Why is My Dog Running Around Crying?

By Bethany Tate

While there are many possible reasons why your dog is running around and crying, most likely your dog is trying to tell you something is wrong. Your dog could be suffering from physical or even emotional discomfort. 

Has your dog suddenly started to run around the house while crying or whining? Are you worried about what could be bothering them? Are you looking for a way to control this behavior?

If you answered yes to any of those questions then this article is for you.  Here are some of the reasons your dog might be running around and crying. 

Physical pain or irritation

If your dog’s behavior changed suddenly and there appears to be no pattern to it, then your dog might be experiencing physical discomfort or irritation. 

If your dog is in pain the chances are that there will be other signs in addition to running and yelping. 

Other signs that your dog could be in pain

If your dog is exhibiting any of these signs then you should contact your vet right away. 

Changes in appetite or in the amount of water they drink

If your dog hasn’t been eating and drinking like they normally do, then something could be bothering their digestive system. A problem in the digestive system could be anything from gas, upset stomach, constipation or even a dental issue. 

Changes in their sleep pattern

Oftentimes when dogs are in pain they sleep more often and for longer periods. This could be because their bodies are expending extra energy trying to heal, or because it’s uncomfortable to be more active. 

Heavy panting

Healthy dogs pant normally. If your dog’s panting is heavier than normal it could be a sign that it’s hard or painful for them to breathe. 


Shaking is normal if a dog is cold. It’s also normal for older dogs to shake. Sometimes though, shaking can be a sign of a more severe or serious issue like disease or poisoning. 

Unusual changes in posture

If your dog is limping, hunched, or assuming the “prayer stance” it is a tell tale sign that something is causing them physical discomfort. Their posture is also a big clue as to where and what is bothering them. 

Anxiety or stress

Sometimes if a dog’s behavior is unusual it’s because of stress or anxiety from their surrounding environment. 

If your dog cries and runs around on a regular basis then look for patterns in their environment that could be triggering this behavior.

Separation anxiety

Perhaps your dog startings acting up when you are getting ready to leave. This is a sign that your pup could be suffering from separation anxiety. 

If you recently started crate training your dog and they know it’s time to go in the crate, then they might be acting out because they don’t like the crate and don’t want to be left alone. 

Sudden changes that cause stress

Have you or your dog experienced any drastic changes lately? Maybe a move to a new apartment? A trip with a long travel time? Maybe there’s a new roommate to worry about?

Sudden life changes can be stressful for dogs just like they can be for people. Your dog might just need some time to process their new normal.  

Final thoughts

Seeing your furry friend run around crying is a painful sight for all pet parents. Look at what other signs your dog may be giving to you about what is bothering them. 

It’s always best to call a vet if you’re ever in doubt or if you think your dog is in pain. 

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Bethany Tate
Writing and analyzing data are her superpowers. Dogs, nature, and trail running are her oxygen. Bethany passionately believes pets make the world a better place. Her world is made better by Nemo, her pet dachshund.