It can be frustrating and difficult if your adorable Pomeranian won’t stop barking. In this article, I dig into why your Pomeranian is barking all of the time and how to get your Pomeranian to stop barking.
Training your Pomeranian to stop barking starts with determining the cause of your dog’s barking behavior. Training your Pomeranian to stop barking can be successfully done with three training methods redirecting, desensitizing, and command training.
- Why Do Pomeranians Bark
- My Pomeranian Is Constantly Barking
- Why Is My Pomeranian Barking At Me
- Why Does My Pomeranian Bark When I Leave
- Why Is My Pomeranian Barking For No Reason
- Why Does My Pomeranain Bark At Strangers
- How To Stop Your Pomeranian From Barking At Strangers
- Why Does My Pomeranin Bark At Other Dogs
- How To Stop Your Pomeranian From Barking At Other Dogs
- How Can I Stop My Pomeranian From Barking
- Final Thoughts
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Why Do Pomeranians Bark
Pomeranians bark for many reasons as a way to communicate with humans and other animals.
Your Pomeranian may be barking out of fear, protectiveness, anxiety, attention-seeking anxiety, pain, or boredom.
My Pomeranian Is Constantly Barking
A dog that constantly barks can be a huge problem for your family and neighbors.
If your fluffy little friend has become a nuisance barker it’s time to get help.
The first step to correcting a dog that constantly barks is to determine the root cause of the barking.
Why Is My Pomeranian Barking At Me
If your Pomeranian won’t stop barking at you it is trying to tell you that it wants something.
Your Dog May Need To Go Outside
The main reason my dogs bark at me is to go outside. Usually letting them out solves the barking problem.
Your Dog May Be Hungry
Once dogs learn that they can request or beg for food by barking they are sure to form the habit.
Your Dog May Be Asking For Attention
Dogs, especially Pomeranians love attention and will often ask for it by barking at their owners.
Why Does My Pomeranian Bark When I Leave
Pomeranians are very prone to separation anxiety.
If you notice your dog getting nervous, pacing, jumping, and barking at you as you prepare to leave they may have separation anxiety.
Once you leave a dog with separation anxiety may bark, drool, chew, howl, dig, escape, pace, or destroy things.
If your dog has a mild case of anxiety try giving them special toys or a puzzle when you leave. Make sure they only get that toy during that time.
If your dog has a severe case of separation anxiety it would be best to contact an animal behaviorist. It is possible to help your dog it just may require more time.
Why Is My Pomeranian Barking For No Reason
It may seem like your dog is barking for no reason but, there is always a reason. The goal is to find out the root cause of the barking so we can work on correcting the behavior.
If your dog is barking all of the time and you can’t figure out why try to evaluate if it is for one of the following reasons.
Is Your Dog Bored
Bored dogs often bark for seemingly no reason.
If you think your dog may be bored offer more exercise and stimulation to see if you can reduce the barking.
Is Your Dog Frustrated
Your dog’s frustration may be causing its barking.
Dogs can feel frustration for many reasons just like we do. When frustrated they will naturally look for an outlet to release that frustration.
A frustrated dog may bark, chew, pace, or destroy things.
The best way to work with frustrated dogs is to distract them and redirect their attention and energy.
Redirect your dog’s attention with a sound or clicker. Once your dog has focused back on you and has calmed down, reward them with a treat.
It may take practice but, over time you should have positive results.
Is Your Dog Anxious
As previously mentioned Pomeranians have a tendency to experience separation anxiety.
Separation anxiety is not the only form of anxiety that dogs can experience. The other two forms of anxiety are social anxiety and noise anxiety.
A dog that has social anxiety most likely has not received proper socialization as a puppy. This can also develop in adult dogs if they do not have interactions with other animals and people.
Sometimes puppies are separated from their mothers and littermates too early which can have long-term effects on your dog.
If a puppy does not receive the socialization that it needs early in life it is at much higher risk to develop social anxiety.
Dogs that suffer from noise anxiety tend to be scared of loud noises like thunder, fireworks, and vacuum cleaners.
A dog that is scared of loud noises will bark, whimper, tremble, pant, drool, and run and hide.
Some breeds are prone to noise anxiety but, our Pomeranian is not one of them.
Usually, a dog that is afraid of loud noises has had a negative experience in the past.
Why Does My Pomeranian Bark At Strangers
Dogs bark at strangers as a way of protecting their territory.
Your dog may be in your home, yard, or taking a walk when they spot a stranger. When they see the stranger it can trigger their natural fight or flight response. They will often start barking as an offensive or defensive action.
Another reason dogs will bark at strangers is out of excitement. Some dogs are very social and want to play and receive attention from people.
Your dog may view a stranger as a potential friend.
How To Stop Your Pomeranian From Barking At Strangers
The best way to stop your dog from barking is to train them to stop barking on command along with diversion training.
Some barking at strangers is expected and even welcomed, it’s just good to have a handle on the behavior so it doesn’t develop into nuisance barking.
Why Does My Pomeranian Bark At Other Dogs
The majority of the time your dog is feeling fearful when it is barking and lunging at other dogs.
Other less aggressive greetings are based on excitement when your dog is overly excited to greet its new friend.
How To Stop Your Pomeranian From Barking At Other Dogs
There are a couple of options to try when you need to reduce the amount of barking your dog does when it sees another dog.
Try rewarding your dog with a treat every time they see another dog and don’t react.
If your situation seems to be getting out of hand there are trainers that can assist you with Behavioral Adjustment Therapy. A Certified BAT Instructor will be able to help you and your dog.
How Can I Stop My Pomeranian From Barking
Let’s dig deeper into some tips and methods on how to get your Pomeranian to stop barking.
Tips To Get Your Pomeranian To Stop Barking
- Always have patience. It will take time for your dog to learn.
- Remain calm at all times. Keep an even-toned voice and try not to show any frustration.
- Consistency is key. Make sure you find time every day to work with your dog.
- Keep the training session short. Ten minutes a day is all you need for improvement.
- Remember to Socialize. Make sure your dog gets plenty of socialization even if it’s not always on its best behavior.
- Remove or avoid your dog’s triggers. If you are aware of your dog’s triggers avoiding them can help during training.
How To Train Your Dog To Not Bark
If you have a problem barker the three best ways to train them not to bark are teaching a command to “be quiet”, redirecting and desensitizing.
How To Teach Your Pomeranian To Stop Barking On Command
- For the purposes of training it’s best to create a situation that mimics your dog’s trigger. If it’s the doorbell ringing have a member of your family or friend ring the doorbell.
- When your dog starts to bark open the door and let the person in and acknowledge that your dog did a “good job”.
- Give your dog a moment to stop barking.
- Tell your dog to “stop barking”, “no barking” or “be quiet” and give them a treat once they have stopped barking.
- Give your dog praise.
How To Redirect Your Dogs Attention To Get Them To Stop Barking
- Decide if you want to use a clicker or make a “click” noise with your mouth to signal your dog.
- Practice grabbing your dog’s attention with the noise. When they look at you after you have signaled give them a treat.
- Once your dog responds consistently to your noise it’s time to train them to respond even when they may only receive praise instead of a treat. Alternate between a treat and praise as a reward during this phase of training.
- Only use redirection when you want to distract your dog from a negative behavior.
How To Desensitize Your Dog From It’s Barking Triggers
- First, determine what your dog’s limit is towards the trigger. How close can your dog get to the trigger before it starts barking.
- Practice bringing your dog closer to the trigger and reward your dog with treats and praise for not responding.
- If your dog starts to bark move them back away from the trigger.
- Continue this process until your dog no longer barks at it’s trigger.
As challenging as it can be when your dog is barking all of the time, remember that with consistent training, love, and patience this phase will pass.
If you have tried these training methods on your own and have not been successful don’t be afraid to reach out to your vet or a local trainer for help.