Here’s What You Need To Do.
You are already tucked neatly into your bed. All of a sudden, your dog started barking like some intruders infiltrated your home. With panic, you turned on the lights and went to check on him. Lo and behold, there is nothing. What is going on here?
If your dog seems to have developed the habit of barking at night, something must be up. You are probably not in your most tolerant mood but instead of looking for ways to prevent your dog from waking you up, you should first work up an understanding as to why he is doing it.
Why Does A Dog Bark During The Night
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Your dog might get triggered at night for several reasons, such as loneliness, needing to go do a number one or a number two, pain, old age, separation anxiety (if he sleeps in another room), or just plain boredom. Fixing the problems will require an understanding of the cause. Usually, the causes are dependent on the age of the dog.
For instance, a new puppy might be missing his former family. He is likely to experience homesickness for a few nights. Also, the new addition to your family may simply be in dire need to go outside to pee. You should be appreciative of your new dog if this is the case. Some young pups just whine and wet the bed.
For adult dogs, the barking may be caused by a possible sickness. Sometimes, it can be from hearing a disturbance outside. That does not automatically mean a burglar lurking about. Minor noises such as the rustling of leaves and blowing of air can set a dog on guard mode. However, according to numerous studies, one of the most common reasons why a dog barks at night is hearing another dog barking.
How To Stop Your Dog From Barking At Night
1. Go to the vet
As a pet owner, you should be alert every time your dog exhibits unusual behavior. If your pooch, who used to be a deep sleeper, starts waking up to bark at night. Then, something is wrong.
Some dogs who are experiencing stomach issues or bladder infections might start barking at night, so their owners can let them out to either pee or poo.
For those who have been with their lovely dogs for a long time, a health check is essential. Elderly dogs can get dementia which will have them acting strange at times.
Dementia in dogs is more common than you think. Unfortunately, only less than 15% of these dogs have received the diagnosis. If your old pal has developed dementia, then the vet can help manage the symptoms and hopefully reduce the nighttime barking.
2. Investigate for possible causes
Has your neighbor started working nights? Do raccoons and other creatures rummage through your garbage when everyone is already asleep?
Small changes like these can be stressful for your dog. He will most likely bark every time your next-door neighbor leaves or arrives home from work. You cannot do much on that one.
Thankfully, your dog can adapt to your neighbor’s schedule in just a few days. For those midnight crawlers who feast on your leftovers, you can drive them away by putting a tight lid on your garbage can.
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Dogs are known to signal their owners if they feel something’s not right. Responding to the situation might actually be good for you.
Maybe your dog is trying to warn you about potential danger or problem. Even if he is not, it is still a total win if it can help you put an end to your dog’s barking at night.
3. Train or exercise your dog
All those pent-up energies must be keeping your dog up at night. What you can do is increase the intensity of your exercise or training sessions with your dog. Just because you are doing it regularly does not mean it is enough.
4. Ignore your dog whenever he barks
Once you are sure that there is no problem with your dog or nothing is happening in your surroundings, leave. Do not sit down and pamper your dog. Reassuring him by having quality time with him or worse taking him to your bedroom will only show that he did a good job getting your attention by barking.
If you reward this night-time barking, it will become a habit. That is just how it is. It is the same as handing a treat or giving a delicious supplement to your pet after performing a trick or being well-behaved.
Do not indulge your pet, but at the same time do not hit him or use an electric collar on him. Otherwise, he might develop an aggressive behavior or become less adept to learning new things. Just simply look around, figure out why your dog is barking, and walk back to your bedroom.
There are numerous possibilities why your dog barks at night. While your first course of action should be to figure out what is wrong, you should never indulge your dog’s barking because it could be a sign of attention-seeking behavior.
About the Author:
Charles is a certified pet-lover who writes for RestoraPet.com. He, together with his wife, enjoys doing volunteer work in various animal shelters at his city.