Hiya Had an awful night last night with Ollie. We have foxes living next door, have done for a couple of years now and they come into our garden nearly every night so it isn't a new thing. Ollie barks at any strange noise or smell at night. Great, he will alert us of burglars. But he keeps hearing or smelling the foxes as they walk right past the house and it sets him off barking. Last night was unreal, a young fox walked up to our back door, I shouted at it out of my bedroom window, and it just sat like a dog and looked straight at me. Stupid fox so we spent the next 15 minutes chasing it out of the garden. Everytime we chased it out, it came back seconds later but eventually it got the message and moved on. Unfortantely, we can not get rid of the foxes or block them from coming in the garden as our cat uses the same pathways as the foxes and we can't block her in. Last night, when Ollie was barking, I told people in the house to ignore him, but they say they can't, so they were shouting at him to shut up and going up and down the stairs to see to him. Apparently, when they went to see him, once he got out of the crate, he went straight to them for comfort rather than running straight round to the back door to chase or scare the fox away. We think he is scared of the foxes and is actually barking to get our attention to comfort him. Now we can't ignore the barking and we can't allow him to bark all night as we get no sleep, so we've come up with two options. 1. Tonight, we leave the downstairs light on so Ollie's not in pitch darkness (we think he may not like being in the dark) and if he starts barking, someone will go downstairs, not speak to him but just kip on the sofa until he falls asleep. 2. If he does bark tonight, he's coming up to my room to sleep tomorrow night as we can't let him bark as apparently, he's been barking for 3 nights now (i've only woken up to 1 night of it) and everyone's tired. He'll stay in my room from now on and then he will be comforted by me being in the room and he is unlikely to hear foxes moving around in the garden. Although our cat is upstairs so her bell will have to be taken off otherwise he would probably go mad at her being around. Do you have any ideas for us to try? We have tried covering the crate, closing the living room door in case it was shadows that were setting him off, closing the kitchen door to try and block out any sounds of foxes out the back, leaving him outside of his crate in the living room, all to no avail.