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How Long Do Puppies Whine After Leaving Their Mother?

Puppies usually whine and cry when their owner takes them from their mothers. Some puppies whine for only a few hours, while others whine for the first few days.

However, if you take a puppy away from his mother after he’s six to eight weeks old, he should be able to tolerate being alone, but it will take time.

If your new puppy is barking, whining, or crying when you leave him alone, don’t worry, it’s normal behavior.

Still, you should learn how to get your puppy to adapt to his new home, which is what we’ll be addressing in this article.

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Why Do Puppies Whine in a New Home?

Puppies are just like babies; they need their mothers' love and affection. So, if your puppy is whining or crying, he's not trying to annoy you. It's just his only way of communicating that he wants care and attention.

Plus, it might be that he’s feeling lonely, despite not being able to remember specific memories of his mother.

Puppies don't have the human imagination to picture their time with their mother and siblings. So, your puppy will only miss the smell of his siblings and the sense of their heartbeats around.

Still, you should keep in mind that a puppy might whine for other reasons besides loneliness. These include:

You should rule out these potential causes to figure out whether or not your puppy is whining because he left his mother.

How to Respond to My Puppy’s Crying?

There are different approaches to responding to your crying puppy.

However, before you try any of them, keep in mind that your goal shouldn’t be to keep your puppy quiet for the night.

You need to teach him how to stay alone in the long run without making too much noise or feeling lonely.

1. Immediately Respond to the Whining

Most new dog owners will do that, especially if the whining is heartbreaking.

If you react to your crying puppy by going to his room and talking to him or picking him up, he'll most likely stop whining.

However, we don't recommend doing this every single time he whines.

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This type of response can turn your puppy into a whiney adult dog who uses crying as a tool to get whatever he wants.

This might include your attention, treats, or objects that he wants to play with.

Still, you can respond immediately to your dog in case you need him to be quiet right away. This might be the case if your baby is sleeping or you have an online meeting.

2. Respond After a Period of Silence

We highly recommend responding to whining this way.

First, ignore the whining for a bit, then after the puppy stops making noise, go to his room and stand in front of him, but don't yell or confront him.

If you do this, your puppy will understand that whining gets him nothing.

You can also consider giving him treats when he stays quiet so that you encourage him to deal with being alone at night and when you're not home.

The good news is puppies are fast learners, so if you put time and effort into training them young, you'll save yourself days of behavior modification in the future.

3. Ignore the Puppy Until He Stops Whining

Some prefer ignoring their puppy's whining unless he's sick or needs a potty break. Accordingly, they'd rather make the puppy's kennel far away from their room so they don't get bothered by the noise.

Some dog experts prefer this approach, however, it doesn’t always work and may complicate your relationship with your puppy.

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