Monday, August 1, 2011

Size Doesn’t Matter When It Comes to Pomeranian Training

I have 2 Pommies. One is perfect to train, because he cares what we think. The other doesn't give a hoot and he's impossible to train!

Here's some advice for us all:

The key to Pomeranian Training is to understand what makes this adorable breed unique. While a small breed of dog, Pomeranians have big personalities.  Small and precocious, Pomeranians love their owners and can be possessive and have separations anxiety. These are two of many reasons that training your Pomeranian is so important.

The Basics

Pomeranians need a firm but loving hand during training.  Lots of praise and some edible treats should be enough to get the ball rolling.
Pomeranians have a lot of energy so when training your dog; try to eliminate any possible distractions. Show your dog an edible treat before you begin and start verbalizing the first command. When your dog accomplishes the command successfully, praise the dog and give the dog the edible treat.
Don’t try to train your dog on more than one command at a time. Training your dog one command at a time will speed up the time it takes to train your Pomeranian rather than slow it down as it reduces confusion. Never scold your Pomeranian during training. By using only positive reinforcement, you will create a positive learning experience for your dog and a strong, trusting bond.


Barking can become an issue with Pom Poms and should be addressed with Pomeranian training while they are still puppies if possible.  Poms will generally vocalize when presented with new stimuli such as new animals, people, or sounds.  They will also often bark if they feel any threat to their owners, as they are very protective and strongly bonded with their families.


If you are crate training a Pomeranian, keep in mind that size really does matter when choosing a crate, kennel or travel container. Your Pomeranian must be able to stand up and turn around when housed in the crate, but should not be able to walk, jump, or play.  If your Pom has extra space in their crate, they will be more likely to go potty in the crate because they have room enough to still lie down.


Because of their small size, Pomeranians can be great in apartments.  They will be very active indoors and tend to love playing with their owners and toys.  In warm weather, they will often seek out cooler places to lie down, such as a tile floor.  Since Poms are companion dogs and they form such strong bonds to their owners, they should generally not be left outdoors on their own.  They will likely suffer separation anxiety in such an environment, which can lead to behavioral problems including excessive barking.


Despite what many people believe, Pom Poms are quite intelligent.  They often use that intelligence to manipulate the people in their lives into giving them exactly what they want.  As super cute as they are, it’s important that you lay down the law with your Pom while they are still a puppy.  Establish yourself as the Alpha Dog in your relationship with your pooch early on to avoid behavioral problems in the future.
Pomeranians are generally a sturdy breed and have few health problems.  They have an average life expectancy of 12-16 years. While basic training may take just a few months, Pomeranian training can continue for its entire lifespan as old dogs can learn new tricks, and your Pom Pom is sure to enjoy any and all time they can spend with you.

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