How do you stop a Pom from barking when he goes outside in the garden?
The dog is:
Walk him out on a leash, let him give out a very brief bark or two, quickly thank and praise him for protecting you and give him a treat, picking him up. They don't bark as much when being picked up. Take him to do his business and bring into house. Giving the treat distracts him, acknowledges his good instincts, but tells him he doesn't need to go on and on. (12/07/2009)
What you need to do is let him outside and when he starts barking then bring him inside and scold him then put him back outside. Continue bringing him in/out until he stops barking, repeat this process until you see a difference in your dog's barking behavior. (12/09/2009)
Dogs bark. That's part of how they communicate. Poms and other smaller dogs tend to bark more, because they don't get enough stimulation and will look to just about anything else for amusement.
Exercise your dog. Give him something to do other than just walk around the garden and sit in your lap. If you have not chosen to give him a job then he has more than likely decided on one for himself and I'm guessing in this case it's garden patrol.
If you would not see the benefit in being yanked or slapped for talking then don't do it to your dog.
I think just taking him for regular walks would make all the difference in the world. The more they see of the world the less there is for him to bark about. (12/12/2009)
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