Why does my dog wake up in the middle of the night crying? Here’s What to Do Next

Why Your Dog Wakes You Up Early

There are several reasons that your dog might want to get you up bright and early. “Dogs may wake their owners up in the morning for a variety of reasons including boredom, the need to relieve themselves, hunger, thirst, fear, and excitement, among others,” says Kay Gramm, dog trainer and AKC Approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator in Antelope, California. And, how you respond will determine whether your dog keeps behaving as your furry alarm clock. “Ultimately, our dogs do what works so if their behavior of waking you up is reinforced by your getting up and meeting their need, they will repeat it,” says Gramm.

How do I get my dog to stop whining at night?

If the barking or whining is persistent, quietly make your way down to the closed door and give a firm command of quiet through the door. Do not open the door until your dog has calmed down and is being quiet. When this occurs, open the door and give them lots of praise and cuddles.

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You’re snoozing soundly, dreaming of your favorite beaches or vacation destinations when suddenly you’re awoken by the not-so-dulcet sounds of barks and whines by your side, probably accompanied by a wet nose or some gentle pawing by your pup. If your dog has become a furry alarm clock, waking you up hours before your actual alarm goes off, not only are you likely sleep-deprived, but you’re probably wondering why your pooch does this.

As with many seemingly puzzling canine behaviors, you may need to do a little detective work to figure out why your dog is waking you. Dealing with an alarm-clock dog is annoying, but fortunately, there are ways to redirect your dog’s unwanted behaviors into more positive channels once you determine the reason behind the early wake-up calls.

How To Stop Puppy Crying At Night

All dogs’ cries are attempts to get their humans’ attention. Dogs who sleep alone at night and have a tendency to cry are often expressing concern about being separated from the rest of their pack. … Another possibility is that your dog wants to go outside himself, possibly to go to the bathroom.