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Old 04-08-2011, 03:24 AM   #1
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I have a toy Pomeranian who I love very much however she is very far from perfect. I need help with a nagging issue I have had for a couple years with her. Everytime I leave the house Bella charges to the door barking, she will also do this with other people that leave the house. She does the same thing in the car. When I park and open the door to get out she goes nuts! She starts barking but it's like an angry bark. I almost feel like she is getting anxious and worried right before I exit the car. She does this 99% of the time when I take her with me somewhere or when I leave her at home. Even if she is not alone in the car or home she will start barking all crazy. It's become very embarrassing too. I know this is wrong but the only way I can stop her barking when I leave home for work is that I feed her a treat and quickly walk out lol. I know that's wrong but I don't know what to do ): Any ideas from Pomeranian owners or toy owners on how I can control this nasty habit would greatly be appreciated.

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Old 04-08-2011, 05:33 PM   #2
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People would pay a lot of money for your dog, not letting people leave, if she was a Dobermann. Since this is upsetting, I think you are left with distracting her. When you leave for work, instead of giving her a treat, give her breakfast in a treat dispensing toy. The small buster cube can roll under furniture, so check first furniture vs buster cube. Of course, breakfast has to be dry food. Giving her a buster cube breakfast will not only distract her, but make her work and be more fun for her.

As for the car, simply put a gob of peanut butter (or pb on a piece of bread) when you leave the car. Practice by delivering the pb, getting out of the car, take two steps, then come back and get in the car before she's finished the pb. Drive around a strip mall repeating three or four times. I think that's about all the pb she can handle. Next session, use pb once, and some type of chew toy, maybe a kong with a little pb and a few kibbles, allowing you to step away for longer durations.

As for your guests, Bella should have a "place" to go to. Use treats, or clicks and treat to train her to go to a specific place (I would use a small mat or towel under an end table) when you tell her "place". When people leave, you tell her place. But, when initially putting her in place for guests, I would have a leash clipped to her harness so you can guide her to her place and help her to be good because of the added distraction.
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Old 04-11-2011, 01:37 AM   #3
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Thank you for the response. I will definitely try that out. I saw a the dog Whisperer once where they had two Pomeranians with the exact same issue. He was able to train them not to bark when people arrived or left and not to go nuts when the owners would leave the vehicle. I do have a link to a video that I made of her going crazy just for the sake of this thread. Hope this is not breaking any forums rules, here is the link.

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I watched the video. Pretty dog. She is not in a safe place up there. Put her in a car harness and buckle her up, or use a crate. Besides a safety issue, being up high may make her feel like she has high status. On another note, she may feel that she has to guard the car. Most dogs will guard the car, but they don't usually bark at the owner's leaving, they bark at strangers. I think a travel crate would fix that. I'd still try the pb if a crate doesn't keep her calm.
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My first female pom had this problem ALL THE TIME. She would go nuts when we left. (she got so bad that she would have an accident then walk in it and get it all over her) I would get home and have to hose out the large carrier and give her a bath. It happens with them I think because they are afraid you are leaving them and not coming back. Our girl grew out of it finally (it took a while). She still gets excited when we get home though. What did help was a recording of our voices on a recorder. They just need a little reassurance that everything is fine and that you are coming back. It was so bad we had a babysitter at first. Good luck!

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There is nothing wrong with giving treats to get through to a noisey dog! Victoria Stillwel has done the same thing with problem greeters so it would also work when people are leaving your house! But you have to be in' charge' as you are meant to be a pack leader! So when people are going to leave your house you also get up and get Bella to sit and wait/stay Bella must stay where you have asked her to stay let your friends leave close the door then call Bella over and again get her to sit
then offer the treat along with plenty and I mean plenty of praise each and every time Bella gets it right! When she get's it wrong there is no praise and no treat and you start again till it sinks home to Bella that this behaviour is no longer welcome You could ask for some help off a few
good friends and this excerise needs to be done regulary and be consistant on how you do this to avoid any confusion on Bella's part! Don't expect changes over night as it is quite a long standing habit which can be broken. Patience is required as is calmness! Good Luck please keep us informed on Bella's progress! ATB
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have u considered trying a thuder shirt i hear they work wonders and i might try it with my dog

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