Samoyeds are playful dogs with lovely personalities, and they happen to be our favorite breed for a reason!
Perhaps you are considering welcoming a Samoyed puppy into your home and want to know more about their behavior, especially if you live in a small apartment.
You don’t want to get into any trouble with your neighbors but still want a big white ball of fur in your home! Naturally, an important question arises:
Do Samoyeds bark a lot?
We will answer this and other related questions to help you better recognize your future four-legged friend’s behavior.
Let’s take a look!
Well, Do Samoyeds Bark a Lot?
To put it simply:
Yes, Samoyeds are known for their excessive barking, as well as loud, high-pitched voices. They do it because they want to communicate with others but also because of their nature, which is hyperactive.
Their playfulness and the fact they are a working breed can easily lead Samoyeds to become bored. Unfortunately, they usually manifest this by barking that can drive you crazy!
You may even come to love the talkative nature of your dog!
What’s the Reason for Their Barking?
If you are ready to deal with the loud nature of this lovely breed, you must understand the root of Sammy’s behavior.
Namely, Samoyeds are a dog breed that, living in the cold areas of Siberia, actively participated in daily working tasks. They spent a lot of time in packs of other sled-pulling dogs and interacted with their friends by barking frequently.
For that reason, Samoyeds are incredibly talkative even in today’s world as they love to let you know about everything that’s going on around them!
Sometimes, the barking of your Samoyed may indicate some other specific circumstances, such as when they feel danger or anxiety.
For example, as they are prone to separation anxiety, alone time could trigger barking in your Sammy, and they may even start to behave quite destructively.
Likewise, excessive barking can indicate oral problems such as decayed teeth! We put a lot of emphasis on the oral health of our pups, and you should too.
How to Manage Your Samoyed’s Barking?
Learning how to manage their barking habits is a challenging task. For that reason, it is essential to note that you need to be motivated and patient when training your Samoyed.
We will now introduce you to four reliable ways to do so:
#1 – Physical Activity
The simplest solution is regular physical activity and exercise.
Set aside about an hour a day for physical activity and let Sammy burn through their batteries.
Choose any physical activity that suits you and your dog best, whether it’s running or walking around the city. With a sufficient level of physical activity, any Samoyed will get tired.
Consequently, they are less likely to bark as they will look for cuddles or cozy afternoon naps you can all enjoy together!
#2 – ‘Quiet’ Command
Mastering this command gives remarkable results when it comes to Samoyeds. It is a simple command that should be at the core of your Samoyed’s training routine.
All you have to do is break down the learning of this command into three steps:
- The first step is to come up to your dog and wait for them to calm down a bit (usually after 10 seconds of barking).
- The second step is to place their favorite treat right in front of them and say ‘quiet.’ It is vital that you choose a particular gesture that will associate your dog with silence in this part.
- Rinse and repeat by increasing the time they have to wait for the treat and practicing the command without the treat at later stages as well.
During training, you must eliminate the reward phase at a certain learning stage. If you skip this important step, the situation will arise that Sammy will not execute your command without a reward.
You can also check out this complete guide on mastering the ‘quiet’ command to learn everything there is to it.
#3 – Check Their Oral Health
The frequent barking of your Samoyed can indicate dental problems.
It is enough to skip one day of brushing your dog’s teeth, and the first possibilities for tooth decay may arise. Therefore, you must regularly check the health of your dog’s teeth.
If you have no idea how to brush your dog’s teeth or simply have no previous experience, take a look at our helpful guide:
We guarantee that in less than 15 minutes, you will master this skill and make your Sammy’s smile brighter than ever!
#4 – Isolate Your Sammy From Barking Triggers
The barking of your Samoyed can be caused by the appearance of various objects, people, or animals.
For example, suppose there is a dog in your neighborhood that can make your Sammy bark unnecessarily. In that case, you can prevent it by setting up closeboard fences. You will see that Sammy’s behavior will transform immediately after the fence installation.
3 Mistakes to Avoid During Barking Prevention Training
Now, let’s look at the most common mistakes you should avoid at all costs if you want your Sammy to be happy:
Mistake #1 – Raising Your Tone & Yelling
First of all, you should not be raising your tone at your beautiful white pup. Whatever it is they’ve done, yelling won’t help.
Also, if you yell at your dog during training, you’ll get a counter-effect. Namely, it can awaken stubbornness in your dog, and they may continue to bark even more.
Mistake #2 – Not Having a Reward System
The reward system is fundamental when you teach your dog a new command. It plays an essential role in making your Samoyed learn better and even enjoy repeating the command.
However, you should also pay attention that you dose the rewards so that your Sammy does not become disinterested.
Mistake #3 – Using Any Sort of Violence
This should go without saying, but, in addition to yelling, do not hit your dog, no matter what!
The same goes for using cruel gadgets like a shock (or bark) collar. We suppose there isn’t much need to go into great detail why your Sammy wouldn’t appreciate such a gadget around their neck.
It’s time to wrap up what we have learned. Do Samoyeds bark a lot?
Generally yes, but you can control it. It is important to learn how to train your dog and control their barking in the best possible way so that they do not become nervous or timid.
Now, it’s your turn:
If you are a Sammy parent, what is your experience with barking? Have you ever trained your Sammy to prevent it?
Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
See you in the next post!