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Why Your Pup Whines and How to Help Them Chill

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Puppies sure do bring smiles to our faces. But hey, they have their off days too, and boy, do they let you know! If your furry friend is crying and whimpering, here’s your go-to guide to make ’em happy again.

Puppies, they talk to you in their own way. A wag of the tail, those big puppy eyes, or snuggling up close—you get the idea.  

But they’ve got a whole symphony of sounds too, like happy yips, loud barks, and yes, those sad whimpers and cries. If you’re a puppy parent, those sad noises tug right at your heart.

So, what’s with the crying? Well, sometimes, you can take a wild guess depending on when those tears start flowing.

Why Puppies Cry

Zazie Todd, PhD, and writer of “Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy,” helps us understand.  

“Puppies can cry for several reasons,” Todd spills. “From the age of 3 to 6 weeks, puppies cry when they are away from the nest. Their cries make their mom come find them,” Todd explains. Crying’s just how they tell mom they need her.

Think your pup needs a potty break? Todd thinks so too! ” Your puppy may be crying when in the crate because she may need to go to the toilet, ” she says. So, don’t forget to take them out if they give you that cry.

Hungry? Nah, if you’re feeding them on a good schedule, you’ve got the vet’s approval, and those in-between meal cries can be ignored.

A cry or whimper might also mean “Ouch!” That doesn’t happen a lot, but if other reasons don’t seem right, a quick chat with your vet might be needed.

Here’s the deal: puppies cry when something’s bugging them. Listen close, and you’ll likely figure out what’s making them blue. Then, you can step in and make things right. After all, who can resist those puppy dog eyes? 

Comforting a Whimpering Puppy: Here’s How

Puppies, being the friendly little furballs they are, just love hanging out with their humans. Ever since they were separated from mom and their siblings, they’ve been looking for a buddy in you. That’s why they might be crying; they’re hoping to connect with you!

“When your puppy first comes to live with you, she may need comforting,” Todd mentions. “If you know your puppy does not need the toilet, comfort them by petting, talking, cuddling.”

In those first days at your place, spend lots of time with your pup. Play with new toys, brush her fur, and let her get used to being touched. 

But hey, always let her decide if she wants to hang out. Puppies are a lot like us; sometimes they love company, and other times they need a little “me time.”  

If you give her room when she wants it and cuddles when she’s in the mood, she’ll feel right at home. Then, you can slowly teach her to be okay alone, even if she didn’t pick it.

What if she cries at night? Todd has a trick for that: “You can put a crate by the bed, and reach out in the night for reassurance.”

Puppies Usually Stop Crying as They Grow

Puppies will be puppies, and sometimes they cry for something they want. Maybe they’re bored, or they want a treat, or they just want to chill on the couch with you. 

But don’t worry, as they grow up, they get a bit more independent and usually cry less. If your grown-up dog or puppy cries a lot, and you’re stumped about why, it’s time to call the vet or a dog expert. That way, you can make sure your pup’s as happy as can be! 

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