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Why Do Pomskies Bark and How to Stop Them?

As we know, Pomskies inherit their behavior and temperament from their parents the Siberian Husky and the Pomeranian. Pomeranians are known to be big barkers, a quality that is commonly inherited by the Pomsky.

Excessive, non-stop barking can become quite annoying to everyone around and many times, as an owner you may feel quite helpless without knowing what to do and how to stop your dog from barking.

Why Do Pomskies Bark?

All dogs bark for some specific reason. Your Pomsky may bark because he is scared of something or someone and becomes defensive, while another dog may bark because he is simply happy and is expressing it.

Some common reasons why Pomskies bark are:

  • When someone enters the area that Pomskies considers their territory, they may get aggressive and defensive and start barking.
  • When Pomskies perceive some kind of danger that may affect them or you.
  • Anything that may scare or startle your Pomsky.
  • Pomskies are generally very active dogs and love attention and company. When left alone for long periods of time, they can get very bored. If Pomskies are left alone for long without any interaction with other dogs or people, they will bark excessively to let you know that they are unhappy.
  • Your Pomsky could be barking a lot when he is trying to attract your attention.
  • Sometimes, Pomskies bark as they feel that it’s a great way to greet other animals and people. You can make out that your Pomsky is happy and is trying to greet someone in a friendly manner if he barks, wags his tail and jumps up and down. When a Pomsky is happy, the pitch of his barking will also be very high.
  • Your Pomsky could be barking excessively because he may be suffering from certain medical issues, such as separation anxiety, brain disease or barking disorder. You should take your pet to a vet for regular medical check-ups to ensure that he is fine and there is no medical cause for his excessive barking.

How to Stop Your Pomsky from Barking

Your dog’s barking may be quite annoying at times. However, you must understand that barking is an inherent quality for a dog and you don’t really want him to stop barking completely.

Your Pomsky maybe trying to communicate with you via his barking or he must be trying to warn you about some danger he can sense. So, you don’t really want to lose out on these things by stopping your dog from barking altogether. The problem is really when your dog barks excessively.

To solve the problem of excessive barking, the first step would be to figure out the exact cause why your Pomsky is barking so much. Once you are able to identify the cause, then you can start the training process to control the barking.

There are basically two goals that you must try and achieve when you are trying to get your Pomsky to stop barking:

  • He should stop barking when you ask him to do so.
  • You should be able to train your Pomsky to bark for the right reasons i.e. situations when your Pomsky must bark and when he should not.

You must also understand that there is no “quick fix” solution by which you can stop your Pomsky from barking suddenly. You need plenty of patience and time to set things right. With the right techniques and over time, your dog’s behavior will definitely improve.

However, it is very important that when your Pomsky responds to your command and stops barking, you should reinforce the good habit with praise and rewards and also maintain constant training or your pet will revert to his old annoying habits.

Wrong Ways to Stop Your Pomsky from Barking

Screaming at Them

Don’t scream at your Pomsky or show him that you are angry. This will never stop him from barking; in fact it will only make things worse. He may think that you are barking along with him, as human screaming is akin to a dog’s barking. He will also realize that you are frustrated and will try and imitate your actions and this may also lead him to attack you. When asking your Pomsky to stop barking, be calm and cool. Speak to him patiently but firmly.

Being Too Nice

When you want your Pomsky to obey you and stop barking, be assertive and firm. Don’t be too feeble and sweet with your pet, or he will mistakenly take your affection for approval of his barking.

Being Inconsistent

Don’t confuse your Pomsky about when he should bark and when not to. Everyone in the family and all the people interacting with your pet should follow the same techniques that you do when your Pomsky barks inappropriately. If you punish your pet one time when he barks and let him go the next time he repeats it, then you are giving him mixed signals and this will confuse your pet.

Giving Your Pomsky Food

Never try to quieten your Pomsky by giving him food or a treat to make his mouth full to stop him from barking. This will only teach him that when he barks, he will get a treat and he will keep barking.

Correct Ways to Stop Your Pomsky from Barking

Desensitization

This is a simple yet effective method to stop your Pomsky from barking. Find out the stimulus that is making your Pomsky bark. Get him used to this stimulus, so that he does not feel threatened and bark. This technique works especially well if the stimulus that causes your Pomsky to bark is a person or an object.

  • Begin by exposing your Pomsky to the stimulus which is far away. When exposed to the trigger, if your Pomsky does not bark, then give him a treat as a reward. However, remember to keep a significant distance between the dog and the stimulus, otherwise, if the stimulus is too close, he will begin to bark.
  • Gradually move the trigger closer to the Pomsky and keep rewarding your pet for not barking.
  • If your Pomsky begins to bark, then stop giving him any treats. When he stops barking, resume giving him the reward.
  • This teaches your Pomsky that not barking at the stimulus gets him rewards and so when exposed to the stimulus again, he will not bark.
  • Slowly increase the time that your need your Pomsky to stay quiet when exposed to the stimulus so that he will get a treat.

Remove the Rewards

  • Most of the time your Pomsky barks as he associates some kind of treat or reward along with the barking.
  • You must determine what exactly your Pomsky associates with his barking and if he barks inappropriately, stop giving him that reward.
  • One kind of reward that you can deny your Pomsky when he barks inappropriately is not to pay any attention to him or ignore him as long as he is barking. By giving him attention, you are encouraging him to think that by barking, he can get your attention anytime. Don’t touch him, speak to him or make any eye contact with him as long as he is barking.
  • When he stops barking, give him a reward i.e. praise, attention, his favorite treat, etc. so that your Pomsky understands that as long as he barks, he will not get anything and he should stop doing that. And that he will receive a treat from you if he stops barking for no reason.
  • For this technique to succeed, you need to be consistent, patient and continuously keep up the training process.
  • You must ignore your Pomsky’s barking for however long it takes and reward him only when he gets the message clearly and stops barking.
  • Don’t lose your cool and scream at the dog or you will lose your battle!

Teach Your Pomsky to Bark Only When Told To

This basically involves 2 steps:

  • Teaching your Pomsky to bark or “speak” at a certain event
  • Commanding him to stop whenever you want your Pomsky to stop barking

Training your Pomsky to bark for a specific reason

  • Command him to “speak”.
  • When your dog barks a few times when you ask him to do so, get a piece of his favorite treat and let him sniff it.
  • If he sniffs at the treat and continues to bark, then don’t let him have the treat.
  • If he sniffs and stops barking, let him eat his treat.
  • This will help to create an association in your Pomsky’s mind that if he barks a few times when you ask him to “speak”, he will get a reward.

Training Your Pomsky to Stop Barking

If you want your Pomsky to stop barking when you give a command, you must help him understand what the command means. Only once your Pomsky has understood and learned barking when you tell him to “speak”, you can teach him to stop barking when you command him. Choose one term such as quiet, hush etc. and keep using this term till your Pomsky learns what it means.

  • Tell your Pomsky to “speak”.
  • When your Pomsky begins barking, then say quiet or any other term you choose in a firm, calm and assertive tone.
  • Wait till your pet stops barking and give him a treat and praise him for doing a good job.
  • This will create an association in your Pomsky’s mind that if he stops barking when you say quiet, then he will receive a treat.
  • Never reward your Pomsky while he is still barking, as this will be counter-productive.
  • Gradually, increase the time that you want your dog to remain silent when you command him to be quiet before he gets a reward.
  • After sufficient training, your Pomsky will understand the “quiet” command and will no longer need any treats from you to respond to the commands.
  • You should expose your Pomsky to the commands in various places, environments and scenarios so that he gets used to responding to you irrespective of where both of you are.

Provide Distractions

  • Sometimes, your Pomsky may react to a certain trigger by barking continuously no matter what you say or do.
  • In such a situation, try and distract him from the trigger that made him start barking by using some other method.
  • You can make use of a high-frequency whistle or some other item that produces an unpleasant, high-frequency sound.
  • When your Pomsky barks and he hears the high-frequency sound, he will slowly associate the barking for no reason with the unpleasant sound.
  • For this technique to succeed, you must ensure that your Pomsky does not associate the high-frequency sound or any other method of distraction with you and allow him to think that the unpleasant sound is caused because of his unwanted barking.

Bark Collars

  • This is a very popular method to stop dogs from barking excessively.
  • Whenever your Pomsky barks, the “bark collar” emits something to stop your dog from barking.
  • Some bark collars emit a high-frequency noise, while other may emit a tiny electric stimulation. Others may use other different methods.
  • One key thing to note when making use of shock collars is that delivering electric shocks can be very painful for your pet and may result in physical as well psychological trauma. It may also make your Pomsky very aggressive.
  • You must use these kinds of bark collars with discretion and care.

Physical and Mental Activity

As we know, Pomskies are extremely active dogs with plenty of energy. Often, if there is no outlet for all the Pomsky’s built-up energy, it may result in excessive and unwanted barking. So, you must find ways to release all the pent-up energy by providing him plenty of physical and mental exercise and activity on a daily basis.

When your Pomsky gets plenty of physical and mental exercise, he will be very tired. Not only will he be healthy, but very happy and well-behaved and will not bark unnecessarily. Unecessary barking happens when your dog is very bored, angry or seeking attention. A tired dog will not even think of barking if there is no reason to do so.

How to Exercise Your Pomsky?

  • One hour of mental and physical exercise daily is sufficient for your Pomsky.
  • Take your Pomsky for daily walks.
  • If you feel that a walk is not sufficient, make the activity more challenging. Make your Pomsky walk on an incline, run with him, play ball or fetch with him. Take him to the dog park, where he can roam and play freely with other dogs for a bit.
  • Use interactive toys and mental games to get your pomsky’s mental juices flowing and you will see that overall your dog will be better behaved and happier.

With the above tips and tricks, you can stop your pomsky from barking excessively that not only disturbs you but also the peace of the neighbors. With sufficient and patient handling, you can ensure that your treasured pet is not only well-behaved and well-adjusted but a happy one too.