Last night the dogs and I went to bed around 10:00PM (22:00). They went into their kennels, as usual on the other side of my bedroom, and I went to sleep. I nodded off around 11:11, because I remember seeing the digital display on the TV. The next thing I knew it was 11:26 and Sofie is whining and barking her head off. I opened the kennels and let them both out in the back yard, at which point I heard the screeching of either a fox or a raccoon. Sofie’s hearing is amazing. I didn’t hear anything until I opened the door, but she was woken by the sound through the exterior wall, through the cover on the kennel. When I got them back in and thanked them for making sure our home was safe, we all went back to bed. Then about 4:30 AM she started the whine again, “Let me out and let me at it!” This time, I ignored her and finally she quieted. (This is one of the reasons not to have your animals sleep in your bedroom, but I digress.) I don’t want to discourage either of my dogs from doing their job of protecting the house and family from intruders, but Sofie can hear a fox two towns away (OK, I am exaggerating, but only a little). Her hearing sensitivity is much more acute than Louise or any other dog I have ever had. At least I am assuming it is hearing and not smell. Do I try to train her out of making any noise when she is in her kennel? She only fusses when she either has to go to the bathroom or there is something like this going on outside the house. She is a hyper-sound sensitive dog and I am trying to figure out how to instruct her when it is OK to bark and when it isn’t. Or is this a losing battle?
I definitely am losing the whine battle. Check out an older post “Would You Like Some Cheese With That Whine” .