Do Samoyeds bark a lot? For any prospective Samoyed owner, this can be a crucial question. How much and often a dog barks can determine a lot of what your quality of life with that breed will be. There are many things at play in a dog’s barking level. It’s not just down to the type of dog, but also how they have been trained. While some dogs will simply bark more than others, how you respond and train them can make a big difference in your Samoyed’s barking tendencies.
Samoyeds are playful dogs with boundless energy. Friendly and outgoing Samoyeds bark often and loudly. With their high pitched voices, the sound of their barking can often go far and be heard by many people. Training can reduce their barking but their happy boisterous nature can never be fully tamed.
If we measured dogs barking level with a dial that could go from 0 to 10 then Samoyeds would turn it all the way up to 11. There are few canines in the big wide dog world that can equal the Samoyed for energy and barking.
It’s not all negative, however. For few other dogs are as playful as these white fluffy snow dogs. Samoyeds will always be game to play with children or any comers. But high playfulness and barking often go hand in hand in a breed.
Happy energetic children are not quiet and it’s the same with dogs. Barking is a Samoyed’s way of talking, and when they’re happy they usually have a lot to say.
Furbo, the company behind the dog camera in 2018, made a list of the highest barking dogs. Well, guess who ranked on top? That’s right it was the Samoyed coming in first with an average of 52.8 barks a day.
Fear not though, in this article will be many helpful tips explaining how you can get your Samoyed to stop barking.
But first, it’s good to know a bit about why dogs in general bark. Armed with knowledge we will better know how we can help our furry partners.
Why Do Dogs Bark?
Dogs don’t bark for no reason. If your dog is barking theirs always a good reason why at least from their perspective. Knowing the various reasons dogs bark can help us in knowing how to stop it.
Barking is a form of communication for dogs. With a direct correlation between how talkative the dog is and how much they bark. There are a lot of chatty people who just want to sit down and talk it out with almost everybody they meet. Dogs are the exact same way.
Though dog owners often see barking as a negative. It’s important to understand that it’s just how they like to talk to people, animals and other dogs. Only when they do it far too much should it really be a problem.
So here are a few reasons why dogs bark:
- Dogs like to say hello!: This is especially true of Samoyeds when they bark. Most of the time they’re happy and they want to show it. Probably to everybody around. Sometimes this may be frustrating for us people but it’s just an expression of their inner joy.
- When dogs feel scared or anxious: Anxiety is another reason that dogs bark. If something or somebody scares them. Then they need to tell someone, and so they do. Samoyeds often suffer more than other dogs from anxiety, so its good to know that this might be the reason their barking so much.
- Dogs bark to ward off danger: Some breeds will express this type of barking a lot. Samoyeds rarely bark for this reason, however. They aren’t really considered a big protection breed. I mean they love you and of course want you to be safe but they don’t have that dutiful need to guard like one might expect from a Great Pyrenees for example.
- Sometimes barking is due to a medical issue: While many dogs grow lethargic when they don’t feel well. There are some that do the complete opposite, they get really fussy and bark a lot. Being that Samoyeds enjoy barking as much as they do, it’s entirely possible that they might be in this camp when they feel unwell. So if your dog is barking more than usual consider a medical check-up.
Why Do Samoyeds Bark?
A hardy winter breed, Samoyed history stretches back ages. Originally used by the Samoyede tribesmen from the harsh arctic territories, they were accepted fully as members of the family, with the dogs often sleeping with the children to help them keep warm.
It was here, helping their human owners to survive in the cold Siberian tundra, that they developed their mighty stubborn will. With snowfall often hiding weak ice underneath, the tribesmen counted upon these white fluffy dogs to warn them when there was ice underfoot.
This required the Samoyed to be able to think for itself and warn its master of danger even if it’s master got angry at it. Having been bred in such a social setting its little wonder that Samoyeds bark so much. How else are they supposed to communicate with the people they love?
The dog’s duties also required protection and herding of reindeer. This was the Samoyed tribe’s primary form of livelihood. So anyway, this makes the Samoyed somewhat of a herding dog. Even though it was reindeer they herded and not sheep or cattle.
All herding dogs are generally known for excessive barking and the Samoyed is no exception. Dealing with a large number of animals and people dogs like the Samoyed often have well-developed barking skills. After all, a team that doesn’t communicate well with each other isn’t really much of a team and theirs no doubt that Samoyeds are big team players.
Tips to Help Your Samoyed Stop Barking
The headline might feel a little misleading because there is probably no way that you can actually fully stop a Samoyed from barking. But there are many ways that will cut it down. Both in frequency and annoyingness.
All of these tips require a few things from you. That would be patience, calm, and consistency. Patience is required because training a dog takes time. With young pups, this timeline will be much faster but when working with an older dog you have to give the techniques time to work.
Remaining calm is key as well. Samoyeds are sensitive to their owner’s moods and emotions. Be hyper and your dog’s energy level is going to rise to meet yours. This applies to a wide variety of emotions including fear, anger and calmness. Since part of the key to getting samoyed to not bark lies in them being calm. Us being calm helps them to achieve this.
Dogs don’t naturally understand us. It is true that they are great people watchers and will over time pick up words and body cues. But still, this learning takes consistency. If you tell your dog not to do something but then later you backtrack on it. It’s going to be a lot harder for your pet canine to understand what it is that you want from them.
Here are the key tips that we will delve deeper into:
- Command phrase training
- Using water spray
- Bark collars
- Having your dog sit or lie down
- Medical problems that could contribute to barking
Give Your Samoyed Exercise to Calm Them Down
If you haven’t noticed yet it doesn’t take much to stir a Samoyed up. It’s only to be expected from a breed that can mush in deep snow pulling a sled behind them in arctic temperatures.
Energy is a huge requirement for such work. So even though most Samoyeds are happy family dogs now that energy supply is still overflowing.
The connection between a dogs hyperactivity and barking is strong. Use up some of that energy and the dog is bound to bark less.
If you live with your Samoyed in a house then you should be walking them at least once a day. About thirty minutes should do really well. Many Samoyed behavioral problems like barking can be easily resolved often with just daily walks.
In an apartment, because your dog doesn’t have a yard to run around in, you are going to have to take them for a lot more walks. About three walks a day is best with regular visits to a dog park so your Samoyed can run at top speed.
Training your Samoyed to Not Bark with a Command Phrase
This is by far the most effective form of training though it will be more difficult to pull of with a Samoyed then other breeds of dogs. It requires consistency to allow the training to fully blossom.
Step 1: When your Samoyed is barking don’t yell at them but instead go get a treat. For greater effectiveness choose their favorite whatever that might be. Whether fish, chicken or even tuna. Something that will really make them salivate with joy is ideal.
Step 2: Wait patiently with the treat until they stop barking. Just going to get the treat alone could make them quiet down in expectation. When they go silent for whatever reason, quickly tell them a command phrase. “hush” or “quiet” work best most of the time.
Step 3: Once you’ve said your command phrase while they’re not barking then immediately praise them joyously while giving them their treat.
Step 4: Repeat over and over again until your dog has fully learned the routine. At that point, you can use your command phrase directly when they’re barking instead of waiting for them to stop. But don’t do this until the command phrase has built up a charge of reliability.
The purpose of this training is to make sure your dog understands what it is that you want them to do. Barking comes very naturally to Samoyeds so we have to indulge in a bit of trickery to help them understand.
Tell Your Dog to Sit or Lie Down
While this wnt always work. one thing you can do is to tell your samoyed to sit or lie down when their barking. Often when a dog sits or lies down their much less likely to bark.
You could say by putting their body in a calming position, then their mind tends to naturally follow.
Just take a treat and tell your dog to “sit” if they don’t know what you’re saying then gently push down on their back near their tail. Most dogs get the hint pretty quickly. I also like to with my own dogs add a hand signal tot he command. Eventually, I’m able to get my dog to sit with simply a wave of my hand.
Using a Spritz of Water
Take a water gun or squirt water bottle. Fill it up with water, only water and nothing else. When your Samoyed barks shoot them with the stream of water. This technique can be very good cause it doesn’t hurt the dog but it does annoy them.
Very hardy outdoorsy dogs might be less affected however due to being more used to getting wet. You should do this combined with your hush command phrase. That way they learn the words associated with the action so that hopefully the water gun will no longer be necessary.
Samoyeds and Bark Collars
If these methods aren’t working then you might want to try some other things. Now, remember though that if your trying to get your samoyed to completely stop barking then understand that that is not a realistic goal. You will never be able to get Samoyeds to stop barking.
Were simply trying to gain a little bit of control over when where and how often.
- Never use shock collars: I never recommend the usage of a shock collar. They are extremely dangerous and painful. Your dog could seriously be hurt by one and their aggression level will probably increase over time. So just say no to shock collars.
- Citronella collars: These can be quite nice, however. They only spray citronella at your Samoyed when they bark. The citronella doesn’t hurt them but dogs usually don’t like the smell.
- Water spray collars: This collar just sprays water at your pet canine. Very similar to the water gun method. But the collar does it for you.
- Noise-emitting collars: I’m not quite sure about these. They project an annoying sound that your dog hears. I don’t know about them due to the sensitivity of a dog’s hearing. We don’t want any long term damage done. For just a little while I’m sure its fine but avoid using this collar for a longer time to avoid long-term hearing damage.
Numerous bark collars in a range of sizes and styles can be found online, here is a popular one with a lot of reviews from dog owners.
Too Much Barking Could Be a Medical Problem
Sick dogs can often bark when they feel unwell. It doesn’t seem to make sense at first but after thinking about it for a while you can begin to see why. When a child doesn’t feel well they’ll often let you know one way or the other.
That’s what dogs are doing too in this situation. If you find your Samoyed barking more than usual. Then there could be a deeper medical issue going on. They might be in pain from an injury that you cant see.
So schedule a check-up for them with your most trusted vet. Being aware of this could allow you to find out something wrong with your dog before the problem becomes worse and untreatable.
Samoyeds are often heavy barkers. But this doesn’t mean their bad dogs, they are just a very communicative breed. This comes from their origin as community dogs amongst the Samoyed tribesmen. A back story like this naturally leads Samoyeds to bark more than most other dogs.
Though this can be a problem, it’s not insurmountable. There are many techniques and tips that might help you to train your dog to bark less. Using these with calm, patience, and consistency hopefully one or some of them combined will help your samoyed to bark less.