Advanced search

Why is my dog restless at night?

(3 Posts)
releasethehounds Fri 31-Aug-12 21:23:16

Looking for a bit of advice. My border collie is 3 years old and is generally a very healthy, lovely natured dog. She sleeps on her own bed which is located in our bedroom and upto now we've never had a problem with her at night - in fact, she's so quiet you forget she's there.

However, this has all changed over the last week or so - she will start to pace around at night and make snuffling noises which gradually progress onto small barks and then really loud barking until one of us lets her out! I don't think she needs the loo as she's only a young dog and normally has a concrete bladder which she holds for hours! When we do let her out at night she just walks around the garden sniffing the air for a couple of minutes (she may do a little wee but I think it's just marking rather than a necessity) then waits at the door to be let in again.

It's getting like having a newborn again with all the night disturbances, but I can't just let her stay in the house and bark continuously as she will wake the DDs (she has a very loud bark). I did originally think that she was too warm in the bedroom so I leave a window open and the door is always ajar so she can get to the (much cooler) kitchen downstairs.

I think that now she's getting into a bad habit and getting spoilt by this night time attention and I want to break it before we go mad from sleep deprivation!

Any ideas would be appreciated.


releasethehounds Sat 01-Sep-12 10:09:01

bumping for any ideas!

DrHolmes Sat 29-Sep-12 23:36:34

How much exercise does it get per day, how much food etc

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: