close to you while they sleep may help your furry soulmate feel less lonely or afraid. They may also feel as if they’re part of your “pack,” which is another way to bond with them. You can even let them sleep on your bed with you to make them more comfortable. If you do not want your pup to become accustomed to sleeping on your bed, do not allow them to sleep next to you at any time.
Don’t worry too much about those first couple of nights with your puppy. You can, and will, make it through, no matter what. Remember that your puppy is like a little child; they’re confused and scared but with enough practice, they will get used to you. Be consistent, be patient, and always plan your training methods before implementing them. Check out our 5 Common Puppy Training Mistakes for more help on training.