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Barking can be a major issue, and with some of the more talkative dogs, it can range from frustrating to downright infuriating. Many people respond by shouting when their dog barks to tell it to be quiet, but this is often counter-productive. If you have a Samoyed, you may well be having issues with getting it to stop barking, because these dogs are extremely talkative and they love to express themselves. That’s why it is important to look at ways to prevent or reduce barking as soon as you get your new dog, whether it’s an adult or a puppy.
How to stop Samoyed from barking? You can discourage barking in a Samoyed by teaching your dog a “quiet” command as one of its first lessons. You can also reduce barking by distracting your dog, and ensuring that the dog is well exercised and has had lots of play. Your dog is less likely to bark when tired out.
Today, we’re going to look at how much Samoyeds bark, and how you can discourage barking. This is a crucial part of keeping your dog under control and preventing it from being a nuisance in your neighborhood, so I’m going to provide some top tricks to discourage nuisance barking and ideas on how to train your Samoyed. These dogs are smart, and it is possible to discourage them from barking a lot – you just need to know-how and put the time into training them.
How To Stop Samoyed From Barking?
So, how to stop Samoyed from barking? We’re going to find out! Firstly, it is important to identify what is making your dog bark. Barking is a form of communication, so what is your Samoyed trying to tell you? Is it upset about something? In pain? Does it need food, attention, play?
Pinpointing the issue is one of the first steps in stopping the barking, although you need to be careful you do not reward barking by simply doing what your dog wants. Instead, you should try to rectify the issue before the barking starts next time.
For example, if you know your Samoyed barks at night because it hasn’t had enough exercise, put in the time early on to provide this, and see if this helps to discourage it.
You should also work on the “quiet” command as soon as you get your dog. We’ll go into how to do that later, but this command helps you tell your dog what you want. It is quite a complicated one for your dog to master, so you will need to be patient, but it can be taught.
It is also important to bear in mind that you should not try to stop your dog from barking entirely. Your Samoyed will often bark to tell you that it’s happy. Bark can be as simple as their version of “hi.”
Barking is communicating, and you want your dog to communicate with you. Do not attempt to get rid of all barking, or stop your dog before it starts – it should be telling you things, and its voice is one of the most important ways it can do this.
Do Samoyed Dogs Bark A Lot?
Yes, Samoyeds bark a lot. Some people rank them as the loudest dogs there are, although this will always be up for debate. However, there is no doubt that Samoyeds are noisy dogs, and most of them will bark throughout the day to let you know what’s going on with them.
Samoyeds bark for a wide range of reasons, so let’s find out what some of the top causes are:
- Anxiety – letting you know that something is worrying them
- Greeting – saying hello to you or another person or dog
- Something is wrong – if your dog barks excessively for no reason, you may want to take it to a vet
- Playing – your dog may bark at you when you play together, and in this, it’s showing its enthusiasm for the game
- Seeing off danger – if there is a perceived threat, your Samoyed is likely to bark at this until (or even after) it leaves. This could be anything; your Samoyed is simply raising its voice to try and frighten it off
Understanding the different things that make your Samoyed bark may help you to realize why the dog barks so much. Barking means many things! If you are trying to get your dog to bark less, you may want to look at the things that prompt negative barking, such as anxiety and danger, and see if you can reduce these.
How To Train Your Samoyed
So, how do you teach your Samoyed not to bark so much? The “quiet” command will be your best friend here, but be aware that it can take a long time for your dog to learn this, especially if you adopt an adult dog from a shelter.
You should also bear in mind that the intention is not to stop your dog from barking altogether – it is just to reduce the barking. Your dog needs to be able to bark and will do so at times no matter how much you train it. If you don’t allow some barking, you are unfairly taking away your dog’s voice.
The “quiet” command should be taught with great patience and lots of treats. What you need to do for this is wait until something sets off a stream of barking, rather than one or two barks. Walk up to your dog and gently put your hand on its muzzle, closing its mouth.
As you do this, say the word “quiet” in a firm voice. Your dog will have to stop barking for a few moments. Take your hand away, repeat the command, and give your dog a treat.
You can repeat this any time your dog is persistently barking. Extend the amount of time that the dog must remain quiet in order to earn the treat, and hopefully, it will start to associate the “quiet” command with a cessation of barking.
Remember to reward your dog for falling silent, or it may go back to barking. Lots of rewarding and praise are key to getting your dog to stop barking so much.
How Do You Stop Nuisance Barking?
Firstly, never use negative coercion to try and stop nuisance barking. Dogs do not respond well to negativity, and you should not punish your dog for trying to tell you things, or you will create a lot of negative feelings.
You should never shout at your dog for barking. This may cause the dog to fall briefly silent, but it will view you shouting as your version of a bark. This will essentially say “yes, you were right to bark at this situation, and I am barking at it too.” Unsurprisingly, this won’t encourage your dog to be quiet about things.
It is also a bad idea to use bark collars. These are negative and will frighten your dog, possibly confusing it about when it can and cannot bark. Remember, the bark is just your dog’s voice, and you should never try and stop it altogether.
Instead, use positive training so that you can control your dog and prevent nuisance barking, rather than all barking. The “quiet” command is a very good tool to use. It will allow your dog some expression, but prevent them from continuing indefinitely.
You can also use distraction some of the time. If your dog won’t go quiet, try to draw its attention to something else. Get out a favorite toy, rattle a packet of treats, or even do something as simple as jingling your keys. This should provide a sufficient distraction to get its focus off barking and onto something different.
Remember to respect your dog’s right to bark. Nuisance barking should only be defined as barking that is prolonged and undesirable. Most barking should be defined as your dog telling you what is going on and how it is feeling. Make sure you separate the two in your mind.
You can reduce and discourage barking by making good use of the “quiet” command, and ensuring that your dog’s needs are met before it starts to shout about them. You can also use distraction and play as a way of stopping barking that is related to anxiety or fear, as this will help to reassure your dog that you are relaxed and nothing bad is happening.