You’re curled up in your bed, peacefully dreaming of the great times you’ll have with your puppy, when suddenly she starts barking her head off. You hurry to her side, thinking she must be hurt or sick. As soon as you get near her, she stops barking and wags happily at you. Your puppy got exactly what she wanted: your attention. Many puppies bark at night because they feel scared or lonely in their crate. By training your puppy to stop barking during the night, you can get a good night’s sleep and stop the worry.
It’s important to remember that very young puppies are rarely able to sleep through the night. They have little bladders and are used to having their mother and litter mates nearby for company. It can take several weeks for your puppy to become accustomed to the new environment and secure enough to sleep through the night. Keep in mind that a new puppy is just like a new baby. You’ll need to be patient with her and expect a few sleepless nights.
Be prepared to ignore some of your puppy’s barking. Get used to her noises and learn to recognize when she is distressed and when she just wants some attention. Invest in a crate that suits your puppy’s size so she can stretch and turn around, but still be comforted by a space her size. Keeping the crate in your bedroom is a good way to provide your puppy with a comforting environment as well.
My family just gave Luna to me for Christmas-shes a Shih tzu x Yorkie. They have had her for almost 2 months and she's been doing well with training- she's even been sleeping through the night for them, but not for me. I'm guessing its the change in routine (placement of kennel, me being around, its only been 3 days with me around). She's learning her name well, doing well with sit command but even though water/food isn't given a few hours before bed (cut off 7-8, bed at 10), and we play before bed ...she'll go in her kennel fine to GO to bed, not even a bark, but then is up in 3 hours, then every 2 hours all night long..barking like crazy to be let out.
I let her bark 5+ mins before getting up. Take her out, don't play with her and just outside to do her business and back in. She gets a 'good girl' or treat then back in kennel, cover down and bed. Her kennel is 10 ft from me.
Is there something i should be doing differently? I'm trying to disuade attention barking even at her young age, but don't want to miss the "i really need to pee' barking. Thanks!
Hello Kellie, Congratulations on the new puppy. At her age she should be able to hold her bladder for up to four hours while awake. If she barks before it has been that long since the last potty trip, then I suggest ignoring her. I believe she is barking for attention. Also, when you take her potty at night, I suggest not giving her a treat. During the day treats are great for that, but you want to keep night trips super boring with no extra attention or rewards so that she won't ask to go just to get attention or food. The first three nights you try ignoring her barking before it has been four hours since the last pee trip expect a lot of barking, especially since the barking got her out of the crate before, but if you stay consistent she should start to improve within a week in most cases. Moving her out of your room and using a baby monitor to listen for any true pee related wake ups will probably help too. That is not completely necessary at this point if you want her in your room but it usually makes the process go faster. Many people choose to crate puppies in walk-in closets and bathrooms connected to their bedroom because then the puppy is close-by but can't see them so don't wake up as often. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Dog wakes up everyday at 5 am. I get up then for the gym on week days but weekends I sleep in. Is he conditioned to get up at 5 am? He still gets up
Hello Eric, Dogs have internal clocks like people so his internal clock is likely set to 5am. I suggest crate training him and stuffing hollow chew toys, like large Kong with his breakfast the night before the weekend. When he wakes up at 5am, take him potty, put him into the crate with the food stuffed toys (so that he will work for his breakfast), and go back to bed. Correct or ignore any non-potty related barking in the crate. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Pip goes to bed in his crate no problem but wakes up and barks twice in the night, usually about an hour after bed and again at around 3am. It starts as a small wood then escalates to full barking. We can’t leave him to bark for long as we have close neighbours. What can we do to stop the barking?? We put the crate in our bedroom for a while which worked for 2 nights and then he went back to bad habits.
Hello Esme, If the wake ups happen at least 5-6 hours since his last potty trip, he probably really needs to go potty once awake. When you take him potty, take him on a leash, keep the trip super boring (no play or treats or affection), give him about five minutes to do his business outside, then bring him back inside and put him into the crate. If he barks before 5-6 hours (like the one hour time after bed, or when you put him back into the crate after taking him potty), then use a Pet Convincer to correct him - A Pet Convincer is a small canister of pressurized unscented air. First, teach him what "Quiet" means by following the "Quiet" method from the article that I have linked below, practice during the day. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark When you put him back into the crate after taking him potty, or he wakes up and barks before he needs a potty break, tell him "Quiet". If he does not get quiet, spray a small puff of air from the Pet Convincer at his side through the crate holes (Do NOT spray him in the face). The puff of air will not hurt but it should surprise him enough to stop his barking. After you spray him, leave. Repeat this every time that he barks. Also, practice crating him during the day for at least an hour. Tell him "Quiet" if he barks. If he gets quiet and stays quiet for at least three minutes, go over to his crate and sprinkle a couple small treats inside, then leave again. Every 5-10 minutes that he stays quiet in a row sprinkle treats into his crate calmly without letting him out. Whenever he barks, correct him with a puff of air at his side, then leave again. Only use treats during the day because you do not want him to wake up to eat during the night or have to go potty from eating. The rewards during the day for being quiet will help him learn what to do instead of bark - be quiet. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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