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Like the shorter haired Chihuahua, the Pomeranian ranks at the top in popularity when it comes to owners with small dogs. These wonderfully pampered and prideful pooches are small in stature but large in heart. With loyalty that is often very fierce and an eagerness to be with their special person, it’s not often that a Pomeranian can be discouraged from living it up in the lap of luxury. Poms, as they’re often affectionately named, are full of spirit, but that may often come with the condition of also being full of energy.
Small breeds tend to appear a little bit hyperactive, hopping up and down and bolting back and forth inside the home. Whether the excess energy is because of excitement, or simply because they don’t have enough room to really channel it into something more productive, even smaller dogs can prove to be a handful when they just won’t calm down. Being able to tell your Pomeranian to take a breather may help you get a better grip on your sanity.
Most of the time, excess energy can be due to lack of exercise. But other times, it can just be because of bad doggy manners. Without realizing it, we often reinforce bad behavior and continue to feed it, which may begin to present a problem later on. A Pomeranian can often reflect the temperament of the owner as well, which means taking a look at yourself to determine what might need to change in order to get some quiet time.
Pomeranians of any age can be taught to calm down, though any outdoor exercise will have to hold off until after your playful pup receives his vaccinations. With some repetition and sorting of routines and boundaries, your dog can easily flick that switch in his brain that tells him it’s time to settle down in a week or two. It may just take some extra time and patience on your end to move the process along effectively.
First, you’ll need to set aside some time through the day to get some exercise in for your Pom. Exercise is one of the most effective methods of calming a hyper dog down, so being able to dedicate at least thirty minutes out of your usual schedule can surely make a difference.
Once you’ve done that, find a space in your home or a doggy bed where your Pomeranian can settle in when it’s time to calm down. Keep this in the same spot every day and gather some treats to help encourage its use on a regular basis. Consistency is key and a tasty treat will never go amiss.
The Ignoring Method
Watch for poor manners
Some Poms have a tendency to get boisterous or pushy during play time. Keep an eye on yours in order to catch the bad behavior when it happens.
Stop play time when things get too crazy
If your Pomeranian shows signs of not knowing how to play appropriately and uses tactics like jumping up or pawing aggressively, take a step back and end play time to let her know that her behavior is not tolerated.
Don’t acknowledge bad behavior
Even negative attention may be seen as encouraging to a poorly behaved dog. Nip this problem in the bud by not looking at, touching, or talking to your dog for a few moments.
Wait for the pause
Your dog will likely stop and stare at you, expecting play time to continue. Wait until she has calmed down in order to assess the situation before turning back to her.
Resume play when appropriate
Once she is calm, you may continue to play with your Pom. This will help her recognize that play time will only happen when she plays appropriately.
The Work Out Method
Schedule your exercise
Set aside a certain time each day for some exercise. For your Pomeranian, this can be as little as thirty minutes a day or as much as an hour or two. Determine his energy level to decide how much exercise he might need per day.
Play inside games
Use your dog’s size to your advantage! Play small games of fetch inside the home or play with other toys such as tug toys to keep things fun and exciting, even if the day is spent indoors.
Your Pom may need some mental stimulation to go along with his exercise. Practice fun tricks or obedience commands to keep him distracted and busy!
Go for a swim
If your pup is particularly fond of the water, get a small kiddy pool and set it up in the backyard for him to go for a swim. Always remember to supervise him around any water, as toy breeds may not be the best swimmers.
Try a sport
Even small dogs can excel at some sports like agility or flyball. If your Pomeranian is the athletic sort, consider involving him in a dog sport! This will burn tons of energy and make sure he stays active and healthy.
The Quiet Space Method
Designate a quiet area
Find a quiet space in your home that you can use for your pup to relax and settle down. This should be in a room away from the normal hubbub of the day.
Set it up for comfort
Place a doggy bed or some blankets down to make the space cozy and inviting.
Encourage quiet time
Offer treats to encourage your dog to use this space to calm down. Reward him for staying in the area for a little while by either offering affection or small treats. There should be good associations with the area.
Share your energy
Pomeranians may often share the energy of their owner in the moment, and yours may do this as well. Settle down with your dog when you are calm and it may help him calm down as well.
Schedule quiet time every day
Have a certain time of day when you can have your pup go into the quiet space for quiet time. A regular routine will help him know when it is time to settle in and take a break.
By TJ Trevino
Published: 03/07/2018, edited: 01/08/2021