My almost 1 year old Chow suddendly keeps barking, all night long. He has been crated since he was brought home, and we haven't had problems until the last couple of months. Last night, the neighbor's dog started barking, so of course my dog had to let me know. Usually if we can block out the sound of the other dog, our dog will settle down. No such luck lately. I even let him outside to burn off some energy. Still the barking. I finally gave in, for the first time, and let him out of the crate, I tried to sleep on the couch to keep an eye on him. He still barked! He was barking at noises I couldn't hear, even at lights, and we live out in the country. I am afraid he'll get into trouble if he is left uncrated and unattended all night, but we all have to sleep. Any suggestions?
Will he shut up, even temporarily, if you correct him? Any chance of keeping him on a leash when he barks, and jerking the leash to get him to shut up, as opposed to having him roam all over the house?
He thinks he's warning you, is the problem, and that's not a bad thing. But at the same time he needs to know that Quiet! means exactly that.
Does he like getting wet? Have you considered getting a water bottle, keeping the crate by the bed (within squirt range at least), and when he barks, say firmly, "Quiet!" then squirt him. He learns that barking gets a verbal response (quiet) and the squirt a beat later. Ideally you will be able to say 'Quiet' and he will shut up immediately, anticipating the squirt.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
Lol Minnyar. The squirt bottle works for me. Actually i have a little hand held squirt gun. All i have to do is reach for it and it gets dead silent. Tiger Lily is the barker here. She used to run around barking and i could not catch her. Now all i have to do is reach for the squirt gun, and she runs to the bedroom, gets on the bed and lays down.
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If this behavior suddenly started and you live in the country don't automatically assume the dog is barking at nothing. The dog is probably barking at an animal that has moved into the area near your home. Most animals have a regular routine. If the barking starts like clockwork at a certain time each night it is probably a cat or a raccoon. if it is random it may be an opossum or other animal. Try to spot what is causing the ruckus. Sometimes simply using metal trash cans with lids will solve the problem.