Dogs crying at night

Anyone who has had dogs and children will know how distressing crying at night can be. Partly due to the loss of sleep, and partly because hearing someone that you care about displaying distress themselves, can really tug at the heartstrings and make you feel worried and/or guilty.

This is not a parenting blog, and I don’t know enough about children to be able to advise on them! Fortunately I do know a lot about dogs, why they cry at night and what to do about it.  There are different reasons that a dog may cry at night, and depending on the reason, what you do about it varies.

dogs crying at night

Key reasons for dogs crying at night:

  • Separation anxiety; they feel stressed about being separated from you and are worried about whether you are okay.
  • They are new to being alone at night – e.g. having just left their litter, or been rehomed from a family who allowed them to be with them overnight.
  • They need to relieve themselves and don’t wish to do it in their own bed (this only applies to the really young and the really old)
  • They have been disturbed by a fox or other noise, and now they are awake, think that they need to be doing something protective/proactive.

What not to do with dogs crying at night:

  • Do Not go to them and give them attention.
  • Do Not start allowing them to sleep with you instead
  • Do Not start getting up to regularly let them out to the toilet overnight.

Whatever the reason for your dog crying overnight, they need to be able to go through the night without your intervention, for your sanity as well as theirs! So what do you do about it…

What to do with dogs crying overnight:

Separation anxiety

This is a massive topic and I have whole blogs dedicated to it – I’d suggest that you read some of these articles:

Ultimately if your dog is crying to get you to return and you do, it will do it every night. Forever!  However, it’s not simply the case that if you stop returning it will stop doing it.  The separation anxiety needs to be addressed properly. This is one of the major problems which I am regularly called in to help people to resolve. It’s connected to your dog feeling responsible for the family, and thus suffering stress when you are absent. It’s about all of your day to day interactions with your dog which will help him/her to understand that they are not responsible for you after all.

Separation Anxiety

Being alone overnight

If your dog is new to your family, or you are about to take in a new dog, and it is their first time for being alone overnight, then you can get them used to it gradually.  You can follow some of these tips to help you (this is particular helpful with getting new puppies used to sleeping away from you):

  • Start your dog off where you want them to be, put into their bed something warm and familiar smelling.
  • You can sleep in the same room the first night.
  • Each night following, move a little bit further away; for instance using a baby gate at the door of the room they are in, and sleeping out in the corridor.
  • Progress until you are significantly far away that you may as well be in your own bed (and then go to bed)
  • Be prepared for there to be a little bit of overnight crying, but do not react to it.
  • If the crying starts once you start moving around in the morning, do not go into the room that your dog is in until they are quiet.

Puppy crying at night

The toilet issue

Brand new puppies and elderly/poorly dogs may well not be able to make it through the night without needing the toilet.  Simply ensure that their bed is in easy reaching distance of a news papered area/puppy pads.

If you react to the cry and go to let them out, it can become habitual behaviour and they will train you to get up and go to them in the night every night, whether they need it or not. Sure, they will squeeze one out once you let them go outside, but do they really need it?

I’ve helped many people whose dogs started crying in the night and the owners believed that they were in need of the toilet, so let them outside – sure enough they did go to the toilet, but often the main activity was rushing into the garden and sniffing about. These were all adult dogs, not elderly, so I know that their bladder capacity is brilliant (they have to be able to hold a lot of marking large areas of territory).

If they need to go, they can use the pads/paper.  If they don’t need to go then you don’t really want to be getting out of bed unnecessarily do you?


Occasionally dogs crying in the night have been disturbed by a nocturnal creature, using their territory once you are all securely inside for the night.  You know that this is no problem for your survival as a pack.  A dog feels differently about this.

The simplest way to resolve this, is to move your dog’s sleeping area of one which is not right by the back door/somewhere that they are likely to be disturbed.  If that’s not possible, then try to cover the doors/windows that they may be able to see the animal through.  It’s not unheard of for foxes to come and look in through back doors, and dogs can find this quite distressing.

You can help your dog to feel less responsible for these perceived dangers – and again there are articles about this available elsewhere on my blog:

Summary: Dogs crying in the night

I hope you’ve found the explanation of the key reasons for dogs crying in the night useful and informative. If you would like some 1-2-1 help with any dog behaviour problems or training issues, and are interested in a kind, calm, common sense approach, then please get in touch. I cover Essex and the surrounding counties.


58 thoughts on “Dogs crying at night

  1. Hi my 1 year old beagle has always slept in his crate during the night from when we got him as a puppy. All of a sudden he doesn’t want to go in the crate or sleep during the night. When we have managed to get him in the crate he just whines and paces, he won’t settle.

    1. Hi Nicola, it sounds like he has developed separation anxiety as he has got older. What is his behaviour like if you go out during the day?

  2. Hello! I’ve just been reading the comment about about the beagle and I have the same issue and also with a beagle! He is a rescue and we’ve had him 8 months (he’s nearly 2) and he whines and scratches at the door etc. At night but only every now and again and for a relatively short period but it’s very intense! He sounds like the door is about to come off its hinges! He seems to be ok when i leave the house but not when i put him to bed, he sometimes hides or growls when i try and put him away. I have been ignoring him etc. But then when I come down in the morning 8/10 he’s weed on the floor, this was a fairly recent thing and we’ve had him checked by vets and I’m sure it’s behavioural as I walk him lots and one right before bed. I live in Plymouth so unfortunately can’t see you face to face but would you be able to recommend anyone in this area to speak to me about this? Or could you give me any advice? Thank you for listening! Deanne

    1. Hi Deanne, unfortunately it’s not something that we can just give a quick bit of advice for, because it’s symptomatic of a bigger picture. This is relatively easy to resolve, it just requires a lot of going through. I can recommend a colleague who is based in Bristol, but says that he covers South West England. His details are available via this link:

  3. Really helpful article. Thank you.
    I was really confused and very tired after 4 nights in a row of my dog crying/ howling. This has given me an insight into why she’s doing it. She has slept in the same place since we had her (over a year ago) she has fresh water and a few biscuits etc and is let out before we go to bed. My partner was going downstairs to let her out. It it just made her excited.

  4. Hi; we’ve had our maltichon puppy now for 3 weeks, he’s nearly 12 weeks old. We’ve been crate training and during the day will seek out his crate for a snooze. At night we get him to go toilet around 10 30pm and we settle him in his crate downstairs; he does great. Then he wakes up around 3am. I take him out to toilet with him being young still but then getting him to settle in his crate again is proving impossible. When I take him out I don’t speak to him and I carry him both out and in. As soon as I put him back in his crate he starts whining, I leave the room and go back to bed. This morning he didn’t settle again and the whining progressed to barking and at 5am (yes 2hours we persevered for) we had to come down to stop the barking for the neighbours. I’ve been reading so much, I don’t know what to do for the best? Is this separation anxiety or is it just a puppy still crate training? Is there anything I can do to stop the barking?

    1. Hi Catherine, Well done for your strong efforts. It does sound like it’s got the makings of Separation Anxiety to me, which you obviously don’t want to develop – at the very least this little one is learning what happens when he cries for a response. I would suggest that you don’t respond immediately to the initial cry, try to wait for a pause before you go into the room to take him outside. Once you have got him back in his crate then you could stay in the room, just read a book or something for a little while, make nothing of it if he’s crying. Wait until he settles then leave the room. Obviously this isn’t something you want to be doing long term, (but it’s better than lying away listening to him cry in the short term!) so I would be looking to wean him off needing to go out overnight in the next few weeks. You would be surprised by how many pups can hold it over night from day one in their new home.

      1. Thanks for your reply I will try that tonight. He’s currently sleeping in his crate now and I’ve come upstairs whilst he does so. I’ve also made a point of using his clicker when he went into his crate and was quiet and gave a treat and will do this to hopefully reinforce positive praise for being settled in his crate. I’ll let you know how we get on. Thanks again.

  5. help, my 5 year old jack has just started to refuse to go in his crate at night, we have never had a problem before with getting him to go to bed, the only thing that changed was that for the first time ever I went away for 3 nights last weekend and that is when he started playing up, I have been home for a week now and to get him to go in his crate we have to bribe him then once in and we have closed the door he spends the next hour crying and Barking, I am at my wits end and don’t know what to do? I have checked his crate and there is nothing that can hurt him. any advice is welcomed. he has regular walks etc

    1. Hi Sara, It sounds like he has had separation anxiety brought on by your absence. He must have felt very panicked when you didn’t return and now isn’t keen to be separated from you. This is a responsibility thing, meaning that he feels responsible for you. He needs to be shown in a way that he totally understands that the reverse is actually true. You are taking care of him. This isn’t something that can be told as a quick bit of advice unfortunately, so I’d recommend that you have a read of “The Dog Listener” by Jan Fennell. If you are local to me (I am based in Essex) that I would be able to do a consultation with you.

  6. Hi,

    I just recently picked up my puppy and he’s just turned 9 weeks. He’s a German Shepherd with a quarter of Newfoundland. Since the first night, he’s been very difficult to get to sleep and he’s howling/crying profusely. Family members that live in the house don’t accept that we should leave him be for a while as so not to let him feel like he can get our attention in this way, and end up letting him out or going in to see him. I should probably add that he is being crate trained.

    He has also wet the bed every night and tends to wake us up very early in the morning after sleeping for a good 4-5 hours.

    I’m not really sure what we can do – when we do leave him he becomes very distressed, and when we don’t, he wakes us up very early to start his day and nothing changes in the nights to come!


    1. Hi Jay,
      Sounds like your pup is really feeling the separation anxiety. The alternative to leaving him when he cries, is that someone sleeps in the room with him, and gradually moves away over several nights, so he gets gently exposed to the idea of being on his own. In situations where you are struggling to get the whole family to agree on the best way forward, it is very worthwhile to get a professional to come and speak to you as a ‘pack’, so everyone is hearing it from the horse’s mouth, rather than one person doing the research and trying to get others buy in. I strongly recommend you use a Jan Fennell approved Dog Listener. You can find your nearest one via this link:

  7. Help! We just adopted a Yorkie mix and have had her less than a week. We were told she is crate trained. She is about 2 years old. The first night home, my daughter slept with her on the floor (not in crate) because my daughter was so excited. 2nd night in crate, no problem. 3rd night about an hour of yelping/crying/barking. 4th night great. Now the 5th night, another bad night. We have shared walls with neighbors so it is stressing us out. I don’t undetstand the inconsistency. We take her out right before bedtime, and we take her for numerous walks during the day hoping to tire her out by night.

    1. Hi Theresa,

      It’s really common for a new dog to take time to settle in, whether they have previously been comfortable in a crate or not. It’s about feeling separated from the previous ‘pack’ and then worrying about the new situation. Some nights she might just be exhausted by it all and sleep through, others she’s awake so you hear the evidence that she feel anxious. How much you walk her etc will not make a difference – if anything it could give her even more to think/worry about. What she needs is to know that she is safe, and being looked after. I would strongly recommend that you read “The Practical Dog Listener” by Jan Fennell to give you a deeper understanding of what is going on, and how to help her understand that all is well.

      Thanks, Vicky

  8. Hi, I have a 4 month old dog who has regularly been sleeping through the night until recently. He sleeps in my bed and he has started waking up around 2. Before I realized it, it had turned into a habit to let him out then. I’m unsure what to do. Do I start having him sleep in his kennel again? Or do I attempt to ignore him when he is in my bed? Thank you!

    1. Hi Annie,

      I would definitely stop him from sleeping in your bed. This does give a confusing message with regard to who is who within the ‘pack’. He can sleep in your room, but not in your bed. I would ignore him if he wakes up in the night, and see if he will just settle down again when he doesn’t get a response. Sounds to me like he is ‘training’ you. Many dogs will then start to think that they need to go out into the garden to check it for wildlife etc during the night. If he can go through the night without toiletting already, then it’s unlikely that he needs to go. 🙂

  9. Hope you can help, our 10 year old jack Russell cross rescue dog has suddenly started crying at night. We have another dog who is fine. We don’t know why as always been brilliant at night – any ideas why?

    1. Hi Laura,
      Yes – he is feeling worried and responsible. This can come as a surprise when a dog is older and has never done this particular behaviour before, but I would expect that there are other subtle things that have been happening which would be an indicator, and it has been coming for a while. I helped a 12 year old who’d just started doing this for the same reason. On further investigation there were lots of other signs of stress. Panting without physical exertion, pacing about, finding it difficult to relax. That’s just the things this particular dog did – yours is an individual so is probably doing other things. I would recommend that you read “The Dog Listener” by Jan Fennell to get a better understanding and maybe seek the help of your local dog listener.

  10. Hi, we have an 18 month golden retriever boy. He has a sensitive stomach and allergies so sometimes gets the poops. He whines in the night to let him out so he can poop. Just recently though he has stopped having the poops but still whines to go out in the early morning, it’s not every night but this last week he has done it every other day at around 3.30am. So he did it again this morning, none stop whining for 3 hours! I ignored him then eventually give in at 6.30am as I has getting up around this time anyway. I let him out on the lead and he just does a normal wee and poo and looks pleased with himself. I want to try ignoring him again tonight but I’m concerned the neighbours can hear his whines (they’ve complained about his barking before – even though this is very rare for him) Any advice would be great please I’m getting very tired of it!

    1. Hello K.
      Sorry this is a bit late. I hope you have started to see some improvements. Ignoring it is a good start, but it’s not the only thing. It’s also looking at what other behaviours are going on that could be affecting his behaviour. E.g. does he feel that he is the responsible one and needs to get you to come down earlier, once he is awake. If that’s the case then it’s about focusing on leadership.

      For more information have a read of “The Dog Listener” by Jan Fennell.

  11. Hi my cocker spaniel started whining and crying and howling from 5am till 10 am this all started 3 weeks ago I ignore it but my fiance can’t she gives him about an hour or two and has to let him out and he doesn’t do anything and as soon as you go downstairs to him he shuts up he’s 10 months old and we put him in a crate and he’s destroyed it then we just left him in his bed so he started chewing the side of the doors it’s really getting to much now I need to know what to do

    1. Hi James,

      This is classic separation anxiety. It’s not great to get up and go to him, however ignoring it on it’s own will not improve things. He needs an overall understanding that you are looking after him, not the other way around. You can show him this across all the things that are important to him, like how he is walked, how he is fed, on what basis he receives attention. I would recommend that you either read “the Dog Listener” by Jan Fennell, or(and) get a qualified dog listener in to help. You can find your nearest dog listener via:

      All the best,


  12. My 5 month old yorkie suddenly barks non stop and “stress poops” through the bars of his crate at night. We have tried to ignore it, but the barking will last for 2+ hours! He was fine and sleeping all night in the crate up until a couple weeks ago. We are going crazy!!!!! What can we do? Vet says it is separation anxiety. I just want a good night sleep again…

    1. Hi Angela,

      Your vet is right, it is separation anxiety. Ignoring it on it’s own will not improve things. He needs an overall understanding that you are looking after him, not the other way around. You can show him this across all the things that are important to him, like how he is walked, how he is fed, on what basis he receives attention. I would recommend that you either read “the Dog Listener” by Jan Fennell, or(and) get a qualified dog listener in to help. You can find your nearest dog listener via:

      Good luck!


  13. We have 14week AUstralian Labradoodle he’s crate trained and like many other on here nighttime is getting worse. First few nights slept downstairs with him then left him in crate and off we went to bed all was good. This past week been terrible goes out 1030 into crate then between 1-2 whining take him out put him back in crate and he cries whines barks until we open crate and let him out we let him cry and persevere with noice but we have children whose sleep is getting disturbed with all the noise. Help please!! ( currently lying on couch and pup too now sleeping 😳) barking too loud and crying ongoing)

    1. Hi, I am having the same problem. I went away for 1 week and since returning 3 weeks ago he shakes, follows me everywhere, sits right next me and when I put him into his bed at night he gets up and yaps,cry’s most of the night.(concerned about the poor neighbours!) I gave up 2 nights ago and he slept on my bed in silence. Now I don’t think I’m ever going to get him back in his own bed. He’s 13yrs old.

  14. I have 2 Cockers aged 5 Barney & Ollie, Barney will suddenly wake and howl and then start Ollie off! Ignoring them has never been an option due to very sensitive neighbours who will complain. I beleive Barney is howling due to dreaming and waking up. I don’t really think there is much that I can do. Barney is quite a deep sleeper and will snore and fidget. I have read Jan Fennell’s books and am still undesided about the alpha theory?

  15. Please can you help.. I have a 4 year old cockerpoo.. he has always slept in his room (utility area) downstairs with a stair gate in place. My partner moved in last October who the dog adores and won’t leave his side. At bed time Teddy will go to his bed when told and sleeps till about midnight.. from then on he runs on the gate like a hamster which rattles right through the house.. I go & tell him to get on his bed this lasts half an hour and he starts again.. and so on and then by 3 in the morning or earlier we give up & let him sleep on the floor in our room because we are so desperate to sleep.. im thinking of getting a crate which he had as a pup but concerned he will whine & cry instead .. just don’t know what to do but I don’t want him in our room.. advice please..

    1. Hi Lisa,

      It sounds to me like he feels responsible for your partner (you also mention that he never leaves his side). What you and your partner need to do is teach Teddy convincingly, in a way that he understands that he is not the responsible one in the household. You can read Jan Fennell’s book “The Dog Listener” to help you with this. Or get your local dog listener in to help you. If you go via this link and put in your postcode you will be shown the local dog listeners to you:

  16. I’ve had my dog 8 years and he has always slept in his bed downstairs- since xmas he has cried and howled every night and will go for hours I’m sure it anxiety but how do I get him stop? He is extremely persistent he’s a yorkiepoo ..

    1. Hi Jenny,

      I expect he found Christmas overwhelming. He’s probably worried that he’s the responsible one all along, but he’s now at the point where the anxiety is really showing itself. What you need to do is teach him convincingly, in a way that he understands that he is not the responsible one in the household. You can read Jan Fennell’s book “The Dog Listener” to help you with this. Or get your local dog listener in to help you. If you go via this link and put in your postcode you will be shown the local dog listeners to you:

  17. I’ve had my rescue jrt X corgi for 5years. She’s around 11 now. She has cried every night for 5years. She sleeps in the kitchen with my border collie who’s 10. They get on well they are affectionate and curl up together in the day. At night he goes to bed and sleeps ,she just cries and walks around the room. She doesn’t need to pee or poop. She just cries loudly for a. whole. hour.every. night.i can’t have her to sleep with me as she doesn’t settle and barks at every noise. I did try.I can excercise her for hours so she’s so tired she just wants to sleep. Then as soon as I go to bed,she just starts.Shes been checked regularly by the vet,she’s fine. She sounds like a bird chirpping.and it’s always for a full hour.

    1. Hi Jackie,

      What you’re doing, which is common with all people who have this problem, is to try to address it at night time. What we really need to look at is what is going on the rest of the time that gives her the undrestanding that night time is something to feel distressed about. I’d recommend that you have a read of “The Practical Dog Listener” by Jan Fennell. This will give you some insight and also an approach that you can take at those other times than can make this situation calmer for her.

      All the best,


  18. My 18 month old miniature dachshund has been sleeping fine up till last week. He sleeps in his crate ( a portable cat carrier)in either my sons room or my daughters room if she’s home from uni. He willingly runs into his crate, I take him upstairs, he has a dog chew then usually goes to sleep all night. However this week every time I’ve left him in either my sons or daughters rooms, he has barked Until I’ve gone in, taken him downstairs for 5 mins ( while keeping the light slow and not paying him much attention). Sometimes he then goes back fine and sleeps but now he’s barking every time I leave him. My son has exams just now so I don’t want to leave him barking. Can you help?

    1. Hi Jane,

      Yes I can help, but not sure if you are in my area. Whereabouts are you based? If you are not local to me I can recommend someone who can help you.


  19. Hi I’ve just rehomed a dachshund 3 year old. She is used to sleeping in her previous owners bed. But we now make her sleep downstairs on her own but she whips and crys on and off all night. She shows signs of separation anxiety when we leave her in the day. Will she settle on her own at night in time and not cry for us? Thanks

    1. Hi Marie,

      Sorry, the answer is “not necessarily”. Some dogs will settle down on their own when they learn our routine and start to accept that they are not going to lose us (a big consideration for a rehomed dog). For others we need to make a concerted effort to show them that it’s okay for them to relax. What that effort actually is isn’t something I can explain in a quick response to your question, but a good place to start would be by reading “The Dog Listener” by Jan Fennell. Or get a local dog listener in to help you.

      All the best,


  20. Hi I just got a 2 month old puppy he is a miniature bichon frise. He is very attached to us as he constitently wines when we eat as we arent giving him attention. At night we put him into his own room with his bed 2 toys food, water and a pee pad. He wines for awhile and i dont know what to do. We only have him a few days is it because hes away from his mother for the first time at night. What should I do?? I cant let him sleep in my room at night either. Please help!

    1. Hello Sarah,
      As hard as it feels it’s best to leave him when he cries. You can do some brief separations from him at other times, with him popped in there and you go, returning when he is quiet. This helps to reassure him that you will come back and there is nothing to worry about.

  21. Hi I have two Miniature Schnauzers, a girl Pepper who’s nearly two and a boy Chilli who’s just turned one. They both sleep in their own beds in the kitchen, my problem is with Chilli he wakes up every night howling this normally starts around 4am he only howls for maybe one or two minutes then goes back to sleep, this will then be repeated again around 5.30am then again around 5.50am hevthen wakes again about 6.15 this time he’ll bark, we get up then as my husband has to get up for work. We’ve recently blacked out our kitchen windows and doors to get him to sleep in as his wake up time use to be between 5 and 5.30. We use to go down to his howling ( this was when he would just continue howling and barking ) so we have made some improvements but just don’t know how to stop the howling altogether. He doesn’t howl in the day time and they get left while I go to work in the afternoons and we don’t think he howls then. Any advise would be much appreciated. Thanks

    1. Hi Diane,

      To stop the howling altogether he needs a clearer message on what his role is in the pack. There’s a lot of advice needed for this. Too much for a reply to a comment. However, if you get the book “The Dog Listener” by Jan Fennell (or the DVD of the same name), it will get you started with what you need to be doing.

      All the best,


  22. Hi my one year old shitz has been pooling and weeding in the middle of the night she has been really good up to now so we got a cage which she hates to go in but I bought her a nice comfy bed , we have a nine year old shitz too who is very good , anyway we have been putting Marley the young one in the cage at night so we don’t wake up to mess and like I say she was ok but the last few weeks she has been howling and acting up every night and its driving us mad it’s worse than having a new born again , any advice would be much apprescoated

    1. Hi Dianne,

      My advice would be to read “The Dog Listener” by Jan Fennell. This will help you to understand what is going on for Marley and how to help her to feel relaxed when she is separated from you overnight.

      All the best,


  23. We have a 5 month old male pup. On the first night we got him at 10 weeks old he cried for a few minutes at bedtime. We have recently returned from holiday and the pup went back to the foster home for our duration as the lady offered to take him free of charge. This is now the third night back home and he whines constantly for a couple of hours.
    At the foster home he was fortunately/unfortunately sleeping in a crate with 2 other pups and his brother (the foster Mum kept his brother). Is he experiencing separation anxiety from the other dogs he has been spending the last 2 weeks with? And will it last long?? I have put a blanket over his cage tonight in the hope it makes him feel safe and cosy!

    1. Hi Nikki,

      Poor little thing. This will have been a big upheaval for him. Losing his family, finding you. Losing you, finding his family. Losing his family, finding you again. It’s no wonder he is a little unsettled now. It’s important to keep things nice and calm at home. I’d recommend that you have a read of “The Dog Listener” by Jan Fennell as this will help to know what to do with him.



  24. My 14 year old toy fox terrier Roxy has slept in her crate in our room for 14 YEARS. Now she starts whining ASAP. Then barking. 2 nights in a row. Her crate is clean, comfy, she doesn’t need to pee, she seems fine during the day. Help. If I leave her out while we sleep she will go pee in the floor eventually. What should I do?

  25. Hi I have 2 8month old husky puppies brother and sister echo and nova. Echo has statted barking howling and crying at night when hes in his cage. Hes only been doing this the last couple of weeks and I don’t know what to do. My children have been seeing to them as I have slipped disc and can’t really do much. My daughter doesn’t come to bed till about 1 in the morning as she is sorting them out then they wake up at about 8 am she is very tired what can we do we have tried everything

    1. Hi Shelley,

      How recently has the slipped disc happened? This could be a factor in the change in behaviour. However, it is common for separation anxiety to become voiced at a later stage. Start with getting the DVD “The Dog Listener” by Jan Fennell and have a watch of that through as a family.



  26. I have a 1 yr and 7 month cavachon, I got her as a baby at 3 months old. I have her crate trained, so shes in her crate when I go out and at night time for bed. But I’m very frustrated with her because all she does is cry at night when she in her crate. She wakes me up most nights because she soils her wee wee pad and wont go back to bed until you change the pad for her. We usually keep her in her crate when we are gonna be away from where her crate but I cannot walk away for one second without her crying and whining even if im in the next room or in the shower or anywhere in the house. when I go out and return home, she goes absolutely nuts and whines and cries and will not stop until you let her out. Please help, I need your advice, how do I fix this problem..

    1. Hi Shasha,

      She is experiencing Separation Anxiety, which means that she believes he is the responsible one is the pack and feels very stressed about being separated from you, as she doesn’t know if you are okay. I’d suggest that you start by reading “The Practical Dog Listener” by Jan Fennell, then search for Dog Listeners in your area who can help you one to one.

  27. I’ve a 10 year old golden retriever over the past few weeks he’s been crying in his sleep everyday , he has arthritis and mild epilepsy is this normal or could it be pain. I have noticed he has slowed down a lot and quite stiff getting up.
    Thanks Anne

    1. Hi Anne,

      This sounds like it could be health related. I’d check with your vet as a first course of action.

      Kind regards,

  28. Hi, I have recently moved in with my partner and he has a Japanese Akita boy who is 2 and has recently started crying during the night, but sleeping and acting fine in himself during the day, he will cry until he’s walked or taken outside but it’s exhausting to walk him at 4/5 in the morning when we both have work, during the day he stays outside in his little house with food and toys otherwise demolishes the house if he’s on his own, the crying is non stop every night for about 2 weeks and we’re running out of ideas he is walked 3 times a day and we also give him plenty of attention when we’re home. Thanks x

    1. Hi Sandra,

      He is experiencing Separation Anxiety, which means that he believes he is the responsible one is the pack and can’t cope with the stress of being separated from you. I’d suggest that you start by reading “The Practical Dog Listener” by Jan Fennell, then search for Dog Listeners in your area who can help you one to one.

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