How to stop your Pomeranian barking incessantly

By on October 10, 2014
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If you want to stop your Pomeranian barking incessantly you need to remember that a Pomeranian’s bark is their voice.  Barking is your Poms way of talking to you… it should never be an annoyance. Their bark should be a welcomed communication and interaction with you. Barking is a way to alert you of a potential threat or tell you something is amiss. Just because you don’t see any threat or need for warning doesn’t necessarily mean that your Pomeranian is wrong. Our Yoki barks whenever there is a knock at the door, loud noise or a stranger visiting the house. I personally embrace her barking because it is her voicing her opinion. Understanding where the vocalization is coming from is a great first step in addressing the issue. I may be biased but there is no better student than a Pomeranian. All they want to do is please their Pommy Mommy… really, that’s all. In my opinion there is no reason to train a Pomeranian not to bark… but there are ways to stop your Pomeranian barking incessantly. Stop your Pomeranian barking incessantly.  Stop your Pomeranian barking incessantly. 

Big Dog in a Small Body

There are many reasons why your Pomeranian will bark and the most important is to “protect” you.  If you are a first time Pommy Mommy you must know that all Pomeranians were breed down from the German Spitz which was an awesome guard dog… which makes your little fur ball an awesome watchdog. They really are “big” dogs in a small body. They are very alert to all of their surroundings and will let you know what’s happening… they should be commended not reprimanded for doing it. Every Pomeranian has delusions of grandeur and you have to understand this… they really do believe they are bigger than they are and will try to protect the humans they love… especially their Pommy Mommy.  Stop your Pomeranian barking incessantly.

Self Protection as an instinct

stop your pomeranian barkingCertain barking is about your Pomeranian’s “self protection”. It is not uncommon to watch a Pom claim their toys and guard them… which is absolutely O.K.. Dogs are not humans and don’t have to share… what’s their’s is their’s and let it be. Just make sure that you let them know that it is alright. If they have issues and bark when you are standing next to them when they eat… don’t stand over them. If your Pomeranian stood over you while you ate… it would be annoying. Let them eat in peace. Every meal should be a calm event, if there is a lot of noise or commotion while they are eating… they will automatically think that there is something wrong. Meal time is quiet time. Stop your Pomeranian barking incessantly.

Boredom creates chaos

yoki-boredPomeranian’s get bored very easily. They are very intelligent so they need a lot of stimuli… if you leave them alone for a long while, like all day… they will want to create  a ruckus. Think about a teenager couped up in the house all day… they will create as much static as humanly possible. Well, so will your Pomeranian. When you come home, play with them… don’t make dinner, sort the clothes or call your friend… play with your Pomeranian. Socialization is a big part of helping your Pomeranian not bark… if they are socialized properly they will understand that there is no threat when the see other dogs… and you will be bark free.

Toys are a huge stimulus and should be used always. Playtime if your Pomeranian plays with them is always a great way to give them the exercise they need. Most rescue Pomeranians don’t play with toys, so it is very important to play in different ways. My baby Yoki doesn’t play with toys… we literally have a house full of them… and she doesn’t care.  Every morning when I wake up I play with her in my bed, rubbing her belly, rubbing under her ears, letting her bite me in a playful way… and then allowing her to hump the blankets.  At night my husband stands at the foot of the bed and plays with her by rubbing her head, scratching the side of her ears and letting her bite him on the fingers. After she’s done playing she falls right to sleep. Stop your Pomeranian barking incessantly. Stop your Pomeranian barking incessantly. 

A Crazy Household

Too much going on can rouse a Pomeranian’s barking… if there is a crazy energy in the house your Pomeranian will pick up on it and will have fun in the form of barking. Don’t condemn them… pick them up in a calm manner and let them join in the fun. If there is violence or a disturbance, get your Pom out of there to show them that you are the Alpha and you will always protect them… they will then, always trust you.

Coming Home Barking

I know this sounds crazy but you need to except that when you come home from a grueling day at work… your Pomeranian is going to bark when you come in. Remember they love you and can’t wait to be with you. The first thing before anything else is to pick up and hug, talk calmly and just love on your Pomeranian and they will know that their Alpha (Pommy Mommy) is home… and everything is all right. They may have had a hard day also… loud noises, cars backfiring, kids outside playing… it can wear a Pomeranian down. Stop your Pomeranian barking incessantly. 

 Attention Barking… Stop your Pomeranian barking 

Most Pomeranians will bark when they need to go to the bathroom but when they see that you are attentive to them when they bark they will try to get your attention by barking for whatever they want… this is where you need to be diligent. If you are certain that they have gone to the bathroom and everything else is safe and sound, then… you need to ignore your furry baby. I know, it sounds counter intuitive but if you respect your sanity and love your furry baby, creating boundaries is a very important part of being an awesome Pommy Mommy. Stop your Pomeranian Barking

stop your pomeranian barking

Make sure that your Pom has plenty of water. Dehydration is a problem with these little ones and they will bark to tell you about how thirsty they are.  If they refuse to sleep make sure that there is a treat or two available and toys if they like them. After a while they will try to mimic your sleep patterns but you can’t give in to their playful wantings… I know it’s hard, but don’t. Stop your Pomeranian barking incessantly.
 
 

Sirens and other really loud noises that suck

firetruck-5501Living in Cincinnati all my young life I was immune to sirens… and living in New Jersey, New York and Cincinnati my husband was very immune to sirens and every noise known to man. This doesn’t immune your Pomeranian from these noises and they will bark. This barking is called “disturbance barking”… the reason is because your Pomeranian is most likely, highly disturbed! Dogs and specifically your Pomeranian’s hearing is very sensitive… so think about it, if I set off a siren right next to your ears and kept it there… you would probably be a little aggravated. That’s exactly how your Pomeranian feels. So the best way to stop their barking is to speak to them in a calm assertive voice… speaking directly to them, saying that it is all right… not yelling, because it will give them alarm but speaking to them in a matter of fact way as the Alpha helping them know that everything will be alright. When they stop barking, praise them and give them a treat.

This type of training takes a ton of patience. If you work with your Pomeranian every day you will soon see a distinct change in their barking behavior and you and they will have the peace that the both of you want.

Here is a link to Little Sophia throwing a barking fit to get my attention. She is absolutely the cutest.

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