Should I ignore my puppy crying at night in crate?

Answered by Frank Schwing

As an expert in pet behavior, I can provide some guidance on whether or not you should ignore your puppy crying at night in their crate. It is important to remember that every puppy is different and may have different needs and reasons for crying. However, in most cases, ignoring the crying is the best option.

When a puppy cries in their crate, it is often a sign of discomfort or anxiety. However, giving them attention or taking them out of the crate when they cry can inadvertently reinforce this behavior. The puppy may learn that crying will result in getting what they want, whether it’s attention, food, or being let out of the crate.

By ignoring the crying, you are teaching your puppy that crying will not yield any positive results. This may be difficult at first, as the crying can be quite loud and persistent. However, giving in to the crying will only make it more difficult to break this behavior in the long run.

Instead of giving attention to the crying, it is important to ensure that your puppy is comfortable and has everything they need before going into the crate. Make sure they have fresh water, a comfortable bed, and any necessary toys or blankets. Providing a cozy and secure environment can help alleviate some of the anxiety that may be causing the crying.

It is also important to establish a routine and gradually increase the amount of time your puppy spends in the crate. Start with short periods of time and gradually extend the duration. This will help your puppy become more accustomed to being in the crate and reduce their anxiety.

If your puppy continues to cry excessively or shows signs of distress, it may be worth consulting with a professional dog trainer or behaviorist. They can provide more specific guidance tailored to your puppy’s individual needs.

Ignoring your puppy’s crying at night in their crate is generally the best option. Giving attention or taking them out of the crate will only reinforce the behavior. By providing a comfortable environment and gradually increasing crate time, you can help your puppy adjust and reduce their anxiety. Remember, every puppy is different, so it’s important to be patient and consistent in your approach.