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Barking and Aggressive Behavior

Hi folks,

Does anyone here have any behavioral issues with their Pom, such as aggressive/inappropriate barking? I realize that little dogs (particularly active little guys like Poms) do bark, but my Fozzy seems to be barking at pretty much everything lately. He was also really aggressive on the street with a group of boys who were teasing him - I was holding him and walking away, and he tried to snap at one of the kids.

We're in obedience training, but if anyone here has any trips or tricks they've used with their pomeranian, I'd really appreciate some advice. Thanks y'all!


My dog is pretty bad. I use a lot of patience, and a lot of exposure to the things that set him off, (except little kids... I haven't bothered with that because he rarely sees little kids and with the way they treat him when they see him, well, I'd pretend to bite them too.)

For the barking, I've tried a citronella collar, and while it worked great when it sensed his barks, it didn't always sense his barks. I'd have to shave his neck for it to pick everything up. Not all poms are that fluffy though, so it might help.

A trick while walking is that when you see him start to bark, briskly turn the opposite direction and force him to walk away. When he is quiet, turn back toward the trigger. If he barks again, turn away again. Keep doing this and it helps.

I have more to say but I have to leave to go to work. XD
Thanks, that helps a lot! I'll definitely try the "turning around" trick. I'm a little hesitant to try the anti-bark collar, but the situation is getting pretty dire.

Anyway, thanks for your advice! I appreciate it.
My mom used a citronella collar on her dog as well and it worked wonders. Citronella is a lot less mean than old school "shock collars!"
I don't have any suggestions but I can totally sympathize with you. Apple barks all the time at every little noise when we are inside and every movement when we are outside. She barks at people, lawnmowers, bicycles, wind, leaves, telephone poles... She was a shut in with her previous owner & she has limited mobility with her special needs (bad knees) so I always chalk it up to not being exposed to the world enough. She is excited to see people but then barks at them so aggressively it scares them or makes them think she is mean. Good luck with your pom & if you find anything that helps please do share!
nacho and apple are behaviour twins, especially when it comes to people. he is interested in them and ** I ** can tell he's not really upset, but his way of saying "hi" comes across as "i am a murderous crazy dog".
Yes they do! I'm always having to say "It's okay, she doesn't bite, she's just excited to meet you!" I guess there is some price to pay for having such cute babies!
being the anti-social grump that i am, i sort of loathe knowing that every time i go outside i am going to have to talk to someone about the dog...who they want to pet...but is freaking out...etc etc!
We had a foster dog with MAJOR anxiety in the past that didn't like other people, so we got him a vest with a "no circle" patch on it that said "do not pet me", and when people asked about him (As he was obviously distraught!), we would explain he was afraid of new people, and they could talk to him, but not come near him.

Generally people blow it off, and have NO interest in simply talking to a dog instead of interacting with it, so would drop the subject and move on. We tried to limit his strange people contact by walking in rural parks, and places people weren't as likely to be at. In training classes we'd have the people ignore him as he built up his confidence. Eventually he got over his insecurity, and he LOVES all people now, but it took a while to get him to that point. The trick was not flooding him, and building his confidence in general life, then adding strange people contact from there, as he felt more comfortable in his own skin.
Nicky is leash reactive so I kept him below threshold by giving a wide berth to his triggers, and use the 'leave it' command. I use a clicker so I click the second he looks at his trigger before he decides to do anything. Then I slowly decrease the distance as he increases his tolerance. He actually has the hardest time with loud, active/quick moving children so I am very careful and choosy with the children he interacts with.
i feel ya. nacho is the same way. i don't know what to do with him aside from dragging him away from the trigger.
We're having this problem with Miley, and are working through it in her puppy classes, and day-to-day. I'm using redirection, mainly a clicker. If she begins her 'tiff' I'll get her attention, and once I have it, will praise her for it. If I happen to have a clicker on me, I'll click and treat then. When she's mildly distracted that's also a good time to sit down and work with her on assorted behaviors (commands) to distract her, and get her focusing on something else. As an example at a local petstore we took her to the other day, a playful Labrador bouncing around aisles made her VERY uncomfortable (Didn't come near her, don't worry, I wouldn't have allowed that!), so we worked on attention (eye contact), sits, and downs right there in the store aisles. Before redirecting her attention she was VERY upset about the Lab disturbing the peace, telling the dog EXACTLY what she thought of the ruckus...

The goal is to catch and praise the appropriate behavior, teaching them that when they get uncomfortable in their environment they should look to you, rather than simply freaking out. Redirecting the negative behavior into a wanted behavior.