Your dog barks at night and you don’t know why? Anxiety, bad training, animals roaming around outside? There can be many reasons why your dog may behave in this way, so let’s see why your dog may only do so at night.
A DOG THAT BARKS HAS A NORMAL BEHAVIOR
Barking in dogs is a normal behavior if it is not excessive and continuous, because this exaggerated behavior can hide a malaise in your dog.
Indeed, the dog can’t talk like we can, so he will express himself through vocalizations, whining, squeaking and barking. And all this is part of his way to communicate with us, but also with his fellow dogs.
And yes, dogs, when playing, or interacting together, can emit grunts and barks and it is quite normal. Where barking can become problematic and where questions can be asked, is when the dog starts barking almost permanently for long periods of the day or night. Be aware that, even if it is irritating for you or your neighbors, a dog that barks excessively is a dog in discomfort and it is therefore necessary not to let the situation last so that it gets better quickly.
THE DOG HEARS NOISES AT NIGHT
Your dog has a tendency to bark at night… This can be justified by the fact that wild animals tend to move around more easily at night when it is quieter outside. Rabbits, gerbils, foxes and deer may be walking around at night if you live in the country and this may cause your dog to react as he has a much better sense of hearing than humans. If you live in the city and your dog is barking as well, it may be due to passers-by or people partying.
Even if these noises seem harmless to us, it can be disturbing for your dog.
You may want to hire a dog behaviorist to help you work on staying calm in the face of these noises.
MY DOG IS ANXIOUS
It is also possible that your dog is anxious because he sleeps alone and barks to show his stress. If you have recently adopted your dog, it is possible that he is not yet accustomed to the place and that he barks to express his anxiety to be in an unknown place that he does not know yet. You can absolutely, whether he is a puppy or an adult, make him sleep in your room, then move the basket of your dog progressively towards the door of your living room, until bringing the bedding towards the final area.
A BAD CONDITIONING IN THE DOG
It is also possible that your dog has figured out that by barking, no matter what time of night it is, you are coming to see him.
So your dog associated barking with the fact that you came almost immediately and took care of him, so it’s a good thing according to your dog. It’s the same principle as a reward, even if it doesn’t seem like a reward in your head. Don’t worry, this is not a problem, many of us have this reflex to scold our dog or tell him to shut up when he barks a little too much. It’s a totally human reflex above all. Our advice is to reassure your dog, you can also install a comfortable and cozy basket so that he can have a pleasant resting area where he feels good and confident.
You can also anticipate and reward your dog as soon as he is silent when it starts to get dark and thus reward silence and encourage this behavior rather than barking.
DON’T PUT AN ANTI-BARK COLLAR ON YOUR DOG
Our last piece of advice is not to put a barking collar on your dog to shut him up. Even if it is tempting and easy, it will only have a negative impact in your dog’s head as he will associate barking (unhappiness) with something that hurts him. Your dog will surely shut up, but the emotion he will be in will not be the right one. Your dog will only associate the element that makes him bark with pain, and this will reinforce his fear or his stress. So forget about those electric collars that will not bring any real solution to the problem.
You can then call on a dog trainer who will help you to work on the solitude and barking of your dog who may have difficulty being alone for different reasons that will be specific to himself.To conclude, barking remains a normal behavior, you can never make your dog totally silent.It is also possible that your dog barks because he starts to see less well at night compared to his age, so you can also make an appointment with your veterinarian to make sure that your dog does not have any health problems that could justify this night behavior.