Crate training for a puppy is quite a complicated process. Not many dogs will sit quietly closed. Often the puppy cries in the crate expressing its displeasure.
What is to do in such a situation? How long should the puppy cry in a crate and how to calm it? I will try to answer these questions in as many details as possible.
- Is it normal for a puppy to cry in a crate?
- Should I let my puppy cry in its crate?
- How to help a puppy who cries in a crate?
- Mistakes that result in puppy crying in crate
- What to do if your puppy won’t stop crying in the crate?
Is it normal for a puppy to cry in a crate?
It is normal for puppies to cry in a crate the first night and generally during crate training, which usually takes about 2 weeks. After all, it is not yet used to the crate, and it may be sad. To get attention, the dog makes noises.
If you do the crate training correctly and use the tips from this article, then gradually the puppy will feel normal and will stop crying.
If your dog cries nonstop in the crate and tries to get out, even hurting itself, it is better to contact a veterinary behaviorist. Perhaps your dog has some kind of health problem or anxiety. I recommend the same if the dog whines in a crate all of a sudden, while before everything was normal.
Should I let my puppy cry in its crate?
The answer can vary, depending on the situation. In general, in order to get your puppy used to the crate, do not let it out right away when it starts crying or whining. Try to wait until it calms down before letting it out. This will teach your puppy that it will only be let out if it behaves well.
But there are 4 conditions under which you can let your puppy cry in its crate:
- You need to make sure that you have created the most comfortable environment for your puppy and that you are doing its training correctly. You need to meet your pet’s basic needs for food, water, and toileting.
- You are willing to be patient. If you’re in a bad mood and feel you’re not ready to endure the whining, it’s best not to get started. You run the risk of snapping and punishing the dog. But you can’t punish a puppy for crying in its crate. Remember, this is a child who is just expressing its emotions, not trying to piss you off.
- You don’t lock the puppy in the crate for longer than the allotted time. This time is different for puppies of different ages.
- If you see that the animal is not just expressing displeasure, but vocalizing and expressing other signs of stress, you do not need to torture him. In such a situation you need to let it out and calm it down.
How long should a puppy cry in a crate? It is impossible to answer this question with any precision. Everything is individual. So keep an eye on your pet's well-being and follow the advice I gave above.
How to help a puppy who cries in a crate?
Now let’s move directly to the ways to solve the problem. Of course, you can’t get rid of it completely at first, but you can try to improve the situation.
Here are 8 things you may want to do when puppy cries in crate.
Make the crate interesting for your puppy
Buy special toys that the puppy will only get in the crate. Puppies definitely need something to chew on as they are teething. You can try toys that are filled with treats.
With them the puppy will have to tinker for a long time to get it all out and eat it. So the puppy will be busy for a while. Another option is heartbeat toys, which are very good for calming puppies.
Create a comfortable environment
Put the crate somewhere else
If the crate is in an isolated, dark room, away from the rest of the family, it can make the puppy’s condition worse. Read my article on where to put the dog crate in the house.
Perhaps rearranging the crate can help to solve the problem. For example, if a puppy is crying in a crate at night, try putting it next to your bed.
Take time for your puppy before you put it in the crate
If you take your furbaby for a good walk and tire it out with exercise, it is more likely to want to lie down and rest in the crate, not cry. Another thing is if your furbaby is constantly neglected and doesn’t get enough exercise. Then of course it will be bored.
Try covering the crate
Some dogs feel more relaxed when they are in an enclosed space. But the crate should still be open on one side. You can try to cover it with some kind of blanket right away, and if that works, you can buy a special crate cover later.
Turn on the radio or white noise machine
Practice shows that this technique calms dogs down and doesn’t make them feel so lonely. If the dog cries in the crate during the day, you can turn on the radio, and at night white noise will do.
Use the calming aids
In addition to the above methods, you can use a variety of soothing remedies, for example calming diffuser or collar.
Praise and reward your pup for good behavior. When the puppy is quiet, let it out and give it a treat.
Do not scold your dog or talk to it when it is in the crate. This may cheer it up and it will purposely keep howling to get some attention.
Mistakes that result in puppy crying in crate
Your puppy could be crying in the crate because you’re not doing crate training right. Read the list of the most common mistakes and if it turns out that you acted incorrectly, start all over again:
- Started crate training too early. Puppies need at least a few weeks to get used to their new home and bond with you. Only then can you start training.
- Did not follow the crate training schedule. Locking your dog in a crate right away for a long period of time will be stressful for your dog.
- Choose too small crate. Perhaps your puppy needs more space so it won’t feel too isolated. There should be enough space for your puppy to stand and play freely.
- Used the crate for punishment. This may make the puppy not want to sit in the crate and cry. The crate should be a cozy place for your puppy.
- There are also trivial things that dog owners sometimes forget. Think about it: does your puppy whine because it’s hungry or thirsty? Or perhaps it needs to pee?
A good tip is to keep a record of your training sessions: when did you put the puppy in the crate and under what circumstances? What was it doing before that? What was its behavior? This will then help determine the cause that's affecting your pet's behavior.
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What to do if your puppy won’t stop crying in the crate?
Often dogs calm down quickly if you don’t pay attention to them. But for some, that approach doesn’t work. They are willing to whine for hours. If your puppy won’t stop crying in the crate, you can try another approach.
Let your puppy out and walk outside as if to go to the loo (just to check if it wants to go to the loo). Don’t look at the puppy, don’t talk or do anything that would interest it. Wait a few minutes and then put it back in the cage. Repeat if necessary.
This way you show your furbaby that nothing interesting happens when it gets out of his cage.
If none of these tips helps, then you need to find out why your furbaby is crying? What is it missing? Read the entire article carefully, and analyze what you can do about it.
You may also want to consider giving up the crate. After all, you can use alternative methods. For example, you can purchase an exercise pen or Indoor dog gates. These things give your dog more space.
I wish you success in raising your puppy. And please let me know if my advice helped you.