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Nighttime barking

It's been 40 minutes since bedtime and Diva is still barking. This is pretty standard. I can sometimes get to sleep while she is barking so I don't know how long it lasts but it is absolute hell. She is in the living room (adjacent to bedroom) in her expen with her crate, bed, blanket, nylabone, and water.

Why is this happening? She has a 1.5 mile walk and lots of fetch every day. She was sleeping fine and not needing to pee a few months ago but this has been getting progressively worse. She is 6 months old. She wakes up at 6 or 7 regardless of how late she stays up barking and sleeps it off during the day. I dont have that option. I miss sleep!!! It's not every night but it is most.


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Yikes!! Not good for either of you. A dog behaviorist I am not, but wondering if you have tried having her sleep in the same room as you?
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There are also 'calming' scents you can buy, it's supposed to help mellow out the pup.

I would try the above suggestion and have her sleep in the same room as you. I know my little guy barked his face off, he just wanted to sleep with me (on my bed), when I did that the second day I got him he stopped barking. Now he's all grown up, and doesn't sleep with me anymore, prefers his own space.
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Yikes!! Not good for either of you. A dog behaviorist I am not, but wondering if you have tried having her sleep in the same room as you?
ditto. or maybe you go sleep near her for awhile to get her through this?
Most likely she just wants to be able to SEE you and not be "seperated" from you...?

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You could also try giving her an unwashed sleep shirt you don't mind parting with, or sleeping with a hand towel for three days and giving it to her. Your scent may be a calming influence.

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Ive been there.... Mossimo wakes up at 5 or 6 now and its unbearable, its almost 1 year old.
Try putting the expen in your room if its an option?
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Our dogs all sleep in our room but have always waked up in the morning around 6:00regardless of how late they stay up at night. This has been the case even with other dogs we have had in previous years. I have always wondered how on earth folks got their dogs to sleep in. If anyone has any secrets for this I might consider paying for the tips!


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Our dogs always slept in our room with us in their own beds and always took their cue from me. When I got up, they got up. Lately, the last several months, Tyler has decided that he likes getting up around 4:45 am. i pull him through until 5:00, then get up, as I don't know whether he has to go, what with his old bladder and all. He does go out, but it doesn't seem urgent. He has just become an early riser and is full of energy at that time. Before 5:30, we have played "chase me", he's eaten, had his teeth brushed, eyes cleaned and gone for a short walk. Yikes!!! Who needs all of that so early in the morning when they are retired. Hopefully, when it's darker in the morning, things will change. Sure makes for a long day. He isn't a barker though, just a whiner.


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We had her crated in our room to begin with and had successfully transitioned her to the living room before the barking started. There isn't room for the expen in the bedroom and I'd like to not have to crate her at night since she doesn't like being shut in there (although she will hang out of her own accord). Last night I gave her access to the whole living room/kitchen area at night (not shut in the expen). I heard her digging in the rug a couple of times, but no barking and I found her asleep on a blanket near the bedroom door this morning. I think she likes to wait/sleep by the door for us to come out- she does this by the front door sometimes too if we leave the apartment entirely. We will try it again tonight!
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are you open to her just sleeping on a doggie bed in your bedroom?

when I had two anatolians, both big (think 125 lbs, head is above your hips), they both slept in my room, every night, one doggie bed on each side.

Now, b/c my male passed away and my new male is a dork, I can't let him in my bedroom (too territorial), my female anatolian keeps him company and they both sleep in the living room.

My little guy, sleeps in my room, on the doggie bed.

Things change. even if she sleeps for a few months in your room, she may show preference to sleep else where when she grows up.
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