Crate training tips

How to stop a puppy from crying at night

We’ve had Elvis for just over two weeks now. I’m certainly not an expert, but I thought my experience so far may be able to help others who are going through the same thing to get some sleep! Before you take your puppy home, it’s a good idea to have a crate with a soft fleecy base, and a few blankets. Put a chew and toy in there as well, and a rabbit water bottle attached to the side in case he gets thirsty during the night. On the first night, we naively put the crate in the living room and then went to sleep in our bedroom. Elvis howled the place down. He ain’t nothing but a hound dog!

Singing our baby chihuahua to sleep

The next night the three of us went to bed at 10pm. We put the crate in the bedroom, stroked Elvis, then closed the door. We had a soft light on, and spoke to each other. Elvis was relatively happy with that. But as soon as we switched the light off, he started to cry in the darkness. I don’t know why, but something made me try singing to him. I sang ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ a couple of times, and that did the trick! We soon heard him snoring. Adorable!

Other tricks to stop him crying

The following night we found it wasn’t so easy to get Elvis to sleep. After trying singing again, we were getting nowhere. He’s a sociable little dude and just wants to be next to us. He doesn’t understand why he can’t snuggle on the bed with us. We wouldn’t want to start that because it’s hard to reverse the habit. I wouldn’t want him to get squashed, wee on the bed, or hurt himself by trying to jump off. So the next time he cried at night, i suddenly clapped my hands. He stopped whining. He started again, so I clapped three times, without speaking, to make him think that he’d caused the noise. That did the trick, he soon settled down and went to sleep.

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