One of the characteristics of a Pomeranian puppy you might discover is his love for barking. One upside of this characteristic is that Pomeranians are likely to warn you if a stranger is at the door. A Pomeranian can make an excellent watchdog, but he can easily become carried away to a point where he is literally barking at everything.
If your Pomeranian barks excessively, firstly, try to determine the reason for it and see if it is possible to stop the barking by removing the cause. Some of the reasons could be boredom, excitement, hunger / thirst, strangers, or loud noises. Training your dog to stop barking may take many repetitions, but persistence is the key to success.
Here are some tips on how you can control your puppy’s barking:
- Don’t Shout at your dog
If you really want your dog to stop barking, do not shout commands at him such as ‘No!’, ‘Shut up!’. Your dog will only interpret your shouting as barking, which will eventually only make him bark more, as he will consider your ‘barking’ as a sign that what he is doing is right.
- Have a treat ready
Firmly reprimand your dog with a command to ‘Be quiet’. Hold the treat in front of your dog, but do not give it to him until he stops barking. When he does, wait a few seconds and if the dog remains quiet, give your dog the treat. Praise your Pom (‘Good dog’). If the dog resumes barking, repeat the process, ie. tell the dog to be quiet, hold a treat in front of the dog, but increase the time between when he stops barking until he gets the treat, so as to encourage your Pom to stop barking.
- Be a Pack Leader
Every dog pack has a leader. As his owner, you are the pack leader. The pack leader of a group of dogs would never bark at a puppy to get him to stop. Instead, the pack leader would firmly, but gently clamp his mouth around the muzzle of the pup and may release a low growl to silence him. This should not hurt your pup, but should stop him from barking.
You can also mimic this manoeuvre. Sit beside your Pomeranian, slip the fingers of your left or right hand under his collar at the back of his neck, use the opposite hand to firmly fold over the dog’s muzzle and easily press down. In a firm and dispassionate tone say ‘Be Quiet.’ This will instantly silence your pup.