It's Never Easy To Put Your Dog In a Crate
Putting your dog in a crate is never an easy thing to do. But sometimes circumstances demand that we put our buddies in a crate for a while. Here are some tips to help you stop your dog from whining in the crate.
Adult dogs can whine in the crate at night or during the day when they have too much energy. Whining in the crate also happens when dogs have too much energy or they are worried or feel some form of discomfort in the crate. At other times, dog crates can be uncomfortable, leading them to whine from pain. They may also whine because they need to go outside and relieve themselves, and they are trying to signal you. Whining can also be an outcome of an improper crate training. While the causes of whining in the crate are varied, dog and puppy owners need to take the following steps to ensure that their dogs do not whine even after the crate training process.
Effective Ways of Preventing Your Dog from Whining During the Day or at Night
Create Small Breaks for the Dog
Putting your dog in the crate for a long time will cause them to whine. Every dog always needs time off the crate, which means you must give them a break. The breaks, playing, and bonding with your family are critical in eliminating dog whining.
Ensure that your Dog is Comfortable
Patience and practice when you crate train will teach your dog to make his crate his “home” and stop whining. However, it is good to ease the dog into the crate as well. You should ensure that the dog knows that the dog crate is a safe and comfortable place to settle down. If they sense it as a place for punishment, they will continuously whine.
Avoid Giving Your Dog Excess Attention When He Whines
Your dog whining in the crate is an expression of severe separation anxiety. However, ensure that when the dog starts to whine, you do not approach him/her. If the dog whines all the time and you give the attention in return, then he or she will whine more. Instead, make a noise such as the standard half-hissing “tsst” and he/she will associate whining with bad behavior. If you repeat that noise every time there is whining, the dog will know that you are not entertaining the whining.
Give the Dog a Treat When He Stops Whining
When your dog sits calm and quiet in the crate, you can reward him with a treat. If you praise him too much, he might feel that you are rewarding his whining. Give him the treat and move away so he can learn the boundaries. Repeat the process anytime he/she stops whining. The dog will learn that you are the leader and will only reappear when he is calm and quiet.
Get Your Dog To Access Your Family Room
When you are crate training your dog, you should learn ways to reward him when he stops whining. You can open the crate door and invite him out to share your family room. Try to repeat this process several times a day so that your dog begins to understand how he needs to behave and work for a reward.
When he gets to access the family room, ensure that you play with the dog and allow him to interact with other family members. When you do this, the dog will learn that it is accepted and loved by the whole family. It will be looking forward to the treat when it stops whining.
Tips for Owners of Puppies that Cry During the Day or at Night
Start Crate Training
If your puppy cannot stop whining, it is better to start crate training him. Get a good crate, and the training should take days or weeks, depending on the dog’s age, experience, and temperament. The care should be associated with something pleasant, and you need to take small steps. A properly crate-trained dog will not whine. Don’t lose your temper. Avoid yelling or pounding the crate. You will make things worse for the puppy and make him nervous
If you can feed the puppy in the crate, ensure that you do so, but do not take long periods feeding them since that causes them to become anxious. You can feed the dog at certain intervals and experiment when closing the door for some short periods as you monitor the pup.
Give them Bathroom Breaks Close to Bedtime
Young puppies that are not yet crate trained can whine at night when they need bathroom breaks. The bladders of puppies may not hold for long and they may whine if left unattended. Make sure your puppy relieves himself as close to bedtime as possible. As your dog grows older, he will need to relieve himself after longer time intervals.
Give Puppies Their Favorite Toy
When a puppy cries, it may need its favorite toy. Puppies can cry for toys because they make them calm and comfortable. However, it is also important to ensure that the puppy does not chew the toys. If he chews toys, then continues crying in the crate, you should check if there are other things causing anxiety.
Check the Room Temperature
The room temperature can cause dogs to whine. If it is too cold, puppies would need a warm blanket. Puppies and smaller dog breeds are vulnerable to the cold. They could also whine if the temperatures are too hot and make them uncomfortable. Ensure that you offer the right conditions for the puppy to stay comfortably in the crate
Ensure that You Move the Crate to A Comfortable Space During Bedtime
Puppies are often not familiar with their surroundings when they are young. If they are uncomfortable with the house, you can take the crate to the bedroom or in a hallway. Puppies need to go outside at night sometimes too. Therefore, allowing it to sleep in your bedroom in its crate will make it easy for you to know when it needs to get out. Leave the crate door open if you feel that locking it makes the puppy anxious. A well-crate trained dog will not whine when you close the crate. When the dog starts getting used to sleeping well in your bedroom, you can try moving it into new spaces in the house.