We're the neighbors with the barky dog. HELP!
January 18, 2013 9:19 AM Subscribe
Our dog has started staying up at night and barking loudly. We can't sleep, we can't quiet him down, and I'm really afraid he's pissing off the neighbors.
posted by BigLankyBastard to pets & animals (26 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
We have a wonderful 12-year-old chocolate lab who suffered minor injuries in a scary dog attack last fall has since been staying up at night occasionally, and barking loudly at nothing. This behavior started very intermittently at about the same time as the attack and has since ramped up to a major problem. It's almost every night now, and he does not quiet down in response to methods of discipline that worked in the past.
My wife and I are not sleeping properly as a result, and I am very anxious that he's disturbing our neighbors as well with his loud-ass barking up until 330 AM. He will go about an hour between barking fits, with periods of quiet in between. If I go to him and discipline by speaking firmly or moving him to another area away from his bed for a time he used to shut up and go to sleep afterwards but now he only quiets down for a little while, then starts back up.
As near as I can tell there's no change in the environment or his routine that is triggering this disruption. We're consulting with our Vet to find a solution but wanted to ask the hive mind for any unconventional methods to allow us all to sleep well at night. We are looking specifically for ways to keep the dog quiet, or ideally so he sleeps properly again.
We both work long hours and we check on him briefly during the day but we don't have time to engage him in any long-term training regimen.
I apologize for my scattered writing but I've had maybe 12 hours of sleep the last three days. We're at the end of our rope.