Since his arrival, your puppy has received endless tenderness and affection.
Despite all the attention you give him, he starts crying when you’re away, busy, or sleeping. Why such behavior? All our advice to soothe your little companion.
Why is my puppy crying?
When crying, your puppy will whine and bark. In the most serious cases, he can destroy his environment or relieve himself indoors. This behavior is not a sign of revenge, but of distress. The causes are various:
- separation anxiety
This is the most common cause. Upon arriving at your home, your puppy identifies you as a landmark and your presence reassures him. Being away from you, especially if he hasn’t learned to deal with loneliness, can be hard to bear. The resulting crying is caused by a feeling of anguish linked to your absence.
- The fear
It is generally a social phobia (fear of an animal or a human) or a phobia of certain noises. A puppy can indeed have a specific fear such as birds, motorcycles, cars, or even thunder. When frightened, he often has his ears back, his pupils dilated, and he starts panting, salivating, or shaking.
- The Discomfort
If your puppy comes from a kennel, he has been accustomed so far to rubbing shoulders with his mother and his siblings. Familiarizing yourself with your new environment, with smells and unfamiliar people, requires time to adapt. To express his distress, it is common for a puppy to cry, especially during the night when he feels alone.
- The need for love
Your puppy is an intelligent animal: he will quickly understand what to do to get what he wants! If you answer his calls every time he vocalizes, then he will get used to crying to get your attention.
Frequent crying can be an expression of physical pain. If they are accompanied by other worrisome symptoms such as diarrhea, listlessness, or loss of appetite, take him to a veterinarian to have him checked out.
How do I calm my puppy’s crying?
If your puppy cries while you’re away, he needs to be taught to be left alone as soon as possible. Even if this step seems complicated (difficult to resist his adorable face!), it is essential for a harmonious cohabitation. To grow serenely, your animal must indeed learn to live by itself.
To soothe your puppy’s crying, it is advisable to:
- Not responding to all requests
Your puppy shouldn’t associate crying with getting your attention. If so, don’t give in to his pleas. He must understand that it no longer works. Once your animal has calmed down, take the initiative in the activities and invite it to play, cuddle, and walk it.
- distract him
A puppy has an impressive amount of energy: if he gets bored and starts crying, be sure to leave him games available. To stimulate and tire him as much as possible, offer him outdoor exercises. This optimizes your chances of not being woken up during the night!
- Leave him alone gradually
To gently get used to your absence, leave him alone in a room for a few minutes. Stay behind the door so he senses your presence and doesn’t panic. Increase this time of absence and move away as you go to get him used to being alone.
- Create a safe place for him
If your puppy is stressed or fearful, offer him a quiet, secure, and accessible place at all times. When he is scared (delivery man ringing the bell, unknown visitor, storm, etc.), he must be able to withdraw to a place of refuge like his basket, knowing that you are there if he needs comfort.
- Do not “ritualize” your departures and arrivals
Don’t say “goodbye” to him when you leave so you don’t worry about him. It must seem normal to him! Similarly, don’t party with him when you get back. So that he evolves independently during your absence, also leave him his favorite toys, full bowls, and a familiar background sound (television, radio, etc.).
- Call a dog trainer
If, despite your good intentions, you have difficulty managing your puppy’s emotional distress, don’t feel guilty: it is sometimes difficult to understand the real causes of his anxiety. If her crying persists, do not hesitate to call a behaviorist. He will determine an adequate course of action to help your puppy.