Why Do Dogs Cry?

Does your dog cry frequently for no obvious reason? It is understood this would be disconcerting, but it’s important to know there is always a reason for this behavior. It’s a way by which they can communicate with us to tell that they are sick, scared, or need our attention. To better understand your dog today we will explain why dogs cry.

Many people think dogs cry on a whim and decide to ignore or even punish them. Action which couldn’t be more wrong. Vocalizations such as crying, howling, or barking are part of a dog’s language and we should not ignore them. We must meet the responsibility we have as caregivers to listen and understand what is happening to them.

Dogs will cry for several reasons, often because they need our attention, but what is it they might need? Let’s find out.


It is completely normal for a puppy to cry. Especially when they arrive in a new home during the night or when they are alone. The reason why is very simple. They are experiencing a feeling of loneliness and fear in an unknown situation. Until this point they were with their mother and siblings. They need more time to adjust.

What do we do in these cases?

Attends them and facilitate their adaption by providing security and confidence. Little by little, they will improve and cry less.


When an adult dog cries it usually indicates fear and need pain or emotion. Let’s see each cause. A dog can be frightened for various reasons such as responding to a large noise, but they can also cry when feeling anxious or alone. If your dog can’t spend time on their own without crying, we recommend visiting an orthologous to establish appropriate guidelines.

They also cry for attention. It’s simply because they have run out of food or water or because they need to relieve themselves. This type of crying is easily recognizable, because they should stop after having their needs satisfied. If we see that the dog is eating too much, is urinating too often or is having trouble defecating, we should take them to the vet for a checkup.

A sick dog or one with some type of pain is likely to cry especially when the infected area is touched or they make a sudden movement. We should examine their body for any obvious injuries, but also take them to the veterinarian for an assessment.

Not all crying is negative. Dogs may also cry when they are excited or happy. A clear example is when they are excited when we return home. Many dogs are so excited to see their guardians, they run and cry in excitement, but should calm down once the greeting is over.

In addition to the causes that we have explained, the effects of aging causes physical and mental stress, which may lead to older dogs crying. When they cry at night, it may mean that their sleep patterns are altering. They may spend more time sleeping during the day. Problems such as arthritis and pain which comes with it, can cause your dog to whine and cry. To help alleviate these problems of disorientation and discomfort, you should seek help from a veterinarian.