How To Stop A Dog From Barking At Night

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Early hours. Bedtime. You sank under the blankets, turned out the light, and put your phone on silent. Not your pup, though; it’s time for bed. They have just started.

If your dog’s barking and whining keep you up at night or, worse still, if it wakes you up hours before your alarm, this is one of the most common kinks that has to be worked out in your connection with your dog.

You’ve inadvertently taught your dog that barking and whining will gain them your attention at any time of day or night, which is the most common, simple, unintended root of the problem. Finding a solution is, unfortunately, not as easy.

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Exactly why does your dog bark at night?

How did your dog initially acquire this irritating, sleep-stealing habit? There are several reasons why dogs will bark and whine. Still, the most frequent ones are to alert the family to a disturbance, to convey fear or worry, or to grab attention.

Isolation distress (fear of being left alone) and confinement discomfort (anxiety about being in a crate or X-pen) can both have a significant impact on night barking, however for many dogs, the problem is just one of the following:

  1. You used to let your dog sleep in the bed, but you’ve stopped doing that now;
    2. Your pup is still figuring out how to sleep through the night since they recently acquired them;
    3. You’ve tried petting or releasing your dog from a small space to soothe down its barking.

The third of them draws the most puppies. When you approach your dog to soothe or comfort them when they begin to bark at night, you inadvertently teach them that barking and whining cause you to flee. Once they have understood the lesson, they find it challenging to forget.

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How to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking at Night

Next, what? There is a solution to this problem, though you won’t like it. If you want to stop your dog from barking and whining at night, you must convince them that it won’t get their attention.

  • You must convince your dog that whining and barking won’t get anything done. Put another way. You must ignore this issue to find a problem.
  • The most important thing is not to react—don’t go to your dog, don’t yell at them, don’t shout comforting words, and don’t let them out of their confined space.
  • If you reassure your dog even once, you give them the reason they can sometimes get what they want by barking. They have no reason to change their behaviour even if they occasionally get their time.
  • Your dog will gradually stop barking and whining at night if they are not rewarded with your attention because it was their strategy to gain it.

I’ll start by saying that this won’t be easy. When you try to change your dog from doing anything, like barking at night, an “extinction burst” happens, which means that the barking will get worse before it gets better since your dog is desperately attempting to communicate using a strategy that used to work.

Naturally, this also means that your sleep will worsen before getting better. You can simplify your life by donning earplugs and listening to white noise.

It also wouldn’t hurt to make your dog as comfortable as possible; think about playing relaxing classical music or giving your dog a DAP collar or diffuser.

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Is Your Dog Barking at Night in Their Crate?

If you don’t have a legitimate reason to keep your dog restricted there at night (for instance, if your puppy hasn’t yet learnt to go potty outside), it’s okay to let them sleep in your bedroom or even in your bed.

You are not teaching your dog any bad habits or separation anxiety by allowing them to sleep with you.

Some studies even assert that allowing a dog to sleep next to you in bed will give you quality sleep, not just because your dog is less likely to bark or whine.

The easiest solution to the problem—and the one you were secretly hoping for all along—can occasionally be a comfortable night’s sleep with your dog by your side.