The Samoyed is a large, fluffy dog that originated within the region of Northwest Russia and Western Siberia. Despite his hunting background, he now serves as a wonderful household pet. Apart from his barking tendencies, owners love the challenge that comes with owning one.
Samoyeds bark often-very often. Their frequent barking is used as a form of communication, often letting owners know selective messages or emotions they’re feeling in the moment.
Before investing in this particular breed, it may be helpful to understand a Samoyeds barking habits prior. That way, you can be well prepared to handle such a pattern adequately. Continue reading to learn more.
Samoyeds’ Barking Habits
As mentioned above, a Samoyed certainly has specific barking habits. For some, this may not be a problem, whereas others may not find their barking suitable for their current lifestyle or living environment.
It’s important to realize that if you’re going to invest in a Samoyed, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with their tone of bark to determine the reason behind their barking.
If dogs could speak, they’d easily be able to tell us how they feel. Unfortunately, however, this is not the case. Thus, you must figure out what may be going on.
Samoyeds are expressive animals, meaning they like to communicate with us as often as possible. Their barking is a form of communication that can be cherished.
To learn the possible reasons why your Samoyed may be barking up a storm, continue reading below.
Why Samoyed Bark and What to Do About it?
There are numerous reasons why a Samoyed may bark. He might be stressed, bored, or all of the above! Continue reading to learn the different reasons why your Samoyed may bark and figure out precisely what you can do about it.
If your Samoyed is lonely, expect to hear high-pitched barking up until they’re in the presence of a family member.
Samoyeds don’t like to be left alone for long periods, in fact- doing so can cause worry and stress.
To avoid “lonely barking,” be sure to keep your pooch preoccupied with as many distractions if you have to leave him alone. Otherwise, consider taking him to a doggy day-care to avoid unnecessary barking and whining.
Anxiety is another reason why your Samoyed may bark uncontrollably. This anxiety can arise from unnecessary worry about his family, loud noises, past-abuse, or all of the above.
The most appropriate way to handle anxiety barking is through a straight-forward approach with your pooch.
Firstly make sure he isn’t in pain. If he’s physically OK, give him plenty of reassurance that he is loved and safe. Cuddles, snuggles, and animal kisses are a great form of therapy!
Fear of Strangers
It’s not uncommon for a Samoyed to bark at strangers or other animals. Barking at strangers is a defense mechanism that is easy to control with socialization and behavioral training.
An ideal method to combat the “fear of strangers” bark is through training. By training your pooch early on, he’ll learn skills to behave and feel less fearful when around strangers.
Want to Play
If your Samoyed wants to play, barking is a form of communication used to indicate this. To stop your Samoyed from barking because he wants to play, either take him outside for a walk, run around, or better yet- play with him!
When your Samoyed feels threatened, he’ll do a “hazard warning” bark- indicating possible danger to either himself or his family.
Samoyeds who serve as guard or watch-dogs do these hazard warning barks often. This barking can be triggered by seeing someone they don’t recognize or smelling the scent of other animals.
This type of bark can be beneficial if you’re looking for a protector dog, guarding a large home/area. They also aid in keeping unwanted pests from entering your property.
An essential bark to listen out for is the “pain bark.” If your Samoyed is in any pain, he’ll do a specific bark to let you know.
To combat this issue, make sure your pooch is fit and healthy- ensuring you’re taking him to his regular check-ups.
If you’re concerned about a continued decrease of health within your Samoyed, be sure to visit a trusted veterinarian.
Training a Samoyed Not to Bark
You can prepare a Samoyed not to bark (or minimize the amount of barking) by teaching him when he should and should not speak.
The process is much smoother if you start training while they’re still a puppy. This way, any unwanted habits become more convenient to deter!
Teaching him commands such as “quiet, sit, stop” work great in familiarizing and indicating to your Samoyed when his barking is unwanted, and he needs to quiet down.
When is it OK, and When Should it Stop?
A Samoyed barking is entirely normal and to be expected with this particular breed. For the most part, barking is a form of communication used by your pooch to let you know something. That “something” can be his way of letting you know that he’s bored, tired, hungry, or lonely.
Barking is a healthy form of expression and is usually OK. However, if prolonged barking persists, there should be a point where it stops, and if it doesn’t, maybe an indication of a more significant underlying problem.
If your Samoyed is barking for long-periods, despite being in the presence of his owner (or family)- make sure he isn’t in pain.
Physical pain should be consulted with a trusted veterinarian, while emotional pain can be harder to determine. If you suspect emotional pain to be the issue of ongoing barking, remove your pooch to a secured area where you can reassure him he’s OK and safe.
As mentioned above, barking is OK, but if the barking continues (without reason)… you have to discover what may be wrong with your pooch and take the steps required in helping him.
Do Samoyeds Make Other Noises?
Yes! Apart from excessive barking, a Samoyed makes other noises such as howls and whines. Fun fact: It’s common for a Samoyed to have a high-pitched voice, similar to the sound of a Husky or Wolf.
What Do the Different Voices of Samoyed Mean?
If your Samoyed is making other noises apart from barking, don’t worry- he’s usually fine and wants to let you know that he wants some attention.
Although the different voices of a Samoyed can vary, here is a basic idea as to what their sounds are trying to indicate.
The infamous barking is a pervasive voice used by most Samoyeds.
A Samoyeds barking voice is an outlet for expressing emotions such as joy or fear. It’s also used to indicate possible problems.
Depending on the environment, circumstances, and continuous experience- you can understand the specific meanings behind each bark.
A Samoyed howling from time to time is instinctive. This howling is commonly found within packs and can indicate plenty of emotions your pooch may be feeling.
Howling can mean your Samoyed is excited, frustrated, or bored. However, admittedly howling can also mean something we humans don’t and won’t ever understand! (As long as your pooch isn’t in pain, let him howl!)
Whining can mean the same as a bark. However, it’s usually associated with wanting something.
For example; If your Samoyed is whining when he sees you eating, guess what? He probably wants a bite! Or if he’s whining because you’ve forgotten to give him his daily cuddles, he probably wants some cuddles!
The other reason why a Samoyed may whine is to let you know he’s feeling anxious or scared. He’ll whine if separated from you (his owner) for a prolonged period.