Dogs placed in a new environment, whether they are adults or puppies, are generally fearful and anxious. Their entire world has been turned upside down and, regardless of whether their new world is in an excellent environment, they will need time to adjust to this situation. Night times are particularly distressing because the dog is alone, and the dog may express its fear though constant barking.
Helping Your Puppy Sleep Quietly at Night
One of the best remedies that will help to calm a new dog in the household is to play soft music for the dog at night; the music will help to drown out new sounds that could be contributing to the barking, and the background noise will help the new dog to feel less alone.
To help your new dog sleep at night, give the dog plenty of exercise during the day and right before bedtime. More activities during the day will help the new dog to sleep well at night. Discourage the dog from barking during the day and night by always ignoring barks; reward the dog with play and attention when the dog is not barking, and ignore the dog when it is barking. Positive reinforcement will help the dog to learn that barking, during the day or night, does not result in a reward.
One of the worst things you can do for a dog barking at night is to keep going in the dog’s room and giving the dog attention. Whether the attention is positive or negative, the dog will soon realize that continual barking will result in attention. While it will be hard, the best thing to do for a barking dog at night is to ignore it. Once the dog realizes that the barking does not result in any attention rewards, the barking will stop.