my elderly dog keeps barking at night

my elderly dog keeps barking at night:


My Elderly gog keeps barking at night, at Unusual night times, this is a classic symptom of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (aka ‘Old Dog Syndrome’ or CCD).

This condition is pretty similar to Alzheimer’s disease in humans. If your older dog has CCD he might seem lost, confused, dazed, or ‘out of it for periods of time.

One of the most noticeable things senior dogs exhibit is increased barking.
Stress in aging dogs tends to cause more vocalization such as whining, howling, and barking.
This may be a result of separation anxiety but it could also be your aging dog’s way of getting your attention. … Senile barking is something very common

There are a variety of reasons why we see behavior changes in elderly dogs, including:

  • Canine cognitive dysfunction. This Alzheimer’s-like condition typically appears in dogs as several behavioral changes including barking, house soiling, and changes to interactions with people and other pets in the household.
  • Sensory limitations. Elderly dogs often experience at least partial hearing or vision loss. This causes them to startle more easily or to feel more concerned about their environment in general. Some dogs may bark more as an expression of this concern.
  • Aging brain. Even dogs who are not showing signs of true canine cognitive dysfunction may experience changes in the way their brain processes information and the way he copes in his environment, causing more barking.” It may have been that things triggered barking behaviors when they were younger which were either trained out or [the owner was] able to cope with it, so it wasn’t as noticeable

How do I get my older dog to stop barking at night?

For some dogs, training them to be quiet on cue and rewarding quiet behavior is effective.
For other dogs, nonshock bark-control collars, such as the citronella collar, may be needed.
Drug therapy may also help if your dog’s vocalizations are motivated by anxiety

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