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Is Your Dog Keeping You Awake at Night?

If you’re a dog owner, chances are you’ve been there or are going through it: Seemingly endless, sleepless nights because your pup refuses to settle at night. It not only barks you right into insomnia, but some very grouchy mornings, too.

So what can you do? And why do dogs behave this way anyway?

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Michael's dog, Willy, was a barker. In fact, he would bark and whine all night long. "It got to the point that everyone in the house was sleep deprived -- the kids, the wife," Michael said. "We’d only had him for two years when we moved to an actual house. Once we moved in, we decided to put him in the laundry room at night. It wasn't an awful place; it was comfy and even had a bed. But he kept barking from bedtime until morning."

Michael was astonished to hear from one of his friends that his dog might be suffering from separation anxiety. Willy couldn’t understand why he was so far away from everyone.

"In our last place, he slept in the kitchen, which was close to our bedrooms," Michael said. "So we decided to move his bed into the bedroom at night with us." Dog Keeping You Awake at Night

Too Big for Bed

Alison had a different problem. "I’ve had Rex since he was a puppy and he has always slept with me. But now that he's grown up, he's become too big. He sprawls out and takes up a lot of the bed, causing me to sleep at weird angles -- it just doesn’t work. I push him down, but he gets back up again. I’ve tried putting him outside of the room, but he barks and whines and I still can’t sleep. And I feel bad."

So Alison spoke to her local vet for a solution and she suggested crate training Rex to sleep on the floor. It worked! "I felt awful doing that, but he had a comfy bed in there. And he didn’t bark because he was in the room with me. Now he has his own bed on the floor," said Alison. "He jumps on the bed to cuddle in the mornings, but I can live with that."

Allergies and Attention

Laura’s allergies meant their dog, Maya, had to sleep outside of the bedroom—something her dog wasn’t happy about. "My boyfriend and I both work, so she wants a lot of attention and cuddles. Even if my boyfriend spends time out in the living room with her, the moment he goes to bed, Maya whines and knocks things down. It’s annoying."

Their solution? Adopt another dog. "Now Maya has a buddy to play with during the day, and companionship at night." As she pointed out, they were helping out another animal by rescuing him from the pound.

Energy to Burn

Jeff and his wife, Maria, are in a different stage of their lives. They work long hours and their only child has already left home. "Our dog is only a few years old and has a lot of energy, so he runs around the house all night long, barks at shadows, you name it," Jeff said. "We were exhausted."

They tried taking him for an extra walk in the morning, but it wasn’t working. "Finally we realized we needed to incorporate our exercise regime with him," Maria said. "Now when we get home, instead of going to the gym, we take him for walks or runs. Sometimes we play in the park, and later on, a few hours before bed, we'll walk. Basically, we wear him out." They have also employed a dog walker, one who will exercise their pet on a daily basis. The outcome? All three of them get a good night's sleep!


So now you have a few helpful tips to try on your dog if he won’t let you sleep. Good night, don't let the bed "bugs" bark ... I mean, bite.

Q&A Section

Q: Why does my dog bark all night?A: Your dog may be experiencing separation anxiety, have excess energy, or be responding to environmental noises. Identifying the cause is the first step to finding a solution.

Q: How can I help my dog with separation anxiety at night?A: Try moving their bed closer to you, crate training, or providing comfort items like a piece of clothing with your scent. Consistency and reassurance are key.

Q: What if my dog is too big to sleep in my bed?A: Train your dog to sleep in their own bed, either in your room or a designated sleeping area. Use positive reinforcement and make their bed as comfortable as possible.

FAQ Section

Q: How can I tire out my dog before bedtime?A: Increase their exercise during the day with walks, playtime, or a dog walker. Evening activities can include interactive toys or training sessions to help them burn off energy.

Q: Can adopting another dog help my pet sleep better?A: For some dogs, having a companion can reduce anxiety and provide comfort, making them more likely to settle at night. Ensure both dogs are well-matched and introduce them gradually.

Q: Is crate training effective for nighttime barking?A: Yes, crate training can provide a secure space for your dog and help reduce anxiety. Ensure the crate is comfortable and use positive reinforcement to encourage its use.

Real-World Perspective

At, we understand the challenges of dealing with a restless dog at night. Dr. Sarah Thompson shares a story of a client whose dog, Bella, struggled with nighttime barking. By implementing a consistent exercise routine and crate training, Bella's behavior improved significantly. The family now enjoys peaceful nights and well-rested mornings.

Sleepless nights with a restless dog can be challenging, but with patience, consistency, and the right strategies, you can help your dog settle down and ensure everyone gets a good night's sleep. For more tips and resources, visit

Dog Keeping You Awake at Night
Dog Keeping You Awake at Night


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