Do Poochon Dogs (bichpoo) Bark a lot ?

Bichpoo on an average is a vocal and smart breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly sometimes. However, they can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they’re trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Nevertheless,  the top reasons for barking include: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

How to Stop a Bichpoo From Barking

Step 1

Stop picking up your bichpoo. If your bichpish starts frantically barking and you run over to pick him up, you will be rewarding the behavior, which guarantees more barking in the future.

Also, if you’re petting him/her when you pick him up, you’re showering him with rewards for an unacceptable behavior. Even if your poochon is scratching at your feet to be picked up, ignore him. Only reward him for good, quiet behaviors. The bichpoo is going to love you whether he’s cuddled in your arms or walking beside your feet.

Step 2

There’s nothing wrong if you ignore your dog if he starts barking. Note that also includes not yelling at your bichpoo if he barks which may sounds like “Ruff ruff ruff!” to your poochon dog. He doesn’t know your language and he thinks you’re barking, too.

In your dog’s mind, if you’re barking, there must be a reason to continue barking. Instead of barking with your dog, turn your back to him and walk away. If he stops barking, turn around and reward him by petting him or giving him a treat.

Step 3

It is important to teache your poochon the “Speak!” command followed by the “Quiet!” command. Say “Speak!” and have someone provoke the barking by knocking on the door. As soon as he starts barking, hold the treat in front of his nose. He will stop barking to sniff the treat, then say “Speak!” one time. Give him the treat when he barks. Once he barks on command, tell your Bichpoo to “Speak!” As soon as he starts barking, say “Quiet!” and place a treat in front of his nose. Give the treat as soon as he stops barking.

How to Stop Nuisance Barking At Night

Prolonge or unwanted barking can be stressful at the best of times. But when it happens at night and brings with it broken sleep and a high likelihood of complaints from the neighbours, then most people need an urgent fix.
With regards to all unwanted behaviours, identifying the root cause of the problem goes hand in hand with finding the right solution.

So, the first thing to establish is to identify if this has been an ongoing problem, or something recent. Practice makes perfect so a long-establishe barking habit will be harder to change.

Than one which is relatively recent. The original cause of the poochon barking may be long gone for an established barker. But the bichpoo is now getting intrinsic reinforcement (and a likely degree of attention from their owners, even if that attention is just to shout at them to be quiet) which maintains the barking habit.

Likely stimuli for night time Bichon poodle barking include foxes or other animals in the garden. Also, lights from passing cars, someone coming home or leaving in a nearby house, the milkman, the boiler coming on or pretty much anything else that disturbs the dog.

If you can establish what the stimulus is then there may be some simple solutions to fix it. All you need do is move the bichpoo to sleep in a different room. Draw the curtains or fit window film to certain windows (often the simplest and easiest way to fix barking at external stimuli whether night or day). Nevertheless, you can turn off security lighting.

Poochon puppies

Other causes

There can also be medical causes, such as cognitive dysfunction in an older bichon poodle. In cases where the dog’s mental capabilities are declining then we need to work with the owners to make allowances for the bichpoo.

You will need to change routines as necessary to manage the behaviour. Also i will  encourage you to discuss possible dietary changes and supplements with your vet. It is unlikely that prolonged improvements will occur through training/behaviour modification. Hence, the best outcome will be a greater understanding of the poochon condition and suitable management.

In one case this involved moving the dog’s bed in to the owner’s bedroom. Rather than having him sleep downstairs where he would wake early and alone and bark until someone came downstairs to see him. When he wakes in the mornings now, he checks that his owners are still there and then settles down again quietly for another few hours sleep.
Other reasons for overnight or early morning barking include hunger, especially common in dogs who are only fed once a day. Swapping to two meals a day, with the last meal later in the evening, can make a big difference. As can giving a late night ‘snack’ at bed time (reducing the food given at other meals / treat times as necessary).

Dogs who lack appropriate mental or physical stimulation during the day are also prone to early waking or overnight barking. So, it gives them something to do and is guaranteed to get attention from their owners.

Changing routines around the house and giving the dog more appropriate exercise and mental activities as suited to the poochon age and needs will usually improve things for poochon and owners. In other cases, the bichon poo may be an early morning barker who is anticipating when it’s time to get up and letting everyone know.


What’s More to Know?

Usually, for adult poochon dog who are early morning barkers, or barking at specific stimuli. My preferred advice is to bring the dog in to the same room as the owners. Hence, stop the pichpoo from practicing the barking and so strengthening the behaviour even more.

If the bichon poo is crate trained (and there is room) then use a crate. Otherwise bring the dog’s normal bed, and settle them at bedtime in their crate. Or on their bed with a chewable to encourage them to relax and go to sleep. Furthermore, ensure the owners ignore any attempts to interact with them. This include not giving them eye contact which many owners don’t realise is hugely rewarding to most dogs.

If necessary, show the owners how to teach the bichon poo a ‘go to bed’ cue and practice it with owners lying in bed.  So that if the poochon dog does get up in the middle of the night the owner can sleepily tell them to go back to bed without too much fuss and interaction. Obviously, advise the owners not to use the cue at night until it’s properly learned.

Alongside this, take as many opportunities as possible to make the dog’s bed the place the poochon dog wants to be and to teach them to self settle there. Always try to make it extra comfortable. You can move it downstairs during the day if necessary because the dog is not allowed upstairs normally. Leave treats or chews there for them to find.

As with the pochon puppies, when the dog is sleeping through the night without disturbance. Then slowly move their bed out of the room until the bichboo is sleeping on the landing with the door closed and then downstairs. Or back in to their original room.


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