To train a Yorkie not to bark, fill up a metal can with nails or pennies, right up to the halfway mark, and put a lid on the can. When your Yorkie barks, shake the can, and the noise will immediately get their attention. Say ‘quiet’, clearly and firmly, and give your dog a treat if they stay quiet. Repeat as necessary – your dog will learn quickly!
In this article, we’re going to answer questions from dog owners just like you about Yorkie barking habits and how to get them used to the same sleeping schedule as you. Let’s take a look at what everyone wants to know about Yorkies yapping in the night!
Table of Contents
- How Do I Stop My Yorkie from Barking at Night?
- Why does my Yorkie bark so much at night?
- Can Yorkies be trained not to bark?
- How do I get my Yorkie to sleep at night?
- Should I ignore my dog barking at night?
- Why do dogs bark at 3am?
- Will a dog eventually stop barking in crate?
- How long does it take for a dog to stop barking at night?
- What should I put in my puppy’s crate at night?
- How many nights will puppy cry in crate?
How Do I Stop My Yorkie from Barking at Night?
If your Yorkie is barking at night in their crate or in general, then there are a few strategies which you may use to stop this. Make sure that your dog has plenty of toys first, as boredom often leads to barking at every noise that your dog hears.
Next, consider letting them sleep in your bedroom, on a dog bed or in their crate. Being close to you helps your dog feel safe and this can help immensely. Finally, take longer walks before bedtime – as this will tire your dog out and they’ll be much more likely to sleep, instead of barking all night.
Why does my Yorkie bark so much at night?
If your Yorkie has just come home, it could be boredom. Until they have synced up their schedule with yours, Yorkies are prone to wake up bored and try to get your attention. Moving them into your bedroom can help and extra-long walks at night can tire these little guys and gals right out.
If it’s a puppy, however, that’s different. Pups need to go out frequently for potty breaks, as they can only wait 1 hour for every month that they’ve been alive. So, if your puppy barks at night, there might well be a very good reason for it!
Can Yorkies be trained not to bark?
Yes, Yorkies may be trained not to bark – it just takes a little patience. If your dog is barking at other animals or people, then you need to ‘socialize’ them.
This is simply introducing them to other animals and people, by means of dog parks and simply inviting friends to visit and arming them with treats to endear them to your dog. You can also teach them the ‘quiet’ command by getting their attention when they bark, saying ‘quiet’, and giving them a treat when they do.
How do I get my Yorkie to sleep at night?
While it will sometimes happen sooner, Yorkie pups generally are not going to sleep through the night until they are around 4 to 6 months of age. That said, you can certainly help things along. Start by taking long walks on the last potty break of the evening. This will help to tire your dog before bed.
You can also help by putting a dog bed close to your own bed in the bedroom or moving your dog’s crate to the bedroom and positioning it so that they can see you sleeping. Puppies get scared at night, sometimes, and being able to see you can help them feel safe enough to relax and to go to sleep.
Should I ignore my dog barking at night?
If you’re dog has gone out for a potty break, then you should ignore any barking because it’s probably just for attention. If you come running whenever your dog barks, then you can set a bad precedent. Your dog quickly learns that barking is an acceptable method for ‘calling’ you over.
You don’t want to encourage this. Ignore your dogs barks if you know that their needs have been met and while it might take a while, your dog will eventually learn that they cannot simply bark just to get their way.
Why do dogs bark at 3am?
When your dog is barking at 3 in the morning then it’s generally for one of 3 reasons. First, they might need to go potty – so take your dog outside just in case (especially if it’s a puppy, as they can’t wait very long). Secondly, your dog might have heard something.
Letting them sleep in the bedroom can help minimize this kind of barking, as your dog feels safer. Finally, sometime they just get bored – extra toys and a walk before bed can help to keep them occupied or simply too tired for those surprise early-morning bark sessions.
Will a dog eventually stop barking in crate?
Yes. When your dog is first getting used to the crate, barking and whining is to be expected. They are in a new place, frightened, and so they will try to get your attention and this will last for a few days, so be patient! Also, make sure that your dog doesn’t need to go outside.
If you know that they don’t need to co out, then you have to ignore all barking – running up just encourages them to bark whenever they want you. Finally, move the crate to the bedroom and face it so that they can see you.
This will make them feel safer and they will be much likely to relax and sleep.
How long does it take for a dog to stop barking at night?
By 3 to 4 months of age, your dog will usually be capable of sleeping through most of the night. Before this time, you will need to get up to take them out every few hours, though a long walk before bed can help to ensure that they sleep longer.
‘New to the crate’ type barking usually lasts anywhere from 2 days up to 2 weeks, depending on if you have been ignoring the ‘attention barks’ or not. If they are used to you running up to them whenever they bark, it takes awhile to teach that they should only bark for potty breaks and the rest will be ignored.
What should I put in my puppy’s crate at night?
A crate needs to have comfortable beddings as well as toys to be played with or chewed on. Beyond this, nothing else is needed. Don’t put in a food or water bowl, as your puppy will be fine overnight, and adding these will just mean more trips outside!
How many nights will puppy cry in crate?
Expect it to take anywhere from 2 to 3 days up to 2 weeks for your dog to get used to the crate. As long as you keep the crate in the bedroom, it generally won’t take long.
You’ll just need to take you puppy out to potty every few hours and ignore barking immediately after those potty breaks, as they are just for attention.