How to Calm Your New Puppy at Night

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Your new puppy may experience separation anxiety the first few days or weeks in a new home and Nighttime can be one of the most difficult times for a new pet owner and the puppy. As your new puppy tries to get used to its crate, you may struggle with its incessant whining to be let out. Now is the time to create structure in your puppy life. Once the puppy has a schedule and looks to you for direction, your pup will find comfort in its surroundings and sleep through the night.

Step 1

Purchase a dog crate. It should be large enough so he can stand, stretch out and turn around. If you purchase a crate to accommodate his adult size, put in a divider so your puppy can't use the back to go potty.

Step 2

Make the crate comfortable and cozy. Place a blanket or towel on the crate floor. Avoid using newspaper or your pup will confuse the crate with a place to potty. Include a small stuffed animal for cuddling.

Step 3

Add a small battery-operated or wind-up clock to imitate his mother's heartbeat. Wrap it in a towel or set it outside the crate where your pup can hear the clock ticking.

Step 4

Hide small treats and favorite toys in the crate, and don't put your puppy in it for a time-out or isolation time -- first, the puppy needs to learn to like it. Under your supervision, a bit of small-dog treat can help your puppy view the crate as its den, a safe place of its own.

Step 5

Plan a nighttime ritual and stick to it. Puppy last feeding should be no less than three hours before bedtime. Remove his water no less than two hours before bedtime. Before bedtime, take your puppy out to potty and then plan some playtime. This is a chance for your pup to bond with you and work off his energy.

Step 6

Place your puppy in its crate once your puppy has calmed down from the nighttime activities. You may want to put a blanket or towel over the top of the crate to create a den-like environment -- dark and cozy.

Step 7

Prepare to have a few restless nights: Your pup will probably whimper. Since a small or young puppy cannot go eight hours without relieving itself, plan to get up a few times during the night when the puppy whimpers to be let out. You'll soon learn which kind of whimper is for attention and which is a more serious demand. Take the to its potty area. Once the puppy relieves itself, put  back in its crate in your room. Say goodnight in a matter-of-fact way, but do not play with or cuddle the puppy. The puppy will soon learn that you're near when needs help, but that bedtime is for sleeping.


  • Do not put the puppy in bed with you for some time. Depending on the puppy, when the puppy is older and housebroken, you may decide to let your puppy sleep with you.
  • Do not scold your puppy for crying; that will only create more anxiety. If you neglect to catch your puppy in time and the puppy soils its crate, calmly and gently clean and dry the puppy. Then take your puppy to its toilet area to get the idea while you clean the crate, and put  back with a clean blanket and toy.

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