How to Get a Puppy to Stop Crying in a Crate

Puppy sitting in a crate
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Crate training puppies is an important process. It helps create a fruitful obedience training routine for the little ones. Crate training also provides a safe and comfy den for the little pups.

Expect whining and howling in the early stages of training. To best take care of this, one must ignore this behavior from the pup and address it. Training and working with your puppy past this will be a positive experience. And it will be a highly rewarding experience both for you and your little pup.

Train Puppies Early

When you bring your little one home for the first time, make sure to have a comfortably sized kennel ready. Young pups naturally seek out safe shelters they can nestle in. The pup’s crate should be large enough for the puppy to stand up and turn around in.

You also need to help prevent separation anxiety and whining. Do this best by placing this crate in an area where the puppy will be able to see you.

French Bulldog puppy in a crate
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Create a Comfortable Environment

A pup’s kennel should feel safe and be comfortable. It should be a happy and secure place for your pup. Furnishing your pup’s kennel with a dog bed, soft blanket, and a few chew toys makes it appealing for the little ones. During initial training, you should always play near the crate. And give the puppy a treat near the kennel’s entrance. Put the pup’s food bowl near the entrance as well. Slowly move it inside the crate until he or she feels comfortable. Make sure to reward it with treats and cheerful pats when the little pup learns to enter the kennel by itself.

Train Your Puppy Slowly

Steadily increase the amount of time the pup spends in the crate during feeding time. Close the door and only let the little one out about ten minutes after it eats. If the puppy starts whining, ignore it, and only let it out when it stops whining. Do not encourage the idea that crying can get the pup out of the crate. But, be aware of cries that indicate the puppy’s need to go potty.

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Take Care of Their Needs

Over time you’ll learn to differentiate the different whines and howls your pup makes. Puppies have different whines to signal hunger, a need to go potty, fear, and when they seek attention. Young pups can only hold their bladder for a few hours at a time so be sure to learn your pup’s patterns. Always be aware of not leaving your puppy in its crate for too long. A puppy should not be in a kennel for a whole day or night. You should always spend time with your pup outside its crate.

Care for Puppies with Anxiety

Signs of anxiety in pups are crying and howling all the time, heavy panting, and quivering. Shouting or hitting the puppy and its crate will not help, this may worsen the problem. If you do this, it may make the pup distrust you. It is best to consult experts such as a local vet for advice on how to better care for your puppy in this situation.


Always be attentive to meet your puppy’s needs. For some young pups, new things can be quite scary. Steadily ease the pup into its new surroundings. Patiently train your pup until it learns to be comfortable and nestle happily in its crate.

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