It’s time for bed. You’ve unglued yourself from your phone, you’ve had a busy day, and you’re ready to get into some quality sleep. You turn the lights off, snuggle into your cosy bed, and manage to keep the thoughts out of your brain long enough to drift off.
But alas, your dog senses your will to sleep, and has decided now is the perfect time to bark, whine and howl. The problem is, if you go to your dog to tell them to shut up, you teach them that you’ll give them attention when they bark and whine.
The solution to fixing this lies in figuring out why they bark in the first place.
Why is My Dog Barking at Night?
Your dog might be an attention seeker - they might be barking because they want food, petting or something else from you.
If your dog is known to bark at you when it wants something, this may be the reason it continues to bark and whine at night.
With an attention-seeking dog, giving them no attention for their behaviour is the only way to stop. That means no telling them to “shush” as well.
We all fear the unknown, especially the bumps in the night.
Your dog has the same anxiety, and if they are fearful, they will bark at any noise that feels scary or is startling. It’s an alarm for others, and it’s their way to tell everyone “hey, something is going on, be aware”.
Loneliness is different from attention-seeking; lonely dogs can never seem to settle down.
The dog sounds like this because they want to sleep with you or near you; being separated goes against their pack animal instincts.
Bored dogs are likely to make more dog sounds than an entertained dog. If there is nothing for them to do, they feel like their only option is to vocalise their feelings.
The best cure for bored dogs is lots of interactive, enriching toys that are also quiet for night time. Invest in toys like Kongs or other dog puzzles, or create your own.
An example of a good, quiet enrichment toy is tying an old towel into a knot and shoving some treats into the knot. This will keep your dog busy without creating more noise.
5. Noise Sensitive
Dogs are better listeners than we are, and they aren’t able to shut out noises and distractions.
Your home may be quiet to you, but it might be quite loud and busy for your dog.
The best way to tackle a noise-sensitive dog is to help them block out some of that external noise with some white noise. You can do this by keeping the TV or radio on all night or investing in a white noise machine.
6. There is Something Outside
Some dogs do only bark at actual triggers. For example, your dog may bark at night, because it can see a cat walking around the backyard.
If there is no pattern to the barking, it may be worth filming your dog’s sleeping area to be sure there is no stimulus that triggers them to bark. Then you can direct your efforts to prevent triggers coming near your dog.
Here’s How to Stop Dog Barking at Night
To stop your dog barking at night, you’ll need to teach them that no matter how much they bark and whine, it won’t capture your attention.
Unfortunately, this will suck a bit. To fix this problem, you have to ignore your dog, which means the barking will get worse before it gets better.
You have to stay strong and not respond, that means no calling out, no yelling and don’t let them out of their sleeping space. Comforting your dog, even once in this process, means they’ll learn that barking sometimes gives them attention.
Another thing you can try is tiring your dog out before bed. Try taking your dog for a late walk, play together in the backyard or play some tug of war in the house before bed. Whatever works best for you, physically wearing your dog out will hopefully drain their energy enough that they sleep instead of bark.
There are other tools you can use to stop your dog barking at night if you are at the end of your rope and need a quick solution.
Tools to Stop My Dog Barking at Night
You have three excellent options to choose from to get your dog to stop barking at night.
These tools will speed up the training process so you can get more sleep sooner.
Option 1: Ultrasonic Devices
Ultrasonic devices emit a high pitched ultrasonic noise that only dogs can hear. When you hear a whistle, you stop and look in that direction - an ultrasonic device is like a whistle only for dogs. It is a safe and effective way to manage barking without needing to attach anything to your dog.
They are also effective at managing more than one dog, so if a cat does trigger your dogs to bark, all dogs will be corrected. All you have to do is have the device in the line of sight with the dog and turn it on- it will auto-detect barking and emit an ultrasonic noise upon detection.
It is worth noting that not all dogs respond to ultrasonic noises. Going back to the whistle analogy, if you’ve ever watched a human play sport, the stubborn ones will ignore the whistle and continue playing.
Some dogs are the same; there is no doubt they hear the noise, but if they are determined enough, then the noise won’t deter them. If you think this might be your dog, then options 2 and 3 will suit you better.
Option 2: Citronella Collars
Our citronella collar range is one of our best sellers - and it’s easy to understand why. These easy to use devices quickly get your dogs nuisance barking under control.
You place the citronella collar on the dog's neck, with the receiver sitting on the side. When your dog barks, the collar will detect it and emit a puff of citronella. This citronella doesn’t go in your dog’s eyes, ears, nose or mouth, and it effectively distracts them from continuing their barking.
The receiver isn’t big enough to affect how your dog lies down or sleeps, so you can both get a peaceful night's sleep.
Option 3: Stimulation Collars
A stimulation collar otherwise referred to as a static collar or an ‘e-collar’ is another type of auto-bark detecting collar. Instead of emitting citronella like other bark collars, they emit a static correction when they detect dog barking at night.
The correction given isn’t painful; a fair comparison is a static shock you get when rubbing your feet on the carpet and touching a doorknob. If you’re worried about the static shock, we recommend testing the collar yourself in the palm of your hand.
Our collars allow you to choose the intensity of the correction, so you can tailor the collar to suit your dog’s needs. A stimulation collar is perfect for the dog who can’t hear your commands when a distraction is too big or exciting.
If you are exhausted, tired and need a solution, there are ways to stop your dog barking at night quickly. Browse our range of anti-bark collars here, and if you’re struggling to decide, check out our buying guide or call our helpful customer service team.