Our new puppy Margaret is 11 weeks old, and she cries a lot. I thought we were doing a good job caring for her, but she whimpers and cries and I don’t know how to help her. Thank you, Denise
Hearing a little puppy crying just tears at your heartstrings doesn’t it? First of all, don’t beat yourself up it sounds like you’re doing a great job.
Did you ever go to sleep away camp? Even though you were excited, leaving home and family might have been tough at the beginning. Perhaps you even shed a tear or two out of loneliness, until you made friends and got used to your surroundings!
Imagine a puppy who has no idea what’s going on, and she has to leave her mother and siblings. It’s natural to expect she’s going to cry a little, until she gets used to her new home.
Here are a few things you can do
Make sure Margaret gets her exercise, because a tired puppy is going to be a quiet puppy.
If she’s not getting out enough, could it be she’s crying because she has to pee or poop?
If she’s crying or whining the crate, be sure to train her to use it, don’t just put her in and hope for the best.
Ignore the crying, no matter how hard that is to do. If you give her attention when she cries, she’s learning it’s a good thing because she gets what she wants. Only reward her with a treat or attention when she’s been quiet for a few seconds. She’ll soon learn silence really is golden.
Never, ever, ever punish her.