How To Stop Your Dog From Barking At Night

Do Pomeranians Bark At Night? (16 Reasons Why And Solutions)

Some dogs are known for their boisterous barks. Pomeranians can be one of them. Do Pomeranians bark at night?

Pomeranians are natural barkers just like most dogs. It’s their job to be the protector of their family and home. Occasional barking at night can be expected for various reasons including hearing noises, boredom, and many more. Finding the cause of your dog’s barking will lead you to your solution.

In this article, I provide 16 reasons why your dog is barking a night with solutions on how to stop it.

Are Pomeranians Known For Barking At Night

Pomeranians are not known for barking at night. From my experience, my dogs bark when they hear a noise, sense an intruder, and are excited to see one of us when we return home.

They generally do not bark at other dogs unless they are startled. The exception is that they like to bark at our neighbor’s German Shepard when she is also out in her backyard. They bark because they are partly excited and would like to play but, are also a little nervous and are being protective.

Why Do Dogs Bark At Night

There are many reasons why your dog is barking at night. Here are the most common reasons.

Has My Dog Been Properly Crate Trained

If your dog has not been properly crate trained it may develop bad habits like barking and form a negative attachment to its crate.

You should never use your dog’s crate as a form of punishment, and never leave your dog in its crate too long. For a puppy that would no more than 3 to 4 hours at a time.

My Pomeranians enjoy going into their crates at night. They do not go into them until we are ready for bed and they are kept nice a close to us in our bedroom. As soon as we wake up in the morning they are let out.

Is My Dog Lonely

Your dog’s loneliness may be causing it to bark at night.

Dogs are very social animals. If you work away from your home or are gone for many hours, your pup may be lonely. Being lonely can cause your dog to act out and barking is known to be one of those behaviors.

Pomeranians are prone to separation anxiety and become very attached to their owners.

Is My Dog Bored At Night

Many dogs do not get enough exercise, playtime, or mental challenges during the day. Once the evening comes they have a lot of pent-up energy and don’t know what to do with it.

Barking is one-way dogs express their boredom and frustration.

Is My Dog Unsupervised At Night

Dogs will often bark when they are left unsupervised. Your dog may be afraid, curious, or just want your attention.

It’s best to never let your dog out alone at night, many dangers could be lurking in the yard.

Is My Dog Alerting At Night

To your dog, their main job in your household is to protect you and alert you to any danger.

Your dog is the judge and jury for potential dangers. They will often be alert when they hear noises, see strange things, and notice different smells at night.

Is My Dog Hungry At Night

If your dog is hungry at night it may be trying to tell you. Evaluate how much you are feeding your dog and when he or she is eating.

You may need to make some adjustments to your dog’s diet.

Is My Dog In Pain At Night

Is your dog showing signs of being in pain and has suddenly started barking at night?

There are many signs that your dog could be in pain.

  • Being more vocal including barking, yelping, and growling.
  • Heavy panting or changes in their breathing pattern.
  • Shaking and trembling
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Aggressive behavior
  • With changes in eating and drinking habits, dogs in pain can lose their appetites.
  • Changes in your dog’s sleeping habits, if your dog is in pain it may sleep more often.
  • Excessive grooming or paw licking, dogs in pain will try to soothe themselves.
  • Your dog is limping to having difficulty with mobility.
  • Your dog is acting restless, pacing, increased agitation, and showing difficulty getting comfortable can be a sign that your dog is in pain.
  • Changes in your dog’s body, look out for wounds, swelling, and hair loss.
  • Changes in your dog’s posture, if your pup is laying differently they may be uncomfortable.

Are You Encouraging Your Dog To Bark At Night

Sometimes we are our own worst enemies. We mean well but, make sure you aren’t accidentally rewarding your dog’s bad behavior by giving them attention when they are barking and behaving badly.

Does Your Dog Need To Potty At Night

Nature may be calling. Your pup may simply need to go out to go to the bathroom.

Does Changing Your Dog’s Routine Cause It To Bark At Night

Dogs enjoy having a routine. Have you changed your pup’s routine lately? Changing your dog’s routine may upset them and cause them to start barking at night.

My Pomeranians thrive off of our routine. Every evening we go into the den and watch TV. If this routine changes, they will follow me around the house. Willow will rub at my legs and Murphy will stare at me with his favorite stuffed hedgehog in his mouth.

Can Dogs Hear Wildlife At Night

Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and hearing. Although we can not hear or smell nearby wildlife our furry friends can. Raccoons, Coyotes, and Squirrels are most often the culprits.

Can Dogs Hear Other Dogs Barking At Night

Since your dog has such great hearing they can hear dogs barking from a distance. Dogs are very vocal and like to engage in “social barking”. This type of behavior comes from their history as pack animals.

Sometimes you can have an entire neighborhood of dogs barking together.

Will An Older Dog Bark More At Night

Just like humans, dogs can experience cognitive decline as they age.

Excessive barking is one of the symptoms of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction. As a dog ages, some of its brain cells naturally die. The dying off of brain cells most likely will affect your dog’s brain function.

If you suspect that your aging pup is suffering from cognitive decline, it’s best to visit your vet. Your vet will run a variety of tests to make a diagnosis. There, unfortunately, isn’t a cure for your aging dog’s brain but, there are many therapies and additional care that you can provide your dog.

Can Dogs Hear Urban Noises At Night

There are many noises created in an urban environment. Everything from traffic, sirens, people, animals, and construction for example. Your dog may be hearing these sounds and letting you know that they are hearing something.

Do Dogs Need More Exercise To Sleep At Night

Some dogs need quite a bit of exercise before they can settle down at night. Maybe you have been working long hours, taking some extra classes, or running around taking the kids to activities.

Your dog may not be getting the amount of exercise it needs to settle in for the night. It’s nighttime barking may just be your dog telling you it wants to wear off some energy.

Pomeranians are lapdogs at heart but, they do love to get outdoors and get some exercise. A nice 15-minute walk or some time playing in the yard or at a park would make your Pomeranian happy.

My dogs enjoy chasing each other in the yard for about ten minutes after they’ve done their business. They also really appreciate a short walk when it’s not too hot (Florida pups).

Are Dogs Afraid Of The Dark

Dogs can be afraid of the dark. Here are some reasons why your dog may be showing signs that they don’t like the dark.

  • Your dog’s eyesight might be getting worse at night- You may have an aging dog that can no longer see as well as he or she used to.
  • Your dog may be suffering from separation anxiety- If your pup is suffering from separation anxiety they may act out by barking.
  • Has your dog suffered a traumatic experience In the dark?- if your dog has experienced nighttime trauma like fireworks, thunder, or being attacked at night, he or she may become anxious at night.
Do Pomeranains Bark At Night

How To Stop Your Dog From Barking At Night

The only way to stop your dog from barking at night is to find the root cause of their barking and work on a solution.

After evaluating the above reasons why dogs bark at night, narrow it down to a few possible reasons. It’s the old process of elimination strategy if you don’t already know the cause of the barking.

What Do You Do When Your Dog Hasn’t Been Properly Crate Trained

The Humane Society Has a great article on Crate-Training 101.

What Do You Do When Your Dog Is Misbehaving Because It’s Lonely

The easiest solution to your dog’s loneliness is to spend more time with your dog playing, exercising, or just cuddling. At bedtime make sure their crate or bed is in the bedroom with you.

If you aren’t able to spend more time with your dog I suggest letting them spend time with a friend, or family member, or going to doggy daycare.

What Should You Do When Your Dog Is Bored At Night

Make sure your dog has plenty of stimulation during the day to wear them out.

Play with your dog indoors or out, make sure they have lots of toys and even give them puzzles to challenge thier brains.

Has Your Dog Been Unsupervised At Night

If your dog is used to being in a different room than you at night, they may need to be moved into the room with you.

Move your dog’s bed or crate into your bedroom and do not put them to bed before you are ready for bed. During the evening hours keep your dog in the same room as you so you can observe their behavior.

My Pomeranians are super clingy. They would be very upset if they were put to bed before I went to sleep or even in a different room than I am.

What Can I Do If My Dog Is Barking At Noises At Night

Your fluffy friend may be barking at other dogs, wildlife, urban sounds, or things you can’t even hear. What can you do about it?

If your dog is hearing things it may be best to add some background noise, having a TV on, music playing or a white noise sound machine may help block out some of the noises that are alerting your dog.

What Should I Do If My Dog Is Hungry At Night

If your dog is hungry at night, adjust your dog’s feeding schedule. PetMD has a great article on how to calculate how much food your dog should be eating.

First, make sure your dog is being fed enough.

After you’ve figured out the amount of food consider adjusting your dog’s feeding time so they are no longer hungry at night.

What Should I Do If My Dog Is In Pain

If you think your dog may be in pain call your vet right away. If it is after hours and you can not contact your vet bring your dog to an emergency pet care facility.

What Do You Do When You Have Been Encouraging Your Dog’s Bad Behavior

If you’ve been accidentally “training” your dog to bark for attention it’s time to realize that you are encouraging the bad behavior and to make some changes.

If your dog is barking make sure you are not giving it love and attention to quiet them down. Your dog is smart and has learned to bark for your love.

What Should You Do When Your Dog Needs To Go Potty At Night

If your dog has been barking to go out and potty, we should adjust thier schedule.

Try taking your dog out to potty right before bedtime, and not put your dog to bed too early. Your dog should go to bed at the same time that you do.

What Should You Do If A Change In Your Dog’s Routine Is Causing Barking

If your dog has been affected by a routine change consider going back to their comfortable routine if possible.

If it’s not possible to go back to their routine try to incorporate as many things from that previous routine as possible, same feeding time, bedtime, bed location, sounds, toys, etc.

What Can I Do If My Older Dog Is Barking At Night

When your little loved one is advancing in age we may just need to give them a little more grace. If the barking is a problem I suggest speaking with your vet to see if they have cognitive decline.

Night lights, foam beds, sound machines, and an improved diet are many possible suggestions to assist your aging dog.

What Should I Do If My Dog Is Not Getting Enough Exercise

If you’ve realized that your dog isn’t getting as much exercise as it should it’s time to add more.

There are many ways you can increase your dog’s physical activity. More walks, playing fetch, setting up obstacle courses, playing hide and seek, playing with balls and dog toys, blowing bubbles, playing in a sprinkler, or wading pool.

My Pomeranians love to chase each other, play with toys and balls, and go for walks.

What Can I Do If My Dog Is Afraid Of The Dark

If you suspect that your dog is afraid of the dark I suggest bringing them to the vet to make sure there isn’t a health issue.

Try Adding a night light to the room your dog is in. Don’t have your dog alone in the dark if they are afraid also, reward your dog with treats for good behavior in the dark.

Why Do Dogs Bark At Night For No Reason

Although dogs may seem to bark at night for no reason they aren’t. We may not hear or see all of the same things that they are.

If your dog’s barking at night has increased or changed it’s time to look for a reason so we can try to help.

Should I Ignore My Dogs Barking At Night

If you think your dog is barking for your attention it’s best to ignore your dog so they aren’t rewarded for their bad behavior.

If your dog is barking for any other reason than attention it’s best to troubleshoot the reason why your dog is barking and to try to make some adjustments to get them to stop.

How Long Will A Dog Bark In A Crate

Every dog is different. I know that’s not a great answer. Some dogs may bark for ten minutes and tire of it while others can bark all night.

How Long Do Pomeranians Sleep At Night

Adult Pomeranians will sleep 7 to 8 hours a night with a few naps during the day.

Why Do Dogs Bark In Their Sleep

If your dog barks in his or her sleep she is dreaming. Studies have shown that a dog’s sleep cycle is similar to a human’s. We may never know what our furry friend is dreaming about, we can only assume they are reliving their adventures or dreaming up new ones.

You can expect small dogs like Pomeranians to bark more since they pass between Non-REM and REM sleep more quickly (around every 10 minutes vs 90 minutes like a larger dog) which will allow them to dream more often.

Should I Wake My Dog Up If He Is Barking In His Sleep

Vets recommend that you do not wake your dog up from barking in their sleep. Since they are in deep REM sleep, waking them up can be startling and disorienting.

If you’ve ever been jolted awake during a REM sleep cycle you know how it feels. Your pup would have a similar experience.

It’s best to let your dog finish its sleep cycle.

Final Thoughts

Dogs will bark at night from time to time.

It’s best to find the reason that is causing your dog to bark. It could be everything from seeking attention, hearing noises, loneliness, boredom, or hunger.

Once you have an idea of what’s causing your dog’s loud nighttime barking you can try some solutions to get them to stop. Your dog may need more exercise, playtime, background noise, diet adjustments, or additional crate training.

If all else fails speak to your vet or a trainer for more personalized solutions. Before you know it nighttime barking will be a thing of the past.

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