Any ideas why an old dog would take to barking aimlessly in the house all night long? He just lies there and pants and barks periodically, with some growling too. He's never looking at anything in particular, and can even have his eyes shut when he does it. If you try to ignore him he just does it more but if you sit there and rub him for a long time he'll usually stay quite and (eventually, after a few tries) go to sleep. He'll put his head down for a minute and then he'll just sit right back up again and start panting. During the day he's usually his old, happy self, but lately he has been barking during the day sometimes. But he's kept me up almost all night the past two nights.
Any ideas why an old dog would take to barking aimlessly in the house all night long? He just lies there and pants and barks periodically, with some growling too.

1) vision problems
2) hearing problems
3) endocrine problems
4) cognitive problems
5) ...

all of which suggest that a visit to the vet is in order.
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Any ideas why an old dog would take to barking aimlessly in the house all night long? He just lies ... he has been barking during the day sometimes. But he's kept me up almost all night the past two nights.

You should find some help here:
http://www.cdsindogs.com /

Handsome Jack Morrison
The Wisdom of Crowds
http://www.tcsdaily.com/article.aspx?id=102306B
U.S. Uneasy for a Reason
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2006/10/uneasy for a reason.html

Whatever you do, read this book (especially if you have children and/or grandchildren)! America Alone - The End Of The World As We Know It, by Mark Steyn http://216.92.123.84/product28.html
Where are (on average) 112 cars burned daily, with 15 attacks a day on police and emergency services? http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2414175,00.html

And why? I bet you can't guess.
Any ideas why an old dog would take to barking aimlessly in the house all night long? He just lies there and pants and barks periodically, with some growling too. He's never looking at anything in particular,

Sigh. How old is he exactly? He may be right on schedule.

They go through these stages so much faster than we do...

Bob
http://www.kanyak.com
When we found him as a stray the vet told us he was about 7 years old. That was in 1998. So he could be as old as 15.
You should find some help here: http://www.cdsindogs.com /

Jack,
Thanks for posting that. I'm starting to see a little of that in my old boy (13 next month) and this looks like a useful resource.

Anne
and Baxter
(who's still a puppy on some days!)
http://baxterob.home.mchsi.com
You should find some help here: http://www.cdsindogs.com /

Jack, Thanks for posting that. I'm starting to see a little of that in my old boy (13 next month) and this looks like a useful resource.

You're welcome, Anne.
It's probably a good time for a trip to the vet then.

Handsome Jack Morrison
The Wisdom of Crowds
http://www.tcsdaily.com/article.aspx?id=102306B
U.S. Uneasy for a Reason
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2006/10/uneasy for a reason.html

Whatever you do, read this book (especially if you have children and/or grandchildren)! America Alone - The End Of The World As We Know It, by Mark Steyn http://216.92.123.84/product28.html
Where are (on average) 112 cars burned daily, with 15 attacks a day on police and emergency services? http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2414175,00.html

And why? I bet you can't guess.