Sirens and Other Loud Noises-
This is called Disturbance barking. If you think that this disturbs you, please remember that in this case your Pom is being being highly disturbed! Since a dog's hearing is so sensitive, when your Pomeranian hears any type of siren this can actually cause severe aggravation and unrest. Imagine if without warning, someone blew a whistle right into your ear and continued doing it for a while! This is how your Pomeranian most likely feels when hear a siren.
What can you do to help? If you are outside, bring your dog inside. Whether outside or inside, do not reprimand him or her. This reaction is not due to "bad" behavior. Reassure your dog that everything is alright. Talk in a calm voice and gently pat them. If a siren goes off only every now and then, this is all you should do to help your dog.
If you live in an area that is very noisy with alarms and sirens always going off, you may wish to attempt to train your dog to become somewhat adjusted.
Some dogs will respond well to desensitization training or this issue. The method behind this type of dog training is to slowly ease your dog into becoming used to an element, in this case: sirens. You most likely will not be able to train them to remain calm for every siren, however this can definitely help.
You would obtain a small siren. You have many options, however we have found that using a smoke alarm siren works well. Duck tape is put over the siren where the noise emits. Therefore, when you press the button to make the alarm go off, it will be at approximately 1/5 of the normal noise volume. Test this before you begin training. Most importantly, this training will not end with the maximum noise being emitted. A certain amount of duck tape will always be used.
The owner would sit down with their Pom and press the alarm. The tone of your voice and your actions must show your Pomeranian that there is nothing to be afraid of. In this case, you do not want your voice to be soothing, you want to talk in a matter-of-fact sort of way. If the dog responds well to the low level siren, you should reward him or her with tons of praise and a doggie treat.
This type of training takes a while. Work with your dog each day. Slowly increase the noise level every 2 weeks. As time goes by, be in another room and do not allow your dog to know when you will be commencing the training. Do not, please we repeat do not have the siren at full noise capacity and hold it up to your dog! This could cause injury to the ear
drum. The idea of this type of dog training is to simply allow your Pomeranian to slowly become accustomed to loud and unexpected noises.