How to Stop Your Puppy From Crying in its Crate

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Puppy crying in crate: How to Stop Your Puppy from Crying in its CrateIs your new puppy more whine than roses when he’s in his crate? Is the joy of your new family member wearing thin because he won’t stop crying and whining? Well, it’s time you take the lead. Crate training a puppy can be frustrating, to say the least, but the earlier you start the better. The good news is — there’s a lot you can do to nip the crate whining in the bud so it doesn’t become a prolonged problem.

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For sure, but it’s important that you ease him into it the right way. Dogs are instinctively den animals, and they find comfort in having their own pad. But first, puppies need assurance that their new crate is a safe, inviting place — not a cage that serves as a long-term babysitter or a tool for punishment (it’s not a time out chair). Easier said than done, right? If you take the lead and follow the steps in our article, Crate Training Your Puppy: The Key To A Pee-Free Home, it can be a relatively painless process. Remember: keep your eye on the prize! Your end goal is for your puppy to want to be in his crate!

Why Is Your Puppy Still Whining in His Crate?

So, you followed the initial crate training steps, but he’s still whining. It could be that you went through the process too quickly for him. Try again more gradually. If he continues to whine, don’t go to him or pay attention to him. He’ll quickly learn that whining will get your attention, and then you’ve got a major problem on your hands. It’s not only okay for your puppy to be in his crate alone, it’s actually beneficial for his future behavior and temperament  — it fosters independence and helps stave off later issues with separation anxiety.

With that said, it’s important that you don’t overuse his crate or make it a place of punishment. Leaving a puppy in his crate for long periods of time or putting him in there too frequently can be a cause of his whining and crying. Dogs are extremely social animals and need companionship.

If you do have to crate him more than you’d like at certain times (long workday, tons of errands to run, etc.), make sure you spend time playing with him or taking him on a walk in between crate times. And don’t forget that a puppy’s bladder can’t go for long periods of time without relief. According to the Animal Humane Society, leaving a puppy in a crate for an 8-10 hour workday is “not an appropriate way” to crate train. If you have times when you can’t be there for him, ask a neighbor or hire a pet sitter to give him a break. The more attention he has while outside of his crate means less time whining and crying when he’s crated.

What About a Puppy Whining at Night?

You don’t have to lose sleep over your puppy whining in his crate at night. First, you need to make sure you’ve taken care of his needs before it’s bedtime.

Is He Actually Tired?

Puppies have a lot of energy (as you well know!), and they need to work it out before going in their crate at night. Take him on a long walk and play with him so he burns off that energy.

Does He Need to Relieve Himself?

This is key, especially for puppies whose bladders can’t last long. Make sure your puppy does all his business outside as close to bedtime as possible. Don’t worry — the older he gets, the longer he’ll last!

Is His Crate Comfortable?

Make sure you have good bedding and some of his favorite toys in his crate for the night. Consider the room temperature where his crate is located. Puppies and smaller dog breeds can get chilly pretty easily, so make sure it’s not too cold where you’ve placed his crate. And if his crate is too large, he could feel intimidated. Read our article on choosing the best crate for your dog for some recommendations. Or if you’ve got the space you might try a larger outdoor playpen.

If you’ve done all you can to satisfy his basic needs, consider putting him to bed with a chewable treat or toy that will keep him occupied until he gets sleepy. The key concept here? Distraction! If he continues to whine, don’t go to him. The same problem will arise — if you acknowledge his whining with attention, he’ll learn that all he has to do is whine and you’ll be there. As hard as it might be, let him settle himself down. After a few nights, he should be trained to know that whining and crying in his crate won’t get him anywhere.

Video: Don’t Say No to the Crate

We couldn’t resist sharing this funny video of what can happen if your dog doesn’t like his crate. You don’t want an ongoing battle with your pup.

Remember Why You’re Doing the Tough Training

It’s not easy housebreaking a puppy — remember, they are in a new place, away from his mom and litter. Try to remember that it’s all new to him, and he needs time and reassurance to adjust. As time-consuming and frustrating as crate training (and other puppy behavior problems) might be at first, your hard work will surely pay off in the long run! And if you still find yourself struggling, you might look into professional training (especially while they’re young). We recommend Doggy Dan’s online course.

What methods have you found effective to curb your puppy crying in his crate?

Sally grew up in a feline-only home, but cat allergies in her early 20’s made it an easy transition to dog ownership. And she couldn’t be happier with her canine shadow, who’s been at her side (literally) for years. No longer a cat person for obvious reasons, Sally is now a true bone-ified dog lover.

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Alannah-Jayne Simpson
I’ve tried all of this and and nothing is working. Currently lying here being kept awake from my puppies howling and barking the place down. She’s almost 4 months. It’s becoming insane she won’t stop.
Olivia Nix
We recently got a 11, nearly 12 week year old Brittany Spaniel. First night we kept her in a caged area, where she whined and cried and we got her out twice. This night, I just moved her to crate, since I heard it has to be done ASAP. I have put in a blanket, and I tossed in a toy that she chews on. Any other advice would be helpful to me, thank you.
Anais
I have an 8 week old mini Australian Shepherd and like many people here, I’m having a very rough time with the crate especially at night. I put him in the kennel and he immediately starts YELLING like not even whines or howls but eat-piercing cries. It goes on for hours, all night. I take him out about halfway through the night, but I’m worried that encourages him to keep crying? Even my neighbors hear it and ask what’s going on. I make sure he’s fed, drank, relieved himself, and I put him in for the night when he’s already fallen asleep. The kennel is comfortable with a bed, his favorite toy, chew toy. I’m at a total loss.
Yolanda B.
I just got an 8 week old boxer puppy. He whines/cries/howls in his crate. After watching YouTube videos by Jeff Gellman of Solid K9 Trainning, I learned to either hit the top of the crate once and firmly say no, or use a bonker. These have helped me tremendously. Although he still whines slightly, I stop it before it escalates. Hope this helps
William Williamson
Try a kong filled with peanut butter
Tiyasa R.
Hello,I have an 8 week old goldendoodle puppy. He is very calm I. The day. At night… never wanted to say this… but he might be the spawn of Sat–. That is how bad this is. I have tried everything, I showed him his new bed. Gave him his favorite chew toy, and I was in my bed falling asleep… when I heard *puppy whining*i never slept in 2 or 3 days … can someone please help?
Kristine
Put a blanket over the cage and if he keeps on tell him to hush. My boyfriend has been doing it and our puppy quiets down. We take him out 2x a night but right back in his crate, he’ll cry and whine and we don’t baby him (too much)
Caroline
Hi I’ve fetched home my 8 week English bulldog yesterday. last nite I stayed downstairs in the living room with him as things were different and new. I have a crate is it too early to introduce him to the crate as I fear he may cry to come out as it’s only been just over 24 hours in his new home. Plus the neighbours to consider. He as blankets in the crate plus one with his mum’s smell. Any advice would be great thanks so much.
Hazel Dolphin
We have a 8nths and a bit German shepard dog, it’s his first night in the crate we covered three sides up so only the door side is clear but the door to it is on the side, should we cover the sides and leave a large section open.
We had him 2months, and we just started crate training with him and puppy school.
Any advice would be great thank you!
Kirsten
I have an eight month old miniature dachshund mix. She’s been crate trained and sleeps in the crate at night. Starting a couple weeks ago every morning at 3:30 she starts up crying/whining/screaming. I took her outside thinking she had to go to the bathroom the first couple nights, but she still won’t settle. She keeps up crying/whining/screaming until I wake up around 6:45. I have no idea what to do. I’m absolutely exhausted!
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Is she getting adequate exercise?
Emily
I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT he barks and whines A LOT. . So, leaving home is always a challenge for us.
My husband and I were thinking about taking him to ‘doggy school’, but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest ‘doggy school’ is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!
Tammy
We have a 6 month old GSP, she has been crate trained right off the bat at night with no issues. She would sleep all night with no whining. The last week she was started whining at 4 am every night. Last night we blocked her off in the entrance way ( same room) with her crate door left open and her bed beside it. Still whined from 4 to 6:30 am. Any suggestions from regression with the crate.
Becka
We have a 14 week old puppy and we are struggling terribly to crate train her. She’s totally potty trained, but no matter how long she’s in the crate she is howling and trying to rip down the door. I’ve tried to take the steps of slowly training her, sitting by the crate and then leaving the room for a few minutes but the second I leave she still is howling and crying. It’s becoming really stressful and I don’t know what else to do
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
I’m sorry you’re having this issue. Here are a couple other articles that may help you.
Crate Training Your Puppy
Tips for Crate Training Dogs
Dan Nimmo
Hey, did you manage to solve this issue? If so, what did you do? I have the same problem with my 12 week old beagle. Thank you.
Natalie
Same issue with my 13 week old puppy. Also waiting to see if anything worked since the original post was a while ago. I’ve read as much as I can and tried everything. Can’t get past a few minutes without whining / barking. Maybe 10 minutes if there’s a stuffed toy with her, but the second she finishes it’s immediate barking. Hoping to hear a positive end to a crate training story.
Jess
We have an 11-week-old puppy and we’re trying to follow the rule of not going to her when she whines. We have kids, so we certainly know from experience that you don’t want to reward that kind of behavior. The problem is, if we don’t go to her, she often pees in her crate. This leaves us up at night, listening to her cry, wondering if we need to get to her or not. And when we try to leave her to learn not to cry for us, sure enough, eventually we have to go check on her and there’s a wet spot on her bedding. What do we do?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Sounds like she’s not quite ready to be left the entire night without a potty break. I suggest getting up with her at least once in the middle of the night to take her outside to go potty. At 11-weeks old this is typically behavior since most dogs this age are not potty trained yet.
Jess
Thanks. This is our first time raising a puppy. Also, since she’s so big (Malamute) sometimes I think we forget just how young she is. So how long might it take for her to get comfortable with the crate? Is there an age she should be or a sign to look for before we can be trying to ignore cries in the crate?
I need to leave her in there for a short time every afternoon to pick up the kids from school. I can’t take her with me onto school property and I can’t leave the house with her out of the crate. But when I return, she has peed in it. What can I do and how detrimental to crate training is it if she pees in there?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Great questions, Jess. Here are some articles that I think you’ll find helpful.
Tips for Crate Training Dogs
Crate Training Your Puppy
Housebreaking Puppy: The bullets under “How to Potty Train a Puppy” are key.
Keep in mind that repetition and consistency are important in both potty training and crate training.

If you still have questions let me know and I’ll do my best to try to help!

Steve
I just brought my 8 week old puppy home 4 days ago. Should I put the puppy in the crate to sleep overnight before he is fully crate trained. I am trying to ensure that my puppy sees the crate as a positive place and I don’t thing that forcing him to sleep overnight in the crate before he is ready will create that positive experience. Am I right? If so then where should he sleep while he is crate trained which could take weeks.
Sian Williams
Hi Steve welcome to the world of new canine parents. I have a 19 month old Jack Russell. When we first bought her home at 7 weeks old you would never thought that such a tiny thing could make so much noise. It was heart wrenching. So in my wisdom and to get some sleep. I used to nurse her after the loo trip and then put her in the crate. It was like having a new baby… Every time she woke she did need to go to the toilet… People said she should be able to go 8ho or more without a wee. Now we get speradic problems with sleeping in the crate. Some nights great and then others absolutely crap. So I sooooo wish I had played cold turkey and ignored her crying from the beginning… Hard and harsh and goes against anything I believe in but it’s now harder to get the desired results and more than one in a row nights sleep. Persistence is key to training and do it all within the short window we have until they get too old to learn. Another thing is once your puppy is fully vaccinated let them off the lead believe me they will follow you everywhere, they probably do already. Reinforce off lead walks and you will reap great rewards. It’s very daunting thinking that they could run off but they won’t. Our poppy is now only 9″tall so leaving her off her lead being so tiny was a huge thing to do. But now she is fantastic off the lead in the fields on walks she is never more than a few feet away from us… Socialisation too is key when tiny. Every situation person cars shops etc she has access to with your full comfort and safety they will be social. My poppy is not even afraid of fireworks!!! All in all enjoy your new member of the family… Hope that helps you. If you want any more help please let me know.
Shawna
I have a 3 month old husky puppy that has been nearly impossible to potty train! She constantly poops and pees inside and refuses to poop outside. I’ll stay out for 2 hours everyday in hopes she finally goes but she holds it till we return home. Then at night I take her out before bedtime and when she’s in her crate she will cry and whine for hours!!! I’ve tried putting food in her crate, toys, and a pad but nothing works. I’m honestly so close to giving up because regardless of much time I put into training her and rewarding her for good behavior she does exactly what she knows she isn’t supposed to do.
J McDo
What do you mean by giving up? Puppies are a ton of work and they need you to help them out. Your pup is only 3 months old, don’t expect them to learn everything so fast. I hate reading “I’m going to give up”. As puppy parents, it is our responsibility to educate ourselves prior to bringing a pooch into our home. I have a 6 month old coonhound who has severe anxiety, and I’m listening to her whine and cry as I retry to crate train her. 8 hours of thIs today. We have been trying for three months… Don’t give up on your pup, and for people looking to get a puppy please educate yourself on all of the responsibilities of bringing a dog into your house
Sarah
Keep at it. Went through the same thing with my husky when I lived in an apartment. In my experience, it’s stubbornness and distracting smells. What eventually worked for me is ditching the crate at night (locking him in bedroom with me) and only using it when I was out, and then didn’t use it at all when he could be trusted. Crate training a new puppy right now and my poor husky boy hates the site of the crate and won’t go near it. Once he became an adult he had no accidents unless he was sick. Good luck. Also, I don’t recommend pee pads, it more or less told my husky that it was ok to go inside. Taking used pads outside didn’t help. Just persistence and rewards for good behaviors while firm ‘no’s were given for accidents because yelling just stresses them out and doesn’t help. Try to focus your girl while she’s outside with potty or whatever command you are using, she is getting distracted by all the wonderful things outside and needs to be reminded.
Gregory Hernandez
It really does hurt, for potty training I’ve noticed that positive reinforcement when they pee or poop in the desired location is key. Give them vocal praise along with belly rubs and a treat. If she don’t pee or poop in the place you want her to don’t get angry or even appear angry. That will make them think you just don’t like looking at them poop and will hide in another room to poop or pee. Consider having the puppy on a leash and look for key signs that she is about to defecate, these would be walking along a wall and or sniffing intently around the immediate area.
Karen
I have an almost year old puppy that is in his crate during the day while I am at work, kids at school. He whines and hollers off and on throughout the day. We can’t leave anything in the crate because he chews everything. All that I have read doesn’t look like it will work because we are not home while the noise is going on. How can we get him to stop whining/hollering and just settle down quietly?
Laura
I have a 12 week old Rhodesian Ridgeback. He is in his crate at night with no issues after the first night or two. Sleeps thru the night and, if for any reason has to go to the bathroom, tolerates being put back in the crate to go back to sleep. He is in his crate in the car and seems to tolerate that fine, except for the occasional whine. BUT…during the day if I have to put him in there to run an errand, take a shower or actually get some work done he yowls, scratches at the floor, scratches at the side and whines. I rarely use the crate at home during the day, but on occasion I need to complete an assignment and I have to put him in for an hour. Usually he will calm down after 10 minutes, but the last couple of days he has carried on for almost the whole time. Is there something I can do. At this point, ignoring him does not seem to be working and I am sure my neighbors think that I an torturing puppies over here.

Any suggestions would be phenomenal.

Paula
Hi, I have a 9 week old Border terrier x poodle and she is adorable. In 5 days she uses her Crate as her bed to snooze in and also to play in, this us day time. I’ve closed the door and walked away for 5 minutes each day. It’s day 5 and she went 3/4 hour, she whined for a few minutes to begin with, then settled for 15 minutes, made a little noise but nothing much and settled again.

At night she sleeps on my bed.. Arrrrrrha I hear but you know what, she sleeps all night until around 7.45am. I’ve done this with my other dog and he is 5 years old now and sleeps wherever. I also, have dogs that don’t shed only loses hair/fur when brushed, so no dog hairs all over the bed.

She is virtually house trained as, we live in a flat and have a balcony for her to relieve herself,. We use a dog litter tray, it’s great, it’s a small square plastic tray with a tray you can pull out to empty it and false grass on top. She hops in and out of the patio door which we leave open and I can’t believe how she has taken to this.

So, all in all training is going well. I wonder for those of you that have to work if, it may be a good idea before buying a pup to think about having two weeks off work to start training as, I am retired so I have a lot of time home. It may make a difference and give you time to work with your puppy.
Perhaps also, researching the breed you have gone for and what they are like.
My shih tzu really isn’t that clued up so training wasn’t that easy and to this day, his recall is rubbish. We came to a compromise that when I say Wait he will wait until I get to him to out his lead back on… But he doesn’t come to me. The Crate training for him was easy though, it was his den so no issue leaving him but I did have him on the bed at night as a puppy and when older he went to sleeping in his Crate… Crazy I know!

Hope you all find a way that works for you.

Jaidyn
my puppy is a shih tzu and whenever we put him in the crate he cries and digs at the floor.We wait about 20 minutes and he usually stops but when we come back he cries again.Does he want to get out? How can we let him like his crate more?
Julian
You can wait until he’s been quiet for about 10 minutes to start with, and then let him out. Then try 20 and so on. But the key is, he has to be totally silent. That way he’ll understand that if he’s quiet he can go out.
emma
My 7 week old Vizsla puppy is an angel up until we put her in her crate. She barks, howls, cries, and whimpers from the second we put her in, until the second that we take her out. She bites the cage, digs at the floor, and cries. It’s not that she doesn’t like the crate because she will lay in there during the day with no issues, but she will not quit barking at night. I know that everyone says to ignore the puppy for about 20 minutes, but she just will not quit. Any advice?

(BTW She has her favorite toy, one of my t-shirts, and a nice bed in her crate. Her crate is in my room, by my bed.)

Any advice??

Kristine Butler
I’ll sit in the room on the floor during the day and watch Tv and when he gets sleepy I’ll place him in his crate with it cracked. He takes naps in if now. At night we feed him last at 7 pm take him out, play with him and tell him it’s bed time soon and he has to sleep in his bed. He cries and whines for 5 minutes or so and if he keeps on my boyfriend tells him to hush, if he gets louder, he’ll say it again or NO. We also have a light sheet over his crate because we noticed he likes to go under our bed so we made his crate like he’s under the bed (dark) but open the back for venting.
Lisa
My puppy is ok in her Kennel at night when I am in bed but if I put her in it while I leave or have a shower ect she doesn’t stop crying. Any ideas ?
She will go in it in short periods to get toys ect during the day .
Mike
I have exactly the same thing happening with my pup, he sleeps in it all night after a brief whining period, but during the day I put him in to shower or do things in another room and he goes crazy screaming. He’s not scared of the crate at all so I think it must be more of a separation anxiety issue. If you figured out how to remedy this, please let me know!
Matthew
This is exact same with my 12 week bulldog. He will quietly lay in crate and sleep 4 or 5 hours waiting to go out to potty. If I leave him in crate during daytime and he thinks I’m gone he immediately freaks out. I’ve chalked it up to separation anxiety and look for a way to solve it. Leaving him in crate to suck it up won’t gain me anything as eventually he’ll hurt himself and a bill from vet visit will come next.
Liza
I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT he barks and whines A LOT. . So, leaving home is always a challenge for us.
My husband and I were thinking about taking him to ‘doggy school’, but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest ‘doggy school’ is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!!
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Do you crate him when you leave the house?
kat
yes she is a pit bull shepard mix and she LOVES to chew
kat
defiantly go to pet smart super affordable it comes out to like 20$ a class and is really helpful
Amanda
My puppy is getting use to the crate, she is better in the crate when we go out grocery shopping or something than at night. But I took her out when she whined and she peed, we came right back inside put her back in the crate. Zoey whined for maybe 10 min and now is asleep so I am totally trying the ignore for 20 min trick I’ve j7st read about on here it seems like a great idea. Well since it’s 2:30 am and she is quiet now I will be getting back to sleep.
Marcela Riano
We adopted a mixed poodle, he’s is 3 years old. He won’t stop whining at night in his crate. I don’t pay attention to him. I have tried all that says here. He won’t chew on his bone if it is in the crate, outside he loves them, but won’t try anything inside his crate. Please help!
Lisa
Someone please help? I have a 7 week old Mastiff/Sharpei, we put him in the crate at bedtime and he does nothing but whine. We take him out and he finds a place on the floor and goes to sleep We have done everything we can think of, we don’t know what else to do. This has been going on for the last 5 days. He also sleeps all day long. We are at the end of our rope. Someone please help! Thank you.
Christiana
We bought a shock collar but are only using the vibrate.. we had enough.. we have tried everything to get our puppy to stop whining!!
RosaLamb
Yeah, totally found the whining hard to cope with. So read around a bit. Came up with the “ignore your pup for about 20 minutes every day” thing. That is, be there but don’t give eye contact or talk to them in that time. Correct misbehaviours if necessary by physically moving/blocking but don’t engage.
I think this came from a Doggy Dan article.
My little one has certainly reduced her whining.
Bubz
You awful person. It’s a puppy!!! A puppy that is obviously frightened and insecure and you think it’s ok to punish him/her for trying to tell you he/she isn’t happy?!!! If you crate train properly and teach them it’s a good place to be the crying stops. Punishing them for communicating will lead to huge problems down the line. Shock collars on a puppy, whatever next. If you can’t be arsed to train your puppy correctly you shouldn’t have got one. Shame on you. Poor, poor puppy.
George
they are using it on vibrate not shock, idiot. Read before assuming.
kat
try essential oil (lavender) on the collar
DONNA
HAS IT WORKED
Hannah
Don’t take him out of the crate if he wines! This teaches them the wrong message. Power thru and you should see him stop whining after a while.
RosaLamb
It is like with any baby. If they don’t wake up during the day – when you are happy for them to be awake – you pick them up and play with them so that they WILL be ‘happier’ to sleep at night.
So, we didn’t quite get the crate thing right at first. We picked our pup up at 4:30 with an hours drive to get home and it seemed time for bed in no time flat, so we just made it comfy and popped her in – to her absolute disgust.
She wailed for an hour the first two nights and ten minutes the next four! and would go near the crate at all during the day.
Not helpful.
So, to actively start desensitisation, I worked
a) taking out the crate blanky and feeding her lunch kibble piece by piece every time she touched the blanket – more for when she sat or laid down on it.
b) next day, moved the blanky into the crate and fed (piece by piece) as above. Mostly she didn’t go right in but half in was an improvement.
c) as in b) but put some high value treats (liver jerky bits) into the far end of the crate.
d) next day did some outside the crate blanket work, then put it back in the crate and put some (two) bits of kibble in for her to find.
e) introduced a chicken chew stick to her during play time (got her hooked!). Put it in toward back third of crate. She went in, started chewing, I closed the door, sat next to it but not looking or talking to her. Opened door. Out she pops. Take chick stick away. Put back in crate. When she went in again. Close door/sit outside -about five/ten minutes. Release.
f) continue regime. And also increased the length of walk before bedtime.
Justine Krider
He whines at night to go out. He has to go out a minimum of two times in a night at that age. Also nap time should be done by a minimum of 5 hours before your bedtime. Also no food after 6 as it takes 6 hours for kibble to go through their system. Take him on a long walk before bed as well. A long walk for him not you btw. If he still cries just ignore it. The more you react the more he thinks he can get you to him.
kat
does he chew ?? pee on the floor??if not i don’t see the problem with getting him a nice doggie bed on the floor
Laura
I have a 9 week old puppy who cries all night in his crate. I read that he shouldn’t go more than 2.5 hours between potty breaks. I also read that you shouldn’t give attention to the crying but how do I not when I have to let him out to go to the bathroom and he’s crying. Please help!
Sorelle
Lol probably already found an answer, but I’m new to puppies as well as I have a 2 month old Cockapoo who whines in her crate when I’m around/not. (Sleeping in my room while she’s in the living room). Depending on how your puppy whines you should hear a lull in the whine which can be hard to tell. Some websites I’ve read said wait I’m small times while he is in the crate. Wait till he/she has settled down as you do not want to take them out when they are whining (hence the learning to whine will get what I want) and immediately take them out to eliminate. Wait 5 minutes and if they didn’t eliminate put them back into the cage and wait again.
Zini Da Kazem
What are you trying to say here? Sentences make no sense at all. What are you trying to communicate here: “Some websites I’ve read said wait I’m small times while he is in the crate. ” ????
rgustlin
Don’t be rude. Move along please. nothing for you to see here.
Norm Thomas
It might help to tire your puppy out more before putting it to bed. If a puppy is crying in its crate here are some things to remember.

1. It hasn’t associated the crate with being a place of relaxation.
2. It has too much energy when it is put into a crate. When a puppy is tired it will move to where it finds a comfortable spot, you want it to find the crate. I own a pit bull and he was crate trained from the start. I would exhaust him and when he needed to sleep I would put his favorite stick and toy in a crate. He naturally gravitated to the crate. I didn’t lock him in he just stayed in there for a break or after a long walk. If you provide lots of metal stimulation like a structured walk or a job or activity for learning instead of just letting it run free (which causes excitement) this will burn energy. When crying does occur move further away from the crate. If you puppy is in a crate stay close to it, when the whining happens move further away from the crate. This teaches it that crying or whining moves mama away and when it is quiet you move toward the crate teaching it that quiet equals mama moving closer. When it sleeps you shouldn’t have to let it out to potty. This means you have to master the potty training better. Check out this book on kindle. Puppy Training: how to house break and crate train your puppy in 7 days using dog psychology. Master dog leadership without using treats. It is a great read with good techniques for this issue you describe and many more.

rachael kiley
i also have a 9 week old puppy, she cried a lot at night so what i do is i put puppy pads in her crate and i also put her bed in her crate so she can still go potty and sleep in her bed. we are trying to house train her and crate train her since we are all out during the day and we don’t want her potying all over the house. i have been getting her to sleep by playing music, talking, and just watching tv to calm her down; i also put her favorite toys in her crate and if she doesn’t whine between the time i leave her to get some water or something, i give her a treat to let her know that it is good to not whine and she is safe in her crate.
rachael kiley
treat him/her like a baby, if it takes more than 10-15 minutes for them to calm down go to them DO NOT TAKE THEM OUT and just love on them and let them know that you did not abandon them and that they are safe and loved.
Jennifer
I have the same problem i just recently got a 1 month old puppy & he wines at night while im sleeping &, i have to get up & check what it is he wants when I carry him he stops whining idk what to do??
Jimm
The puppy is too young at 4 weeks. You should not buy puppies before they are 8 weeks of age.
You should keep her next to you just about all the time to keep her warm and comfortable.
Natasha Day
He’s just a baby, to young to be away from.his mommy. I hope you got.it figured out now that it’s October.
Geoffrey
You simply take the dog out to potty, and return him immediately to his crate. He will eventually learn that you see his crying is a sign of bathroom needs and nothing more! Be sure to treat the puppy after successful bathroom breaks, and throw an extra treat in the crate afterward you head back in.

I am having the same problem, but my issue is simply a new dog. Good luck and I hope this advice isn’t still needed, but merely for others to see on here!

Natasha Day
I heard, and I’m new to this also, (like 4 days new) that if they’re crying, talk gently to them to calm them down, take them out to the bathroom and back to the crate again.. also, my puppy, I’ve put a blanket over the crate so she doesn’t see me. She can smell & hear me, but not see me. During the day is when she whines, when it’s day time naptime, but at night time she just seems to know it’s bed time and than we get up 4-5 hrs later go pee and back to bed again.. I haven’t left the house yet. Again new 4 days new and Sedora is an 8 week old Rotty×Blue tick Hound.
kat
hes a baby who jus got whisked away from his mother consider increasing cuddle time