A puppy cries through the night because he is frightened. He has been taken away from the comfort and security of his mother and his littermates. One of the best solutions for this problem is to keep the little dog in your room at night, in a dog crate with the gate closed. Leave a dim light on all night, and make your puppy comfortable with an old towel or blanket. Fill a hot-water bottle with warm water, wrap it in a soft towel, and place it in the dog crate next to the puppy. This will simulate the warm, sleeping bodies of his mother and littermates. Do not holler at the dog if he continues to cry. Be patient and understanding and comfort your dog with a soothing tone of voice and an occasional pat on the head. Move the crate close to your bed so he can hear you breathe as you sleep. Night crying does not last very long, and if it does not end after the first week, have the dog examined by a veterinarian for a medical problem.
From I JUST GOT A PUPPY, WHAT DO I DO?
Revised Edition by Mordecai Siegal and Matthew Margolis.
Copyright (c) 1992, 2002 by Mordecai Siegal and Matthew Margolis.
Reprinted by permission of Fireside, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.