When you tell someone that you have a Pomeranian the first thing that comes to their mind is “Oh, that’s the kind of dog that barks a lot right?” haha little do the “outsiders” know that Pomeranians usually only bark when there is something to bark at. A healthy Pomeranian should not bark without having a reason.
We have a special little barking Pomeranian at the Pommy Mommy house named Yoki! Upon rescuing Yoki I found out she was shy, timid, squeamish, and scared. For the past three years, I have been doing daily therapy with her, helping her come out of her “puppy mill” shell. Yoki was in a cage her entire life with hundreds of other puppies until I rescued her. This kind of disturbing atmosphere can leave a harmful impression on anyone, let alone a little Pommy puppy.
Her nervous behavior especially comes out when we have house guests over. There is nonstop barking… It’s ear-wrenching. It’s a nonstop high-pitched squealing bark/scream, so not just a barking Pomeranian.
Living in Las Vegas we have several house guests that come to stay with us. The entire time our guests are over she will bark unless I hold her. Her barking was at the point that Yoki was stressing herself out and disturbing our peace of mind. I knew that this wasn’t a normal kind of bark. We could have a house guest stay for a week and every time she saw them it was like she thought they were an intruder (coming to kidnap me or something horrible.)
I was at the end of my rope, not knowing what else to do I contacted Cricket, my Behavior Adjustment Trainer. She has worked “miracles” with Yoki in the past when I first rescued her. Teaching me how to bring her out of her shell more and more every day, this woman is amazing.
As you know I love using natural remedies and I did major research on how to calm and comfort a barking Pomeranian. I discovered two products that I just had to try. Cricket recommended these products and also gave me some very useful tips on what to do when people come over.
Tips to Comfort a Barking Pomeranian
Cricket suggested avoiding all contact with house guests as it is too much for Yoki to handle. I put Yoki in the bedroom. (This is the spot where she LOVES to be and feels comfortable.) It worked great. She recommended if your dog has a kennel or crate that they enjoy being in, that will be a good spot for them to go, as long as it’s away from the house guests. I put Yoki in the bedroom for up to 45 minutes. This was enough time for me to cook breakfast/dinner for the house guests. I’m sure I could have left her longer without her barking, but I didn’t want to leave her for longer than necessary.
Great Stress Relieving Products
It sorta looks like the wall flowers that bath and body works sell. The difference is the DAP diffuser does not make your home smell like yummy flowers, but it puts pheromones in the air to comfort your Pomeranian. This is also a great product to use if your Pomeranian stresses out when you leave the house. This diffuser worked great in the bedroom to comfort and keep Yoki calm when house guests are over. They cover up to 500 sf, usually around $25.00, and last up to 4 weeks.
Bach Rescue Remedy for Animals.
Wow! This is like a “magic potion” in a tiny bottle! I purchased the dropper because I figured that would be the easiest way to distribute the essence. 4 tiny drops on a treat and Yoki ate it right up! She actually loves it so much now, that she’ll lick it right off my finger. I give the rescue remedy to her about 15-20 minutes before guests arrive and after they leave. Instead of running around and crying, Yoki is calm, relaxed, and cuddling up in her blanket. Cricket said it’s not about how much you give, but how often. The drops can be diluted in water and the water drops can be given with the same effect. Diluting the drops can also be more cost-effective.
I stay with Yoki in the room for a few minutes rubbing her back, and she’s so happy and calm. I found this at Whole Foods, Amazon.com, and other health food stores. It’s $10-$20.00 depending on what size you purchase.
Cricket then suggested that I put on calming music when Yoki is up in the bedroom. Loud enough to block some conversation. She suggested a soundtrack (that you can download from Amazon) called “Through a Dogs Ear” It’s an hour of calming classical music. I also have Pandora linked up in the master bedroom so I put on a “Spa Music” station. The SPA station worked really well for her. I now tell Yoki that she is going up to her “Pommy Spa” when people come over.
For me and Yoki, it’s been a journey. I’ve been consistent with using these products and finding a routine that works for her. There are several natural remedies for dogs on the market. Find what works best for your Pomeranian. With dedication and patience, Yoki has become a much calmer and happier Pommy!
If you have a barking Pomeranian who needs to be comforted, using natural products like these is a great solution. These items have all been tested and approved by Pommy Mommy’s Pomeranians!
Special thanks to Cricket for always providing the Pommy Mommy home with great information and tips! Find Cricket on Facebook here:https://www.facebook.com/ThePawsitiveDog