Puppies are the definition of cute, with their warm puppy breath and floppy ears. But for new owners, puppies can be a bit of an enigma. Not only do they require a lot of attention and care, but they also have many needs that aren’t always obvious at first glance. Here are a few reasons your puppy still crying at night after 3 weeks.
Reasons your puppy still crying at night after 3 weeks
Your puppy misses you
Your puppy is lonely, and they want you to come home.
There are a few reasons this may be the case. If your puppy is used to being around other dogs or children, then having them stay home alone for long periods of time can make them feel confused and anxious. In addition, if you work long hours during the day and don’t have time for playtime with your dog at night, then this could make things worse too! The good news is that we can fix all these problems by providing more stimulation and socialization opportunities for your canine companion.
Your puppy is hungry
If your puppy is still crying after 3 weeks, they may be hungry. Puppies need to eat every 2-4 hours at night until they’re fully weaned and eating dry food. If you’ve been keeping them on a schedule of feeding every 4 hours during the day, this may be why they are still waking up in the middle of the night for a snack.
Your puppy has to go the bathroom
Puppies need to go to the bathroom frequently. They can’t control when they pee or poop and will often do it in their sleep, waking up with the urge to go. They also need help when they wake up from naps because their bladder has not fully developed yet. If your pup wakes up at night and doesn’t have a good place to go, that’s why he may start crying as you’re trying to get back asleep! In order for this problem to end permanently, make sure there is an appropriate place for him outside (like a doggy door) so he can take care of business bothering no one else in the house.
Your puppy is teething
Teething is a natural process in your puppy’s life that happens as new teeth grow in. Teeth are important for chewing, so when they come through the gums, your puppy will probably experience pain and discomfort. He may also become irritable and restless. The best way you can help ease this is by giving him plenty of chew toys (like Nylabones) to gnaw on, since it relieves pressure on his sore gums. This can lead to more barking than usual as well because he’s trying to tell you something! So make sure you have some extra treats handy too.
Your puppy has an upset stomach
It’s possible that your puppy is experiencing an upset stomach. The signs include:
- Decreased appetite
- Vomiting (even if it’s just a little)
- Diarrhea, which may or may not be bloody
If you suspect this is the problem, give your dog some Pepto-Bismol and see if that helps. If it doesn’t, take him to the vet to get checked out. Particularly when they’re young, puppies can have sensitive stomachs that might need a special diet or medication to treat them. With any luck, though, keeping his food bowl clean will help prevent future issues!
Your puppy is cold
If you find your puppy is still crying at night after 3 weeks, it could be because he or she is cold. Puppies are very sensitive to temperature and need a comfortable environment. If you live in a cold climate, make sure that your puppy has a good bed and blanket that keeps him or her nice and cozy. If you live in a hot climate, make sure that the puppy has plenty of water to drink and an air-conditioned room with cooling pads on the floor so they don’t get too hot during the day.
Your puppy is tired
Puppies need a lot of sleep, and they’re going to be waking up at night for several months. If your puppy is still crying in the middle of the night after three weeks, it’s probably because he’s tired. It’s hard for puppies to get enough rest during the day, and if they don’t get enough rest at night, their little bodies can’t handle their day-to-day activities.
Your puppy needs more mental stimulation
If your puppy is still crying at night after 3 weeks, maybe he needs more mental stimulation. You can give him some of this by playing with him and training him.
You should also introduce him to new things and places so that he does not become too attached to one place or thing in particular. This will help his mind develop as well as his body.
You can also expose your puppy to new sounds by taking him out on walks through busy streets where there are lots of cars going past and people shouting across the road at each other while they walk past you both.
You’re a new owner and you don’t understand what puppies go through
You’re a new owner and you don’t understand what puppies go through.
There are many reasons your puppy is crying at night, but one of them may be that you’ve never had a puppy before and don’t understand how they think. A new puppy owner might not even realize how much noise their puppy makes, which can lead them to believe that their dog is crying because they are in pain or scared of something. In actuality, this behavior could have nothing to do with the physical condition of their dog; rather it’s just part of being young and learning about life as an independent being who needs lots of attention from its owners.
What to do if your puppy still crying at night after 3 weeks
There are a few things you can do to help your puppy sleep through the night.
If your puppy is still crying at night after three weeks, it’s time to take action. Here are some things that have worked for us:
1) Make sure your puppy has access to plenty of water and has been fed recently, so that they don’t get thirsty or hungry in the middle of the night.
2) If your puppy is in a crate, make sure that it’s big enough for them to turn around and lay down comfortably without being cramped. You may need to go out and buy new crates if yours aren’t large enough.
3) Consider giving your puppy a treat before bedtime (not too close to bedtime though!) This can act as a distraction so they don’t wake up in the middle of the night when they hear noises or feel like crying themselves back into sleep again.
4. Have you tried playing with them more during the day? Maybe they just need more attention from you. However, provide comfort but not too much attention.
5. Is your dog lonely? If so, try getting him a friend or two. Dogs are pack animals and often need companionship in order to feel happy and secure.
6. Limit access to distractions. Your puppy won’t need a lot of things to entertain him. You can start by removing any toys or items that are not essential to his health and well-being. Take away things like your cell phone, newspapers, magazines—anything that might distract you from him and cause you to get up and leave the room.
6. If you’ve checked these things, take him to the vet!
Dogs are smart, and they want to please their owners. They will do anything they can to make us happy, but sometimes it’s not enough. Don’t get frustrated if your puppy continues to cry at night. Instead, try these tips and tricks first before resorting to medication or other options (like hiring a dog trainer).