Pomeranian puppies are the most popular spitz-type dogs in the world. Undoubtedly, this has a lot to do with their characteristic beauty and gentle nature. Since they are docile dogs, you will have no trouble training Pomeranian puppies, but you should know how to teach them basic commands. If you want to know how is the canine education for Pomeranian puppies, take note of the advice we give you from Las Almenas, a breeder specialized in Pomeranian dogs.
Because Pomeranian puppies are so affectionate, many people treat them as if they were babies, as they are small in size and are often carried in arms or in strollers. This is a quite frequent behavior in owners of toy or miniature dogs, which only leads to problems. As we already explained in our article on the “small dog syndrome“, dogs that are always in arms cannot socialize with other dogs, especially if they are large. Then behavioral problems appear and they become more barking and aggressive.
Before educating your puppy, get to know it
Each dog is unique in its character and learning time. There are also breeds of dogs more intelligent than others, and precisely Pomeranian puppies are known for their great intelligence.
However, each puppy needs its own time to absorb and be able to reproduce the commands we give it. Therefore, it is essential that you know what your dog is like.
In responsible breeders, such as Las Almenas, we give information about this to each of the new families. It is fundamental to know how to choose a puppy that we know beforehand that it will adapt well to your type of family. But in addition to his personal qualities, which you will have to discover, there are a number of characteristics more or less common in all Pomeranian puppies. We invite you to learn about them in our guide to Pomeranian breed dogs .
It is also very interesting that you know how to understand the canine language, at least the most common gestures that dogs make to communicate.
With all these tips you will be able to improve communication to start working on the education of your furry friend.
Pomeranian education according to their age
The education, either physical or mental, that you give to any dog has to be adapted to its age, size and build and state of health. That is to say, in the case of Pomeranian puppies it will be necessary to start with simple commands and progressively more complex commands can be given.
Canine education for Pomeranian puppies before 3 months of age
Yes, even if you think it is too early, you can start educating Pomeranian puppies before 3 months of age. Obviously, in the first 3 weeks, Pomeranian puppies, like all other breeds, are very small and spend most of the day sleeping and sucking.
But between the third and seventh week of life a fundamental process takes place: imprinting. This is the most receptive period of a dog’s life. At this time, Pomeranian puppies are able to interpret in an acceptable way the stimuli provided by their senses, but they are not yet able to feel fear. That is why it is a good stage to get to know the environment without being afraid to do so.
In this first stage, all our Pomeranian puppies, and those of other breeds, are in our breeder with their mother and siblings. But already then their socialization begins and they learn to accept the proximity of other dogs and people without showing any fear or aggression.
At this early age, we can teach them to recognize their name and learn basic household rules. The important thing is not to encourage certain behaviors that we do not want them to do as adults, for example, rummaging in the garbage,
Education of Pomeranian puppies between 3 and 6 months of age
The socialization phase is completed at 3 months of age. At this age, our puppies are already in the homes of their new families. They are already fully weaned and separation at this time no longer causes socialization problems or learning difficulties.
If this is your case, and you have a puppy in this age range, you will see that he is ready to learn simple exercises. These are basic commands such as sit, stand up, stay still, come, lie down, walk with you without pulling on the leash and relieve himself outside the house.
Do not be exaggerated with your requests because you may confuse the puppy and cause him a feeling of frustration, which will harm his learning.
Remember that, at this stage, socialization of Pomeranian puppies is essential. Try to make him relate positively with other people and dogs, as well as the environment, its noises, smells and colors. In this way you will be preventing possible behavioral problems.
Education of Pomeranian puppies between 6 and 12 months of age
When your puppy has already learned the basic commands, it is time to complete his training with more complex exercises, such as teaching him to fetch a ball or toy and then releasing it. You can also teach him that there are objects that are untouchable and, if you like the idea of him “pawing” you, practice it during play.
Education of the adult Pomeranian
From the age of 12 months, or even earlier, Pomeranian dogs are considered to have reached adulthood. At this stage you have to continue working on your dog’s education, as he still has a lot to learn and discover.
In addition to continuing to establish the commands for living at home, you can also teach him new tricks and let him discover new parks or places to go for walks. These will be activities that will strengthen your bond.
Have you tried brain games? At this age you can stimulate his sense of smell by hiding treats around the house for him to find.
In case you are not able to teach your Pomeranian or you do not have time to do it, we recommend you to go to a dog training center so that professional trainers can help you to educate him.
Tips for Pomeranian puppy training
Now you know the essential issues to achieve a good education of Pomeranian puppies. Here are some very practical tips that will help you to put them into practice:
- Be constant with their education. It is necessary to go little by little, in a progressive way.
- Review the training frequently to make sure that he has learned what you have been teaching him and that he does not forget it.
- Adapt the exercises to his age, respecting his own time so as not to stress or frustrate him if he does not succeed.
- Choose where and when you want to teach him new tricks. Avoid noise or other distractions.
- Do not overdo it with time. Dog training sessions should be short. The ideal is 10-15 minutes a day. This is enough time to learn without overloading the animal.
- Always in positive, never in negative. No punishments, do not frighten him because he may respond badly.
- Be attentive to possible physical or behavioral changes. Many times it is due to an illness, so don’t scold him and take him to the vet.
- Get him enough exercise. If he does not get enough exercise or stimulation, your Pomeranian may become bored and engage in destructive behavior or even suffer from separation stress (https://almenas.es/estres-por-separacion-en-perros-que-es-lo-que-le-pasa/).
- Don’t reinforce anxious behaviors. This means that, for example, if your dog is nervous about something and starts barking, you should not give him food or treats to calm him down.
Las Almenas, your Pomeranian puppies breeder
As you can see the education of Pomeranian puppies is a very important task to ensure emotionally healthy and happy adult dogs. The first part of their training and socialization is developed in our breeder in Las Almenas, where we follow a responsible breeding based on the care and respect for each and every one of our animals.
We invite you to get to know us and ask us all your questions. We know that acquiring a new puppy is a big responsibility, but in Las Almenas we can help you to choose the best breed for you and your family and to continue at home with their education.
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