How to Train a Pomeranian Puppy to Not Bark

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3-9 Weeks
Behavior

Introduction

The doorbell rings. Your Pomeranian puppy barks. You pick up your their food bowl. They bark. A friend comes over to the house. Your dog barks. A leaf moves nearby on your walk. Your Pomeranian barks. The house is quiet and still. But still, your puppy barks. Pomeranians are descended from watchdogs and they take their jobs very seriously, which is why it is so important to train your Pomeranian puppy to not bark from an early age.

Defining Tasks

The main thing to keep in mind while working on this behavior is you can't expect your dog to stop barking altogether. Barking for dogs is the same as talking for humans. Your Pomeranian is using their voice to let you know what is going on in their world. While you can't silence your puppy completely, you can work on minimizing excessive barking. Helping your dog learn when to bark is not just good for your stress level, it also teaches them to control their fear and feel safe and protected.

Getting Started

Get ready to be patient. When training your Pomeranian puppy not to bark, keep your cool and avoid yelling at your Pom no matter how much noise you hear. Your pup doesn't hear your words. They just recognize that you are matching their volume, which will only make them bark more. Stay calm and show your dog that you have control over the situation. This attitude will make them much more likely to listen to you.

The Be Quiet Method

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Identify what is causing your Pomeranian puppy to bark
Figuring out what types of stimulus set off your pup's barking is a good way to break bad habits. When you know those stimuli will be present, keep some treats on hand to reward the "be quiet" command.
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Ask "What's the Matter?"
When your Pom starts to bark, tell them "good job" and then ask them "what's the matter?" Your calm reaction to the situation is important because it shows your pup that you are not worried about whatever has set them off.
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Pair the "be quiet" command with a treat
Tell your Pom pup to be quiet and then wave a treat in front of their nose. Most Pomeranians will instantly start trying to sniff or lick the treat, which will stop them from barking. When your puppy stops barking, praise them.
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Require quiet time
Don't give your puppy the treat right away. The first time you try this technique, wait for three seconds of quiet time before rewarding your Pom with the treat. This wait time teaches your pup that the reward is for quiet, not for barking.
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Keep increasing the quiet time
The first few times, only make your puppy wait for three seconds or so before giving them the treat. Then, make them wait six seconds. Then, nine. If you are feeling brave, you can continue up to requiring a couple of minutes. Reaching that point will require a lot of patience, but will help significantly in curbing your Pomeranian puppy's barking habits.
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The Invisible Wall Method

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Stay calm when your puppy starts barking
With this method, your job is to show your Pomeranian puppy that loud noises and other things that cause them to bark are no big deal. When they start barking, stay calm and relaxed. Don't raise your voice or let them know you are frustrated.
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Create an invisible wall
Step in front of your puppy and don't move. If you can, put your back to whatever it is that is making your Pom bark, such as another dog or a visitor. This action shows him you do not feel threatened by the thing that is bothering him.
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Correct your puppy's behavior
Once you create the invisible wall, choose a type of correction to show him you are in control of the situation. You can use a noise, a stern look, or a soft physical correction, such as a poke or tap.
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Hold your ground
Your Pom puppy may stop for a moment in reaction to your correction and then go right back to barking. Keep up your invisible wall until your pup completely relaxes and recognizes that barking is not the right move.
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Reward for quiet
Once your Pomeranian puppy calms down, you can give them a treat or some physical affection to reward them for calming down. Use the same series of steps each time your puppy starts barking to show them there is nothing to fear and that you are in charge of the situation.
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The Interrupt and Redirect Method

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Find a good distraction for your Pomeranian
For this method, you will need something that can interrupt your Pomeranian puppy's bark fest and then a toy to redirect their energy. Designate a toy to use when your dog is barking. A good choice is a toy they don't usually have access to that effectively captures and keeps their attention, such as a squeaky toy.
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Make your Pom bark
The first step to train your puppy not to bark is to make them bark. Knock on the door or the wall and let your puppy bark a few times before intervening. Remember, you are not trying to stop barking altogether, but limit excessive barking.
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Interrupt your puppy's barking
A great way to interrupt your dog when they are barking is to use a command they are already familiar with. After a few barks, tell your Pom to sit. You can also try clapping or making another distracting noise.
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Redirect your Pomeranian's focus
Ideally, the 'sit' command has interrupted your pup's barking fit. Now as a reward, you can give your Pom the designated toy. It gives them something else to focus on and provides reinforcement for the quiet.
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Be consistent
Every time your puppy starts barking, use the same series of events to interrupt and redirect their actions. Eventually, your Pom will learn how much barking is allowed and when to keep quiet.
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Jet
Pomeranian
7 Years
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Pomeranian
7 Years

Jet has come to live with me as my granddaughter can't have him at their new rental property and we have a problem with him barking can't be calling out to him all the time to stop barking, he lived indoors previously but he has been living outdoors with me for over 6months and has adjusted to that but barks at anything can you advise me what to do

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Lorraine, Honestly I suggest using a stimulation based bark collar since it's happening outside, and often when you are not right there to work on it. There is a way to use a bark collar to help the dog learn with fewer corrections and more positive reinforcement though. Grab a bunch of treats, go outside where there are triggers, and whenever a trigger happens (something he normally barks at - like a squirrel, person going past, other dog, certain sound, ect...) if he doesn't bark give a treat. If he does bark, the collar will correct him and right when he barks tell him "Ah Ah". This helps him understand that he did something wrong and not just that the correction was random. When he seeing something he would normally bark at and doesn't bark (because he was corrected before or just in general), then he ready to calmly praise and reward to help desensitize him to those things. Training this way tells him "No, don't do that", "Yes, do that instead", to make the training fair and clear so he is more set up for success, the collar will also reinforce the lesson when you are not right there so he learns that he can't bark still just because you walked away - it gives a level of consistency that's hard to get otherwise. Do your research on collars - they are not all the same. You want a good one, that is accurate, can be used for smaller lbs dogs, and is made well. You may need one with longer prongs to reach through his long fur too. I don't recommend citronella collars - they are actually very harsh because of how sensitive a dog's nose is, and the scent lingers for a long time which means your dog is continuing to be corrected long after the barking stops - which is unfair and confusing. You want the correction to be paired with the behavior and to stop as soon as the unwanted behavior stops, so you can follow up with reward while quiet later. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Max
Pomeranian
1 Year
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Pomeranian
1 Year

How to stop barking when seeing other puppies
How to not go to the bathroom inside

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Misti
Pomeranian
3 Months
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Misti
Pomeranian
3 Months

Every time she is in the cage she starts barking up a storm for about 10-20 minutes straight every time. This is my first dog I’m takin care of mostly myself and would like to teach her how to not be so yappy i don’t know if i just have to let her get used to the cage or what. We got her from a pet store named shake a paw so i was just curious thanks!

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Connor, If you have had her for less than a month, then the barking is normal. The most important thing you can do is wait until she gets quiet before you let her out of the crate so she doesn't learn that barking gets her out. Check out the Surprise method from the article linked below to help her adjust faster: Surprise method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate If the barking persists past a month, you can also purchase a small canister of unscented, pressurized air called a pet convincer. You can teach her the Quiet command, tell her Quiet when she barks in the crate, then spray a small puff of air through the crate wires at her side (NOT face) while calmly saying "Ah Ah", then leaving again. If she gets quiet and stays quiet for five minutes, sprinkle treats into the crate calmly as a reward. Let her out only while she is being quiet unless you know she really needs to use the bathroom and there is no time to wait. Only use unscented air for this - NOT citronella - it is extremely harsh because of how sensitive a dog's nose is. I only recommend using the Pet Convincer when you have tried the Surprise method for a month without it first. Almost all puppies will cry in the crate at first and almost all puppies will adjust if you are consistent, given time. Only a small handful need corrections like a Pet Convinver used at an older age. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Rocket
Pomeranian
3 Months
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Pomeranian
3 Months

I have tried the be quiet method, the invisible wall method, and the interrupt and redirect method but none of these seem to work. Can you help?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Loli, In what situations is pup barking? If pup is barking at something like other dogs, new people, ect...This is likely a socialization issue and the main focus should be on desensitizing pup to those triggers (make a list) and rewarding calm responses around them, so that they become boring and not suspicious anymore - the barking is actually a clue that socialization is lacking if that's the case, and socialization is the bigger issue. Some puppies bark simply because it's a self-rewarding behavior and they are vocalizing excitement or wanting attention. If it's attention seeking, teaching commands like Quiet and Out can help, and having pup earn things thy want by doing nice commands, like Sit and Down before giving them what they want - pets, toys, affection, food, ect...Can also help. Check out the Desensitization method from the article linked below. I also suggest teaching Quiet and Out - which means leave the area, and crate training and teaching Place to help with general calmness and self-control skills. Desensitization and Quiet methods: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O75dyWITP1s Out - which means leave the area: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Poof
Pomeranian
6 Years
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Poof
Pomeranian
6 Years

He’s bark all the time at nothing or someone I don’t know what to do anymore I’ve tried everything I can think of

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Alonnna, First, for the barking, I suggest combining a few things in your case. You need a way to communicate with him so I suggest teaching the Quiet command from the Quiet method in the article I have linked below - don't expect this alone to work but it will be part of the puzzle for what I will suggest next. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Next, once pup understands what Quiet means you will choose an interrupter - which will be a form of correction - neither too harsh nor ineffective. An e-collar or Pet Convincer are two of the most effective types of interrupter for most dogs. A pet convincer is a small canister of pressurized, unscented air that you can spray a quick puff of at the dog's side to surprise them enough to help them calm back down. (Don't use citronella and avoid spraying in the face!). An e-collar, aka remote training collar, uses stimulation to interrupt the dog. Only use a high quality e-collar for this, such as E-collar technologies mini educator, Dogtra, SportDog, or Gamin. A good collar should have at least 40 levels, the more levels the more accurately you can train - finding the lowest level your dog will respond to, called a "Working level" so the training is less adverse. In situations where you know pup will bark or is already barking (catch them before they bark if you can), command "Quiet". If they obey, reward with a treat and very calm praise. If they bark anyway or continue to bark, say "Ah Ah" firmly but calmly and give a brief correction. Repeat the correction each time they bark until you get a brief pause in the barking. When they pause, praise and reward then. The combination of communication, correction, and rewarding - with the "Ah Ah" and praise to mark their good and bad behavior with the right timing, is very important. Most bark training only gives part of that equation. Fitting an e-collar - it should be put on while he is calm, just standing around - Ideally have him wear the collar around for a while before starting any training so he won't associate the training with the collar but just with his barking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLxB6gYsliI Finding the level to use for him (sometimes you will have to go 1 or 2 levels higher during training while the dog is aroused but once he improves you can usually decrease back to his normal level again) - this training level is called a dog's "Working level": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cl3V8vYobM Once pup is calmer in general after the initial training, practice exposing him a lot to the things that trigger the barking normally (make a list - even if it's long). Whenever he DOESN'T bark around something that he normally would have, calmly praise and reward him to continue the desensitization process. An automatic bark collar can also be used during times when he likes to bark while you aren't there after the initial training is done - so he understands that the correction is for his barking at that point in the training. While you are not home, confine him in a crate or room that doesn't look out the windows right now - barking at things out the window lets him practice the bad behavior over and over again and barking is a self-rewarding behavior because of the arousing chemicals released in a dog's brain - so once a dog starts he is naturally encouraged to continue it and stays in that state of mind if you aren't there to interrupt. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Koda
Toy pom
2 Years
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Toy pom
2 Years

He is very high strung yet loving but is a terrible barker and bossy. Seems to have separation anxiety also.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Carrie, I suggest increasing trust and respect, as well as pup's self-control and overall calmness by teaching and regularly practicing commands that help with those things. Also, don't tolerate pushy, demanding behavior like climbing into your lap, nudging your hand, barking at you to get what pup wants, or demanding other things from you and other people. If pup is barking at you for attention, use the Quiet command, and if pup continues to bark, offer a gentle consequence like making pup leave the room, or a small puff of air from a Pet Convincer at pup's side (Only use unscented air, do NOT use citronella and only spray briefly at pup's side to interrupt, never at their face). If pup is barking at other things, like sounds, also check out the desensitization method from the barking article (where the Quiet method is also located) below. Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Place - gradually work up to pup staying on place for up to an hour at a time - this is a good respect, impulse control, and calming exercise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo Working and Consistency methods: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-doberman-to-listen-to-you Out - which means leave the area: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Leave It method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite If you have additional questions, please feel free to comment back with more specific details about the behavior you have questions about, and some background information on pup and the situation, and I would be glad to help further. Increasing trust and respect and impulse control can often help many dogs with anxiety and is a good first step, even when additional things are needed for more severe cases. Providing mental stimulation can also help with hyper activity and helping pups to develop a good "off switch" too. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Max
Pomeranian
4 Months
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Max
Pomeranian
4 Months

Hi we just adopted a new puppy and When we invited friends it was put to bark one day we invited children and he jumped on them (they Whenweinvitedfriends it was put to bark one day we invited children and he jumped on them (they are afraid of dogs)he really scary
We get a lot of people at home and we have to lock him in a room. We need advice, thank you.

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
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Thank you for the question. You've got to keep working on socializing Max so that he learns how to act around people. Locking him in a room is bound to make it worse. Take a look here: https://wagwalking.com/training/be-calm-around-strangers. The Down and Stay, and the Densensitize Methods are great. Can you give Max an interactive toy that contains treats to distract him when guests arrive? Locking him in a room will be frustrating and will not solve the problem. How about obedience training? Call around for classes (ask your vet first whether Max's vaccines are up to date). As well, try the Obedience Method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-to-be-calm. Make sure Max has had a long walk and plenty of exercise before guests arrive so he'll be calmer. Good luck!

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Chewie
Pomeranian
7 Months
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Chewie
Pomeranian
7 Months

It’s constantly barking. It doesn’t listen. It lives with the owner and a very quiet 8 year old poodle-yorky terrier.

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
66 Dog owners recommended

Hello, Pom's do love to bark! Has Chewie gone to obedience school yet? Doing so can change his attitude and teach him to listen. A very effective method for teaching a dog not to bark is the Quiet Method as shown here: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-yorkshire-terrier-to-not-bark. Be patient, yet kind and firm. Try white noise in the home (such as a floor fan) to block out the outside sounds. Put a film over the lower windows to keep him from seeing activity outside that causes him to bark. Be consistent and work on training Chewie every day. Remember lots of exercise each day and obedience classes! Good luck!

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Lola
Pomeranian
1 Year
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Lola
Pomeranian
1 Year

Runs after cars and delivery Van's coming up the drive towards our house

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
66 Dog owners recommended

Hello, this is very unfortunate for Lola, as it is a dangerous behavior. My suggestion is to perfect her recall so that she comes to you no matter what. There are excellent methods here: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-come-back. I like the Advanced Skills Method in particular. The other option, and a safe one, is to not let Lola outside without a leash. You could also consider fencing a portion of your yard and allowing her freedom in there where no harm can come to her. All the best!

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