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Why do dogs cry at night?

Updated on July 7, 2009

Dogs are pack animals. They are social creatures as well. Dogs thrive well in an atmosphere where they are given opportunities to interact with other dogs and with humans. If you are a dog lover and you have been with a dog for years you certainly have noticed that these affectionate animals are happiest if they are in the company of the people they have closely bonded with. This is probably one of the reasons why dogs are noted to cry at night. Dogs seldom cry in the daytime because even if it is not getting attention from its people, the dog would see the family thus it knows that it is not alone.

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Puppies cry at night

The behavior of crying at night is more common in puppies. The puppy you have taken from the breeder seems to have settled well in its new home. The puppy has played all day and has shown a good temperament. Good! You have made a good choice…until the puppy has started whining and crying when you turned off the lights. Can the puppy be afraid of the dark? Because no one is sitting up and playing with the puppy, it realized that it is alone and it has started to miss it mother and its littermates. 

The dog wants to go potty

Be thankful that the dog has disturbed your sleep with its whimpering and whining. Otherwise you have to deal with the mess created by the dog. Have you ever considered the possibility that the reason why the dog is crying at night is because it wants to go out to do its business? Some dogs would have to go out a couple of times at night. Puppies would want to use the toilet more frequently.

The dog is not sleepy

Humans need to sleep at night to recharge. Dogs, especially ones that are left alone at home all day would spend most of the time sleeping. When nighttime comes, the dog is wide awake…and very bored. The dog is crying to get your attention. The dog wants someone to play with.

Sleep Doggie…Sleep

Puppies are very similar to small children. This means that these animals would be very dependent on the master. If the puppy is afraid of the dark, would you consider leaving a night light on? You can have the doggie blanket in your room to reassure the puppy that it is not alone.

A dog will not cry at night and disturb your sleep if it has toys to play with. Provide your pet with cuddly to occupy its time until it is ready to sleep.

Dog Crying in Sleep

Crying dog

Dog Crying


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      Karandeep Singh jolly 3 years ago from Jalandhar

      Thanks for the wonderful article, dear friend. I have been noticing our street dogs crying at the night time. My own dog did the same thing, when he was a pup, but after that, he has never ever cried and, i hope that he never does. I have always been with him, so that he never feels lonely and is always with his humans.

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      Yakub Abubakar 4 years ago

      That is how God wills

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      Kushal 5 years ago

      Ya i do hear every night dog crying. What i have experienced is, a dog cries infront of my neighbour house and a member of the family died.

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      abhay 6 years ago

      dogs cry when they get away from their family , in my street a dog is crying for several hours and still crying , her sounds are echoing in whole area , because some bastard took away two little puppy of her.

      man is so selfish these days , he did not think what will happen to her when she not find her puppies.

      humans are becoming so bad , why god help people , he should only help animals.

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      lillie WRX_STi 6 years ago

      Yeah, I thought it was because of bad spirits and stuff....I still believe in it but, I won't dare to go outside.

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      kunsang ongmu bhutia 6 years ago

      thank u.after reading this article i really had a sigh of relief.after losing my father i don't want bad omen looming over us again.well written.

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      Ritika 7 years ago

      You wrote the article well. I agree with a lot of what you said. Our pup cried a lot initially because it seemed to miss its Mom, brothers and sisters... it'd frequently go back to the blanket that has its Mom's smell and kept scratching @ it out of frustration, it seems... that Mom's smell is there but Mom's not. It's really, really sad. That's why we do our absolute best to give him as much love as possible... thanks for writing a truthful article.

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      Rajesh 7 years ago

      I heard that they can sense spirits and if someone is about to die nearby they cry. I have myself experience these events many times. I don't know if this is really myth or a supernatural ability that dogs have. Also they can hear high pitch sounds and can hear spirits communicating in hyperspace.

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      Aniruddha 7 years ago

      Dear Roshan, I hope the answer is in the post itself. Firstly, the dog (stray/pet) cry only because it is lonely. Yes, it is speculated issue that dogs/animals can see the unseen. But you can be sure that nothing bad will happen even if they cry together at night.

      Secondly, its a myth created in villages and even to some limit by parents to restrict there children from going out at night hours. Just stay calm and sleep, no harm shall come to you if a dog cries.

      Lastly, if you are scared by any means, keep a picture of any god you might trust near you, it might help you. :)

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      roshan 7 years ago

      thanks for the information, because at night there are the street dogs that enter our street and start crying but, i thought the reason to why dogs cry at night is because there is going to be a disaster or bad luck for some one. pls tellme a reason to that it worries me a lot.