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Puppies Crying at Night: Causes, Effects, and Solutions

The sound of a puppy crying at night can be distressing for pet owners. Recognizing the causes and adopting effective solutions can help ensure peaceful nights for both you and your young canine companion.


puppy crying at night

Causes


Separation Anxiety: Puppies are innately social. Their early days in a new home without their littermates can be anxiety-inducing.


Hunger: Very young pups might require nighttime feedings.


Need to Potty: Puppies' small bladders necessitate frequent bathroom breaks, often during nighttime hours.


Discomfort or Illness: Various discomforts or potential health concerns can trouble a puppy.


Fear of the Dark or Unknown: New surroundings, unfamiliar noises, or simply darkness can be intimidating.


Solutions


Crate Training: A crate provides a secure environment. Make it cozy with a soft blanket and position it in a quiet, familiar area in your home.


Comfort Items: Offer a plush toy or an item carrying the scent of the puppy’s mother or siblings. These can provide solace in a new environment.


Regular Potty Breaks: Make it a routine to take your puppy out right before you go to bed and first thing in the morning to prevent accidents and alleviate distress.


Quiet Time: Create a calming bedtime routine to signal to the puppy that it's time to relax and sleep.


Pheromone Sprays and Diffusers: Using Products like UnRuffled Pets® sprays and/ or diffusers in the puppy's sleeping area can help reduce anxiety and promote a sense of well-being. Use the spray on the puppies' toys and blankets and use the diffuser in the puppy’s sleeping quarters or near the crate if using one.


Check for Illness: Continuous crying, especially if it doesn't seem tied to typical causes, may warrant a visit to the veterinarian to rule out health-related issues.


To wrap up, although the first few weeks with a new puppy may entail some sleep disruptions, understanding and catering to your puppy's needs can lay the groundwork for tranquil nights ahead. The journey of pet ownership demands patience, consistency, and unconditional love.

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