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    Default Barking in the middle of the night

    Can anyone help with a quick fix tip on how to stop a dog barking in the middle of the night? Roxy has started this recently and it's quite annoying to say the least. Usually it's other dogs barking in the neigbourhood that set her off. I can hardly hear them from our bedroom but she has obviously no trouble at all. She sleeps inside, in our bedroom, and everytime she goes off my heart misses a beat or two. Any ideas anyone to stop that? Bearing in mind being woken that rudely at 3am doesn't allow for any complex manouvers... usually I just stumble out of my bed, falling over the other dog and uttering something completely unintelligable in German. OH isn't much help either.

    She doesn't bark much during the day... although she will bark at neighbours. I usually distract her when she does that, never yell at her.

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    My dog decided that all freight trains and cats and possums needed thorough scolding in the middle of the night.

    I figured sometimes she just wanted a quick sprint around the back yard. Which is quite good cat repellant - they tend not to return after a few high speed retreats.

    But if it's for no good reason every night - or one night too many - I put the collar on her before we go to bed and if she barks - I go put the lead on her (which I put somewhere close to the bed where I can find it in my sleep), and put her back to bed and leave the lead on.

    Of course - this won't entirely stop the sitting in bed and barking - but at least she can hear me say "enough" when she does that and shuts up. And I can reach and hold her collar for a second until she gets the idea.

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    This may not be a viable solution, but you could try putting the radio on in your room. It obviously doesn't fix the problem but if she can't hear the noise then she might not bark at it. It also may keep you and the OH awake as well
    I go to sleep with the tv on at night but that's because i need to try and drown out the sound of my OH snoring!
    If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. ~Phil Pastoret

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    I ended up buying some anti-bark collars that spray them in the face with citronella spray (a smell that dogs don't like, I think it's quite pleasant), and it stops the barking instantly. Over time they have learned that when the collar goes on it is time to stop barking, but if they forget they just get a little spray in the nose, much more humane than those zappy collars that I've heard about.
    Spray citronella into your eyes and nasal passage and tell me what it feels like. Then remember your dogs are a thousand times more sensitive then you are and an irritant is now stuck to their faces for the rest of the evening. Citronella is not humane at all, static collars are fast and relatively painless, you can also adjust the setting to suit the dog. Citronella you cannot. I love how the idea of things is humane, the reality is not. What you have also conditioned your dogs to do is to respond to equipment instead of actually learning not to bark. What happens if you lose your collars one day?

    Teach your dog to be quiet and to go to her bed. If she just gets up and barks, fine teach her the quiet command but if she starts racing around the room put her in a small crate and cover it. Be firm with her, the moment you hear a grumble out of her 'QUIET' and teach her to settle. I'm a little loath to give a lot of rewards like treats etc during the night as it can make them wake you up more often if you're not careful lol.

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    I love the idea of using crate, and covering it up like a budgie at night.
    Reducing the area to guard and stimulus has worked for all mine. who prefer to shut up, than risk the separation through a piece of fabric to us!

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    Thanks guys... I don't like the thought of citronella collars either. I think such equipment is really only a last resort. Plus I don't really fancy a citronellacloud in my bedroom either.

    In the past week it's actually been a lot better. I put it down to a temporary change in my work pattern. Because I have to leave so early in the morning I've walked them at night instead of in the morning. I think she was just tired enough to sleep through the night. So now it's a short walk in the morning and a long run at night...Super easy fix!

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