While Pomeranians are irresistibly cute and snuggly, just like any dog, they require proper training in order to become well-behaved pups. Although your dog may have an inherent personality or a previous owner, every dog is trainable through consistent practice, socialization, and lots of love. With time and dedication, your Pomeranian can become an obedient, lovable member of your family.
The area of obedience most individuals like to focus on first is house training. Due to their size, some people wonder if eight week is too early to start potty training their Pom; however, this is a misconception. As soon as your pup is under your roof, you should begin training so bad habits do not form. Training a Pomeranian is like training any other dog; however, due to their small size, many people like to train them to use the bathroom inside on a pee pad or litter box as well as outside. Although this type of training is possible, be aware that it will most likely take more time because your dog will be slower to learn exactly where he should do his business.
Potty Training Your Pomeranian
When potty training a dog, the most important factor is consistency. Therefore, when you train your Pomeranian to use the bathroom both inside and outside, you may encounter difficulties. Nonetheless, if you are concerned that your Pom will not get enough time outside, indoor house training is achievable.
To do this, place pee pads or a litter box in a designated area. This should be in the same space every day. When you notice your pup is sniffing around, immediately move him to the pee pad and use a verbal cue such as “potty.” When he goes to the bathroom, immediately reward him with a small treat and verbal praise.
Like indoor house training, outdoor potty training requires repetition and consistency. When training, you should put your Pom on a leash and take him to the same place to do his business.
Remember, if your Pomeranian has not yet received his puppy shots, you should not take him to an outdoor space that other dogs frequently visit in order to avoid detrimental diseases such as Parvo.
Once you have located a safe space, take your four-legged friend there as much as possible throughout the day.
Puppies can only “hold-it” for two hours, and so the more you take your Pomeranian out, the less likely he is to have an accident. When you take your dog to the designated space, say “potty” or a similar command.
As soon as your pup uses the bathroom, make sure to immediately praise him with a small treat and some love. Although this process seems easy, it will undoubtedly take time and patience. The key is consistency and repetition. The more precise you make the routine (same spot, same times, same command, same praise), the faster your Pomeranian will catch on.
When you take your dog to the designated space, say “potty” or a similar command. As soon as your pup uses the bathroom, make sure to immediately praise him with a small treat and some love. Although this process seems easy, it will undoubtedly take time and patience. The key is consistency and repetition. The more precise you make the routine (same spot, same times, same command, same praise), the faster your Pomeranian will catch on.
Obedience Training with Pomeranians
Pomeranian training goes far beyond potty training into basic commands and socialization. Pomeranians are typically non-aggressive, happy dogs; however, socialization is key so that they do not excessively bark or feel anxiety when a new person or pet is around. Do this by constantly exposing your Pom to new pets and people from a young age all the way through adulthood. When first introducing your pup to his new family, it is important to do so in a calm manner so that your Pomeranian does not feel overwhelmed.
Let your pooch meet each person individually so he can learn his or her scent and voice. The more people that your pup meets, the more social and friendly he will become. Similar tactics can be adopted when socializing your Pomeranian with other dogs and cats. It is important to do this often so that your canine companion does not become too territorial or skittish around other animals. Introduce the two in a supervised, safe environment, and allow them to meet while on-leash. If this goes well, allow the two to play and become puppy pals!
Teaching Your Pomeranian Not To Bark
One stereotypical complaint associated with Pomeranians is that they bark too much. As small dogs, Pomeranians often use their bark as a warning, self-defense, excitement, and for attention. While some barking is necessary, there are ways to combat this issue. The first is to keep your Pom busy. These little balls of energy love staying busy and may bark when they are bored. To counteract this behavior, ensure your pup has plenty of chew toys to keep him preoccupied. Additionally, adequate playtime is a must. Another reason Pomeranians bark is to warn you of an intruder.
While this is helpful, it is important to socialize your pup so he does not persistently bark at your houseguests. Finally, barking may stem from self-defense or protection. If your dog feels threatened or is guarding his food or toys, he may bark.
Avoid this by ensuring that your Pom has a safe space in the house where he feels comfortable. You can also practice taking away his toys and food.
This does not mean take them away for a long period, but get your Pomeranian accustom having things taken away so that he does not become overly territorial.
Whatever the age of your Pomeranian or the behavioral issue, through consistent training, your dog can learn how to be on his best behavior. Even though it may seem like it is the dog’s intelligence or inherent nature to act a particular way, as the owner, you are responsible for establishing a training routine. The more time and effort you dedicate to training your canine companion, the faster and more effective it will be.