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Q: Why is my dog barking at the same time every morning??

April 9, 2009 | By Renee | 4 answers | Expired: 1972 days ago

Renee

WOW, I'm stumped!! My Dachshund Tucker is 11 months old and potty trained inside. I have another doxie Oliver. When I go to bed at night they stay in the kitchen with a baby gate, they have never slept with me yet. Now my problem is every week night Tucker wakes me up barking between 4:30 and 5 am. To me this is odd, it just started 3 weeks ago. Oliver is the one who barks at people outside (I live in an apartment) never Tucker, he barks at no one only Oliver when he has something Tucker wants. They get fed right before I go to bed at 10:00 so I know its not hunger, or bathroom. I don't understand it. When I go to the kitchen he is just sitting there looking at nothing and barking, Oliver is always asleep in his crate, so I know its not him, and I don't see anyone outside of hear anything. I don't want to sound crazy but the only answer I have is a spiritual energy....haha, I don't know what to do with the constant barking...any answers??

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Heather
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Apr 10, 2009

I also have dachshunds, a girl named Laney and a boy named Oscar, and I swear, she can tell time. Every morning she starts working on me between 5:30 and 6:00 (I know because I used to look at the clock in disbelief) to wake me up because she is positive she's starving. On the weekends, she'll do the same thing just before dinner. If she's in my lap, she'll turn around at look at me with the wild look in her eyes and then start jumping around and trying to give me kisses. She'll come out of a dead sleep to do this, every time at the same time. My boy, not so much. He gets up when he feels like it. Who knows?!

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Jillian
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Apr 10, 2009

even though you feed them before you go to bed, there is a chance that they are hungry by 5 am. try feeding them wet food w/meat being at the top of the ingredients label. w/dry food, even if meat is listed at the top they generally mean before the water is removed. this is very misleading. that means the next ingredient is the dominant one, and in the case of it being corn or soy or a wheat product, it passes through them quickly.
tucker may also have bathroom needs. its common for my dogs to wake someone up at that hour even though they just went out at midnight. one morning, take him out and see what happens.
another possibility is energy. tucker may not be tuckered out enough to sleep through the night. in this case, a 30 minute walk before bed would help. you could also leave a couple of quiet toys w/him all night so he has something to do.
and even another possibility is that little tucker is hearing something that your ears can't pick up on. their ears are highly sensitive and maybe in the last 3 weeks some anomaly in the neighborhood has been taking place that he wants to tell you about.
you'll have to do a process of elimination to figure out exactly what it is.

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Marta J.
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Apr 10, 2009

I had a similar experience at 11:30 Mon to Fri nights. After investigating I found out a person in the neighborhood opened his garage door to go to work and my dog heard that and it set her off. It was too far for me to see or hear it, but she had no trouble. Check around. Maybe some nightworker is coming or going to work, or something similar. My other two dogs never reacted at all.

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