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Why Do Dogs Bark at Night? Night Howls!

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Author: Jeanette Hampton

Uncover the mystery behind the nighttime symphony of barks as we explore why dogs vocalize during the dark hours. Delve into the common reasons behind this behavior and learn how to address and understand your canine companion’s nocturnal vocalizations.

Why Do Dogs Bark at Night

Key Takeaways

  • Dogs may bark at night for various reasons, from alerting to loneliness or anxiety.
  • Understanding your dog’s specific triggers enables effective training and alleviates nocturnal barking.
  • A combination of attention, exercise, and a consistent routine helps create a peaceful nighttime environment.

Why Do Dogs Bark at Night?

Dogs have good hearing so they can pick up on sounds at night that humans may not notice. This makes them want to bark to alert their owner that something is happening outside.

According to the experts at the American Kennel Club, “Dogs have incredible✅ hearing and sense of smell, they can hear and smell things on a higher level which humans can not, so at times dogs maybe barking at something we humans can not understand”

They may hear other animals outside or even people walking around. The dog barks to let the owner know something is going on that they should check out. Dogs bark at night for several reasons let’s see the reasons:

1. Alert or Threat Response

Dogs have keen senses, and they can hear and smell things we might not. So, when they sense something unusual or feel threatened, they may bark to alert us. It’s like their way of saying, “Hey, something’s not right!”

dog alert in the night

Sometimes, when dogs are left outside🐶🛖 or in a place where they don’t feel secure, they might bark because they want someone to watch over them. It’s their way of saying, “I need you to look out for me!”

2. Boredom

Just like us, dogs can get bored. If they don’t have enough to do or toys to play with, they may bark out of frustration or restlessness. They might be saying, “I need something fun to do!”

3. Loneliness or Discomfort

Dogs are social animals, and they like being with their human family. If they’re left alone for too long, they can get lonely or uncomfortable[1], and barking might be their way of saying, “I miss you, and I’m not feeling great alone.”

Being in discomfort can also cause night🌃 barking. If the dog needs to go outside to relieve itself but can’t wake the owner, barking may be the only option. Things like hunger, thirst, or pain can also make a dog bark to let the owner know something is wrong.

4. Stress or Anxiety

Dogs can feel stressed or anxious in certain situations, and barking can be their way of coping with those feelings. They might be saying, “I’m worried, and I need help to feel better.” Stress and anxiety are other reasons.

Dogs may bark due to bad dreams, loud noises like thunder or fireworks, or a change in environment like staying in a new place. The barking helps release nervous energy.

dog barking in the bed at night

5. Seeking Attention

Dogs are smart, and they know that barking often gets them attention. So, if they want your love, playtime, or treats, they might bark to get you to notice them. It’s like saying, “Pay attention to me, please!”

Dogs also bark at night when they feel bored or lonely. If the owner is asleep all night, the dog has no one to play with or interact with[2]. Barking can be their way of trying to get the owner’s attention. They want the owner to wake up and spend time with them.

How to Stop Your Dog From Barking at Night?

It is difficult to stop a dog from a habit that comes naturally to them, like barking at night. It is not impossible, with the right approach and patience, you can help them become quieter. Here are some simple tips to do this:

  • Identify the Reason: The first step is to figure out why your dog is barking. Is it because they’re anxious, bored, lonely, or alerting you to something? Understanding the reason will help you handle it with more ease.
  • Exercise and Play: Dogs need physical and mental stimulation during the day. Make sure to play with them, take them for walks, and give them toys to keep them busy. A tired dog is less likely to bark at night.🌙
  • Sleeping Area: Ensure your dog has a cosy and secure place to sleep. A comfortable bed or crate can make them feel safe and reduce anxiety.
  • Routine: Dogs love routine. Feed them, take them out, and put them to bed at the same times each day. This helps them know what to expect and can reduce night-time restlessness.
  • Training: Teach your dog basic commands like “quiet” or “stop.” When they bark, use these commands, and when they stop barking, reward them with treats and praise. This helps them learn what you want.
  • Avoid Punishment: It’s important not to scold or punish your dog for barking. This can make them more anxious and worsen the problem. Instead, focus on positive reinforcement.

If your dog’s barking continues despite your efforts, consider a professional dog trainer or a vet. Also, Changing your dog’s behaviour takes time. Remember to be patient and loving with your dog.🐶

Dogs Bark at Night

Why Do Dogs Cry at Night?

Dogs are social animals, and they can feel lonely when they’re alone or separated from their human family. Crying at night can be their way of expressing that they miss you and want your company.

If your dog is in pain or discomfort due to an injury or illness, they may cry to let you know that something is wrong. Dogs can become anxious or scared, especially in the dark. It’s their way of seeking help and comfort. ✅

Older dogs sometimes cry at night because they may have difficulty moving, seeing, or hearing as well as they used to. They might be experiencing confusion or disorientation, leading to nighttime crying.

If your dog needs to relieve themselves, they may cry at night to signal that they need to go out. It’s their way of saying, “I have to go potty.”


❓What to Do if the Dog Barks at Night?

Create a Create Sleeping Environment. For noise-phobic dogs, add a little extra white noise to their sleeping quarters with either soft and soothing sounds or classical music. Adding essential oils to your pet’s room is also a surefire way of creating a relaxing and stress-free environment.

❓Why Do Dogs Bark at Night?

Loneliness and separation anxiety are two common reasons dogs bark. Dogs are our companions and want to be close to us. If you shut your dog in another room or in a crate at night, or if you put them on a chain or in an outdoor kennel, they may be more likely to bark.

❓Do Dogs Get Tired of Barking?

Unfortunately, dogs do not get tired of barking. In fact, barking is a “self-reinforcing” habit, meaning the very act of barking is soothing and can make the dog want to bark more. Other examples of this kind of behaviour include chasing and chewing.

❓Is a Dog Howling Good or Bad?

Dogs Howl to Express Emotions. Lonely and anxious dogs often howl, maybe as a way to request company or assistance. In fact, many dogs with separation anxiety howl when their owners are away. A study on behaviour patterns in dogs with separation anxiety showed that their howling was likely related to fear.


In conclusion “Why do dogs bark at night?” Reasons behind this peculiarity vary from separation anxiety to boredom. But remember this is a common dog behaviour so you may not be able to stop this completely but you can surely take some active steps to control this.🎛️

Provide your dog with comfort and a good chunk of your attention, as they need it. Remember, a tired dog is a happy dog, so go ahead and play fetch⚽ with him now!


  1. Why do stray dogs bark at NIGHT?? Straw India.
  2. Why Dogs Bark | Augusta, GA – Official website.
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Jeanette Hampton
Jeanette Hampton is a content writer at WWD and an expert on all things pets. She’s been writing pet blogs for over 5 years and knows everything there is to know about dogs. Jeanette enjoys writing about pet-related topics because she enjoys helping people learn more about their furry friends.

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