Are you wondering how to get your Shih Tzu dog to stop barking at night time?
Perhaps his barking has just begun and you have forgotten the last time you slept through the night? If this sounds like your circumstances then read on for the answers that your sleep patterns depend on.
The first thing to do is work out exactly why your Shih Tzu is barking at night.
You can do this by thinking carefully about his circumstances, observing the exact time he begins barking and then working out how he might be feeling, when you know how that barking Shih Tzu feels you will understand the behavior better.
Why Is Your Shih Tzu Barking at Night?
There are a few reasons why the behavior may have developed. Here are some of the more common reasons for night time barking, take a look and ask yourself whether any of these could apply to your own Shih Tzu.
- Insecurity; canine insecurity is most often seen with the dog that is recently in a new home or that has encountered a life change. The Shih Tzu dog when separated from his human in the dark hours may feel more insecure and develop barking in order to try and bring the owner back. Rescued dogs usually bark for the first few nights and then settle down when they know the routine.
- Separation anxiety; Shih Tzu can develop separation anxiety if left alone. If your dog is left alone at night but never in the day then he may be barking because he is stressed by the isolation.
- Lack of suitable exercise; if the dog is not walked or mentally stimulated enough during the daytime then he may not have used up his energy. The Shih Tzu with excess energy is far less likely to settle when it is bed time for everyone else. It is totally unfair to expect a Shih Tzu to relax all day and then just go off to bed and be quiet all night.
- Needing to toilet; if your dog is getting older he may not be able to hold himself through the night as he used to. The dog that starts calling for his owner in the night, during his senior years, is usually too well-mannered to toilet indoors despite his desperation.
- Wanting attention; if you have a Shih Tzu puppy and have done everything right, regarding his introduction to the home, but he is still calling you at bedtime then he may have learned to call because you always come. Dogs are very good at this and will soon develop a habit based on the response it provides.
Take a look at each of these reasons for the Shih Tzu that hollers the house down at lights out and ask yourself honestly what your dog is feeling and what you can do to help him cope when left at night.
Can you walk him more, work on separation anxiety, is it just a case of waiting for that new dog to settle or could provide your old dog with an indoor toilet or dog flap so that he can let himself out at night?
I wish I could give you an easy fix for your Shih Tzu dog barking problem but I can’t. You see all dogs are different and one Shih Tzu may bark for one reason whilst another may be hollering for something completely different. Your job is to work out why then find doggy life enhancements that help your dog to cope in the dark without barking all night long.