Puppies whining in their crates is normal behavior, most puppies wines and cry in the crate for initial few days. Dogs new to being crated may whine or cry because they are not accustomed to the confinement. Puppies, recently separated from their littermates, are often confused and lonely and will vocalize.” Most veterinarians and animal behaviorist agree that loneliness and isolation is the main reason of crying in crate by puppies. As dog and puppies are a pack animal . And they have tendency to seek attention. You have to make some decisions to change in the crating behavior otherwise bad habit will be rooted in the childhood. Here are some basic things you can do to curb this filthy habit. Ignore the behavior When your puppy or dog whines just ignore it and don’t show any attention toward them. If you show some attention or reaction when they cry and whines they will have a psychological belief that he will be taken out or will offer food If he wines. So the best a dog owner can do is to ignore and show indifference. However after a few minute of quite behavior or after nap the puppy can be taken out. And give some treats Choose the right size crate for the puppy In order to stay in crate comfortably and move around freely the crate should be large enough for your puppy. So you should find the right size for him.The crate must be large enough that the pet can stand up, turn around and play with toys .
GET YOUR PUPPY COMFORTABLE WITH THE CRATE. Familiarizing your puppy with his crate is one way to help cut down on anxiety and reduce whining. Acclimating the puppy with it’s crate is the most important task for making puppy stop whining in it. If your puppy feel adequate and cozy space in crate and find the environment favorable then there will be less change of crying and whining at night. Never use your puppy’s crate as punishment as it will make matter worse. Besides Providing treats, chew toys and bedding in the crate will help with the experience of peaceful behavior for puppies. Give him his favorite treat when he is quite and calm in the crate. This will send a message in him that if he be silent and calm in crate he will get something in reward. Once accustomed to the crate, most dogs will enter it readily on their own . So leave the crate door open most of the time so after relieving bladder and pooping he will come back on his own. MAKE SURE TO PROVIDE PLENTY OF POTTY BREAKS. Puppies cannot “hold it” for as long as adult dogs, so it’s a pet parent’s responsibility to make sure that young puppies have ample opportunities to go outside—even in the middle of the night. Kennel soiling is often caused by leaving the puppy longer than he can control himself. Figuring out the number of hours a puppy needs between bathroom breaks is by adding his age plus one. So, a 2-month-old puppy can usually hold it for three hours, and a 3-month-old puppy can generally hold it for four hours.
MAKE SURE TO CONSIDER CRATE PLACEMENT. Where you have your puppy’s crate located may be a factor in whether or not he whines. You should keep it as near as possible to your room. If you place the crate in basement or in garage then there is a chance of whine from the crate. Most vets recommends keeping the crate in an area where the family spends a lot of time like drawing room or kitchen. Besides puppies have to go for relieving their bladder And pooping too often as they can’t hold whole night so it must be in a place where the owner can hear his crying easily otherwise he will soiled the crate. GIVE YOUR PUPPY PLENTY OF EXERCISE. To stop your puppy from whining in the crate, don’t underestimate the power of playtime. “Make sure your puppy is getting lots of exercise and attention outside of the crate,If this is the case, chances are good that your pup will be ready for a nap when crated.”
GIVE YOUR PUPPY PLENTY OF EXERCISE. To stop your puppy from whining in the crate, don’t underestimate the power of playtime. “Make sure your puppy is getting lots of exercise and attention outside of the crate,If this is the case, chances are good that your pup will be ready for a nap when crated.” When to start worrying? Puppy crying and whining is not uncommon phenomena but if it goes in excess level then you should seek professional help. Similar is the case for a dog who once trained in crate started whining and crying unexpectedly.
Written by Dr Pratik Man Pradhan B.V.Sc &A.H
Chief Veterinarian (Mount Everest Kennel Club)