Small and adorable though they may be, the Pomeranian is descended from larger working spitz-type dogs. While they have been companions and lap dogs for many generations, and have steadily decreased in size, Poms still have a working dog's bravery and some of the spitz's independent spirit. Therefore, to train your Pomeranian puppy to do fun tricks that you will both enjoy, find ways to motivate her that will appeal to her own interests.
Always have fun with your Ppomeranian puppy. Be reasonable in your expectations, and keep in mind that your pomeranian's ability to think for herself is part of what gives her such a wonderful personality. If your Pom isn't in the mood for a particular trick, just try another one or try another time.
Liam will not take walks. He will go out to the bathroom in my yard on his leash and harness but whenever I try to head towards the street with him to take a walk, he will either sit, lay down or pull backwards. I'm worried he's not getting enough exercise and I really want to walk him. Help!!!
Hello Maria, First, make sure that the pavement is not hot this time of year - that can be painful for some dogs and create a fear of walking if they have been burned on their paws. If the pavement is hot, either walk in grassy areas like fields or trails or purchase dog hiking boots for him and have him wear them around the house for a few days whenever you are home to supervise - interrupting any attempts to bite them, distracting him when he starts to bother them, and giving lots of treats or kibble pieces for tolerating them and letting you put them on. Once he is used to wearing them inside, then venture outside again. If the pavement isn't the issue, pay attention to whether he seems to be afraid of anything else outside. If he is afraid of something like a noise, other dogs, cars, cats, ect...then you will need to spend time with him outside simply desensitizing him to those things using time outside, playing fun games around those things he doesn't like, giving treats whenever he is calm around those things and not displaying fear - like pulling away. Once he is over his fear, gradually increase your walks by just a couple of feet at a time. Insist that he follow you until he walks a couple of feet willingly. When he is walking willingly, reward with a treat and praise, then turn around and head home before he starts protesting again. Work walking to that distance until he no longer protests going that far. When he can handle the current distance, require a couple more feet past the previous distance before you turn around. Always wait until he is following willingly before you turn around so that he is being rewarded for following and not for stopping or trying to turn back. When he won't follow, give quick continuous tugs on the leash (tug, then give slack in the leash, tug, then give slack in the leash...You want to apply enough discomfort to make stopping unpleasant for him but not painful, until he decides following you would be more pleasant and takes a few steps in your direction to escape the annoyance of the leash tugs - do not pull continuously on the leash. A dog will actually pull back harder on the leash if there is continuous pressure. It should be a series of quick tugs and then giving slack between the tugs, over and over). Don't push him to walk too far at first; consider a few steps further than before a success and turn around when he is doing well before he starts to protest again. Work up to longer stretches gradually unless he indicates he wants to continue. Remember, check the pavement heat and look for signs of him being afraid of something, and address those things if needed first. This time of year also be aware of how hot it is. If this behavior is only recent during the summer months, he may be resisting because it's hot outside. Wetting his fur down or purchasing a cooling vest for him could help if that's the case. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
Thank you so much for the advice! I will start trying to do everything you suggested today. I do not think it's heat or the pavement being too hot. I live in Buffalo NY and it does get hot here but it has only been in the 70's recently and I always touch the pavement before attempting to walk him. He also acts this way even if I try to walk him on the grass along the road. Last night when him and I were outside I did notice that he was putting his tail between his legs whenever a car would go by. So that seems to be an issue we will have to work on. He is only 8 months and I've only had him since June 15th, so almost 3 months, and he's been this way the entire time. I have tried to walk him everyday since I got him with no success. The funny thing is that the very first night I had him, I took him out for a walk at about 11pm when it was very quiet outside and he did walk pretty well. After that one day though, he won't budge! Thank you again, I really appreciate your time and advice!
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