The Samoyeds bark a lot, and some individual Samoyed dogs may have high-pitched, extremely piercing voices. Most Samoyeds will bark to announce that there are visitors nearby, which is actually the result of their guarding temperament.
Samoyeds will typically bark if they:
- Are excited and happy
- Are sad, distressed, or frightened
- Want to announce the arrival of a visitor
- Want to warn you if they notice an intruder
- Want to go outside for a walk or exercise session
- Want to play with you
- Are hungry and want food or treats
As you can see, there are quite a lot of reasons why your Samoyed may be barking, keep reading to understand them in more details and for some “dos and don’t” when trying to train your Samoyed’s barking behaviour.
Are Samoyeds Talkative?
Samoyeds are very vocal dogs. They are, in fact, amongst the most talkative dog breeds. Sammies tend to vocalize in many different ways including barking, howling, or yelping. They can be pretty loud and are unfortunately also prone to excessive barking.
Even if your Samoyed is too loud and talkative, never give up working on their training! There are plenty of things you can do to teach your dog to be quieter.
How Do I Stop My Samoyed From Barking?
To be a good canine citizen, your Samoyed needs to know when to bark and when to be quiet. There are several ways to address the excessive barking in Samoyeds. The best way to stop barking is to prevent this habit from taking root in the first placem i.e. when your dog is still a puppy. Try to figure out potential causes of barking in your Samoyed and nip them in the bud. Here are some tips to help you stop excessive barking in your Samoyed puppy/dog.
1. Keep your Samoyed tired
Make sure your Samoyed is getting sufficient physical and mental exercise every day. A tired Samoyed is a good one and one who is less likely to bark from boredom or pent up energy. Depending on their age and health, your Sammy may require several long walks every day. You can also keep your Sammy busy with a good game of chase, frisbee toss, or by playing with some interactive toys.
2. Remove the stimulus or desensitize your Samoyed to the stimulus
Block your Samoyed’s sight to potential barking stimuli. If your dog keeps barking when it sees something outside (like a squirrel, children, or other dogs), you might want to make a barrier to remove the stimulus. You can use privacy fencing to block views to neighbouring yards or the street.
To desensitize your Sammy to the stimulus, gradually get your pet accustomed to whatever it is which is causing them to bark. Start with the stimulus or the thing that makes them bark at a distance. It must be far enough away that they don’t bark when they see it. Feed your Sammy lots of yummy treats.
Move the stimulus a little closer and feed treats. If the stimulus moves out of sight, stop giving your Samoyed treats. You want your Samoyed to learn that the appearance of the stimulus leads to good things, but only if they do not bark at it!
3. Teach the “quiet” command
Train your Samoyed to stop barking using a command or sound. Teaching your dog the “speak” command and “quiet” command is helpful to control excessive barking in Sammies. The goal of these commands is to teach your dog to bark on command and to be quiet on command. Stay patient and consistent until your Samoyed learns it completely.
4. Increase your dog’s impulse control
Excessive barking is sometimes related to poor self-control. A relaxed dog is a well-behaved dog. If you teach your dogs emotional impulse control, they will be more pleasant to live with. Impulse control is the ability in dogs to resist excessive barking.
5. Set up a safe and quiet zone for your Samoyed
If your Samoyed barks when left alone in the house, set up a safe and quiet place for them away from the front door. Your Sammy’s safe and quiet zone may include a crate with a comfy bed and blanket, an interactive toy to keep them busy, and/or an old tea shirt or sweater that smells like you. You can also use a white noise machine to mask external sounds while producing soothing sounds for your dog.
6. Manage their loneliness
Samoyeds are pack animals and they prefer the company of others. If Samoyeds are alone for excessive amounts of time, they may bark as a sign of unhappiness. A Samoyed may also long for human company and not just another dog’s company. A bored Samoyed or one that isn’t getting enough stimulation can also bark excessively.
A lonely Sammy needs extra support, love, and patience. Give your pet a sense of security and safety. Avoid leaving a lonely Samoyed all by itself for long periods if possible. You can also try natural calming supplements to keep your Samoyed calm. If your Samoyed still seems to be excessively anxious or stressed, you should consult your vet.
7. Check their health
Some Samoyeds bark because they are in pain or have another health issue. Check to see whether your Sammy has a tender or inflamed spot somewhere. It may bark if that area is touched.
If your Samoyed is having some type of health problem, you need to examine it and take it seriously. You should have your pet evaluated by your vet, as some Sammies are good at hiding symptoms of pain even when you touch them. Sometimes the pain can be in hard to assess areas like your dog’s ears or mouth. A vet will have a better idea of what to look for and what treatment your dog needs to alleviate its pain.
8. Contact a certified professional dog trainer
If you believe your Samoyed is barking excessively and all of the above tips prove unsuccessful, consider reaching out to a professional dog trainer for help. You can even speak with a dog behaviourist for their expert opinion and professional guidance.
You can also manage your Samoyed’s unpleasant barking by enrolling in dog training classes. Dog trainers can assess your pet’s negative behaviours and deal with/retrain them accordingly.
What You Should NOT Do to Prevent Barking
The longer your Samoyed has been practising the barking behaviour, the longer it will take for them to change their ways. Don’t let your Samoyed bark constantly when it’s outside, regardless of the reason. It is one of the fastest ways to turn neighbours into enemies. However, not every method is a good one to stop barking.
Here are a few things that you should never do to prevent Samoyed barking:
- Never stop excessive barking through punishment-based training
- Never yell at your Samoyed. This may actually stimulate the dog to bark even more.
- Do not hit your Samoyed or use harsh devices like shock collars. This is not only painful but unkind.
- Never attempt to surgically cut your Samoyed’s vocal cords.
- Never isolate your dog in another room to punish it for barking.
All these methods are harsh, unkind, and cruel. They will have a negative outcome and will most likely permanently damage your Samoyed’s temperament.
Are Samoyeds Easy to Train?
Samoyeds do have a reputation for stubbornness and a taste for freedom. They are very intelligent but they do have an independent mind of their own. This makes them somewhat difficult to train.
That being said, before you start training your Sammy, you must teach them to respect you. Training a Samoyed requires patience and consistent effort.
Pet Parent Tip: Keep in mind that the temperament of a Samoyed is less predictable than the inheritance of physical characteristics. Remember that temperament and behaviour are also shaped by how you train and raise your Sammy, not just genetic input from their parents.
Samoyeds can also bring you a lot of trouble with the neighbours if you have neighbors who are intolerant of dogs barking as you work to train. If you don’t want to deal with excessive barking or simply don’t like that amount of noise, a Sammy may not be right for you.
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