Is this your bedtime routine? You get comfy cozy and start dozing off only to be startled by your dog’s barking? Perhaps it’s the barks from your neighbor’s dog that keep you up all night? Excessive barking, regardless of the time of day, can drive you and your neighborhood crazy. The good news is you don’t have to lose sleep over dogs barking at night. Here’s the scoop on how you and your pet can catch some much-needed ZZZZs.

Why Does My Dog Bark at Night for No Apparent Reason? 

If it seems like your dog’s barking at night at nothing, you’re not alone. The truth is dogs bark, and when they do dogs aren’t particularly concerned about disturbing your sleep patterns. What you need to know is dogs typically bark for a reason; they are communicating something to their humans or fellow animals. So, before you assume your dog is barking at night for no reason, take a look at what’s going on when he’s barking. 

Several things can trigger your dog to bark at night:

  • Noises
  • Illness or pain
  • Old age or dementia
  • Loneliness
  • Needs to go to the bathroom
  • Boredom

When noises trigger dogs to bark at night

Why do dogs bark at night? It could be that your pet hears noises outside and is alerting you of pending danger, whether that might be an intruder or a squirrel on the roof. A check around the house can ensure everything’s okay and calm your dog. If he continues to bark it’s time to look at other causes.

If your dog is indoors at night and you live in an area where street noise is normal, try using white noise filters or music to buffer outside noises so your dog won’t hear them. Sometimes, running a fan is enough to drown out disruptive noises. 

Your dog could be ill or in pain

You always want to have your pet checked to ensure he isn’t hurt or has a health-related issue that’s worse at night. It’s possible your dog started barking at night because he has an upset stomach or bladder infection. Is he asking to go outside more often than usual? Is he panting a lot, more than normal? If troubles like these are behind your dog barking at night all of a sudden, medical treatment can bring relief to your sleep time.

Old age or dementia can make dogs bark at night

It is possible that dementia could be the reason your old dog is barking at night. If your pet is 11-12 years old, you might want to have him or her evaluated for cognitive decline. Sometimes medications can resolve your pet’s barking problems.

Lonely dogs bark at night

Loneliness and separation anxiety can trigger dogs to bark. Loneliness especially can be the cause of a rescue dog’s barking at night. Dogs are pack animals and may find it difficult to be in a room by themselves. Letting your dog, whether a rescue or not, sleep in your room (in his crate) or in bed with you should alleviate your dog’s loneliness, but that might not fit with your lifestyle. Another option is to take your dog for a walk or schedule some playtime before bed to tire them out so you both get a good night’s rest.

The dog needs to go to the bathroom

Needing to go to the bathroom can often be behind a dog “randomly” barking at night, especially a puppy that you’re housetraining. Make sure your pet goes outside and does its business just before you go to bed. Get up and allow your puppy to go outside and do its business to elevate barking. Eventually, as your dog gets older and its bladder grows, it will be able to hold urine all night. Also, restrict your pet’s water intake 30-60 minutes before bed to eliminate the midnight bathroom breaks. 

BarxBuddy PSA: During the day, allow your pet to drink water freely at all times to prevent dehydration, urinary tract infections, and to keep him from drinking too much water at once (a common behavior in dogs that face water restrictions). Gulping down water can lead to vomiting, water-intoxication, or life-threatening bloat. 

Boredom will make dogs bark at night

If you’ve eliminated all other reasons for your dog’s nighttime barking escapades it’s possible your dog has extra energy he didn’t burn off during the day. He is bored and looking for something to do. To help your dog relax and get slumber, exercise your pet before bedtime. A game of fetch or a nice stroll should tire him out for the night.

Tips for Stopping Night-Time Dog Barks

Keep an ultrasonic training device at your bedside. This is why we recommend ordering two or more ultrasonic trainers — you can keep one in areas where you and your dog spend a lot of time. Whether your dog sleeps in the room with you or is in a crate in another room doesn’t matter. The BarxBuddy trainer works within 50 feet and through walls. 

Follow these guidelines for using the dog trainer to interrupt nuisance barking so you can correct them with voice commands. Repeat as often as necessary.

How to Stop Dog Barking at Night Outside

What if the dog that won’t stop barking at night is outside? Worse yet, what if the dog barking at night outside isn’t yours, and it causes your dog to bark like crazy? Yikes! 

After you’ve exhausted all methods, like trying to contact your neighbor about the barking dog, you can use The BarxBuddy ultrasonic trainer if your neighbor’s dog is 40 to 60 feet from you. Each time your neighbor’s dog starts barking, press and release the device. Although you cannot hear the sound, the dog will. It will stop barking, and as soon as it emits another bark, press and release the device. You’ll notice that the dog will soon associate the unpleasant sound of the device with its night barks, and it will quiet down.

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