In this article, we will be taking a look at how to get your dog to stop barking at night. Not only can it be annoying for you if your dog barks at night but can also be against various local laws. Over time this can lead to court orders to have your dog terminated.
No dog owner ever wants to go down that path so we have published this article to help any of our readers in this situation. These quick and easy tips and tricks will be able to help you stop your dog from barking at night.
Why Does My Dog Bark In The Middle Of The Night
Understanding why something happens can often help you think of ways to stop it. This list covers the most common causes but there are a few other less common ones such as medical issues. This can help you avoid triggering any dog barking at night laws.
Your Dog Maybe Bored
Just like humans and other animals, dogs will attempt to keep themselves occupied when bored. Their attempts at keeping themselves occupied usually get vocal if they are left alone for long periods of time. This tends to come from their instinct to call out for their pack members before domestication.
Although not always effective, having additional dogs or ensuring high-quality dog toys are left in your dogs sleeping area can help keep them occupied.
Your Dog Is Scared Or Alarmed
If your dog is randomly barking at night then it can be due to fear or alarm. Although most dog breeds have better vision at night than humans, they still get fearful of unknown sounds during the night. This can trigger your dog’s default response to attempt to raise the alarm and protect the pack to bark.
Multiple dog owners have reported positive experiences by stopping things banging during the night. Damaged gates, things blowing in the wind, and bin lids are all common occurrences that are easy to fix.
If your dog barks at night when alone then it is probably due to lack of attention. Dogs can easily develop the habit of barking for attention, this can be to get you to play with them or feed them. If you suspect this is the reason your dog is barking at night it is important that you start to ignore your dog during the day and scold it when it barks for behavior. This will help you break your dog’s habit and stop it barking at night.
Lack Of Exercise
Some high energy dog breeds such as Huskies can have trouble sleeping if they don’t get enough exercise. If a high energy dog is stuck inside all day then there is a high chance it will just sleep and not be tired at night.
To counter this, try to ensure you are walking your dog as often as possible. If you are unable to walk your dog then there are a number of doggy treadmills on the market that can help exercise your dog. If you do choose to go the treadmill route then our recent article on getting your dog to walk on a treadmill can help you.
How To Get Your Dog To Stop Barking At Night
Although the above tips can help for their own specific situations, there are a few generic tips that you can try if you can’t link up any of the possible causes above to your dog barking.
Ignoring The Barking
Unfortunately, this is the standard go-to for most dog owners. It can sometimes help but usually, it does nothing other than encouraging your dog to bark louder and longer. For example, if your dog is barking for attention, ignoring the barking is likely to only make it worse.
Dog Training Collars
High-quality dog training collars are becoming more and more and more popular for assisting with training. Gone are the days when they could only static shock your dog. Modern collars now come with a number of different training methods such as vibration, audible alarms or water squirting.
The remote control will allow you to activate your training collar while still in bed. This means if your dog starts to bark during the night you can activate the collar without the need to get up.
Put A Muzzle On
Although we haven’t attempted this training aid ourselves, we have seen a number of reports from dog owners of having success with putting a high-quality dog muzzle on their dog during the night.
The theory is that the muzzle helps to keep your dogs mouth closed and discourage barking. Simply apply the muzzle to your dog before going to bed and remove it when you wake up.
If you do choose to use the muzzle method, our article on how to get your dog used to a muzzle quickly can help you. There’s no need for a heavy duty dog muzzle, the standard fabric ones are enough. Just ensure that it is a high-quality muzzle with adjustable fitting, soft fabric and plenty of room for your dog to drink during the night with the muzzle on if required.
How To Deal With Senile Dog Barking
If your dog is barking due to dementia then some training methods are much less effective. Your dog’s memory problems can cause a disconnect between the cause and reaction of the training process.
The dog training collar is also much less effective and can end up causing your dog undue stress. Its brain may not link its barking with the collars correction. This can result in your dog barking once it forgets about the previous correction over and over again.
Due to this we recommend trying the muzzle method as this will offer a physical restraint to discourage barking.