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by missyfly96 on 26 September 2011 - 14:09

5 month old puppy barks throughout the night in her crate.  She wakes us up all hours of the night.  I have tried covering the crate, thinking she must see the other dogs walking around it has not helped.  I tried moving her in my room (but she makes too much noise and I still can't sleep).
I tried keeping all the other dogs out of that room, she still barks.  She is completely potty trained and I've tried taking her out in the night when she barks, but then a little while later she barks again.  Any ideas how to get her to stop.  Sometimes she may hear the slightest little noise and bark other times she just barks.  Even if she gets exercise she barks 3:30-6 in the morning off and on about every 1/2 hour or so.  I've tried ignoring it thinking when she figures out I'm not coming she will stop.

If she is in her crate and we are up or it is during the day she does not bark at all, just at night when we are all sleeping!

by trixx on 26 September 2011 - 15:09

i think you have a barker and there is not much i think you can do, i would put a muzzel on her when you want to sleep. i dont know what else to tell you , i would think she would grow out of this but some dont. have you had this puppy a long time of is this a new pup? some do take months to stop this type of behavior, could it be anzeity?

by missyfly96 on 26 September 2011 - 15:09

I have had her since she was 2 weeks old.
I co owned the mother, which I had, she went back to the breeders to give birth, and the litter and mom came back to me at two weeks old.  Mom is now back with the breeder and I chose to keep her.  Do you think I should let her sleep with a muzzle on?


by gsdlvr4life on 26 September 2011 - 15:09

I had a girl who did that and i turned some music on at night and she was fine. It was i guess just to quiet for her and freaked her out. I covered her crate in my laundry room,turned on the local radio station and turned the lights off and closed the door.
Worked like a charm for us!!
May be worth a try to see if it makes a difference

by Donnerstorm on 26 September 2011 - 15:09

I have also done the radio thing, helped  a little.  If she is barking in the crate she obv wants some type of attention.  When I have one I smack the top of the crate loudly and say nine in a very firm voice.  And keep the other dogs away from her crate, mine don't make a peep in the crate and on the rare ocassion they do they stop if I say Don't make me come down there.  But certainly do NOT take her out to go potty, esp if she has already gone, that teaches her if she makes noise she can get out.  Also start putting her in her crate for short periods in the living room where she can see everybody else out having a good time, when she makes a noise correct her and don't let her out of the crate until she is still and quiet.  Takes some time but it works.

by missyfly96 on 26 September 2011 - 15:09

I only took her out to potty in the middle of the night once.  Once I figured out that was not her problem I did not do that again.

Also, she spends time in her crate (short periods) in the day when the kids are playing and other dogs are out and she does not bark.  Only at night.

So maybe it is too quiet and I'll try the radio suggestion.  I don't know why I did not think of that one (probably lack of sleep)!

Thanks for your suggestions everyone.

by Pharaoh on 26 September 2011 - 16:09

Try one of those sleep machines that has natural sounds like the waves on the ocean lapping on the shore, rain falling, water falls, deep woods, and even the human heartbeat. 

What I got for Pharaoh was one of those teddy bears with heartbeat.  I attached it to the corner of the crate.  He cuddled up with it.  He was also next to my bed with my older dog sleeping next to him.

Mariah liked the sleep machine and it was great until she chewed through the cord.


by Soli on 26 September 2011 - 17:09

You should try to walk your dog a liitle bit before crating him. Also give your puppy, in the night some valerian,it is packaged usually into capsules. Based on its pharmacological mode of action, valerian root has been demonstrated to possess sedative and anxiolytic effects. It is natural, no chemicals. In addition you must keep her in the crate until he accepts it and stops barking.
yellowrose of Texas

by yellowrose of Texas on 26 September 2011 - 18:09


   YOUR pup is trying you, and you must become Alpha.. DO NOT put a muzzle on her for this bad behavour..IT is a bad behavour only,

   Try what Donnerstorm said 

   Get a stick , preferably one that won't break. I did it once and the wooden spoon broke and the dog laughed.

   Get up and walk to the  kennel slap it on top hard and say   NINE

  DO it again  in 30 mins...

   for a week or so and I bet she will stop
   You must do it hard and loud...YOU must become ALPHA..

    MAke sure pup is walked and pottied before lights out.. DO not cater to her/him
    PLAY  music  from a station that is  Classical or soft music, or a MIX radio station...
     MY pups are born to music and have music all their and night..\\

   Also try a  raw knuckle bone  at night .
   NO toys, no food  just raw knuckle bone for her boredom. Pup will grow out of it, but somehow she thinks she is getting to you.

    MY working line bitches do talk and scream at me and they are older, when I go past their kennels outside and do not let them out...but never at night ..I have had many a pup try the barking bit.  A stern command   nine or not use won't work..Save no for the command of danger or something important..


by missyfly96 on 26 September 2011 - 19:09

Thank you Yellowrose, I will try that along with the music.
She is definitely walked and pottied just before I go to bed.
She does already have a knucklebone in her crate at night though.
It is like she sleeps a few hours and then decides I'm up so everyone else should be also.
If she hears the slightest noise she barks and sometimes she just barks.
I definitely don't want this to continue or became such a habit it can't be broken.

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