Getting your puppy to be quiet in his kennel can be a tough, frustrating task.
I assure you that we know this feeling as getting Charcoal to be quiet in his kennel was a challenge.
Getting a new puppy is so exciting. You’ve been thinking about getting a dog for a long time and the day finally came. Or maybe your new puppy just serendipitously came in to your life. Either way, the excitement from having a new puppy is exhausting. Walks, playing, making sure you take enough pictures, cleaning up after his inconsistent bladder in the house – all of these things can be exhausting.
So, naturally, you want to sleep. Good luck. You have a new puppy, remember?
I have tried anything and everything to get my a new puppy to be quiet in his kennel. I have sang soft songs to them (that did work well for one). I have wrapped lightly on the top of the kennel. I have spoke softly and smoothly. I have asked God for help. I have done everything. When your puppy is new, new (think less than 20 weeks), you need to go very, very easy on him. This is the formative time for you guys.
If you just got one of our German Shepherd puppies, we probably talked about this with you. Your puppy is very formative right now and you need to think about how your actions in every situation are going to effect your relationship down the road. Also, you want him to like his kennel, so try hard not to react negatively to his actions when he is in it.
Here is how to get your puppy to be quiet in his kennel.
Let him cry himself to sleep. Just resign yourself to the fact that you are not getting any sleep for the first few nights. Your puppy is terrified and is in a new environment, but all that crying takes energy and he will eventually crash. Do it this way and it will pay off ten-fold in the long run.
Whatever you do – no matter what – do not let your puppy out.
Unless your puppy literally sounds possessed, leave him in his kennel. If he wakes you up in the middle of the night crying, take him outside on a leash and as soon as he finishes (but after you reward him, of course), put him back in his kennel and go back to ignoring. Trying to sing songs to him is fine – that is a soothing sound. But giving any interaction that tells your puppy that his crying can illicit a response from you is far, far less than desirable.
You may have come here hoping that we’d have some magic way to get that puppy to be quiet. We do – but it just isn’t for tonight. Tonight is a lost cause. Sorry about that.
At Far North Kennel, we breed Long Haired German Shepherd puppies. We absolutely love dogs and write this blog in hopes of making your relationship with your dog better. If you ever have any questions, feel free to contact us anytime.