Puppy Crying – Tips For Settling New Puppies At Night Or In A Crate

Puppy Crying - Tips For Settling New Puppies At Night Or In A Crate

Hearing a puppy crying at night can be very distressing for dog owners. Puppies hate to be alone so, when you leave them alone at bedtime, the whining starts. In this article, I will show you why puppies cry because they don’t feel secure in their new home. With this information, you will be able to train your puppy to stop crying as it learns to feel happy and safe with its new family.

Listening to a puppy crying at night can tug at the heartstrings. Apart from the fact that you feel sorry for the poor thing, losing sleep can disrupt your life. Fortunately, the behavior doesn’t last for long, and there are a few ways you can stop it.

This article will show you why puppies cry, before giving you some tips on how to stop crying by teaching them that it isn’t scary to be alone for a while. With time and a little patience, your puppy will soon know that you haven’t abandoned him.

If you are interested, this is only one of our puppy behavior articles. Trust us, we have many, many more!

She Won’t Stop – I Need Help!

Are you wondering when the crying is going to stop? Of course you are, which is why you are reading this article. Don’t worry, all the help you need is here.

We have included loads of information and if you need help finding your way around, here is a handy guide to take you straight to where you want to be.

We’ll give you useful advice to help you cope with crying at night, crying during the day, whining in the crate, and much more. We’ll also show you what is normal for a new puppy and what is not, and when it is reasonable to expect puppies to stop crying.

More importantly, we’ll help you find the quickest way to stop your puppy crying and help him settle in to his new home.

What Went Wrong?

When you bring a cuddly new puppy into the family, most owners are prepared for a few bumps in the road.

They know to expect some potty training problems, and to have their ankles and fingers bitten.

They’ve heard all about teething trouble and the risk of having their chair legs chewed.

And they even know there will be a few tears at bedtime. It’s all part of the process as your puppy develops her own personality.

But, what can be shocking to many new owners is the extent to which some puppies scream, especially at night.

Why don’t we look at why puppies cry before looking at how to stop it by making them much happier. Once they feel secure and loved, you are halfway there!

Puppy Crying - Tips For Settling New Puppies At Night Or In A Crate

Why Do Puppies Cry?

Just like human babies, puppies cry because they are helpless and want someone to meet their needs. They whine to alert their carers that they are in danger and need protection.

Hold on, we put the puppy in the crate at night to keep her safe. Why does she feel like she is in danger?

From a human perspective, when you put your puppy in her crate, you do it to protect her. We put babies in cribs for the same reason, so it is perfectly normal to us.

However, while you know that your puppy isn’t in danger, she doesn’t! She feels so alone and frightened, so she cries to let everyone know. Now, let’s dig deeper and look at the different types of crying.

Natural and Learned Puppy Crying

All puppies cry, and some puppies cry a lot. But, it is important to understand that there are two different types of puppy crying.

  • Natural crying
  • Learned crying

In short, natural crying is what small puppies do instinctively when they are frightened or feel in danger. It’s just the same as when a human baby cries.

Learned crying happens when puppies find out that crying brings rewards of some sort, whether food, protection, or comfort. It’s similar to some of the positive training techniques we use with adult dogs to reinforce good behavior.

We deal with the two types in different ways when we are trying to settle the puppy in as quickly as possible. You need to be aware of the different reasons for crying, so let’s look at natural crying first.

Why New Puppies Cry so Much

During the first few days, your puppies crying will be natural or instinctive.

His crying isn’t something that he is doing deliberately or that he can control. So there is no point in trying to punish him, however frustrated you feel. There are much better ways to stop him with a little patience and a few gentle techniques.

Natural crying is simply a response to a strong physical or emotional need. These include:

  • Fear
  • Pain
  • Hunger
  • Full bladder/bowels

But, by far the majority of new puppy crying behavior, especially at night, is from fear of being alone.

Many newly adopted puppies do this, so crying can be stopped by making the puppy feel safe. New owners often try to soothe the puppy with homemade treats or by giving toys.

While these may work in the short term, studies suggest a simpler, better answer.

Spending Time With the Puppy

A study published in 1977 look at separation distress in 24 young puppies and found that the most effective way to alleviate separation distress in puppies, was human company.

Simply spending time with puppy works better than putting them with another dog, much better than toys, and even better than food.

In other words, your puppy needs you.

This doesn’t mean your puppy has to have company all the time. On the contrary, she also needs to learn to be alone, but those first few days in your home are a special case.

Before going any further, perhaps it is a good time to look at some puppy psychology. That sounds scary, but it really isn’t! We just have to think about how your puppy’s wild ancestors behaved.

Why do Puppies Cry at Night?

Small puppies in the wild are extremely vulnerable. All sorts of predators will see the puppy as an easy target, so it needs the protection of its parents and older siblings. Dogs are usually pack animals and look after each other.

It is vital for their survival that they are never left alone unless in the safety of their den. They are too small and weak to protect themselves.

To a puppy, a den is the place where the puppy was born and grew up, and it represents complete safety.

Your puppy won’t cry in his den, unless her other needs, such as toileting and thirst, are not met.

That’s because she feels totally safe there, even when her mother is away.

Leaving the Den

But, when you bring a new puppy into your own home, she is leaving her den and her sanctuary far away. And, she feels very frightened and exposed.

Even though you have provided her with a lovely cosy bed or basket, she doesn’t yet feel secure.

If, at any time your small Labrador puppy is left alone outside of his ‘den’, he will cry. If there is no response to that cry, he will make a distinctive and piercing alarm call to alert the ‘grown ups’ to his predicament.

This alarm can be extremely loud, and it may seem as though he is screaming or howling in pain.

In the wild, this alarm could save a puppy’s life. In your home, it is pointless and annoying, but your new puppy doesn’t know that. He just wants to feels safe.

Of course, what happens to many puppies on their first night in a new home, with no familiar den, is that when night falls, they feel abandoned. To them, your dark house is full of hidden dangers and things that want to hurt them.

Hence, the howling and yelling. Your puppy is literally screaming for his life. Understanding this is the key to helping them stop.

How to Stop a Puppy Crying at Night

Quite simply, the way to stop the puppy crying and switch off the alarm call is to make her feel safe again.

Really, there are two ways to do this. You can make sure that they are not alone at night, or you can try to ignore them until they learn that they are safe and that nothing is going to hurt them.

Which one you choose is up to you, but both techniques have a downside. First, we’ll look at giving your puppy attention when she cries.

Paying Puppy Attention at Night

As we discussed above, if you put your puppy in a separate room so that he is isolated, this may cause stress and yelling.

The only way to stop a puppy yelling altogether is to let him see a friendly human face, or to leave him in his “safe place” or ‘home den’. Although this is tempting, there can be problems with this.

  • You don’t want to be traipsing around the house to show a puppy your friendly human face at 3am. (In any case, it probably isn’t very friendly face at this hour)
  • You can’t put your puppy in her den when you go to bed because as far as she is concerned it’s miles away in another person’s house
  • You can’t respond too often to a puppy crying at night through isolation because it teaches the puppy that crying is a useful tool (see learned crying).
  • Responding to night crying also means tramping about during the night and losing sleep

Of course, some people are happy to let the puppy sleep next to them in bed, or at least in the same room. If that works for you and you are happy with it, that’s fine, and we will give you a few tips later.

So, while paying attention to your puppy will work and stop the crying, it often means a lot of inconvenience on your part. Rather than pay attention, can you simply ignore the cries?

Ignoring the Puppy

You can try ignoring the puppy, and this will work over time as he becomes used to his surroundings and the bedtime routine.

However, be warned that he may get so upset that he soils himself, and if he is crying in crate at night he will probably cover himself in poop by jumping around in it.

I can tell you from experience, that shampooing a puppy in the small hours of the morning is no fun!

In a few days, your puppy will have readjusted his concept of the home den and see his crate as a place where he feels safe. He will be happy in his own bed and will stop crying.

The problem is – what do you do in the meantime? When will he finally stop crying so that you can get some sleep?

When do Puppies Stop Crying at Night

If you leave a puppy alone and don’t respond to her at night, most puppies will eventually stop crying.

For some puppies this can happen within a day or so. There may be puppies that sleep peacefully from the first night, but I have never managed to own one!

Most puppies take three or four days to adjust.

I have had a puppy that cried every night for over a week, but that is rare, in my experience, and the vast majority of puppies will stop crying at night.

Of course, this assumes that the puppy hasn’t ‘learned’ to cry. I’ll explain how you can avoid that in a minute. Just as a small diversion, some old-school owners think that leaving a puppy to cry makes them tougher. We’ll show you that this is definitely not the case!

My Puppy is a Crybaby: Let’s Make Him Tougher

It’s important to recognize that leaving a puppy to cry alone won’t make him tougher. Some people even think that they should shout at the puppy or punish it. This doesn’t make them tougher at all.

Instead, you risk ending up with a frightened puppy that could grow into a frightened dog.

On the contrary, studies suggest that higher levels of maternal care (and in this case you are now the substitute carer) makes puppies braver and more confident.

This is one of the reasons that I no longer use the ‘crying it out’ option with my pups.

Much the best option is to avoid the night crying and the resulting distress to the puppy, altogether in that first week. This is the method I now recommend because I have seen it work, time after time.

Let’s take a look at how I stop night crying in puppies.

How to Avoid Night Crying in Puppies

The answer to stopping a puppy crying at night is to pre-empt the fear screaming that some puppies do during their first few nights away from home. You can do this by keeping them next to you at night.

That means having the puppy in your room while you sleep. The arrangement doesn’t have to be permanent, but lasts from the first night until the puppy has stopped feeling homesick. It’s all a big change for a small puppy and they need a little time to adjust.

During that time, the best solution is usually to have the puppy in a crate or sturdy box next to your bed.

Fortunately puppies don’t need to see your face with the light on in order to feel safe. They are happy to be able to smell your presence, and hear your voice and even your breathing.

The vast majority of new puppies will settle happily at night in this situation. And after a few nights, you can then move the puppy downstairs to his crate or puppy proof room. He may still cry a little, but it won’t be because he is afraid.

He’ll get over it more quickly and be far less distressed than a puppy who is effectively abandoned on the first night in a strange home. So, what about daytime crying? Some puppies do this.

How to Stop Puppies Crying During the Day

Daytime crying is often learned crying, but there are some other reasons puppies may cry during the day.

Some puppies will cry if they are very hungry, but many will not, so don’t be tempted to use crying as a puppy feeding guide.

Nor should you assume a puppy is well if he isn’t crying. Sick puppies don’t always make a noise.

Some puppies will also cry if they need to empty their bladder or bowels and cannot get away from their ‘den’ in order to do this.

Puppies are naturally clean animals and will try not to wet or soil their beds. It can be difficult to tell if a puppy crying in crate wants attention or if it needs to pee or poop.

Puppy Whining in the Crate

Whining in the crate tends to be because the puppy has learned to whine in order to get the door open. She whines, you open the door, and she is outside.

A puppy crying in crate at night may also need to relieve himself.

It isn’t always possible to tell one reason from the other, which can make life more difficult.

It is essential, if you crate your puppy during the day or at night, to give her a chance to leave the crate often enough to keep herself clean.

And, counterintuitively, you should avoid teaching her to cry so that you let her out.

This is one of the most difficult stages, but we have two in-depth guides to help you house train and crate train puppies.

What you need to do is avoid teaching learned crying where they find out that crying gets attention and what they want. You may well end up with a dog that is too clingy and dependent on you.

Learned Crying In Puppies

Puppies learn through the consequences of their behavior, and they can learn very quickly indeed.

If a good thing happens when the puppy cries, his crying will be reinforced and becomes more likely to occur again in the future.

He will learn to use the crying in order to fulfil his wish for more food, cuddles, attention, company, and other things that puppies love.

He will start to whine even when he does not feel threatened or anxious.

One of the most common reasons for puppies to cry in those first few days, as we have seen, is loneliness and fear of being abandoned.

But, you now need to take the training further. Once the puppy has settled in and accepted your home as his den, which takes just a few days, he needs to learn to be alone from time to time.

Teaching Puppies To Be Alone

As a dog owner, I think it is great to see that some vet puppy packs are including information on teaching puppies to be alone. Crying puppies can be a problem even for experienced dog owners.

If you go out to work, then your puppy will probably be spending some time alone from an early age. But, not all puppies learn this valuable skill.

One of the things that my own vet’s leaflets stress is that puppies who do not learn to be left alone before they are thirteen weeks old are more likely to suffer from separation anxiety later on.

In other words, the experience of being ‘alone’ is one that puppies need to get used to at an early age. This is all part of the socialization ‘package’ that we need to work through with our puppies.

This isn’t an excuse to leave a puppy for long periods of time, or in unfamiliar places. However, within a few days of bringing your puppy home, you should be able to leave her on her own for ten minutes without screaming the house down.

One study showed that the majority of puppies left home alone for up to 60 minutes did not exhibit stress related behaviors, and those that were stressed improved with practice.

It’s important to note that this was for a maximum of one hour. Long periods of isolation are not appropriate for young pups. If this does not fit into your lifestyle, perhaps you could look at adopting an older dog. There is no shortage of well-trained rescue dogs needing a home!

I suggest you start leaving your puppy alone for short periods of a few minutes during the day from the end of his first week. At the same time, you can gently discourage learned crying.

How To Avoid Learned Crying

It is really important that you do not ‘reinforce’ crying. In short, this means don’t do anything that the puppy might perceive as a reward whilst he is crying.

This includes picking him up, entering the room he is in, feeding him, talking to him, or letting him catch sight of you if he cannot see you already.

All of these things are rewarding to a puppy, but many people find this very difficult. It is sometimes part of our instinct, as animal lovers, to respond to a distressed puppy with love.

However, if you can stick to this rule and make sure your family stick to it too, the amount of crying in your house will soon be much lower. This isn’t about ‘toughening up’ your puppy. It’s about setting boundaries, just as adult dogs do in the wild.

Try to pre-empt potential episodes of crying by ensuring that your puppy gets regular periods of company, plenty of opportunity to use the outdoor toilet area, plenty of safe toys to chew, and a safe, familiar place to sleep.

Make sure that you only give treats at certain times or to reward certain behaviors rather than on demand.

At the same time, it is important to reinforce any periods of silence, so that the puppy learns that being quiet is a better way to get his needs met in our illogical and modern world.

We can actually ‘reinforce’ silence by rewarding it.

How To Reward Puppy’s Silence

If your puppy has got himself in a state with yelping and crying, any periods of silence may be quite short.

By the time you have got to the puppy with a reward, he will probably have started howling again and you will end up rewarding the noise instead of the quiet.

So you need a ‘reward marker. For example, you can use a word like ‘good’ or a clicker.

I have a clicker on a lanyard around my neck for the first few days with a puppy in our home.

When the puppy is being quiet, I press the clicker and reward the puppy with a treat or a cuddle.

This is especially useful if a puppy has started yelling when you leave the room. Wait for a pause in the crying, then click for quiet, and return. Just keep trying and she will eventually get there. You can start leaving her for longer and longer periods.

Building Up Time Alone

With a puppy that cries when left, over the space of a few days I wait for longer periods of quiet before I press the click. Two or three seconds, then five, then ten, before working my way up to a minute or so.

Puppies learn really fast, usually within a day or two, that ‘quiet’ is rewarding. If you get this right, by the time you get up to waiting one minute, most crying will have stopped and the puppy will be silent most of the time.

One final approach to reducing the amount your puppy cries in those early days is restricting his space a little to encourage the development of a ‘den’ area. While there are many ways of doing this, crate training is a method I often use.

Crate Training Your Puppy

Many people give the puppy the run of the whole house when he arrives, and I feel this can delay the establishment of the ‘home den‘.

Restricting puppies to one or two rooms initially helps them feel safe and secure, as well as giving other family members a refuge away from biting teeth!

The sooner your puppy feels safe in her ‘new den’, the sooner she will be happy to be left there. When she is happy, she will stop crying much more quickly.

How to keep crying to a minimum, and help your puppy settle in happily
Remember, when your home begins to feel like home, your Labrador puppy will stop crying provided she has not learned to cry in order to get a reward.

Giving a puppy the freedom and access that you would to a human guest might seem only fair, but puppies don’t need this freedom. They need security, routines, and boundaries to help them grow into a well-behaved, well-adjusted adult dog.

The Use of Dog Appeasing Pheromone for New Puppies

Mother dogs give off a pheromone when they suckle their puppies, which helps the puppies relax.

It’s called Dog Appeasing Pheromone, or DAP for short, and in recent years it has been possible to purchase DAP for use in the home.

A study published in 2008 found that DAP reduced the vocalizations of newly adopted puppies, and if you want to give DAP a try, you can purchase it online or in pet stores
It comes as a spray or a diffuser. Reviews are mixed but it might be worth a try if you have a very homesick puppy.

While pheromones can be one solution, don’t forget that puppies need to feel safe. If you get this right, and avoid learned crying, the whining will stop.


So, I gave you a lot of information in this article. It might be useful to give you a quick recap to help you remember what to do!

Being removed from mom and siblings is undoubtedly a stressful experience for a young puppy and this is a factor in crying, whining and barking in pups left alone for even short periods of time. To help them cope and stop crying:

  • Try to avoid triggering the puppy’s fear response or teaching him to cry for attention
  • Have the puppy by your bed at night for the first four or five nights
  • Teach your puppy to be alone during the day for short periods from the second week
  • Build up alone time duration gradually
  • Provide the puppy with plenty of company, and interaction

Of course, this article laid out the methods I use for my puppies, but there are many other ways. Did pheromones work for you, or did you find another way? Leave a comment with your experiences and together we can learn some great ways to stop puppies crying.

We updated this article in May 2019, and will do so again once we have some great comments and feedback from our readers.

References and Further Reading


  1. My boyfriend wanted to buy English Goldendoodles from a breeder as our dog at the house. As a first time pet owner, I had no idea that daytime crying is often learned crying, but there are some other reasons puppies may cry during the day. Since we will be taking care of a puppy, I’ll take note of your tips.

  2. We have an adult female who had 7 pups. We adopted out 6 and kept the pic of litter male. He’s 9 weeks now and having trouble with crying non stop at night. Trying to separate the mother so he will stop trying to nurse. Having trouble house breaking also. Trying ALL the tips you give. But some progress is quickly undone and regression to poop and pee inside. And crying unless he gets whatever it is he wants. That changes also. PLEASE HELP!!!

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  4. Hi,
    I have an 11 weeks old dobermann and we are really struggling to settle him in. he came o use at nearly 9 weeks. the first week was fine with him settling down and very little crying, however the last week has been horrendous. last night we put him to bed at 10 and he screamed for an hour at 12,2,4 and 6. we always make sure he wees and poos before bed and if he woke at say 4am we know it would be to toilet and then i could set an alarm to pre-empt it however this is every 2 hours and he doesnt need to toilet.
    i have left him to cry the whole time but im not sure it is working. can you offer any advice? would i be better to have his crate nearer so that he settles or am i going to make it harder in the long run? We have to work and so i need to break this habit now. im off work for a few days and was working from home the last 2 weeks and leaving him on occasion but my concern is that it is getting worse, not better. Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated

  5. my son just got a puppy she is 8 weeks old and the crate he got her is huge she had her own bed and toy and we got her a blanket and some new toys as well. Last night was horrible all she did was cry and cry and try to get out of the crate. I let her out and put her bed next to me with her blanket and she layed on it and went to sleep, so while she was sleeping i moved her and the bed into the crate and she was fine for a while . she cried again and i made my son take her crate into his room and all seemed well till she started crying again early this morning HELP

  6. Hi, We have a 13 week old German shepherd pup, he was a rescue so came from the kennels.
    We bought him a crate that he will use as his bed but the minute you close the door he panics.,
    He has the adaptil collar on and a diffuser in his safe place.. the kitchen, but within 10 minutes of a person leaving the room he panics full blown digging, barking howling..
    At night he barks and howls every couple of hours
    I didn’t want to bring him upstairs as I want that to be a dog free zone..
    When your there he’s amazing but we can’t be there all the time…

  7. This is absolutely spot on! Early hours of the morning and our puppy (a 9 week old English bully) is crying downstairs, after a read of this article i went down and offered comfort, both pup and box came up to bed and within minutes he settled and is snoring happily against our bed.

    A thousand thank-yous as this was so distressing for us all. ?

  8. This made me laugh since our 3 year old sweet boy still cries from time to time. If he is tired or has to poop, he will cry. His sister rings the bells to go out, but Wilbur just cries. He’s an 89 pound baby.

  9. Hi, we have a 10 week old Goldendoodle. The first few nights she slept in crate but the last several nights she cries and screams until I can no longer take it! I am 65 and my husband and I are drop dead tired and can’t take much more! I end up sleeping on the couch and she sleeps on the floor at the end of the couch and sleeps all night. How can I get her to sleep all night in her crate?

  10. I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT he barks and whines A LOT. . So, leaving home is always a challenge for us.
    My husband and I were thinking about taking him to ‘doggy school’, but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest ‘doggy school’ is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!!

  11. My first night with my new puppy was tonight and although she slept by me for short periods she still would quiety barking then laterr on was full on barking. I took her toliet about four times. In the end I took her out to the kitchen in her crate and see ge confined barking… Is this normal?

  12. That’s good to know that learned crying exists. It’s hard to know how to train that behavior when they do it because it works. I’ve been thinking about surprising my wife with a puppy, so I’ll have to read more about this.

  13. Hello.i have a pomeranian 5 months.she cries after me in thr night,even if somebody is home.i have a 2 years old and I can’t deal with her crying.help

  14. Hi I have a rescue 7 month old bision frise who sleeps well in a crate at night it just as soon as soon I get up in let her and my cavachon out for a wee I put them back in crate while I take my daughter to scholl but when I come back she whines for hours I can’t let her out crate because obs she will think she whines and she gets let out .. she whines all day to get out crate yet she fine in crate at night .. she in kitchen right in next room with other dog crated so she’s not alone just wants to get out this is 5 weeks now and still whitning..!

  15. Just to add- she is fine at first at night. for the first few hours but when she ‘cries to get out for the toilet’ and I fall for that- then she cries and cries when she is put back in.

  16. I have a 3 month old Lab. she was doing great at first with her den and sleeping at night but she has gradually started getting up earlier and earlier to be closer. I don’t mind but I worry about her because she seems anxious all the time about where I am. at first she was running into her crate no problem, and now its like she can’t settle or focus on it unless I’m settled down too!! And from 4/5am if I don’t take her out of the crate, she howls and shakes the crate. I realise this is learned behaviour as I was taking her out for the toilet/ giving her attention whenever she barked, rattled the crate etc. But now she definitely doesn’t need the toilet when she yowels. So I am going back to the begining and trying to re train her- during the day- to engage with the den area. But I am really worried that she is beginning to develop negative connotations with the crate! I really want to get it right for her at this age so things can ease of and be nice for her when she is a bit older. Can anyone help??

  17. We’ve had our new arrival 2 days and her crying at night has gone on for a good couple of hours per night. Thinking about bringing her up tonight in her crate, do I shut her in as she can’t last the night without toilet?

  18. Hi, my name is Abby. I have a 7 week year old puppy who has got some crying issues. She doesn’t like her crate much and I have been trying to teach her that the crate is a happy place based on your article but now I am having trouble with the crying. Before bed and during the night. I don’t want her in my bed per say. I need her to learn that crate time means bed time for the most part . Most of the time when she cries this means she has to go out but a few times she has cried after being put back in her kennal in the middle of the night. What am I supposed to do? I don’t want to wake up the rest of my family with her crying but I also don’t want to ignore her. Please any advice would be appreciated.


    • Your puppy is very young Abby, most pups don’t leave their mother until they are eight weeks old. It is common for puppies to be upset for the first few nights. As long as you don’t go back in to her, she will soon give up crying after being put back in the crate during the night. Another alternative you might want to consider is having her next to your bed for a couple of nights until she is feeling less homesick. You can put her in a deep cardboard box or small portable crate. Join the forum to get some help in deciding which approach you want to take, and support in coping for the next few weeks http://thelabradorforum.com

  19. Hi have a now 10 week old pup. Got at almost 9 week. First few nights were muddled – playpen had not arrived. Since pen arrived pup been shut in. Been clean and dry but waking at 5/5.30. However he really needs toilet. Initially I made mistake of feeding him at that time, but checked your site and realised mistake. Been letting him to toilet at that time and giving access to living room but no play and no curtains open etc until 7. He has a little romp but will fall asleep at my feet. At 7 I open up curtains etc and feed him. Will his waking time change as bladder & bowels grow or have I created a routine for him? I know it’s early days but – still early enough to rectify any errors I am making.

  20. Hi my sister has a labrador pup 2 months old.when we move him out of his breeder yesterday he is so much afraid outside,and now he still make some noises and eat a little food ,its hard for me and my sister to take care of him because it is our first time to take care a labrador dog.But everytime he wokes up we make him feel comfortable and by giving him a cuddle,can you give us some piece of advice how to response to his stress from moving out.

  21. Hi Pippa,
    Our 14 week old Lab barks continually from whenever she wakes up (between 5 and 5.30am) this is too early for our household and we have spent the last week ignoring her until 6.30am but she still barks every morning disturbing our neighbours. Assuming we stick to our guns and ignore her will she eventually learn? She is worse than a baby who normally figure it out much quicker 🙂
    Any advice would be appreciated.

    • A baby learns more quickly??? A baby wakes up when he’s hungry, behave badly to sleep and can be stubborn as a donkey!!!!

  22. Hi first I want to say thank you for all the advice from your website, it’s helped a lot. I have a 10 week old pup we just got and at night we put him in a crate and he’s quiet but like at 4 am he started barking and whimpering. Another problem I’ve been having is that sometimes during the day he’ll be playing and he’ll start barking and howling, any advice? Thank you.

  23. Hi,
    Thanks for this article, it’s helped calm me knowing the crying happens to others too. (my first pup was an angle and made a few whimpers the first night and had done with it) my new pup in 9 weeks old, we’ve had him for a week now, some nights he is quiet all the way through and others he cries at several points for 30-40 minutes? Is there any reason for this?

  24. Hi,
    I have a lab which is about 40days and she constantly keeps whining thorough out the whole night. No matter what I do she just doesn’t stop.

  25. I desperately need help. I have a 9 week old lab and he was doing so well just urinating either on the pads inside or waiting until he was outside but yesterday he started going wherever he was in the house. Seems like he’s gone back a step. Also whenever we are outside he is more interested in eating grass and what’s going on that he won’t poop but as soon as we get inside he will go in the kitchen! I know he’s young but need to stop this. We constantly say poop to him outside so he knows to go but he ignores it. Also, we are both shift workers so when my partner goes to work at 6 he will take the pup out to wee. As soon as he’s back in the crate he will howl, cry and bark for over an hour straight. He doesn’t let up to treat him and doesn’t stop with a firm telling off. It’s driving me mental. Help!!

    • Hi Jen….he is young.Give him time.. Our boy was 8 weeks old when he came into our home. He did the same thing. We set him up in the laundry with his bed instead of a crate. Laundrys are good because if he did poo or wee it was on tiled floor..easy to clean up. We put wee/poo mats for him to use.. I don’t like crates personally. After a period of time- about 4-5 weeks – I found that he would wait until the morning to do his business. We then let him sleep without being confined to the laundry and he would give a little woof at the front door in the morning telling us wanted go out to do his thing…. he simply may not like being confined in a crate …find an alternative space if you can.

  26. I had a crying Labrador puppy, the obvious thing I thought was pick him up, take him to bed with me, to the shops with me to work with me. Guess what I got a totally velcro dog. His is nearly 12 years old now and sat at my feet as I type. I am now retired so not really a problem, also I love him to bits. But it is what happens and only do it if you it is what you want.

    • HI Elizabeth…I’m with you. If he is happier being with you then so be it…So what if he does a few accidents when he is a pup…they grow out of it.
      If I could take my dog to work i would…lucky thing.:) If it right for you and your dog is a happy animal as result..then just do it.