#2: Let them “speak” on command
It’s only right to train them how to “speak” after teaching them how to be silent.
They go hand in hand. And you don’t want their muttering to be totally gone.
You mustn’t also expect it not to happen sometimes. Especially if they have strong protective instincts.
So when they growl, say “speak” in a high-pitched voice and reward them.
You may also make them do the “quiet” command to see if they’ve understood it.
It might get problematic when they yap every hour while you’re sleeping. And this will also be helpful during the day.
You can teach them to tap their food bowls instead of asking for water. Or they can grab their leash or stay by the door when they want out.
You must only do what they’re asking if they kept quiet.
#3: Fix sleep aggression
Now, if moving your dog to bed at night becomes a problem, there are things you can try.
First, understand that growling means warning.
They’re not in the mood to be petted. And they don’t like it when you startle them while they’re in a deep sleep.
You can wake them up by calling their name instead of touching them.
When they’re awake, show a treat but don’t feed it to them. Just leave it nearby so they can get it by themselves.
It’s because if you hand-feed them and they still growl, you’ll only be rewarding them for being stubborn.
If they’re still irritable, don’t force them. And just do this again until they’ve started to expect the treats more.
Why Is My Dog More Aggressive At Night?
Dealing with an overly aggressive dog can be a daunting and challenging experience.
One major cause of aggression at night is anxiety. Anxiety in dogs can manifest in several ways but if you’re wondering Why does my dog growl at me at night, then anxiety may be the cause.
Anxiety in dogs can be caused by separation, trauma, or pent-up energy.
If your dog seems to be growling as soon as you turn the lights out, they might be trying to tell you they’re not ready for bed yet. They still have some energy to get out of their system. This situation is similar to kids who’ve slept all day and throw tantrums when it’s bedtime.
Rescue dogs will often have trauma from neglect and abuse. If this is the case with your pup, you’ll notice them growling at you at night in a specific room or setting. Sometimes simply turning the lights off can trigger a traumatized dog.
Have you noticed your dog growling at you when you get off the bed to use the restroom or plug your phone on the charger? Your pup might have separation anxiety. Your actions cause them to growl at you because they’re anxious about you leaving them.
Even sleeping can cause your dog to be aggressive because they view you being asleep as you leaving them!