Small dogs including our beloved Pomeranian often get the reputation of being yappy little dogs. I believe these little dogs are often misunderstood, why do Pomeranians bark?
Pomeranians bark for many reasons including excitement, territory protection, fear, anxiety, attention, boredom, and pain. Even if your Pomeranian is barking excessively there is always a reason for the behavior and a solution to reduce it.
In this article, I discuss the main reasons why Pomeranians bark. Since barking is one of the main ways a dog communicates it’s natural for this vocal communication to happen often.
Sometimes there are triggers that develop into behavioral problems. Your dog may be experiencing boredom, anxiety, or become overly protective. Identifying your dog’s barking triggers is the first step in correcting the undesirable barking behavior.
- What Are The Reasons Pomeranians Bark
- Pomeranians Will Bark When They Are Excited
- Pomeranains Are Very Protective
- Are Pomeranians Territorial
- Do Pomeranains Bark For Attention
- Pomeranians Will Bark To Let You Know They Want Food
- Will A Pomeranian Bark If They Are Scared
- Do Pomeranians Bark When They Are Anxious
- Do Pomeranians Bark When They Are Bored
- Will A Pomeranian Bark When It Is In Pain
- Will A Pomeranian Bark When It Is Surprised
- Can Pomeranians Bark Due To Canine Dementia
- Final Thoughts
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What Are The Reasons Pomeranians Bark
Let’s look at the reasons why Pomeranians bark.
- Protective Instinct
- Territory Protection
- Attention Seeking
- Food Requests
- Surprise Barking
- Canine Dementia
Pomeranians Will Bark When They Are Excited
Pomeranains are happy little dogs that will often bark from excitement.
Excitement barking may occur when you arrive home, grab a treat, toy, leash, or dog carrier. Pomeranians are very smart and are able to become familiar with your routines. A Pomeranian may start barking out of excitement when they realize something they enjoy is about to happen.
We always take our dogs with us when our daughter goes to dance class. As soon as I grab her sparkly dance bag the dogs go crazy. They both start barking and jumping up and down as a reminder to bring them along.
Pomeranains Are Very Protective
Even though Pomeranains are very small in stature they are very protective dogs.
Most Pomeranians do not realize they are small dogs and have a larger-than-life personality. This point of view can often get them into trouble if you are not careful.
Pomeranians can become very attached to their owners and go to great lengths to protect them. Often the first sign of protection is barking.
Are Pomeranians Territorial
Pomeranians like many other dogs have the natural instinct to monitor and protect their territory.
Your dog’s territory could be as large as your home and yard down to the details of their bed, food, and toys. Any area that your dog considers as theirs will become their territory.
A dog’s instinct to protect its territory dates back to its ancestors as a need for survival in the wild.
Our Pomeranians may not need to fight for survival today but, the instant to protect their resources are still strong.
Do Pomeranains Bark For Attention
Pomeranains are cuddly little dogs that love attention.
Some Pomeranians like our Willow can become a little bossy and bark at you when they want something or for your attention.
Our little 4.5lb Pomeranian has a sassy personality and will let you know when she wants something. Willow will gracefully sit in front of you and start letting out little barks to let you know that she has a request.
Most of the time she is asking to go outside, which makes it a welcomed communication.
Pomeranians Will Bark To Let You Know They Want Food
Pomeranians are not a shy breed, if they are hungry you can expect to hear from them. A Pomeranian will often bark at you, grab their bowl or turn it over and lay next to it as a way of letting you know that they want some food.
Pomeranians can also become beggers and stare at you hoping for a treat.
Will A Pomeranian Bark If They Are Scared
Being fearful or scared is one of the main reasons a dog will bark.
Barking out of fear can be defensive or a way of alerting others that something or someone is making them nervous.
A fearful bark is often accompanied by other body languages including a tense stance, tucked tail or high tense tail, showing of teeth, showing the whites of their eyes, and perked up ears.
A dog that is scared can often be confused with a dog that is acting aggressively.
Do Pomeranians Bark When They Are Anxious
Pomeranains are known to be susceptible to experiencing separation anxiety.
Pomeranians will get very attached to their owners and often do not like being separated from them.
If a Pomeranian is often left home alone it can develop separation anxiety that can lead to undesirable and unhealthy behaviors like barking, drooling, destruction, soiling your home, and pacing.
Luckily, my dogs are not often left home alone. They are not even huge fans of when I am not home. My cream Pomeranian Murphy will often whine and stand by the door waiting for me to return.
I can see where his anxiety could develop into a much larger problem if the situation allowed.
Do Pomeranians Bark When They Are Bored
Pomeranians will bark when they are bored.
If your dog is barking because they are bored they will often try to get your attention or the attention of another animal in your home for play or entertainment.
It’s important that your Pomeranian has enough mental and physical activity so that energy doesn’t get directed into destructive behavior.
Will A Pomeranian Bark When It Is In Pain
A dog will often communicate that it is in pain with barking.
The pain-induced bark usually doesn’t happen unless the dog is touched or has the anticipation of being touched.
The bark of a dog in pain is very different from other barks, it’s often very high in pitch often with whimpering.
If you notice any changes in your dog’s behavior or sensitivity when someone touches him or her it may be best to visit your vet.
Will A Pomeranian Bark When It Is Surprised
If a dog is spooked or startled it will often bark out of surprise.
A surprised bark is usually one high-pitched bark at first that is sometimes followed by additional barking.
A dog can be surprised for many reasons it could’ve been sleeping or paying attention to something else.
Can Pomeranians Bark Due To Canine Dementia
As some dogs age, they can start to develop canine dementia.
Canine dementia can cause a dog to bark more or sometimes less often than it used to.
An older dog may bark more often at night, get spooked and started easier, and may bark at things that don’t exist.
Be patient with your older dog and provide them with the love and care that they need at this stage of life.
Even though Pomeranians have a reputation of being barkers it doesn’t mean that they are barking just for the sake of making noise and becoming a nuisance.
Pomeranians bark for a variety of legitimate reasons.
If you are noticing excessive barking, dig into the cause of your dog’s barking deeper in order to find the solutions to correcting the behavior.
Your dog doesn’t need to be labeled a yappy Pomeranian, as long as it receives good training and listens well to commands, you can have the best behaved Pom.