A puppy that cries the entire night!

United States
February 19, 2007 6:49pm CST
My brother bought a German Shepard. His name is Leo and he ois nly one month old. We have had a puppy before but this little baby cries the ENTIRE night! What can we do? We do not want to put him outside but he cries sooooo LOUD! Any ideas?
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@re08dz (1941)
• Australia
20 Feb 07
Being only a month old he's a little bit young to be away from his brothers and sisters. However some things you can try are: Put him in the laundry (or other enclosed area - where it's not too much of a problem for those overnight accidents) and leave a radio playing - he might just need to know he's not alone. Let him sleep with a jumper or shirt that you've been wearing that has your scent on it. Some suggest putting a clock in the room with them - the ticking reminds them of hearbeats. With my shepherd it took her a few nights to really settle into a routine - we'd let her cry for a little while and then go in to let her know she wasn't alone, but wouldn't stay long and then leave. If he sleeps on a blanket during the day, make sure you put that in with him of a night - you might try doing that putting that in your room on the floor by the bed so he learns that the blanket is his sleeping area - then slowly move the blanket to wherever it is you want him to spend the night. Hope some of that helps - remember though the key to all dog training is patience and consistency :-)
• United States
21 Feb 07
Thanks for your input!
@hcromer (2712)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Actually, I read in a magazine that if you took a flashlight and shone it on his face every time he started to cry that he would stop. They apparently don't like having light in their face. It's supposed to break them of it pretty fast. Let me know if it works out for you.
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• United States
20 Feb 07
I'll have to give this a try! Thanks
@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Where do you want him to sleep when he is fully grown? If you start putting him in your bed now, that's where he'll be every night from now on! If you don't want him to sleep in your bed, you might try one of those toys they have for babies that have a heartbeat that he can here. Also, you might try putting a heated towel in bed with him for something warm to snuggle up with. He is only 1 month old? That's a little young to be weaned and away from his mother.
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• United States
20 Feb 07
OMG! I did not think about this! Ahh.. He is going to be a HUGE dog! Thanks for the heads up!
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• Philippines
20 Feb 07
he's probabbly just not used to being alone. what i usually do is just keep him company, like let him sleep next to us at night, or just be visible. but if he still doesnt stop, we usually just leave him alone in a place that wont bother us that much until he just gets tired of crying.
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• United States
20 Feb 07
I'm thinking he's not used to sleeping alone so he'll have to sleep in my room. He was sleeping with his little brothers and sisters before he came here... Thanks for the help!
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@Stringbean (1273)
• United States
20 Feb 07
We had some neighbors who left their dogs outside and were away all weekend, every weekend. The dogs barked nearly non-stop so we purchased a Bark Silencer. It is an electronic device (although you can run it on batteries also) that you turn on to record the offending dogs barks. Somehow, it translates these barks to a high frequency and plays it back every time the dog barks. It does not harm the dog; just annoys him. Within an hour or so, our neighbors dogs quit barking---for good. Once in a while we hear a little peep out of one of them as though he is testing the waters, so to speak, but our bark silencer gives it right back to him, and he stops immediately. It was rather expensive -- $89 I believe, but it was worth every penny and has been borrowed by friends so it is really paying for itself. It can also be operated manually if you prefer, where, everytime you hear the dog bark, you push the button. It is much easier just to set it and forget it. It will not stop a dog from barking at an intruder or for something serious, but he has to want to bark more than he wants not to hear that annoying noise coming back at him. The human ear does not hear the noise at all. Our cat notices it, and is curious, but doesn't seem to be really bothered by it. Good luck.
• United States
20 Feb 07
WOW! Who knew all these new gadgets really worked. I saw someting similar to this on TV the other night. I'll lok into it. Thanks for your help...
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
20 Feb 07
Well did you call the vet? who knows he might be in pain that's why he cries all night. did you notice anything strange like maybe he walks funny or doesn't eat and drink regularly? I don't think a puppy will cry all night if nothing is wrong.
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• United States
20 Feb 07
We are taking him to the Vet this Friday for his second shot. He doesn't walk funny and he has NO PROBLEM EATING OR DRINKING! LOL! I'm thinking since he was with other puppies and his parents he might be lonely.. I'll let him sleep with me tonight. Thanks for your help...
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@classy56 (2883)
• United States
20 Feb 07
awww..try putting leo in the bed with you.or somewere in your bedroom were he will feel secure.he may just be lonely.this may help him stop crying
• United States
20 Feb 07
I'll have to try this tonight! Thanks!
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@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
20 Feb 07
Your puppy misses his siblings and his mother! At a month old, he is really too young to leave them - usually they are not ready to leave the nest until they are 7-8 weeks old. He needs lots of love from you and you have to give him the security that he misses from his mother and siblings. Put a fluffy toy in his bed, warm blanket, and perhaps a clock placed under his blanket so he can hear the ticking sound to comfort him. He would probably like to curl up next to you in bed! Don't start that however, if you don't want to continue for the rest of his life. Hope this helps, and good luck.
• United States
20 Feb 07
one month = 4 weeks. he/she's too young to be away from mom. put him/her in bed with you. she/he needs a mommy. badly.
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
21 Feb 07
It's because your lil guy is toooooo young to leave his mom. I can't believe the ppl you got him from weaned him so soon. Anyways, not one person that posted so far mentioned a crate for him. Crate training is the best way for a pup. Get a crate that will fit him when he is an adult and put some kind of divider in it so makes it only 1/2 the size. Put his blanket, a stuffed animal,heating pad/hot water bottle in with him. Put the clock on the outside right next to the crate. He'll cry for a lil while but then settle in for the nite. This is also the time for potty training. Make sure he goes potty outside right b4 you put him in the crate for the nite. If he cries some time after settling down, he may have had an accident and is telling you to come clean his bed up for him. That's when you will also want to take him out again for potty just in case he didn't finish in his bed. Be persistant and soon you will have not only a crate-trained but also potty-trained puppy. The crate is good to put him in when noone will be able to watch him so he doesn't chew everything in sight. Make sure when you do lock him in it during the day to put chew toys in with him so not to be bored. Leave the door open when he's not locked in it cause he will come to think of it as his 'den' and want to just go in and sleep sometimes on his own. I've always crate-trained my dogs and one time I had to remove the crate for a few days. They are lost now without it. Even my cats sometimes sleep in it cause the blanket inside is really thick and warm. lol Good luck with your new puppy. :-)
• United States
21 Feb 07
Thanks for your input :)
• United States
21 Feb 07
yvmw :-)
20 Feb 07
Why on earth would a breeder let a puppy go at such a young age? The ideal age is anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks. They have so much to learn from their mother and this little tyke never will. They learn to socialize with and from their siblings. Tara screamed all night when we brought her home when she was 8 weeks old. She was terrified to be alone, even though we have Kai. He chose not to stay in the same room with her. So, he spent the night in the living room. She cried so loud and so long, that I spent the night with her. She sleeps in her crate at night and I slept near her on the floor. I did that for 2 nights and she slowly stopped. We left the radio on at night. Kai is sleeping in the same room with her and has been for a long time. Don't let Leo in your bed. He needs to have his own space. Does your brother have a crate for him? This will make housebreaking a lot easier. Leo is scared and he has reason to be. Poor little fellow is missing his canine family. You could always get him a friend, an older dog, someone he can look up to and learn from.
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• United States
21 Feb 07
Ahhhh.... Thanks for for your input! :)
@bhetelux (189)
• Italy
20 Feb 07
i think that he cries cause he's feel alone! try to take him with. however it could be that he feel cold or hot...it depends where is he! or it cuold be that he feel bad for some medical problems so u can take him to the veterinary
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• United States
21 Feb 07
Thanks for your input :)
@monalizra (219)
• Romania
20 Feb 07
did you tried to let him sleep in your room, or near your bed... or even with you. i guess he's just scared, he's just a little puppy that needs his mom. probably he'll stop cring if he will feel protected be someone or something. i had a puppy that used to cry at night and i used to let him sleep near my bed and cover him with a blanket. it worked
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• United States
20 Feb 07
A few things I wanted to comment on. . . 1) Puppies have very small bladders. THey can sleep about 15 minutes for every week of age before they need to go out. Which means that, right now, you need to be taking your dog out about every hour so he can go to the bathroom. It sucks right now, but as your puppy gets older, he'll be able to go longer amounts of time without going out. 2) If you aren't already, you need to crate train your puppy. Get a crate with a movable divider, and use it to block off part of thec rate. You only want to allow your dog enough space to stand in, turn around, and lay down. Dogs are den animals, which means that they won't go to the bathroom where they sleep. If you give your dog more space in their crate than they need to sleep in, they'll go to the bathroom in the corner of the crate. As your dog grows, adjust the divider to allow him more room. 3) Since your puppy is so young, it's very possible that he misses his littermates. Get some big tube socks, put a scoop or two of rice in them, knot the sock, and before you put your puppy to bed, throw the socks in the microwave to warm them up, then put them in the crate with the puppy. It will feel like he's curling up with other puppies.
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@nowment (1758)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Usually one month is a bit young to take a new puppy they need to stay with the litter for about 8 weeks, [two months] The puppy is crying to call his litter [pack] back to him, to help his mother and litter find him. The puppy spent his whole life from birth surrouned by other dogs, now he is suddenly alone. It is confusing he doesn't understand. Since he can't find them, he is being vocal so they can find him. During the day he is distracted by the interaction with others like yourself, and he will transfer that family [pack] mentality to you and your family, but at night when he is all alone he is going to take time to adjust. It will help if you spend time playing with him shortly before it is time to go to sleep, you want to tire him out, and make sure that he doesn't nap a couple of hours prior to his bed time since he would then want to be up and playing while your ready to go to sleep if he has had a nap and is refreshed. If possible put his dog bed nearer to you, in your room so he knows he is not alone. Just don't let the puppy sleep in the bed, since this could lead to problems later on. If you do not want the puppy to sleep in your room, or even if you do, keep an older sweatshirt or something like this of yours with the puppy, it will have your scent on it which can be helpful, for a puppy a ticking clock could help, Of course if he has been quiet and suddenly starts to cry it could be that a puppy has a small bladder and needs to go out, if you make sure you take him out just before bed this can also help. At one month old it is likely the puppy needs to relieve himself every two to three hours. If it is an attention whine, then tough love is the only thing you can do, eventually he will learn. Giving in to him and giving him attention when he whines will only teach him that whining gets his own way. Good luck.
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@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
20 Feb 07
You might also try giving him a small snack before bedtime; he may be hungry as well as cold and lonely. Puppies that young get hungry often, like babies.
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