How To Stop Your Puppy Crying At Night.


Useful items

Wrap a hot water bottle in a towel or thick blanket and put it at one end of the bed to simulate the warmth of another dog.

Put a ticking clock in the room with your puppy to simulate the heart beat of another dog; your puppy is used to sleeping with its brothers and sisters.

A stuffed animal can be of great comfort to your puppy; a little larger than them is usually a good fit (make sure it does not have any plastic parts for your puppy to chew on).


Dog appeasing pheromone can be purchased from your vet and comes in three forms.  A plug in (in the same way an air freshener works), a collar or a spray that can be applied to bedding.  It releases a synthetic analogue of a pheromone that is secreted by bitches during whelping.  It has been proven to relax dogs and puppies and should allow for a more peaceful night sleep.  It has also been demonstrated that it can reduce fear and even improve house training acquisition.

Exercise / Toilet / Chill out time / Comfort

Make sure your puppy is actually tired before you leave it for the night.  A short walk before bed or some training/play time are essential.  Once you have tired your puppy out the best thing to do is to take him or her out to the bathroom, see our house training guide for tips. This way you know if they cry it is not because they need to be let out. After they have peed and pooped, take your puppy to its bed and say ‘bed’, gently stroke and relax your puppy until he/she falls asleep.  Make sure your puppy has water available, some paper down in case they need to go and a nice comfortable bed.  Also be aware of the temperature; too hot or too cold and your puppy won’t sleep well.

What to do when your puppy cries at night

When you leave your puppy for the night try not to make too much of a fuss.  After the relaxation session your puppy should be settled and you can simply leave the room without encouraging your puppy to come to the door.  This is the trickiest part for any new puppy owner.  When the puppy cries or barks throughout the night you must not go down to the puppy. Given you have followed the previous advice you can rest assured you have covered all of your puppies needs.  It can be a difficult first few nights but by going down to check on the puppy you can accidentally reinforce the barking.  This can mean your puppy learns I bark and Mum or Dad come running down i.e. I get attention.

It makes little difference if you go down to comfort or chastise the puppy as at this stage, as any attention is good attention.  If you have already been going to your puppy when it cries, then the same rules apply but the results will take slightly longer to see.  Fear not, young puppies are extremely quick learners. This puppy training method will pay you back ten fold and being consistent will enable your puppy to cope with being left alone during the day and help prevent other attention seeking behaviours whilst you are busy around the house.

TOP TIP – tell your neighbours you are expecting to get a puppy but you have a training schedule already worked out to minimize any noise during the night.  You can even organise when you pick your puppy up so that it is at a weekend in order to ensure you are not disturbing any neighbours that are due to have an early start.

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  • louise says:

    i am having a huge problem with my dog, he is 1 1/2 yrs old and has starting barking when we go to bed, he is in a create still at night as he cant be trusted not to chew. i have tried everything i can think of, giving him my dressing gown to snuggle with, which he normally loves to lie on, left radio on quiet for him, have even tried to let him sleep in my room in his create and on my bed but doesnt like sleeping upstairs, just like to sleep on the sofa with me, i have left him to try and get bored of barking, but over hour later still barking, ive tried the spray collar, giving him extra exercise, he doesnt like eating treats in his create or toys, he just ignores them, any advice would be great xx

  • Kayt says:

    My pup is really young as was seperated from her mum because her mum was sick. She’s currently only 5 weeks old. I have her in a playpen, with puppy pads, big comfy bed, blankie, food and water bowl and plenty of chew toys.
    I’ve only had her 3 days, but she’s been SQUEAKING to the point it sounds like a child is being murdered. I have reinforced her behaviour by letting her sleep in my bed with me. I know this can be terrible for the future, but i’m not sure because she was seperated so young, whether she is just missing the comfort she would normally have off her mother?
    She’s my first pup, and I want her to sleep normally because I’m so tired, making sure she isn’t going the toilet in my bed and that she’s keeping me and everyone else in my house up, making so much racket. Any advice would be helpful, Thanks.

    • Sammy says:

      Kayt, I couldn’t tell you enough how much that could hinder you. Although mine was a few weeks older, I gave in, went down when she cried, gave too much affection and let her sleep upstairs. It took 4-5 months to get her sleeping alone. We since got a second and he couldn’t be better. He’s learnt fast and I know now from him where I went wrong with her. I know that the screams are unbearable and so painful to hear but you honestly just have to ignore them. What worked for me was getting into a routine. We played for 10-15 mins before bed (chase a ball or squeaky toy ect), then had some warm milk, went outside to go to the toilet, then put to bed with a full kong. No lights on for them to see and try and keep the noise down yourself. I also leave radio 4 on for them. Hearing voices seems to make them settle down more than music? It is hard and you’ll have to be strict with yourself but you will get there. So long as they’re warm, dry, fed, watered, have some thing to chew and some where to pee and you know they can’t get hurt, they will be fine. I had many tears and sleepless nights over this with the first pup I know how soul destroying it is. I really hope something I’ve said helps!

    • Komal says:

      Hey I have A 9 week puppy.. I have to sleep in the same room with him incase he ends up pooing everywhere. I personally think our pups are too young that’s why we can’t train them so easily so when they reach 13 weeks above then we can teach them to sleep alone. Right now there like babies.

      • Komal says:

        If it’s worked for you please give me some advice. He keeps me up all night crying and once I left him alone at night and he pooed everywhere. He’s half way towards potty training but I need him to understand to sleep alone.

  • Kayt says:

    Hey sammy!
    I’ve been giving her some tough love and since monday night, she’s been sleeping downstairs on her own and she’s stopped whining at night. She’s also progressed a lot in respect of personality and she isn’t as needy anymore!

    Thankyou for all your words of advice, i’m enjoying my little naughty puppy :D

  • Sarah Oliver says:

    Hello, if my puppy is 8 weeks and has been taken out for a pee at 11pm will he make it until 6am without going to the toilet? He will be in a crate. I don’t want him to soil the crate but I also do not want to go down to him and cause. A rod for my own back. What is the best advice? Happy to leave him in his crate from 11ish til 6 but don’t want him to soil his crate.

    • Yvonne says:

      Puppies at that age should not be left in a crate with the door shut overnight until atleast 12weeks. I would suggest leaving the door open and put paper down outside it for the pup to go the toilet. Once your pup starts going in the crate you’ve got a problem

  • NeilSmith says:

    i have an 8 week old lab puppy toilet training is going well but the problem i am having is with whining, if i or my wife leave her in the room for a short while she whines firstly what is the best way to overcome this,and she whines before bed but does eventually settle herself but will whine early in the morning , am i to get up and let her out to toilet then put her back into her crate or just assume that she is now awake and will not re settle please advise

  • Robyn says:

    I have 8 week old puppy I have had her for 4 days now. And the crying is really bad and it all night long no stoping. I have tried every thing u all have said but she still crying. What do I do I need sleep. Any tips would be good.

  • Jenny says:

    I have a 10 week old puppy who is great during the day , will go in and out of crate during the day but not sleep in it only by my feet , then at night when put in crate with toy , old t-shirt of mine will cry , howl and whine all night ,he doesn’t stop .i’m not going down to him but it breaks my heart .When he sleeps during the day should i put him in his crate with the door open ? I think he hates his crate any advice or is it just to keep going

  • Rhianne says:

    My puppy is a 8 week old springer spaniel cross with pointer. My family and I have never had a puppy before we usually own older dogs aged 2 plus, but we fancied a change and to experience a puppy. However the first night of having the Puppy (which was 2 nights ago), I decided to sleep downstairs with her for the first night because I could imagine how scary it must be. On the other hand I think this may have triggered something as yesterday night. She began barking so loud, and crying. So much it went on for 4 hours straight and I couldn’t sleep, so I decided to go down and see her, I was exhausting and accidentally fell asleep downstairs with her again. But I can’t keep doing it every night, could anyone give me any advice what so ever!

    • Michelle says:

      I have two older dogs that I have had since puppies and just got a 8 week old puppy we have just survived the second night. The first night was dreadful he barked, screamed! Most of the night me and hubby were like zombies yesterday but we knew not to go down and see to him. Then second day every time he fell asleep during the day I put him in his bed near me then by evening he put himself in there twice. I think it was because it was near me he felt more secure. Last night was much better he cried for a while then went quiet then again at 330 for awhile but no were near as bad as the first night. I think you just have to bite the bullet expect three ot four nights sleepless/less sleep but don’t go down and sleep with your puppy or even go down to it. It really does make your puppy worse and you will never get any sleep. Try ear plugs if you need to sleep for work in the morning good luck .

      • Vickie says:

        Hi Michelle, this is reassuring to read – thanks. We have a 2 year old shih Tzu and have just got a 8 week old shih Tzu. We have had her 2 nights, and both she has howled and cried!! Hubby has been down both nights which I see is the problem!! She doesn’t like the crate but we want her to be crate trained!! Does anyone have any suggestions about putting anything warm hot water bottle or similar in her crate to help her!! She is waking the 3 kids up…. x

  • Jade says:

    I have an 8 week old cattledog, it’s her second night staying with us. She is still getting used to her new home but she is constantly crying both day and night. I’ve done everything I can to comfort her in terms of toys and affection to get her used to the house but she is always crying to be picked up. Of a night time I have a ticking clock wrapped up in a shirt I’ve worn in her bed which soothes her for about 30 minutes before she starts crying again loudly. She has been taken to the toilet and I have tried to ignore her cries but they are becoming louder the longer I ignore her for. I’m just so exhausted from the sleepless nights and would really appreciate some help !

  • Adrian says:

    I’ve had a 7 week old maltese for about a week now and he whines when he wakes in the middle of the night because me and my boyfriend are sleep and he wants to play. Sometimes I close him in his crate but he still whines and I have roommates. He takes naps during the day because I don’t have the energy to continue to play with him because he wakes me up at 6-7 a.m. Is there any advice on how to help him sleep through the night, if possible.

  • stacey says:

    Hi I have a 8 week old jack Russell x Chihuahua, he very very tiny he very good in day with sleeping but he just cries and cries at night , what should I do? Please help

  • NewPuppyMama says:

    We have had our little Shorkie girl for a week now. She is now 8 weeks old. We wear her out playing before bed, have her sleep in her crate during the day (she actually goes in by herself sometimes), cut off her food early evening, and take her out before bed to pee/poop. She has her crate and a pee pad in a blocked-off space in the kitchen. She is consistently yelping/crying/whining from 3:00 am until whatever we decide to start the day and go get her (usually about 7:30). There is consistently pee on the pad (yay) but always poop somewhere else in the area. We are losing lots of sleep over this and I don’t know what to do. We ignore her like we’re supposed to, but nothing is working. It’s been a week now and we’re EXHAUSTED! Help!

    We are considering going back to the people we bought her from and getting her brother in hopes that it will help the situation… or will we then have 2 yelpers?

  • Sophie says:

    I’ve made the mistake of all mistakes with my 9 month of jack russel. I I got him at 9 weeks and he’s always slept in my bed, I no longer want this so I have moved him into the kitchen in his crate. The first night he howled for hours, second night he was quiet as a mouse but the last two nights back to howling and crying. How long will this take to stop? He has a blanket and a kong in there with him. Has exersize, playtime and toilet time before he goes in.

  • Ramez says:

    Hey, I have a 45 days old golden retriever puppy,
    I live in an apartment, where he shares my room with me, During the day he is perfectly fine with no whining at all except when I leave the room and close the door behind me (to train him to stay alone) he whines for a bit then wait next to the door for my return, but he i progessing well enough. However during the night, he tries to climb my bed from time to time when he wakes up to take a pee, my bed being high and unreachable for him, he keeps trying and starts whining. I wonder if you can give me any tips as this is my first puppy. Thank you in advance

  • Loren says:

    I have a 11 week old puppy who have had for 2 weeks now.. She has just been a nightmare with her sleeping and toileting so much so that my partner wants to sell her. We have managed to get to the stage we can leave her during the day on her own but as soon as we get home she pees multiple times over the floor even when we take her outside to go she will wait until she comes back in.. At night time she will only get to sleep if I lay by her until she’s asleep but if she wakes and I am not there will cry until the point she is yelping and barking, we are in an apartment and on our first night when we tried to leave her she barked all night and we got a complaint so we can’t let her bark at night.. So desperate for some sleep, has anyone got any advice I really don’t want to sell her!!

  • Jordan says:

    I have a 17 week old pit ill mix and about a week ago she started whining at night she sleeps in the bed with me and my husband. Nothing has changed except the amount of time she spends outside in a day has increased we have a fenced in back yard. Help please!

  • nicole says:



    i need some advise, i just got a 6 week old male boeboel pup, very cute :). i also have a 3 year old female boerboel. when the 2 met i was suprised my older dog was chilled sniffed around, but no aggression…… YET…. we giving lots of love and attention to the older one, she sleeps in the spare room on her blanket. i cant put the 2 together yet. puppy is in my room buT crying and howling the entire night, even if he is on the bed with me. get up 2 to 3 time to take outside. when i get back it starts all over, im thinking that i need to move pup to the kicthen . i know the first few nights is going to be rough but i think its something that needs to be done please HELP!!!!!!!

  • Avril McKibbin says:

    Hi i have just got a 4 year old dog he is the nicest dog and so friendly we have only had him 3 weeks and as soon as we go out the house or the shop without him or go to bed he howls he howled all last night please can you tell me how to stop him doing this its a lot easier to train a puppy but he is 4

  • Morgan says:

    Hi I have an 8 week old puppy who whines persistently at night she gets tons of cuddle time, play time, training and a couple walks each day. I have spent the past few days trying to make her crate a happy place for her by feeding her there giving her treats and toys and she doesn’t mind it during the day but cries for an hour (give or take a bit) each night. Just wondering what you found works the best to help ease the transition. I usually just let her fuss until she settles but some tips would be great!
    Thanks :)

  • Neil says:

    This has been extremely helpful. Following this advice our beagle pup has gone from needing close physical proximity and howling through the night to being fine left alone. We followed all of the tips and it worked brilliantly. One thing to mention – make sure to go to bed when he does! At least for the first few nights. We found that if he could still hear us up and about he’d want to join in. Also, we draped a blanket over his cage/basket. Along with hot water bottle, clock, radio and pre-sleep exercise it’s worked brilliantly. Thanks so much. I was getting pretty spun out from lack of sleep

  • Lucy says:

    I just adopted a 14wk old puppy, she is toilet train, this is the third day now, she had accident the first 2day I had her but I think she was just nervous. She has always been an inside dog, I want to teach her to sleep outside. For the pass 2night she has been sleeping in her kennel in the living room with me sleeping on the sofa next to her. How can I get her to sleep outside. She won’t let me leave her side as soon as she is awake. What should I do?

  • starting to train my puppy says:

    my newly adopted puppy cries all the time at night. i’ll try the clock method tonight and see how it goes. thanks for the tips!

  • Heather says:

    So i have been reading all of these posts and i have to say i feel a bit better knowing that my fiance and i are not the only ones going through puppy problems. It is our first puppy together.. We soon found out that training our pup to sleep at night is hard work. I give in too quickly & have a hard time with tough love. Tonight we decided to move her play penn into our spare room. She has pee pads in there which she knows to use if she has “to go”, blankets , bed, my tshirt, and toys. We let her drink and eat before bed, take her outside and bring her back in. We have fiund we have to play with her more before bed because she often likes to sleep and then is up all night. I feel bad leaving her in another room, but she is safe, warm and comfy. All is quiet, cant hear her cries.. But still feel bad. Hoping this helps us get sleep and her to understand that bedtime is bedtime! Just need a little reasurance ! Thanks.

  • Bruce says:

    I have an 8 week cockerpoo. We have only had her two nights and she whines. I understand she has just left her mum and why she might whine. But I am confused as to what best to do to stop her whining. She is in our utility room with a baby gate stopping her coming through to the kitchen, we have pads on th floor and she has access to her crate in the utility room. But as she can go to the toilet do I just let her whine all night ? Or do I try and take her to the toilet outside at intervals during the night? I am confused and we are stressed out as to what to do for best between leaving her completely or interrupting her at intervals. We even got to the point of wanting to take her back to the breeder. Please help?

  • Megan says:

    I have a 8 week old puppy I have had her for few days but she will not stop crying and barking at night if u leave her on her own in the kitchen she barks and crys and it keeps u up most of the night but I have school she has start scratching the door. Any advice

  • Chara says:

    Hi I have a 12 week old cavachon pup. Today is his second day with me. I am crate trainning him (well trying ) but he absolutely hates it ! I leave him with a full Kong a blanket over the crate to relax him a blanket in the crate. I have his bed for his crate but he goes toilet on it so therefore he won’t find that his bed in the future.I can’t leave the door of the crate open because he scratches the door . He barks and cries and cries for a good hour before he is quiet . I don’t go near him . This is my first pup and I am just wondering am I doing the right thing ? He has his own room with his crate but like I said above I can’t leave the crate open because he scratches the door and will end up lieing on the cold floor. I have tried leaving his food and water in the crate too but he just ends up making a mess. Please help !

  • gareth says:

    We have just got a 8 week old staffy and is a brilliant wee thing during the day but at night she’s a demon barking houlling she gets her supper about an hour before bed time and has a cosy warm bed fresh water and proper toys any tips welcome

  • Joanne says:

    Hi fellow puppy owners I am getting my new daschund puppy in a few days so feeling a bit nervous never had a dog before and was wondering if I was being mean shutting her in the laundry but reading all the comments has given me a break t of reassurance so thank you for all your valuable comments any other feed back would be greatly appreciated thanks

  • Sharon says:

    Last night came home with our 8week cavalier king charles spaniel who is adorable. He was crate trained. At bedtime we put him in his crate and he whined for less than an hour. We left him alone. Never heard nothing from him until my husband got up for work. He weed and pooed and settled back in his crate for another couple of hours, though whined a little before settling. He has a scented blanket from his mum in there. Have used a clock/radio in the past with a previous dog! Another adventure tonight! I feel it must be a huge event departing from your parents and siblings to be completely isolated, transforming them from a dog to your pet!

  • Katie says:

    I have had my 5week old Staffy bitch for a week now and she sounds like a baby being murdered when in her crate but it’s not at night it’s about 6 in the morning that this starts and continues till my partner gets up for work any help would be brill also I have 2 cats my 4 month old girl kitten is very wary of her but my little boy is brill he plays he cleans her and occasionally tell her how to behave is this good can she learn for him? (A cat) any help would be brill! Thanks

  • Haley brook says:

    I have an 8 wk old Alaskan malamute I have known her since birth as my cousin was the breeder and helped take care of her since birth. Brought a home on sat its been nearly a week and she’s doing well peeing on pads sometimes poos on pads sometimes near the pads, she’s very attached to me follows me everywhere. The main problem is been left alone if I go out she howls and at night, she has a room under the stairs big enough for her with toys water pads etc but doesn’t like it. Am trying to show her that il always back think she thinks am gone forever and just cries. Understand she’s young and it’s hard she was a litter of 8 pups and mum n dad was ther too so big change. Tonight will be first night of tough love as been sleeping downstairs with her all week only to keep our lovely neighbours happy but it’s the weekend now so it needs doing as cant sleep downstairs forever. Wish me luck gotta looong night ahead.

  • Marie says:

    We have a lovely 10.5 week labradoodle. He whines a little bit when going to bed but soon settles down. The problem we have is that if anyone gets up in the night, I.e. to go to the bathroom, he thinks someone is getting up and starts crying and then doesn’t settle. He is very much a people dog and is a pleasure when he has someone with him but we are afraid to move at night! I have thought about using a radio at night to reduce the noise (we do seem to have a very creaky house!) but I’m not sure. I don’t think he sleeps that well through the night – he is just good at entertaining himself in his crate – until he here’s a noise! Any top tips would be welcome!

  • Daphne says:

    I’ve been very excited about wanting to get a dog since I left home for college back in 2006. I’ve since graduated, went to grad school, have now have my own space and a great job. My boyfriend too has a great job and we’ve talked about adding a puppy to our lives SINCE college. I have an excel sheet with all the up front costs (initial vet costs, cost to purchase pup, crate, food, toys, leash, collar etc etc etc) and potential costs down the road – such as medicines, additional food, behavior classes. I’ve pretty much have all my bases covered for what will have to do and what MIGHT happen.

    My question is this – my boyfriend and I work full time. him 8-5, me 9-6. I’m already accustomed to getting up early, and can feasible see myself taking that time and taking my puppy on a long walk and some love time before work (I’d leave around 9:45). I can also come home around lunch time 12:30 to let pup out and walk during my lunch time.) I’d go back to work, and my boyfriend gets home from work around 5 pm and can let pup out again and feed, and I’m home at 6:05. (I live rather close to work). And we let the pup eat and then another long and fun walk before bedtime. (we plan on crating the pup as well). Does this seem like a doable schedule for two people who work full time? Weekends we will keep feeding schedule and walking schedule relatively the same, but we like to go out of town and hike or take the pup to the dog park near us to let him run around, but also puppy classes to help him socialize during the first few months. I’m just concerned about my pup not being socialized ENOUGH or having issues being crated 3-4 hours at a time during the day. It wouldn’t be longer than 3-4 hours EVER. Please let me know if you have any advice!!

    I keep reading everywhere that it’s HORRIBLE to get a puppy if you work full time, but it seems like this schedule will work, no?
    I’d like to avoid paying upwards of 700$ a month on daycare for the first few months (prices in nyc are rough)

    • Kaysie says:

      Sounds like you’ve got it all sorted. Having a puppy at home by its self will be hard in the beginning but it should manage. Although I wouldn’t leave it in the crate all day whilst you’re not there. When I got my puppy we created a puppy safe area in my house with a doggy door to the back yard for when he’s home alone. You can leave puppies in their crates at night but it’s not recommended during the day. If you can, I would lock him in a room at least with toys and treats.

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  • Jas says:

    Hi we have a choc Labrador who is now 15 weeks old , we have had him since he was 9 weeks old he cried terribly on the first night home in his crate and woke up the whole house including the kids who are still young .
    He has been upstairs with us in his bed at night and is very happy with that and does hi toilet only on toilet pads thanks god ,
    But I don’t what this to be a life long thing , but it’s me fighting the whole house who want him upstairs any advise on how to go about this plssss. With his crying at night I can’t do as kids need there sleep for school the next day ?????
    Thanks Jas

  • Jasmine says:

    I have a 4 month old miniature schnauzer. The first few nights after we got him were absolute hell! He cried all night and none of us got any sleep. We are crate training him and at first he hated it.
    Start off with putting him in it during the day close to you. Leave treats in there with him so he knows it’s a good place, after a while start shutting the door for small amounts of time. At night you just have to tough love and ignor him. For puppies any attention is good attention, so even if you tell them off its something for them.
    My puppy after about a week or two was perfect in a crate, at night, in the car, during meals. But recently he started crying again at night. We’ve ignored him and he’s stopped.
    Crate training is amazing and I highly suggest it to every dog owner.
    Just google it if you want to know more but it works so well in cars, if you take them to work, during meals and at night.

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