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How do I keep my new puppy happy?

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Similar to humans, puppies feel emotions. They take cues from their exterior world and process them. Granted, they process a little differently than humans, but they do feel things emotionally. It’s important to remember your new puppy will experience certain moods throughout its training and life. Keep an eye out for irregular moods and learn to implement ways to guide your puppy back to happiness.

Why is my new puppy sad?

A common mistake is to confuse shyness with sadness in new puppies. Your furry new friend is encountering new experiences daily. It’s common, like a child, to be wary or unsure of new things in their life.

In a situation where your new puppy is indeed sad, consider playing with it, giving it a good pet, or taking it outside for a few minutes.

Here are a few activities to cheer up the pup:

  • Fetch
  • Tug-of-war
  • Hide-n-seek
  • Tricks

The main goal is to pay attention to your pup. Engage with it. Have fun.

Why does my puppy whine all the time?

There are two types of whining:

  1. Learned whining
  2. Natural crying

The learned whining is due to you or someone else who’s rewarded the behavior. The pup thinks its a way to get attention or a treat.

The natural crying can be for a few different reasons. Remember, a new puppy cries to communicate.

Here are a few reasons why a new pup may cry:

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Why does my new puppy cry at night?

Puppies instinctually cry to call for their mother or alert the other puppies of their unsafe feelings, whether around the den or outside of it.

When you bring a new puppy home, you’re essentially taking it from its old den and placing it in a new den. At night puppies may cry because they don’t feel safe. They also dislike being alone.

The ultimate goal is to make the puppy feel completely safe in their new den, your home.

Some quick tips for making your puppy feel safe:

  • Let the puppy adjust: The puppy needs to adjust to its new den. This means allowing them to “cry it out.” This can take one night or up to a few weeks. It will be tough, but in the long run, the sooner the pup adjusts to the new den, the sooner it will sleep soundly in your home.
  • Keep the crate/box in your room: This will help calm the pup. It will be able to smell your presence, which it will associate with safety and relaxation. Keeping the dog in your room won’t stop the crying entirely, but it will reduce the fear it may be feeling during the adjustment period. Consider using disposable or reusable puppy pads to ease the transition

Whether your puppy cries at night or during the day, remember that it’s experiencing a whole new world. This includes potty, crate, and obedience training. You want to do your best to remain patient and consistent so the puppy can grow into a healthy, well-behaved pet.

New Puppy Pads sells reusable puppy pads, and all of the crate training supplies you need to keep you and your new puppy happy!