Does your dog bark at night, every night? Is the neighboring dog barking or howling in the middle of the night? Barking is one of the most common harassment complaints received by urban authorities in urban areas in many parts of the world. In a study on all other suburban sounds classified as a cause of harassment.
And a dog barking in the night is uncomfortable for anyone within earshot. An Australian study showed that annoying barking is most common in younger dogs, especially herds, but many young Labradors bark more than their owners would like.
Barking at night and early waking up are both common problem behaviors in all puppies and young dogs. And can occur again in older dogs.
Therefore, it is important for pet owners and neighbors of pet parents to have coping strategies.
This article will help you deal with a dog that barks at night and helps restore peace in your household. And maybe even to your street.
Why do dogs bark at night?
If you have trouble keeping your dog quiet at night, or if your neighbor’s dog wakes you up in the early hours of the morning, you probably think, ” I do not care why the dog is barking – just tell me how to stop it! ”
That’s understandable, but knowing why your own dog barks is an important part of solving the problem.
Dogs can bark at night for various reasons
Need “the bathroom”
Alert / perceived intruders
Illness / pain
Age / dementia
How we fix the problem depends on the cause. First, let’s take a look at the puppies because with a young puppy, one or both of the first two items on the list are probably the cause of your problems.
New puppy barking at night
New puppies are a special case, they have a bad bladder control and can be very homesick for the first few days and nights.
If your puppy has just arrived, then noise at night is quite normal, especially if you expect your puppy to sleep alone, and you will find help sleeping with an 8-week-old puppy in our life coach.
Your new puppy can bark when it needs to be left outside to pee. But do not rely on it. Some puppies will cry a bit and then, if there is no answer from you, the bed will get wet.
Since barking can easily become a habit, it is better to forestall the awakening puppy and get up and take it out before it starts screaming.
At the age of about five months, most Labrador puppies sleep through the night to a reasonable time in the morning.
Some reach this milestone much earlier. But in the meantime, expect to show up in the house every morning with a young puppy
If you have not quite gotten to sleep through the night, you should read our home training or potty training information for your puppy
What time is it for Labradors to wake up?
We all differ in what we define as reasonable Labrador behavior, and it depends on when you go to bed. For me, it means staying calm until after 6:30.
Everything before that is “night” in my book. If you burn the midnight oil, you can set your morning alarm a little later.
Puppies differ in their bladder capacity and some Labradors can last long enough to get a reasonably good sleep, say about seven hours, even earlier than five months old.
If your puppy is over six months old and still wakes up before 6:30, scroll down to the end of this post to see the “Getting Up Cure”.
How to prevent a puppy from barking at night? Reasons of Barking
If your puppy starts barking as soon as you leave him alone and go to his own bed, chances are he’s lonely we will tell you the possible reasons of barking the dog at night.
You have a few options. Which one you choose may depend on how old your puppy is.
If you’ve only had the puppy for a few days, it’s best to put a box or box by your bed and take it to your bed.
He barks mainly because he misses sleeping with his brothers and sisters in a pile. And because your house is not the home he grew up in
New puppies can do terrible homesickness and a few days off of your company at night while they can adapt to their new home wonders. Once everything is not so funny and new, you can pull the puppy out of your bedroom.
This is often best done in stages by moving the box further from your bed, then through the door, then on the other side of the open door, etc.
The other option, of course, is to leave the puppy to scream at him. This works well for most puppies, at least it works well for their owners. In it, the puppy stops crying after a few nights at night.
A considerable minority of puppies are barking and howling for a good week. By then your nerves will be in tatters and you will stumble through your days in a sleep-filled haze.
I was there and did not recommend this method. Especially if you want to talk to your neighbors. It has the added disadvantage of giving many puppies diorhorrea the stress of being so disturbed.
Check out this guide for 8 week old puppies for more information and tips when your child is very young
As soon as your pup sleeps peacefully for 6 or 7 hours a night, you can pat yourself on the back and feel a little smug.
The fight is won …. Or is it?
Dog barking at night all at once
It is quite common in dogs under the age of one to stay awake for several weeks or months to sleep well.
When I say “wake up the night,” I wake up loud night.
All dogs wake up from time to time during the night, but usually they do not make a song and dance about it when their bladder can last a whole night.
In the case of an older puppy or adult dog, nocturnal barking is usually caused by one of the last five reasons on our list
- Illness / pain
- Alert / perceived intruders
- Boredom / habit
- separation anxiety
- Age / dementia
The dog may feel uncomfortable, it may have been disturbed by a wild animal researching your garden or sniffing at the back door. Or barking from a neighbor’s dog
In fact, one study showed that the clay most likely causes a bark was another barking dog Older dogs can sometimes bark because of health problems of cognitive decline. Deafness can increase a dog’s tendency to bark.
Stop barking your dog at night – Step 1
Before you try to stop your barking, you may need to be checked by a veterinarian.
One of the first things you need to do when a dog wakes up suddenly at night after having slept the night before is the question, “Could my dog be unwell?”
Sometimes a stomach or bladder infection can wake your dog at night and he can howl and bark because he has to go out and follow the call of nature.
Any dog who does not look like his usual happy self will benefit from a health check, and this is especially important for dogs that have recently developed a behavioral problem
Other potential health problems can occur in dogs as they get older.
So, if your dog is a senior, it’s a good idea to take him to the vet for a good exam.
Dementia in older dogs is common. One study showed that over 14% of dogs with an average of 11 to 12 years had some degree of cognitive decline, even though only 2% had diagnosed a problem.
If your old friend suffers from a cognitive decline, there are treatments that can help, and that can be enough to stop the barking of dogs during the night
Step 2: Check for possible malfunctions
If your dog barks at night, it may cause disturbances that cause the problem.
A raccoon in the dustbin, local cats fighting or mating on the street, or even a neighbor who started shiftwork and leaves the house at 3am. These are all disturbances that could trigger a previously quiet barking dogs.
One of my puppies started waking up at nine or ten months at night and it turned out that a family of mice had moved into the kitchen! Getting rid of the mice solved the noise.
A better lid on the garbage could reduce the domestic wildlife that comes home for a midnight meal, and your dog will probably get used to your neighbor’s new schedule in a day or two.
Disorders of this nature are often temporary, but they can also be a trigger for incipient bumping, especially if your dog enjoys the attention that the nocturnal barking produces.
Of course, you need to examine the barking if your dog is normally quiet at night. It is not uncommon for dogs to save the lives of their whole family by barking when a fire burns down.
But you do not want to make a big deal out of your night visit.
Otherwise, depending on what your first reaction to the barking or whimpering was, you may also have a dog who has discovered that barking is a very good way to get your attention at 3am.
Step 3: Increase exercise and training
If your dog is healthy and nothing disturbs his beauty sleep, then the next step is to increase his physical and mental stimulation
If you have a Labrador who has less than one hour of vigorous exercise a day, a 50-100% increase (combined with step 4) along with 15-20 minutes of exercise is most likely helpful.
We all sleep better after a day of decent training somewhere and Labs are intelligent dogs that need to use their brains.
If your dog is already well-trained, that does not mean that you do not have to work out together. There are many tricks you can teach your dog to train his mind and ensure a good night’s sleep for both of you.
Take a look at our training section and games to play with your dog
Step 4 – Remove your attention at night
What many people do when their dog wakes up at night for some reason means getting up and paying close attention to their dog.
You then pay attention to this for a long time after the problem (if there is one) is resolved.
Sometimes they are lovely and sit next to the dog until he falls asleep again.
We tend to do this because we are basically nice people, and dogs, just like children, find the attention very rewarding.
If you take your dog to bed after a barking episode, he’ll find it even more rewarding. And the behavior that follows a reward will be more likely to happen in the future.
Only take your dog to your bedroom if you are looking forward to it as a long-term arrangement
If you get woken up by your dog barking and come down at night to make sure the house is not burning and your dog is okay, do not try to make yourself a hot drink and talk to your furry at the kitchen table Friend.
Make your visit short and uninteresting. Get back to bed as fast as you can. If you stop amplifying the bark, it will diminish and eventually stop
But let’s face it, that can take a few days. And you hope for a faster result, right?
Can I bark my dog?
One solution that some people try is punishment. For example, barking or smearing barking dogs with water or shocking them with an electric collar.
More and more studies like this one from the University of Pennsylvania are contributing to the weight of evidence showing that punishing dogs have some serious drawbacks, including increasing aggression, and reducing the ability to learn new skills.
Not really, what we want for our dogs. And these effects were punished with very mild punishments, including verbal punishment.
When it comes to shocking dogs with electric collars, studies have shown that dogs trained in this way were more anxious and anxious than other dogs. And that was when the training was done by experts.
The results of this study on the Sophia Yin website are explained in detail
For these reasons, today almost all professional associations that represent dogs recommend that you avoid punishment when training your dog.
It is especially important that you do not punish a dog with genuine separation anxiety because you could make things much worse
Barking at night – does my dog have separation anxiety?
Many people are worried that their dog might be lonely at night. After all, you can not tell your dog that you’re only up or down the hall when you’ve closed it in the kitchen before you go to bed
Loneliness at night is definitely a problem for puppies. But the barking at night is less due to loneliness in an older dog.
Your dog knows if you are home or not. He can smell you and probably snore!
Sometimes people refer to dogs who whine or bark at night because they have “separation anxiety” and feelings of guilt, because they think they can not leave the dog alone while they sleep.
But separation anxiety is not something that only happens at night.
In fact, a dog who becomes very unhappy when left alone becomes more angry and barks when the family goes out without them during the day.
If your dog has separation anxiety, you must do so before barking. Your veterinarian or a qualified behaviorist can help you
Keep in mind that all dogs are social animals, and labs are more social than most. At least sometimes, when you’re at work all day, your dog will be bored and lonely.
It is worth considering whether as a family you could benefit from all if the dog slept in your room
Should I get my dog a friend?
Think carefully before you get a second dog when your current dog barks. Having a dog mate may not help
In fact, studies have shown that dogs bark more in several dog houses, not less.
Should you be a roommate with your puppy?
You do not have to let your dog sleep on or near the bed unless you want to.
But if you do not mind, it may be the best solution for a peaceful night, especially if your dog is developing in recent years.
Older dogs with bad hearing may find it very comfortable to sleep close to their owners and you probably will not bother too early in the morning.
On the other hand, if the word “restful” has never been applied to your dog, and if he treats an invitation to your bedroom as an opportunity to hop around on the bed and tinker with your slippers, then you may prefer to ignore all the occasional barking ( after a quick check for fire and intruders of course) and let him “scream”
Is it unfriendly?
If your dog is generally healthy and confident, he will be fine if you just let him “scream”.
If the nightwatch started as a result of a stomach bug and the bug is now healed, he can grumble for a few nights, but he’ll get over it soon. Just as my puppy solved the problem of the mouse.
That sounds a bit draconian and rude. It is in some cases the best answer to the problem.
A pair of earplugs will help you to sleep through the restlessness and he will learn that people do not play at night. Remember: He knows you are in the house .
But what if my neighbors are disturbed?
You should try to make your relationship better with your Labrador or Other dog and If you have close neighbors and have decided to ignore your barking dog, it is better to warn them in advance and compensate them in some way for the disruption.
How you do this depends on your neighbors and your relationship with them, but flowers and wine or chocolates are generally well preserved!
What if the neighbor’s dog barks all night?
Of course the bark sometimes comes from someone else. And it can help if you sympathize.
Remember that your neighbor is probably just as fed up as you are. Show them this article and offer support.
Hopefully you will get wine and chocolates and the peace will be restored beautifully and quickly.
My dog wakes up too soon
What about the dog who does not really wake up the night. He only wakes up too soon.
In his view, “It’s morning, why is not everyone on?”
He was a good dog and slept the whole night. It’s just that his idea of the morning, something does not agree with yours.
You think that 7:30 is a reasonable time to get up. He wants to be different and prefers 6:45. If you do not get up, it gradually gets louder and louder.
He can not sleep because he has a full bladder and is getting hungry. What to do?
This can be a pretty frustrating problem, because even if you get up and leave the dog for a little bit and give him a breakfast, and even if he is glad to go back to bed. You can not because you have to prepare myself for work.
The solution is to give the dog a signal he can hear.
The early wax cures
So you have to set an alarm to wake you up in front of your dog. Set the alarm clock to go off half an hour before waking up.
Go downstairs before making a sound and reward him for keeping quiet. Be very calm and avoid arousing the dog.
The next day, repeat the process, but after coming down the stairs, wait a few seconds before greeting the dog, giving it a treat, and letting it out. And ONLY give him a treat when he is quiet.
The next day, you can bring the alarm closer to your preferred wake-up time.
Keep going until you have an acceptable wake-up time.
Repeat every day by either increasing the waiting time before greeting and letting the dog out, or bring the alarm clock forward a few minutes.
The goals are twofold.
First, teach the dog that he does not have to make any noise to get you upright. You wake up when the alarm rings, and he is not responsible for waking you.
Second, you teach him to get up is not a big deal. It is not something that is worth being hot and molested.
He must know that the early morning is boring. Nobody wants to play or chat at 6:30.
Many dogs, when you go through this process, and when you make yourself boring enough actually start “sleeping” and ignore you when you get up.
You’ll know you’ve won this fight when you come down at 7:30, and your Labrador opens one eye and then goes back to sleep.
How to stop a dog bark at night – resume
Start by clarifying the underlying health issues and keeping your expectations of small puppies realistic.
The next step is to make sure that your dog is not disturbed at night, and to take measures to reduce possible interference.
Getting the dog to stop barking is best achieved by making sure he or she is well-trained, mentally-tired, and ready to sleep. Along with minimizing the attention you give to a dog when you need to go to check it at night.
Very small puppies, old dogs and dogs left alone most of the day probably need to share their nights with a human.
Loneliness is a real problem for dogs that fall into these categories. Most other dogs will simply adjust to sleeping alone.
Let us know how to get ahead, in the comment box below, or join us in the forum for a chat.
References and further reading
- Cross N et al 2009. Risk factors for annoying barking in dogs. Australian veterinary magazine
- Flint E et al. 2014. An overview of the public’s attitude towards barking dogs in New Zealand. New Zealand Veterinary Journal
- Herron M. et al. 2008. An overview of the use and outcome of confrontational and non-confrontational training methods in dogs owned by clients and showing unwanted behaviors. Applied Animal Behavioral Science
- Adams G & Johnson K 1994. Behavioral responses to barking and other auditory stimuli during nighttime sleep and waking up at the house dog. Applied Animal Behavioral Science.
- Adams G & Johnson K 1994. Sleep-wake cycles and other nocturnal behaviors of the domestic dog. Applied Animal Behavioral Science.
- Schilder, M & Van der Borg J. 2004. Training dogs with the help of the shock collar: short-term and long-term behavioral effects. Applied Animal Behavioral Science,
- Salvin H et al. 2010. Under the diagnosis of dog cognitive dysfunction: A cross-sectional study of older companion dogs. Veterinary Journal
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