How Long Do Puppies Cry At Night?

How long do puppies cry at night? It depends on the puppy. I’ll give my tips on what to do to stop the crying so hopefully you and your puppy will be getting a good night’s sleep sooner rather than later!

I prefer to use a kennel/crate for all puppies. By that, I mean an indoor crate to keep your puppy safe and out of trouble when you can’t supervise such as while you’re sleeping.

Nearly all puppies will cry, bark, whine and howl the first night home, unfortunately.

If at all possible, I recommend bringing your puppy home on a Friday or Saturday or on a day when you don’t have to work the next few mornings.

The crying and howling is heartbreaking and stressful to listen to but unfortunately it’s totally normal. It’s rare for a puppy not to cry that first night home.

My 8-week-old weimaraner puppy Remy howled and cried almost non-stop for the entire first night home. I assume the poor guy missed his mom and siblings or just the familiarity and comfort of his original home. He thought his little world was turned upside down, which I guess it was!

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How to stop my puppy from crying at night

As hard as it was, I ignored Remy the entire night. I did not comfort him, though I wanted to. I did not scold him, and I did not let him out for a potty break. He was in his kennel from about 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. (More on night-time potty breaks below.)

How long do puppies cry at night?

It depends.

Some puppies cry every night for the first one or two weeks while others only cry the first few nights.

Your puppy might cry the entire night or he might only cry for an hour or so until he passes out. They are all different.

Some puppies whimper softly and some scream and carry on like they’re being harmed!

Remy cried the entire first night (nonstop for 7 hours) and then he didn’t make a peep the second night because he was so tired! Haha!

How long do puppies cry at night?

How to decrease a puppy’s crying the first couple nights home

Remember, almost all puppies cry the first few nights so you probably won’t be able to STOP the crying. These ideas should help decrease the crying and help your puppy adjust faster to the new routine.

You should pick and choose what might work well for your situation.

Make the kennel/crate as comforting as possible.

  • Use a crate for your puppies comfy, safe place. You can take 30% off your whole order with Chewy when you set up your first auto-ship. Totally worth it when you’re ordering a more expensive item like a crate. View my favorite crate here.
  • When you pick your puppy up from the breeder or shelter, bring a small towel and put it with the puppy and her siblings for a few minutes to get their scent on it. Put that towel in your puppy’s crate.
  • Put a soft, comforting puppy blanket in your puppy’s kennel and a soft toy.
  • Try a heartbeat toy (I haven’t tried this, have you?). Similar to the old trick of a ticking clock in a pillow case to mimic a “heartbeat.”
Heartbeat toy for puppies
  • Put chew toys in the kennel like bully sticks and Kongs.
  • Feed your puppy her meals in her kennel.
  • Put your puppy in her kennel for at least a few minutes (keep it fun and positive) during the first day home so it’s not a complete shock the first night.
  • Keep the kennel in your bedroom next to your bed the first few nights. This is somewhat comforting to some puppies.

Ask your puppy’s breeder, foster home or shelter for their tips.

  • Ask your breeder or shelter to introduce your puppy to a crate so she’s somewhat used to it.

Stay strong!

  • Ignore the crying! Very important.
  • Accept that you won’t get much sleep the first night.
  • Wear ear plugs.
  • Don’t feel guilty.
  • Apologize to any neighbors, roommates or whoever else might be bothered by the crying.
  • Know that it will get better! The second night will likely be easier than the first night.
How long do puppies cry at night?

Plenty of interaction throughout the day.

  • Limit the time in the kennel during the day but use it for a few minutes to help her get used to it.
  • Plenty of interaction, training, exercise, love and play during the day of course. See our post: How far can I walk my puppy?

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Do puppies need a potty break in the middle of the night?

This also depends on the puppy. I would ask your puppy’s breeder for his or her opinion based on the age and breed of your puppy. Breed-specific rescue groups or experienced shelter workers also have a lot of knowledge.

After consulting with my puppy’s breeder and the owners of other larger breeds, I decided my 8-week-old weimaraner puppy could hold it for 7 hours at night. This turned out to be true. He never had an accident in his kennel. I would let him out at about 10 p.m. before I went to bed and then at 5 a.m. when I got up.

Puppies can hold it a little longer at night while they are sleeping

One rule of thumb I hear repeated online is a puppy can hold it a little longer than one hour per month of age. However, most puppies can hold it longer than that at night.

It’s better to stay up a bit later than you’d like and to get up a bit earlier than you would prefer just so you can limit the habit of going to your puppy in the middle of the night. You want to teach him to sleep through the night as quickly as possible.

If you think your puppy needs a potty break in the middle of the night, do your best to go to the puppy when he’s quiet. I recommend setting your alarm for 2:30 or 3. That way you are deciding this, not him.

Can puppies hold it all night?

If your puppy seems to be howling literally nonstop, then try to at least wait for him to be quiet for 5 seconds. Take him directly outside (no playing, no attention) and then back in the crate. He’ll probably cry again, so just be a “mean” dog mom or dad and ignore him.

You don’t want to start the habit of going to him every time he cries/howls. Puppies are little devils and they learn very quickly that barking will get them what they want (attention). So do your best to ignore all crying and only go to your puppy when he’s quiet. Easier said than done, but it’s very important or you’ll create a monster!

So, how long do puppies cry at night? …

Here’s how it went with my 8-week old weimaraner:

Night #1: Remy cried nonstop from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. or so. The crate was in our living room. I think having it in our bedroom might’ve helped.

Night #2: Not a peep! I think he was exhausted!

Night #3: About 2 hours of crying. I think we had moved the crate to our bedroom for a few nights by night #3.

Night #4: No more night crying. Woo hoo!

We moved the crate back to the living room after a few nights because we sleep better in general without our pets in our bedroom. It’s fine if you want your puppy to sleep in your bedroom if that’s what you prefer.

Now, getting our puppy to stop crying at 5 a.m. because he wanted to start his day was another challenge. Remy had a bad habit of crying every morning because wanted to get up and eat! This seems to be a common problem with puppies and young dogs. For that issue, see my post: How to get your puppy to sleep in.

Have you raised a puppy? What did you do to stop your puppy’s crying at night?

Let me know in the comments! Please share this post with anyone who recently got a puppy.

Some of My Favorite Puppy Products:

  1. Heartbeat toy
    This stuffed toy features a real-feel, pulsing heartbeat and heat source that works to calm your pup and reduce negative behaviors such as barking and whining. Batteries included. Available on Chewy here. Take 30% off your order with your first autoship.
  2. Kong toys.
    Stuff with your puppies favorite goodies – peanut butter, yogurt, treats. Freeze to make it last longer. Get yours here.
  3. Fold-up wire crate.
    So convenient when you want to travel with your puppy/dog later. Easy to fold up and place in your car or fold-up when not in use.

Other resources:

Where should my new puppy sleep?

Your puppy’s first night home (Puppy in Training blog)

Kennel training to prevent your dog from destroying your stuff

How to stop your dog from whining for attention

How to stop your dog from crying all day

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4 thoughts on “How Long Do Puppies Cry At Night?”

  1. I just got a new 8 week old puppy, he hates the crate has severe separation anxiety even if your only in the other room. non stop whining, also I work overnight and my boyfriend works out of town 3 days a week. so he will have to be in crate while we are both at work. this is going to be a nightmare!!!!

  2. I hadn’t had a new puppy in ages, just older dogs. So I
    didn’t follow your advice to let him cry. I had set up
    his pen, toys, blankets and crate in the family room.
    I slept on the hideabed which almost had me down to my
    nine week old and seven pounds level. When he would start crying, I would putcmy fingers through the wire in the door and wiggle them, if he came close he got a little finger patting. Took him out once around 3 to potty then right back to bed no playing. The second he only cried a little, then cried when he needed to go potty. I don’t think he cried at all the third night, but I slept with him for a couple of weeks. He was really easy to potty train but then I’ve been told how smart labradoodle arel

    1. Did you faze out sleeping next to him or just go to your own bed one night? And how old was he?
      My 9 week pup cried a lot in the crate the first 2 nights so 3rd night I slept near the crate and he was so good! Wondering how I move back to my own bed and when haha he’s a mini dachshund 🙂 thanks!

  3. I have adopted a 4 week stray pup and the first night was awful for me, no matter what I did he won’t stop crying. The best solution was to let him cry and pat him once in a while. If he keeps on crying then I just let him. He eventually tires himself to sleep.

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