When your pup carries on, your natural instinct may be to try anything to get him to be quiet. However, indulging a crying puppy can cause him to develop separation anxiety and become an anxious dog. Crying puppy tips can help stave off separation anxiety in an adult dog.
You don't need to worry about puppy whimpering and crying unless it lasts longer than 15 minutes or sounds unusual. Puppies whine for attention but will give up and cry themselves to sleep after 15 minutes. If your pup's cries sound higher pitched than normal or he doesn't stop crying, there may be an actual problem worth your worry.
What to Do
While you should time how long the puppy tears last, the best thing you can do is ignore your pup's tears. Yes, this goes against your natural instinct to soothe the animal. When your pup does stop crying, give him a treat or a cuddle to reinforce the "good quiet" your dog has just performed. Giving in to puppy whines tells your pup that he's boss and to get what he wants, he only needs to cry.
At night, a pup tends to whine because you have gone to bed and he is lonely. While you may want to hop out of bed and comfort him, don't. Your pup needs to learn to sleep at night. It can be difficult to listen to your pup whimper, but it will help break night whining. Moving the pup's bed into your room can lessen nighttime tears without promoting bad behavior.
When to Call the Vet
Your pup can't tell you what's wrong. If he exhibits any of these symptoms in addition to the continued crying and fussing, contact your vet at once: lying perfectly still in his bed, lying at a distance from littermates, audible breathing noise, stool-encrusted rear end, drooling or visible infection. Healthy pups should be wriggly and snuggly with littermates, not isolated.
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- Cesar's Way: How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep for You and Your Dog
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- Cesar's Way: Dealing With Dog Separation Anxiety
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