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In order to get your Pomeranian to respect you as the owner and dog parent, you need to properly house train them. This is also what many dog trainers call housebreaking. The whole process of training your Pomeranian at his or her forever home will greatly depend on you as the teacher. Moreover, this will also depend on your level of dedication to your dog. Keep on reading to find out more information about how you can get your own Pomeranian to respect you.
Pomeranians are fun and lovely creatures to have at home. However, some of them may be quite difficult to domesticate. Sometimes, owners may even feel like they are being disrespected by their own pets. This makes the process of training Pomeranians rather difficult as compared to other breeds. However, with proper training and time, these little creatures will surely adapt quickly and easily.
The first step in getting your Pomeranian to respect you is to allow the Pom to get adjusted to his or her new home. Simply letting your dog roam around the new place without being disrupted should help kick start the process. This particular step is one of the most important ones when it comes to housebreaking your pet. Once your dog gets settled in, it is time to start the potty training.
Whenever you feel like your Pom is up for the task of potty training, you can simply select a designated area for your dog to potty in. It can be in a place of your house where it’s least visible to people but still within reach of your new pet. No matter the age of your Pomeranian, it remains essential to potty train them. Even adult dogs would need potty training. Although they could have been previously trained and housebroken, their new home still remains unfamiliar to them. Hence, owners should still proceed with housebreaking them in.
You could train your Pomeranian to potty indoors or outdoors. Usually, this depends on the type of your house and your personal preference. Choosing the right spot is essential because this will be your pet’s forever happy place. Thus, it’s important to take time in making this decision. You should also take into consideration your pet’s personal preferences. Take note of which particular spots in the house your Pom likes to frequent. This is most likely your pet’s chosen place to be.
If it happens that your chosen spot is indoors, things could be a little easier. Although it is well-known that dogs can be trained easily using litter boxes and pee pads, this is not always the case. Pomeranian’s, especially adult ones, could be challenging to train to go in just one designated area. This is because they have the inherent instinct to just go anywhere they feel like. However, this is not to encourage you. Indoor training is still highly possible if you are patient with your pet.
However, if you have chosen to assign the spot outdoors, make sure to remain firm about it. Make sure your pet doesn’t relieve inside. Never allow your pet to relieve itself anywhere outside. Assign one spot and train your dog to go there each time he or she feels the need to urinate or eliminate.
One of the things you might consider when choosing the designated area is the climate. If you live where the seasons change drastically throughout the year, it may not be ideal to potty train your dogs outdoors as this could be inaccessible to them during the winter. Furthermore, if you and your family love spending time outdoors playing catch or just have friends and guests over for barbecues all the time, you could position the spot at least around ten feet away.
The second step in getting your pet housebroken is to create a containment area. Just like with a human baby, you could also create a small playpen indoors for your Pomeranian. It’s important to note that the containment area should not be a crate as this has been proven ineffective in housebreaking dogs. The containment area will serve as your dog’s microenvironment for the first few weeks.
When you first bring your dog home, you might be tempted to spend as much time with him or her as possible. However, it is imperative that you don’t let your dog freely roam around a room or the house without supervision. Unless you want to pee and poo all over the carpet of your home, you should refrain from letting them just roam around on their own.
Furthermore, you should also refrain from letting your Pomeranian sleep beside you on your bed if he or she is not yet housebroken. Although it is completely understandable why you would want to cuddle up with your new pet, if he or she is untrained, it could not end well.
The indoor playpen should be the initial place for your pet while inside your home. Within it, you should divide the area into a sleeping area, eating area with food and water containers, playing area, and most importantly, pee pads. This is a highly effective technique because pets rarely urinate or eliminate within their living area. Most likely, they will do it on the pee pads instead.
Bonding With Your Pet
The third step in the housebreaking process is to make sure to keep your dog beside you at all times. However, for Pomeranians, especially the puppies, it could be nearly impossible to do so. With the help of an adjustable harness and leash, you can create an effective supervision method to help train your Pomeranian. Make sure that the harness is comfortable to avoid any injury.
The principle of classical conditioning always works for pets. Thus, giving your pet’s rewards whenever you’re trying to teach skills should be very effective. This is to motivate and encourage your pet to maintain the skills you’ve taught him or her. Choosing the appropriate treat should be done carefully. Make sure that treats do not have any neurochemicals. Moreover, treats should also be light enough on the stomach so your pet won’t be so full at the end of the training session. Always keep the bag of treats in handy so you don’t miss out on giving the rewards when your pet deserves them.
Along with treats should be words of encouragement for your pet. This will also serve as the cue word. Dogs should be able to correlate or connect words with actions so whenever you speak a word, your dog will instantly know what is up. One of the most popular cue words used by dog owners is “Go potty”. Make sure to utter the cue words whenever your dog will eliminate and constantly repeat this. This will enforce the word-to-action connection on your dog.
Now that you have housebroken your dog, you could still have other concerns with regards to Pomeranian respect training. Many pet owners are bothered by pets who are stubborn to obeying commands, and constant physical and emotional distance. All of these could be due to a variety of reasons.
First weeks at home
One of the most common reasons for this is weak bonding. You might think that your Pomeranian is disrespecting you by becoming withdrawn but it could be a sign that you should work hard on bonding with your new pet. Being new to your home, your pet could be under a lot of stress and anxiety due to a new environment. Thus, it is important to provide reassurance and care to your pet during the first few weeks in your home.
There are plenty of ways you can do to establish a strong bond with your Pomeranian. The most common way to do so is to bring your Pom with you as often as possible. With your handy harness and leash, you can safely bring your Pom out and about while running some errands or maybe just a quick walk to the park.
Another way to foster bonding with your Pom is to of course, play. A classic game of fetch always works especially with small dogs like your Pomeranian. This game should be able to keep your dog engaged while giving a quick workout at the same time.
You might find it helpful to give your Pom chew toys for keeping them busy.
If you feel like your Pomeranian is not responding well to you, it’s time to seek professional help. Your pet may be experiencing some health issues that you might be unaware of. Your pet could be in pain or injured. Thus, if your pet suddenly acts weird, you should be a bit alarmed. It might be time to bring him for check-up. In times like this, a quick trip to the vet should be your first instinct.
Pomeranian house training shouldn’t be as intimidating as you think it is. By patiently following all of the steps above, you should be able to execute a good Pomeranian respect training.
- Adjustment Period
- Potty Training
- Pom Playpen
- Bonding With Your Pet
- Give Reward
Owners shouldn’t be afraid to housebreak their pets as this will result in a much more harmonious relationship in the future.
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