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.
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