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    Unhappy My dog barks in the middle of the night (Indoor)

    I have a 12 month old german shepherd who sleeps in the laundry, for the past two months she has begun barking in the middle of the night, random times like 4am. I understand that dogs can hear noises that we can't, there are also a few stray cats in the neighbourhood which could be a cause.

    I am wondering, how can I stop this barking as it has impacted on my families' sleep. Everytime I go to see what she is barking at, she is eager for me to open the back door. If I do this, she charges out barking with hackles up. I want to integrate her outside to sleep too but am afraid she will bark.

    Does anyone have any possible solutions?

    Not sure if I put this in the correct forum, first post. Thanks guy!

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    Welcome Saddybedangdangg

    It's Spring.

    There are probably cats in your yard and that probably sets your dog off.

    Could be other things - like magpies going off at 3am too. Or the train.

    Could be burglars or school kids on hols up to no good.

    Everytime I go to see what she is barking at, she is eager for me to open the back door. If I do this, she charges out barking with hackles up.
    Charging out with hackles up is highly rewarding fun for dog doing backyard patrol especially if there actually is a cat. Best Reward ever... My dog loves this.

    But she sleeps in her bed which is next to my bed. So if there actually is a cat (I have to hear it too) - then I will let her out to do cat patrol because I hate them more than she does... But if it's the freight train going up the hill that sets her off - I'm not so thrilled.

    So she was getting into a bit of a habit of barking in the middle of the night - so I put her collar back on her so I can do a collar grab and put her back to bed. There were a couple of times she was really persistant... so I put the lead on her as well... so if she got up and started yelling - and I couldn't hear anything to be concerned about - I'd put her back to bed without saying anything at all.

    I do want her to sound the alarm as ferociously as possible should it be a burglar, and slightly less fiercely if it is a cat - tho they wake me up too before she does.

    So you would have to choose - no barking - some barking at particular things, or lots of barking at everything.

    Currently it seems like you're rewarding lots of barking at everything.

    If cats don't bother you - put her on lead and make her sit while you have a listen. If it's not burglars - then don't let her out, put her back to bed. If it is - say some cool word like "patrol" and let her out all barking. Bear in mind some burglars are not nice to dogs. They could hurt your dog, and you've just opened the door for them.

    If you think she really does need to go to the loo, take her out to do her thing - on lead - don't talk to her, just take her out to all the right spots and be totally boring until she's done and then quietly back to bed.

    Hopefully if you're not checking on her and letting her out to do cat-patrol - she will get over it. If you do want to settle her back to bed - be really boring, don't talk to her, just grab her collar and put her back in bed till she calms down and then leave her.

    If that doesn't help - you might want to buy a crate, crate train her, and cover the crate up if she's noisy. But this is also a crate training exercise.

    If you don't like that idea, there are fence toppers that you can get that spin when cats try to jump the fence - and they drop the cat back on the other side of the fence.

    Cat Containment System - Cat Fence System - The Oscillot System

    (you can also make something like this out of pvc piping)

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