dog barking at night all of a sudden

Dog barking at night all of a sudden

Dog barking at night all of a sudden is not at all normal. And, I say this because I have had dogs all my life like many of you. Puppies may cry at night, if they are taken away from their mothers early. But, that’s not barking. They are no different than human babies. Let’s explore some of the reasons why a dog may suddenly start barking at night and what can you do about it.

Dogs barks for a reason

I always say this: barking is the same thing as talking! Yes, you are right it is a way of communicating something. A dog may bark when he or she is happy or when they are going through frustration, discomfort, illness, fear or some kind of in-security.

Cause of disturbance

I remember, when I was around 10 years old, we had three dogs and we lived in the country. So, if our dogs sensed any movements, maybe a fox or some small animal they would start barking. We had few dogs in our neighborhood and if one dog howled, then you would hear almost every dog would either bark or howl. Yes, that can be a nuisance especially at night when you are trying to get a good night’s sleep. I would suggest if your dog barks most nights, then check and see if you can find the reason of disturbance.

Change of place (separation anxiety)

Also, if a dog is used to sleeping near you and you change that place, that might trigger sudden barking at night. This is also called separation anxiety. If that’s the case, try to keep your dog near you if possible, and gradually move their bed away from you little bit every night.


I would check if the place they sleep become cold or too hot at night, that might cause discomfort for your dog and they might start barking.

Drinking water

Though this might seem a non-issue, and you might already take care of this. Make sure your dog has access to fresh water at night if they feel thirsty. I have never noticed any of my dogs to drink a whole lot of water. But, we lived in a warm place, so at night I have heard my dogs drinking water.


If you have checked everything and you could not find a good reason, then do talk to your vet. If your dog is not well and that causes them some discomfort, they will bark or howl.

Boredom or bad habit

Dogs may also bark at night because of boredom or due to bad habit. Especially, if you have adopted a dog, then you do not know their background. In this case, consult an expert.

You can find out more about compulsive barking in this is a detailed article.

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