If your dog is crying, there possibly is a reason, even if you are having a difficult time figuring out the reason. Dogs and puppies use crying as a form of communication, so the crying could be because he is sick or hurt; he is trying to alert you about something, or to tell you he desires something.
In the majority of situations, crying is not a problem, but if it is excessive, you might require the help of an animal trainer for curbing the behavior.
Why Does The Dog Cry For No Reason?
The following are a few reasons why the dog may have been doing so and what would make him more likely to be the key reason.
He Wants Attention:
The reason why he does so might be that he wants attention. It’d be possible if you tend to give him more attention when he does so and if he tends to do so more when you haven’t been giving him much attention.
In such a situation, it’d help to give him some attention during the day in the form of exercise, training, and playing with him. But, it’d help to evade rewarding when he cries for no apparent reason and to try to recognize when it’s likely to begin doing so and redirect his focus.
He Wants Food:
The cause why he does so might be that he’s hungry. It’d be more likely if he tends to do so at around the same time that you usually feed him or if he does so when he hasn’t been capable of eating for a long time.
He Wants Exercise:
If the dog is a breed that is meant to get lots of exercise every day then the reason could be that he is under-stimulated. If he’s a breed that’s meant to get a lot of everyday exercise and he’s healthy then it’d help to make certain that he is capable of getting the correct amount.
He Desires To Be Let Outside:
The reason could also be that he desires you to let him outside. It’d be more likely if he tends to do so more when he’s standing right beside the outside door and if he stops whining when you open the door.
Illness Or Injury:
One thing that’s significant to rule out is the medical condition. At times it is simple to tell when the crying is because of pain, but other times it is actually not. If it begins all of a sudden and happens at random times, it is a great idea to make an appointment with the vet to ensure nothing is wrong medically.
The reason could also be that something’s been causing him to become restless. One cause why he may be anxious is that he may have separation anxiety. It’d be more likely if the dog tends to do so more at around the same time that you usually leave him and if he shows other symptoms of being anxious by doing things like pacing.
It may also be the reason that he’s been doing so because of something causing him to be scared. It’d be more likely if shows symptoms of being scared, when he does so, by doing things like or making himself look smaller, hiding, and if he tends to do so more at different times like when there are noises outside.
Inadvertently Encouraging The Behavior:
It may also be the reason that you’ve encouraged his behavior. If you tend to offer him things like extra attention, treats, or toys, when it whines for no reason, he’ll likely do so more for getting more rewards. Instead, it’d help to reward him when he’s being good, for avoiding rewarding him when he’s not, and for dealing with any other possible cause why he may be whining.
Things To Contemplate:
The following are a few things to contemplate when figuring out the main cause of why your pet has been crying for no apparent reason.
What Else Happened When The Dog First Started Whining For No Apparent Reason:
If he didn’t always whine for any apparent reason, it’d help to contemplate what else occurred when he first began doing so since it may be the reason that there was an event that caused it. If he began doing so all of a sudden, it’d make it more likely to be because of things like injury, boredom, or getting walked or fed at diverse times.
What’s Different When He Does So?
It’d also help to contemplate if there’s a certain time that he tends to cry at. For instance, if he tends to do so at around the same time that you leave for work, it’d be more likely that he does so because of separation anxiety.
What Can You Really Do About The Dog Crying For No Reason?
The following are a few things you can actually do to encourage the dog to stop whining for no reason.
Give Him A Daily Routine To Become Accustomed To:
It may be the case that a change in his everyday routine has been contributing to his behavior. Dogs and puppies tend to like having a set timetable that they can become accustomed to. So, it’d help to try to exercise and feed the dog at around the same time every day so that he knows what to expect.
Evade Encouraging The Behavior:
As stated earlier, it may be the case that he’s learned that he gets rewarded when he whines. Instead, it’d help to reward him when he behaves the way you desire, for avoiding rewarding the whining and to cope with any other possible reason.
Limit Possible Causes Why He May Be Anxious:
It’d also help to try to decrease the causes why he may get anxious by doing things like feeding him, exercising him, and letting him pee before leaving him for a long time.
Make Sure That He’s Not Injured:
If he’s started crying all of a sudden, he’s been showing other symptoms of being injured or you’re not certain why the dog has been crying, the best decision would be to take him to a veterinarian. By doing that, you’ll be capable of getting expert advice tailored towards the particular puppy and for ruling out the likelihood of him crying because of illness or injury.
Ensure That He’s Getting Enough Exercise:
If he’s healthy, it’d also help to make sure that he’s been getting the correct amount of exercise for his breed and age since he may have been crying because of being under-stimulated.
Make Sure That He’s Getting The Proper Diet:
It may be the case that his diet’s been contributing to his behavior which would be likely if he’s been crying more since a change in his diet or if he cries more when he eats certain foods. It’d help to ensure that he’s been eating the correct foods, the correct amount of calories and that nobody else has been feeding him without telling you.
If he’s been crying excessively and it’s not because of an injury, contemplate getting help from a dog behaviorist. By doing that, you ought to be capable of seeing what’s been causing that behavior and what you can actually do to get the dog to stop crying.
I am a dog lover and love to train dogs. I am a dog trainer and work at a dog daycare in the US. I love to travel and go hiking and camping. I have two dogs that Live with me.
My dog’s name is Luna and she is a Maltese. She is very sweet and loving. My other dog is a Boxer and his name is Roxy. He is a big goofball.