My Pug Puppy Cries At Night – Will Crate Training Help?

Pug puppy cries at night

Hey, everyone. Thanks for all those lovely comments I really like hearing from you. Please keep them coming. Just last week our friends Wesley and Prim came over complaining that their Pug puppy cries at night. Pug puppies that have just left the litter often cry at night.

They are crying frightened, lonesome and having problems readjusting. Expect your little Pug to cry at night and try to make her as comfortable as you can.

I advised them to crate train their Pug. As a matter of fact, Crate training puppies from the start will help ease their feelings of insecurity.

Why Your Pug Puppy Cries At Night


Most puppies are born into large litters where they enjoy the benefit of always being there to comfort one another. New Pug puppies find separation from the litter very traumatic.Your Pug puppy cries night because she's missing her siblings.

You may perhaps want to give some thought to getting two puppies at once. Companionship will help them tremendously at night. Raising two Pug puppies will be a lot easier than only raising one. Two puppies sharing a dog crate will quiet down night in a week or so.

Crate Training Your Little Pug


pug puppies cry at night

Getting your puppies used to their dog crate from the beginning is an excellent plan. A crate will become your puppy's new home and they will feel safe inside.Crate training a Pug puppy fosters a little independence and will give her a sense of territory.

1.0 Introducing Your Pug Puppy To The Crate

Put the dog crate in your house where you and your family congregate such as the family room or kitchen. Lure your little pug over to the crate with a treat. Talk to him in an excited, happy tone of voice. Drop some small treats into the crate to encourage your puppy to enter.

If she balks and won't go to get the food, that’s fine. Gently put her in the crate.

Repeat this until your puppy will calmly walk into the crate to get the treat. If you find that food is not working try tossing a favorite toy into the crate instead.

2.0 Feeding Your New Puppy In Her Crate

Now that your puppy has been introduced to his crate, you can start giving her regular meals in the crate. Your dog will begin to associate good things with her crate. Any fears that she may have will be greatly reduced.

Once your puppy is comfortably eating her food while standing in her crate, try closing the door while she’s eating.

Open the door the minute she finishes her meal. Let her out, and praise her. With each succeeding feeding, leave the door closed a few minutes longer. Do this until she is staying in the crate without protesting for 10 minutes or so after eating.

Let her out of her crate when she's quit whining or barking. If you release her when she's barking, the behavior will be reinforced and a problem will develop.

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Wire Crates Are Cheaper But I Don't Recommend.  I think they are dangerous.

3.0 Conditioning Your Puppy To The Crate For Longer Periods

As soon as your little girl is eating regular meals in the crate with no sign of anxiety, you can start to confine her for short periods while you are home.

Call him over to her crate in return for a treat. Give her a command to enter such as “go to your kennel” pointing to the inside of the crate. Sit quietly close to the crate for a few minutes and then go into another room . When you return, sit quietly again for while then release your puppy.

Repeat this process several times a day gradually increasing the time your pup is crated, and the time you are out of sight. Once your puppy will quietly stay in the crate for about 30 minutes, you can begin leaving her crated when you are gone for short periods. Start letting her sleep there at night.

Your pug may not welcome her new space straight away, so be patient with her.

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4.0 Adding Creature Comforts

You could spray some Adptil on the bedding. Adaptil is basically a synthetic analog of a pheromone that is secreted by mothers during whelping. It relaxes puppies and should allow for a more peaceful nights rest.

It will take a few nights before she gets accustomed to her crate. Your little pug has grown used to having warm bodies to snuggle up against. Being in a crate all by herself can be a feel a bit strange.

When Pug puppies cry at night it helps if you put a KONG Classic stuffed with peanut butter inside their dog crate.It should not take long before your puppy stops crying at night.


“You can always trust a dog that likes peanut butter.” Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie

I recommend puppy playpens as well as the crates. A play pen lets you to give them space to move about and play and toilet at will. they can be configured to fit any area you choose. A play pen will keep your dog safe from electrical wires, television controls and other dangerous objects.

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I don't recommend Wire Playpens I think they are dangerous.

One Last Thing


A crying little puppy can melt your heart, but try to avoid attempting to comfort him/her. If you go to the crate and try to get her to calm down, she will think that her crying will get you to rescue her from her loneliness.

Going to the crate and scolding your little Pug will be counter productive as well. You will only be to reinforcing the crying when you go back to bed. If the crying fails to elicit a response, then your puppy will learn that this method of communication doesn't work.

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Richard S.

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