Training your Pomeranian to fetch can be a lot of fun for both you and your dog. Once she learns, it is a great way to make sure she is getting the exercise she needs, even if you prefer to play indoors.
However, Pomeranians do not have a strong drive to play fetch. As companion animals, they often prefer to bounce around doing their own thing and thinking up silly things to get a laugh rather than “follow rules.” Boring!
The trick is to make sure your Pom thinks that training is just a fun game that they are constantly winning! This keeps them excited and engaged to learn. Although your Pom is unlikely to ever have the ball drive of a Lab, they can certainly learn to love the game of fetch.
Our guide will offer three ways to teach your little pocket pet how to play fetch, along with some handy tips to make sure you are successful with your training.
We have offered three different methods to teach this fun game, but here is a guide for finding the one most likely to work best to train your Pomeranian to fetch:
The Tug a Plush Toy Method
Many Pomeranians are just not very interested in fetch, but they love a game of tug with their favorite soft stuffed toy. If this is the case for your Pom, this method is a great way to start training, using their enthusiasm to play with the tug as a reward for a game of fetch.
The Click/Treat Method
If your Pomeranian is motivated to train for food, small bits of high-value food rewards such as chopped chicken or even pieces of their kibble, then this is the method most likely to produce the fastest results. If you do not have a clicker, just use a sound such as “YESSSS!!” that you use to “mark” the correct behavior, followed by a food reward.
The Ball on a String Method
Do you have a Pom that just does not care about that ball in the least? This is an innovative way to get her more interested in the ball, with the long-term goal of training your Pomeranian how to play fetch. All you need is a small ball and a line of string 10-15’ long.