How to Stop a Dog From Crying in a Crate

by Amanda Maddox

Crate training may speed up the potty-training process, create a safe environment for your dog if he's sick or injured, or serve as a home for your four-legged friend while you're away. Regardless of your reasons for caging him, a happy dog who isn't crying and distressed is important for your sanity and his health.

Step 1

Give your puppy or dog a toy that provides entertainment while he's inside or outside the crate. Make sure the toy is safe and approved for your dog’s size.

Step 2

Place a security item, such as a blanket or stuffed animal, in with your crying pup if he won't destroy it. This is a judgment call on your part because you know your dog best.

Step 3

Crate your dog sometimes when you're home, not just at night or when you leave. He needs to realize the crate is not a symbol of being alone.

Step 4

If he starts crying, try talking to him in a calm voice to soothe him. Offer praise and a treat when he does well. However, if the behavior continues, ignore him for a while; otherwise, he'll learn that crying earns him a reward. Even yelling is rewarding bad behavior since, in dog world, negative attention is better than no attention.

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