Your little Pomeranian puppy is adorable but, is barking all of the time. It can be challenging when your puppy is barking at everything in sight. In this article, I provide a variety of methods that can be used to train your Pomeranian puppy not to bark.
Training a Pomeranian puppy not to bark starts with patience and a few minutes every day. There are many training methods that can be used including removing triggers, redirecting, ignoring, and teaching your puppy to respond to vocal commands and clicker devices.
- Do Pomeranian Puppies Bark A Lot
- Why Do Pomeranian Puppies Bark
- Why Should I Train My Pomeranian Puppy To Stop Barking
- How Do I Train My Pomeranian Puppy To Stop Barking
- What Methods Can I Use To Train My Puppy Not To Bark
- Teaching Your Puppy To Be Quiet
- Interrupting Your Puppy And Redirecting
- Removing Your Puppy’s Triggers
- Ignoring Your Puppy’s Barking
- Desensitizing Your Puppy From It’s Triggers
- Final Thoughts
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Do Pomeranian Puppies Bark A Lot
Pomeranian puppies as well as any puppy will bark a lot.
A puppy has just entered the world and is full of curiosity he or she is also learning how to communicate and express itself.
Vocal expression is one of the main ways puppies and dogs communicate with each other and humans. It’s not uncommon for puppies to yelp, whine, cry, zip, and bark often.
Why Do Pomeranian Puppies Bark
Pomeranian puppies bark for many reasons. The most common are requesting food, playing, and sounding the alarm when they hear or see something strange.
Why Should I Train My Pomeranian Puppy To Stop Barking
You should never train your puppy not to bark at all since it’s their natural instinct and way to communicate.
Teaching your Pomeranian puppy appropriate rules and behaviors is important for the well-being and development of your dog.
A puppy is very similar to a young child setting rules and expectations at a young age will make it easier for you and your dog as it grows.
Training your dog also prevents dangerous situations and problems with nuisance barking. Nobody wants to live next to a dog that barks constantly.
How Do I Train My Pomeranian Puppy To Stop Barking
Luckily, there are many methods that we can use to train our puppies. You are able to select the method that you feel will work best for you and your dog.
Before we get into the training methods let’s talk about some dos and don’ts of training your puppy not to bark.
What Should I Do When I Am Training My Puppy Not To Bark
Always remember that your puppy is a rambunctious and curious baby. it will take a lot of time and patience to train your dog as it matures.
It can be confusing for your puppy if it receives inconsistent signals from different family members within your home. Once you have decided on your rules and the acceptable behaviors for your puppy make sure that everyone in the home is aware of those rules and follows them.
Use A Calm Voice With Your Puppy
Always use a calm but, firm voice with your puppy when you are training. Yelling or raising your voice at your puppy can make them nervous or make them think you are competing with them.
Work On The Most Common Situations First
Think about the situations that happen every day like a jogger running by every morning or the neighbor’s dog being let outside. Start with the situations that occur the most and move on to others after.
Make Sure Your Puppy Isn’t Bored
Your puppy has lots of energy to burn. Make sure you have plenty of toys and opportunities to play and exercise.
If your puppy is sensitive to noises consider using a white noise machine to block some of those noises. A sound machine is also a great option if you have a Pomeranian the barks at night.
What Shouldn’t I Do When I Am Training My Puppy Not To Bark
There are many things that you shouldn’t do when you are training your puppy. Keep these in mind.
Don’t Let Your Emotions Get In The Way
Not letting your emotions get the best of you is important in many ways. Never show your frustration through yelling or physical punishment towards your dog. This type of negative reinforcement can harm your bond with your dog and can harm them emotionally.
On the other hand, if your puppy whines or barks when you are leaving and your return to your dog to console it you end up rewarding the negative behavior and encouraging more barking.
Don’t Make Training Sessions Last Long
You are anxious to work with your puppy and teach them new things especially when they shouldn’t be barking. Make sure you only work with your puppy in small sessions. A ten-minute session is enough for your puppy.
Don’t Isolate Your Puppy Because It Isn’t Well Behaved
Even though your little puppy may not listen well yet and be unruly, making sure your puppy is socialized is very important. Socializing with your puppy often will help them become comfortable in many situations with different people, animals, and noises.
What Methods Can I Use To Train My Puppy Not To Bark
Now that we have a good base of do’s and don’t for training your barking puppy let’s look at some of the methods we can use.
- Teaching your puppy to be quiet on command
- Interrupting your puppy and redirecting their attention
- Removing the trigger from the situation
- Ignoring your puppies barking
- Desensitizing your puppy from it’s triggers
Teaching Your Puppy To Be Quiet
- Create a situation that causes your puppy to bark like someone knocking on the door.
- When your puppy barks acknowledge the source of the barking by answering the door or looking out the window.
- Let your puppy know that everything is ok by saying “good job”.
- Give your puppy a moment to see if they stop barking.
- Grab a treat and tell your puppy to be quiet.
- Once your puppy is quiet for a moment give them the treat and praise.
- Make sure you puppy knows that they are getting rewarded for being quiet not for barking.
Interrupting Your Puppy And Redirecting
The purpose of redirecting your puppy or dog is to be able to distract your dog from a negative situation or behavior and bring them back to listening to you.
- The first step is to create a positive association. The goal is for your puppy or dog to look at you when they hear a certain noise (you can create a noise with your voice or use a clicker). They way to do that is to reward them when they respond to the noise with a treat. Practice daily getting your dog to respond to the noise you have selected.
- Once your puppy is a pro at responding to your noise, work on combining the treat with vocal praise to the point where your puppy will respond when they only are receiving a vocal praise. Alternate giving them a treat with a vocal praise and the vocal praise alone so they will respond consistantly regardless of the reward.
- Make sure you only use redirection when you truly want your dog to stop a negative behavior or to avoid a negative situation. Do not redirect just to get your puppies attention.
Removing Your Puppy’s Triggers
It may not be a long-term solution to your puppy’s barking but, removing or reducing your dog’s triggers may help temporarily while you are training your puppy.
- Observe your puppy for a few days and note what their triggers are.
- Make a plan to reduce the triggers that your puppy is exposed to.
You can’t eliminate all of your puppy’s triggers but, if they bark every time the neighbors let their dog out for example try not to have your puppy out at the same time.
If the mailman rings your doorbell every time they leave a package that causes your puppy to freak out, place a note on your door asking them politely to not knock.
Ignoring Your Puppy’s Barking
Should you or shouldn’t you ignore your puppy’s barking?
I wouldn’t suggest completely ignoring your puppy’s barking. This could lead to a bigger problem in the long run.
That said, in some situations, it may be better to ignore your puppy and not give them the attention that would reinforce the negative behavior.
Desensitizing Your Puppy From It’s Triggers
Working on desensitizing your puppy’s triggers is a great way to get them comfortable with situations that occur often in your lives.
- Figure out your puppy’s limits with it’s trigger. How close can you puppy be to the tigger without barking?
- Move closer to the trigger and reward your puppy with praise and treats for not barking.
- Move backwards away from the trigger if your puppy starts to bark.
- Continue to practice this process over time until your puppy no longer barks at the trigger.
This would be a great option if your puppy barks at the other animals in the home.
The process will take time. Remember to work with your dog in small increments of time around ten minutes each session.
Remember that every puppy is different and will learn and develop at different times.
Training takes time but, in the long run, it is the best thing you can do for your dog and the bond that you have with each other.
Try some of the suggestions and methods if you are not seeing steady improvement it may be time to enlist a professional dog trainer for help.