How to Stop Your Puppy From Barking at Night!
28 April, 2017
If you just adopted a puppy, there are so many things that are new to both of you. It is pretty natural for a puppy to cry and bark at night when your puppy to sleep. Your puppy could just be getting used to the crate or sleeping alone in a new home. And that’s natural. But, if your puppy keeping barking through the night, there are some ways you can stop the barking before it becomes a nighttime ritual.
Establish a routine potty schedule every day for your puppy
Most puppies can hold their bladder for one hour for every month of age, plus one. Keep a daily routine and schedule of the times when your puppy needs to be taken out. You might even have to wake up in the middle of the night to take the puppy out once in a while, but if you keep to a routine, this is less likely to happen.
Make sure your puppy is on a regular feeding schedule
Your puppy needs to be on a regular feeding schedule from breakfast through dinner. Try to feed your puppy no later than an hour and a half before you put him to bed or in his crate. If you make sure that his bladder is empty, there’s less of a chance that your puppy will bark though the night.
Exercising throughout the day will help your puppy sleep through the night
If your puppy isn’t getting enough exercise and has an abundance of energy at night, this will make him loud and naughty in his crate. Your puppy needs regular exercise in the form of walks, hikes, and playing with people or other dogs. Even a game of fetch around the house before bed time to tire your pup out.
Teach our puppy to love his or her crate
If you can teach your puppy to love her crate and that it is the most fun place in the house, it will work wonders. Try putting your puppy in the crate during the day to make it more routine. It’s fun there! Offer treats or indestructible toys in the crate and while your puppy is inside, close the door for short periods. Do this regularly throughout the day to get her used to being in the crate. Then, at night, it won’t be threatening.
Make the puppy as peaceful and soothing as possible
Make your puppy’s crate a peaceful, soothing place to be. Some pheromone sprays can help keep your puppy calmer when she’s in her crate. Put a blanket in there and your puppy’s favorite toys. There are some different stuffed animals that can soothe your puppy throughout the night. The Snuggle Puppy has a simulated heart beat that might just stop your puppy from barking and fall right to sleep.
The crate also needs to be in the right location
Puppies are more likely to be upset if they’re shut away in secluded place in your home. If they’re close to people, they tend to be calmer. Put your puppy’s crate in a part of your house like a quiet corner of the living room or bedroom may help with nighttime barking. As your puppy gets comfortable with the crate, you can move it to another part of the house.
As always, only use positive reinforcement and praise when your puppy does the correct behavior and never yell at your puppy if he has an accident. That is just part of being a puppy!
If none of the above techniques work, you should take your puppy to your veterinarian to rule out a medical condition. If your puppy is healthy and just barking out of frustration, it might be a good idea to hire a dog trainer.