dog starts barking at 3am

I have two dogs, 11 month old Maltese x and almost 2 year old cavoodle. My almost 1-year-old Italian greyhound gets up every night around 3 am to use the restroom. We get up with all of our dogs, 3 in total including him, at around 7:30-8:30 in the morning and we go to settle into bed at around 10 pm. It's Not Done in an Angry Way One of the best pieces of feedback I ever received in college was from another teacher at a technical trade school at which I was teaching in Lansing, MI. Since then, she wakes us up around 4a every morning and whines until we feed her. Our shihtzu who is just over 1 year old has recently got a habit of waking us up between 2:30-3:00 AM whining and then barking and we’ve been assuming it’s to go pee/poop so we have been taking him out at this time when he wakes us up. If it seems like your dog is barking because of wanting to be fed, walked, etc, it would help to start giving your dog those things at the same time every day so that it knows when to expect them. First rule of training with a dog is that respect is MUTUAL. We’ve experimented with giving her a kong at night and then another when she inevitably wakes up needing to go potty. Honestly ur behaviour towards this animal foe training means you should not have any animal in your care – you are abusing this animal and all moaning because you can’t get the result u want after abusing the pup. But she will run into her crate excitedly when we get ready for bed. Ask a Trainer: My dog keeps waking me up at 3am! I think your dad needs to stop giving your dog treats at night. My dog is 9 years old. She can curl up in there just fine but she can’t fully stretch out in her crate, and when she’s sitting up her head touches the crate roof. Covered up the light and taadaa! I do try to teach her that the crate is fun- I feed her treats every time she goes in, give her stuffed kongs whenever we leave her there while we’re out of the house. thank you. We need to retrain them to understand that quiet=let out. Anne. If he is a puppy, he may need to use the restroom. Either by closing the door or putting up a baby gate. Please help us stop his behavior or at least tell us what’s wrong with him. Why is my dog barking in the morning? You could try giving him a “pacifier” which is something like a bully stick, stuffed kong, etc. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I think he wakes Jake up. Ultimately, the dog may start to expect something to come through the door whenever it hears a sound, whether it’s day or night. Please help. It sounds like you’re trying the right things (like with the Kong), we just need to tweak it and give the puppy a little more time to get used to the new routine. Then they play for an hour or 2 then nap when I leave for work 6:30. This may be an ultrasonic noise akin to a whistle, and a blast of cool air that annoys a dog, or in some cases, a mild electric shock. Is it possible that a dog could be barking at a ghost? Lastly shock collars are the icing on the cake! The crate door is open, but the play pen is secure. However, that may be causing them to need to poop in the night which could solve the hunger problem…but doesn’t actually solve your 3am wake-up problem. Best of luck! Good morning Alisha! We’ve tried everything from earlier dinner times to letting her out to potty as late as 10:30/11 pm with the same 3am results. Many thanks. I have never crated before. Recently Freddy has been wanting to sleep outside the crate and we let him. Your dog interprets this attention as a form of reward, which reinforces the noisy behavior. With that in mind, it’s easy to see how even the slightest creak can make it anxious at 3 AM. Or just one of the houses? I dislike the idea of having to crate him overnight in the living room, but I’m on the verge. You have tried a lot of different approaches, but Rex is going to need a set training plan that is adhered to for an extended amount of time. Please try these things for a few weeks and then shoot me an email with an update! Sometimes two. I have spent countless hours working on this site so that you can have access to the best information about my breed. I take him to sleep at 11:30pm and wake up at 7am. I have several of the treat toys (just added two more, so we’re up to four), he just gets through them so fast! Correlation doesn’t show causation, of course, but the timing of it is pretty dang coincidental. If he’s just wanted to be with you guys, then that may be the quickest solution. 0 0. She sleeps on my bed and is 5 years old. Getting your dog to bark less will take time, work, practice, and consistency. This is a new behavior. Thank you I’m going crazy. It’s super hard to nip at people with a ball in your mouth! It’s only been a couple weeks so she is likely still trying to even understand what this new household is like. I don’t understand why though cuz they have access to the pad and they don’t have the accident during the day. This answer is a bit rambly and I hope it makes sense. Of course once I wake up from this it takes me about an hour to go back to sleep which makes me tired during the day. I’m glad it was a relatively simple solution. The primary message we should be giving him is quiet == freedom. Then we try everything to get her to go back to sleep…a bone, feed her. These reasons may include loneliness, separation anxiety, boredom, a need to go to the bathroom, a perceived intruder, old age/dementia, illness or pain. Green beans and broccoli are safe for dogs to eat, have a lot of fiber, and most dogs like those foods. When he takes it, say “yes” and open the back door. Anonymous. A racoon in the trash can, local cats fighting or mating in the street, or even a neighbor that has started shift work and is leaving the house at 3am. Another option would be to have the puppy sleep upstairs with you. I’d appreciate some advice. For during the night, we can experiment with your set up a little bit. It is true that some dogs bark at night because they are afraid. He sleeps on a bed next to Jake’s crate. A dog barking at the unearthly hour of 3 AM is certainly irritating for everyone within hearing distance. Dogs bark at 3 AM for several different reasons. She has a wee wee pad in the pen and uses it correctly but I’m afraid to let her sleep in the playpen overnight because she has a habit of eating her poop if we don’t clean it up right away, and I’m afraid of her pooping on the pad at night while I’m not watching. I’m wondering if her crate has gotten too small for her and that’s the reason she doesn’t want to be in there. That will help prevent him from going inside if we do choose to ignore him. First, does he like to play fetch? A lot of reactive actions are because of fear. If your dog has been barking at fireworks this post will show you a number of possible causes and what you can do to get it to stop. Rubbing a dogs face in toilet is absolutely horrendous and wherever did u learn that’s training for anything? Then, casually walk over to the crate and open it. If your dog can’t keep quiet at night, or if your neighbor’s dog is regularly waking you up in the early hours of the morning, you might not care about why the dog is barking – you simply want it to stop. If he’s not doing any elimination at that time, then something else is likely waking him up – a noise from outside or something. document.getElementById("thinkific-product-embed") || document.write('