How to stop a dog crying at night

Updated February 21, 2017

Dogs cry at night for a variety of reasons ranging from loneliness to bladder control. If you just moved into a new home, or if you just acquired a new puppy, you may need to simply remain patient and allow the dog to adjust to the new surroundings. If the crying persists and you just cannot seem to find a resolution, you may need to adjust your routine to address the dog's needs while restoring your ability to sleep soundly.

Spend time playing with your dog each night before bed. Make it a routine and the dog will more likely grow tired and sleep through the night. You can play catch, jog together or engage in any high-energy activity that will wear out the dog.

Make sure the dog relieves itself before bedtime. In some cases, a dog will cry at night because it needs to go out, so make sure to give it the opportunity before you turn out the lights. If the dog relies on you to let it outside or take it for walks, make sure you do this immediately before bed each night. If you own a puppy under the age of 6 months, you may need to periodically get up and take it outside during the night, as puppies typically need to relieve themselves every three to four hours.

Keep the dog in a crate inside your room if your dog simply desires to remain close to you. Dogs are den animals and will often find a comfortable refuge inside a crate near their owners, according to The Humane Society of the United States. Never to use the crate as a punishment, and never leave your dog inside for longer than the duration of a night's sleep.

Resist the temptation to respond every time your dog cries. You must not reward the crying by rushing to appease your dog with every whimper. If your dog continues to cry even after you have met all of its needs, just stand strong and ignore the sounds until the dog learns that its cries will not automatically get your attention.

Things You'll Need

  • Dog crate
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