If your puppy doesn't want to stop crying, make sure he doesn't need to do his homework, isn't hungry, and is exercising and playing for the proper amount of time each day. Once you make sure all the puppy's needs are taken care of, the fear of being alone may be the reason the puppy is crying or whining. Get your puppy used to being alone by practicing leaving him in an environment until he is comfortable with his own company. Attention-seeking behaviors can also be why the dog continues to cry. Correct this behavior by ignoring the puppy when he cries and giving a reward when he is quiet.
Method 1 of 3: Securing His Basic Needs
Step 1. Take the puppy for a walk for him to do his needs
Wait a few minutes for him to smell things, walk and do what he needs to. To keep your puppy from crying because he needs to use the bathroom, start going out with him at the same times.
Practice taking your puppy for a walk every morning and evening before bed. This way, he will begin to associate these times with going to the bathroom and will have less chance of crying and wanting to go out in the middle of the night
Step 2. Feed the puppy
If you see him whimpering and notice that his food or water bowl is empty, he may be hungry or thirsty. Make sure you're giving him the amount of food he needs each day so he's well fed. Give the food and change the water always at the same times so he knows when he's going to be able to eat.
- A six to 12 week old puppy needs to be fed four times a day.
- A three to six month old puppy should be fed three times a day.
- You must leave fresh water available for the dogs at all times.
Step 3. Make sure the puppy is playing and getting enough exercise
He may be crying because he has so much pent up energy. Make sure your puppy does activities that challenge his body and mind every day to avoid this problem. These activities are also a great way to build confidence and contribute to your puppy's overall well-being.
- Enroll your puppy in a dressage class looking for a paid service or free initiatives.
- Puppies need at least 30 minutes of free play, off-leash, every day. Take your puppy to the backyard or to a park. Let him run and sniff things out on his own.
- If your puppy is doing activities and challenges with ease, maybe it's time to change things by teaching him new commands and tricks. Buy new toys that are more difficult to keep the puppy busy, such as surprise boxes, dock toys, and toys that release treats.
Method 2 of 3: Getting the Puppy Used to Being Alone
Step 1. Practice leaving the environment where he is
Take the puppy to a room in the house. Make him comfortable by stroking him for a few minutes. As soon as he relaxes, leave the room. The puppy will start whining. Wait a minute or two for it to stop. Once he's quiet, come back, pet him and give him a reward.
- Do this several times. Each time you do, leave it alone longer.
- If the puppy doesn't stop crying, open the door and say "whee", "quiet" or "no". Use a calm but firm tone. Leave the room again until he stops crying.
- If your puppy cries nonstop, listen carefully to see when he takes a break. Most dogs stop from time to time to hear if anyone is reacting to their crying. Use this break to enter the room and take him out to do his business.
Step 2. Place his carrier box in your room
On your puppy's first nights in your home, place his box or bed in your room. Your presence will alleviate any bad feeling he may be feeling from finding the new environment strange in the first few nights. Once he's used to it, you can move the box or bed to another room in the house.
- Also, make sure his carrier is warm and comfortable. Put blankets and soft toys inside so he can be comfortable and warm at night.
- Remember to take the time of year into account when placing blankets inside the box. For example, don't pack too many blankets if it's summer.
Step 3. Give your puppy an item of clothing
If you don't want to put his box or bed inside your room, give him some of your clothes. This helps the puppy get used to your scent and he will be calmer when he smells you.
- If you prefer, put a traditional clock (which makes a noise of hands) wrapped in a cloth on the bed to calm the puppy. The tick and tock of the clock looks like another dog's heartbeat. This will calm the puppy that has just separated from his litter.
- Placing quiet music on the radio at a low volume also helps to calm puppies.
Method 3 of 3: Fixing the Behavior
Step 1. Ignore the crying
If you've ever tried to get him to expend energy, take him for a walk, and now you know he's crying because he wants attention, then you'll have to ignore him. When the puppy is crying, do not show that you are paying attention to him. Don't make eye contact, touch him, turn toward him, talk to him, or scold him. Any of these gestures can be interpreted as attention and will only make him learn that crying is a good way to get attention.
As soon as he stops crying, reward him with affection or snacks
Step 2. Reward silence
Whenever your puppy is quiet, give him a reward. This will reinforce the idea that being silent (not crying) is the behavior he should have. When the dog understands that silence works to get your attention, the crying will stop.
Step 3. See a veterinarian
All puppies cry sometimes, but an unusual cry or a cry that starts suddenly could be a sign that something is wrong. If so, consult a veterinarian to make sure he has no health problems.