There’s nothing more exciting than bringing your new Chihuahua puppy home for the first time. The puppy is so small and cute! They’re adorable! What could be cuter than a Chihuahua puppy?
While Chihuahua puppies are adorable, the first few nights with your new puppy can be challenging. That’s because your Chihuahua puppy may whine and cry. When that happens, what should you do?
If you’re dealing with the issue of a Chihuahua puppy crying, then you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll take a look at what causes a Chihuahua puppy to cry and methods you can use to help him stop crying. Let’s get started!
Why Do Chihuahua Puppies Cry?
Remember that your puppy is a baby, even though he’s old enough to be away from his mother now. But put yourself in his “shoes” for a minute. Your puppy has just been taken away from the only home he knew, as well as being separated from his mother and siblings for the first time. That’s a lot of a little puppy to have to deal with. No wonder he’s crying.
Your new Chihuahua puppy may be crying because he’s scared. After all, he doesn’t really know you or your family very well. Your home is new and filled with new smells and more. And if you have pets, then the puppy will have to adjust to being around new animals he may have never seen before.
Being with you and your family in a new environment is also a lot of a puppy to deal with. A puppy in this situation may be dealing with separation anxiety and some fear. That’s only natural.
In this situation, your puppy may also cry because he wants your attention. He may also need to be hungry or need to go potty. These are the most common reasons for a puppy to cry.
Other Reasons Chihuahua Puppies May Cry
In addition to the above, Chihuahua puppies may also cry because of underlying health issues. These can include:
Eye allergies: are caused by an allergic reaction to something in the puppy’s environment. This could be from food, dust, and more. You may notice the puppy’s eyes are watery, or they may have a colored discharge.
Blocked tear ducts: can cause a puppy’s eyes to water more; the watery discharge may even have a brown or red color as the tears seep down the puppy’s face.
What if Your Chihuahua is Crying in His Crate?
In this case, your Chihuahua puppy may be crying because he’s not used to being in a crate for long periods. He may also be crying for these reasons:
- Needs to go potty
How to Stop Your Chihuahua Puppy from Crying in His Crate
You can try these steps if your Chihuahua puppy doesn’t stop crying in his crate:
Keep the Crate a Positive Place & Make it Comfortable
This is the first thing to try if your Chihuahua puppy’s crying in his crate. To make the crate more comfortable and inviting, be sure to put your puppy’s favorite toys in the crate. Next, provide your Chihuahua puppy with a comfortable dog bed and warm blankets. You might even consider hiding some puppy treats in the bedding! What a nice surprise that will be for your fur baby!
In addition, it can help to put something of yours in the crate with the puppy. This should be something like a shirt that you’ve worn. The shirt will smell like you, which may help to calm the puppy.
Position the Crate Correctly
The placement of your puppy’s crate can have a huge influence on helping your Chihuahua feel more comfortable and stop crying. For instance, in the beginning, when your Chihuahua puppy is new to your home, it can be helpful to place the crate either in your room or within sight of your room. This way, you can see the puppy, and the puppy will also see and hear you through the night.
What’s more, having them closer to you at night also makes it easier to get the puppy out when he needs to go potty during the night.
As the puppy becomes more comfortable and grows up, then you can eventually place the crate in another room. Your puppy will be used to the routine by that time and feel comfortable in other parts of your home, as well.
Choose a Crate That’s the Right Size
Another way to make the crate more inviting is to make sure it’s the right size for your puppy. A crate should allow your puppy to have enough room to get up, move around, stand up, turn, and lay down comfortably. The crate should not be too large; otherwise, your puppy will use one corner to go potty. You want to avoid that problem.
Take Your Chihuahua Puppy Out to Go Potty
It’s always a good idea to make sure your puppy goes outside to go potty before he goes to bed in the crate. You might also consider lining the crate with puppy training pads during the night. There will be accidents at first until your puppy is a little older and learns the routine.
Make Sure Your Puppy’s Tired at Bedtime
Another way to help your puppy stop crying and sleep through the night is to make sure he’s tired. A tired puppy will definitely sleep longer! A puppy who’s not tired will whine and cry most of the night. So, make sure to play with your puppy to help him burn off excess energy before bedtime.
Don’t Scold or Punish Your Chihuahua Puppy for Crying
Chihuahuas are sensitive dogs and don’t respond well to being punished or scolded. Instead, they best respond to positive reinforcement training methods. It’s understandable that you get frustrated when the puppy cries at night; however, this is normal and will eventually pass.
Finally, no matter what methods you choose to help stop your Chihuahua puppy from crying, remember to be consistent. Consistent efforts will help your puppy learn faster, and he won’t be confused when things are not routine.
And remember to be patient. Your puppy is crying for a reason. He’s just left his mother and siblings and is now in a completely new home. That’s a lot for a little puppy to deal with. With consistent efforts, and as the puppy grows, he’ll eventually stop crying at night. Then you’ll both be sure of a good night’s sleep!