How To Stop Your Dog From Barking At Night
It’s late into the night You’ve just snuggled up in bed or deep in sleep, flipped off the light, turned off your phone.The barking at night just begun.
If your dog’s barking and whining is keeping you awake at night or, worse yet, waking you up hours before your alarm, you’re not alone; this is one of the most common wrinkles that need ironing out in your relationship with your dog. To stop this habit, you first need to understand why it is happening.
Your Dog Is Bored
Ever being bored out of your mind and tired of sitting around all day? Dogs can feel that way too. That’s why as a paw-some parent, it’s your duty to keep them engaged. When dogs are bored, they can get vocal. Barking, howling, and whining is one of their few ways of letting out the frustration. The solution to this is quite simple, you can keep your dog engaged 24/7 with a variety of interactive toys and games that don’t need your attention.
Your Dog Is Scared
Dogs respond to fear by barking and it is also their way of letting you know that something is amiss. Dogs are pack animals and always function best when led. As a personal trick, I usually let them see me go check what the cause of their fear could be. Or you could drown out external noise by playing some music or switching on the TV to distract them. Be careful not to respond to this by petting your dog or they could see barking as a way of getting your attention.
Your Dog Feels Lonely
There is no universal cause for night barking in dogs. Dogs are pack animals and always desire to be in company. Leaving them alone or confined for a long time could lead to restlessness and trigger barking.
A good idea would be to release them from their crate or let them sleep in your bedroom if that’s possible.
Sometimes they could just be craving your attention and want some good ol’ head rub and some giggly “good boy”
Your Dog Needs Exercise
If you go to work every day and don’t have enough time to exercise your dog daily; your canine companion is going to have so much pent up energy that could lead to night-time barking, aggressiveness, and obesity.
Exercise is the best solution for this cause of barking. One option is sending your dog to doggie daycare where they can have a tiring day, running around and playing all day with other dogs. Alternatively, you and your dog can exercise together. It is also very important to ensure safety during these walks.
Now that you know why your furry friend might be barking at night, you’re one step closer to solving the problem. Leave a comment if you have any interesting experience with your pet.
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