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Old 07-16-2013, 01:38 AM
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Puppies bark at night - need advice

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My two puppies is keeping me up at night. The sleeping arrangement, so far, is that around 11, I'll put them in the "puppy room", which is a room that is pretty puppy-safe, semi-dark and has a nice temperature. I do some work at the computer and after a while they settle in and fall asleep. I quietly sneak out, careful to not wake them up and go to bed. This was the nightly routine with previous dog. After 1-2 hours, they'll wake up and promptly start barking. So far I tried:
1. Setting an alarm after two hours and wake up and go attend them. Ideally before they wake and bark, so they wont learn "as soon as I bark, the doors opens and I can play with the cats in the livingroom!" This works somewhat, but at the second round ( around 4), they just wont go back to sleep - at all!
2. Just letting them bark. This doesn't work since they basically wont stop AND if the neighbours complaints to the building management, it's big trouble.
3. Sleeping on the floor with them. This works pretty well - for them - but obviously not a good solution for me!
4. My wife's solution: just let them out in the living room and go to sleep. Worked like a charm! But leaving two young puppies unsupervised in room with three cats, electronics and god knows what is not a solution.

I have not invested in crates because I don't know how long they will stay with us - might be a week, might be forever. They are excellent with their toilet habits so I haven't felt a need for crates for that reason as well.
I'm sure this is a common problem, in my case made more difficult since they are two. I'm grateful for advice from anyone that faced similar problems, I thought I could handle it the first week but the sleep deprivation is really starting to impact all parts of life.

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They probably need more exercise during the day so they are tired enough to sleep through the night. Physical and mental exercise will both help. Several 5 minute clicker training sessions for each pup each day will tire them plus give them that individual attention and training.

I would normally also advise increasing outdoor play time but I am not sure you have a safe clean place where you live. You may be able to improvise with vigorous games of toy chasing indoors.
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Thanks for your reply, Tess.

That sounds hopeful! I was worrying that I'd would have to spend the next months like this.
I clicker-train them separately a few times a day, it's more difficult than with just one dog (the none-trainee is barking his lungs out when he hears the click and can't join), but so far it's going pretty ok. They do play a lot indoors, but are probably not getting enough physical exercise. Thursday is the big day when they finally can go outside for the first time - which I've been looking forward since the day I picked them up. If they need more exercise and stimulation during the day, that will probably take care of it, I normally spend a lot of time outdoors and I hope to make them a part of that just like my previous dog was. They'll soon have plenty of friends(humans and dogs). If they still have this problem after a few weeks, I guess I'll have to start looking if there are other issues.
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That did it! A few walks, lunch and late dinner in outdoor resturants and they slept for six full hours, exhausted after all new impressions and new people they met. It's the first time I've slept more than three hours in a row in three weeks :-).
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Wonderful! You are so incredibly dedicated to these boys. They are so lucky to have been found by you.
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I think that your puppies want some person to sleep with them as if they want mama who care for them. They do bark because they feel lonely. So arrange their sleeping room such that they saw you with having little light on room and also keep food for them so that when they wake up may they get diverted in eating meaty stuff for a while.
I do not recommend this. Its catering to their becking calk and they will learn you will do anything for their bark. I recommend more play time during the day and a nice long walk righg before bed

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Thanks for replies,

It's become a much smaller problem now. James found a new home ( I was only fostering them) and that has made things a lot easier. Charlie seems to go to sleep easier since we can take walks, have dinner outside etc.
In theory I agree to not giving in to barking, but with neighbors and thin walls, you can't really just let them bark away. Tricky problem, but again, in my case it's better now.
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Well in our house, puppies get to sleep in the bedroom with their hoomans, and that has always prevented the barking issue But we never had two puppies at once who could keep each other company, like you had with James and Charlie.

Maybe now that Charlie is alone... if he still fusses at night in his current location, you could always try a small crate in your bedroom. Being close to people usually is very settling for a puppy.

Just a thought, if you needed a suggestion. I'm sure you will continue to work things out very well!
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