Learn why your Pomeranian is acting aggressively. How to prevent Pomeranian behavior issues and curb Pomeranian bad habits. Is your Pom dog an angry Pomeranian? You ask are Pomeranians mean and are Pomeranians aggressive dogs?
The Pomeranian disposition is usually well-behaved and naturally friendly, personable nature. Normally a Pom is not an angry or aggressive Pomeranian dog.
This article will discuss the different causes of dog aggression and how to handle it if your pup has an anger issue.
The number one reason people seek out professional help for their dogs is aggressive behavior.
Some Pomeranians will be protective, regardless of the fact that they’re so small. Is your Pomeranian aggressive towards owners, growling, barking, or trying to bite visitors? Could you describe your Pom dog as an angry Pomeranian?
The Pomeranian ancestors were the bigger Spitz dogs and they were gentle sled dogs. However, like all dog breeds, Poms may have issues with aggressive behavior but cannot be described as an aggressive breed.
Pomeranian Behavior Characteristics
There’s no need for concern because this article will help you avoid aggressive behavior in your Pom.
Throughout history, Poms have been excellent companions. This breed isn’t a fighter and doesn’t generally have guard dog qualities. If you expect your fluffy ball of fun to be a cuddling Pom, you may very well find that your Pomeranian dog is acting aggressive and that can be overwhelming.
If this is the case, there are methods to help control your Pom dog.
There are Two Types of Pomeranian Aggression
- Being aggressive towards people. It may be a reaction to strangers in any scenario or it may be towards you or a family member. Signs of such behavior include: snapping in the air near somebody, nipping and/or growling, and making contact with the person’s skin
- Your Pom may demonstrate aggressive behavior towards other animals. If you have other dogs or cats, this will seem more significant.
Pomeranian Aggression Towards Owners and People
Pomeranian aggression towards owners can cause frustration, but you can learn training tips to help combat the problem. Pomeranian puppy behavior training needs to be started from day one. An aggressive Pomeranian puppy needs to commence socialization training.
There are a couple of reasons why this is happening:
Dog owners need to understand the reasons behind fear of the unknown, and this includes strangers and other dogs. Signs of fear include Pomeranian barking at strangers, barking at loud noises, Pomeranian growling, Pomeranian protective of owner, Pomeranian puppy biting and growling,
If your Pom is displaying aggressive tendencies to family members, this may be because he’s confused about his status within his human family.
Pomeranian Health Issues
If your Pomeranian is usually well-behaved but one day he suddenly demonstrates aggression, it may be because he has a health problem.
If he has pain, he’ll growl, snarl, nip or possibly bite his loving owners because he has no other way to tell you he has a problem. If he feels vulnerable, he’ll lash out at anybody who he believes will threaten him while he’s weak.
If your Pom is usually friendly, happy, and calm, yet one day he shows some aggression, you must get your vet to give him a complete medical examination. Even if you had only got him checked out recently, this change can be a serious cause for concern and needs immediate attention.
Don’t even attempt any of these following ways to train him unless you’re 100% satisfied that his health is fine.
Training Tips for Pomeranians Who Are Aggressive Towards Strangers
If he shows this type of aggression, it’s an issue with socialization. Your Pomeranian needs to be taught that whenever he’s with you, coming into contact with strangers is a natural part of life and he’s expected to behave properly.
It’s normal for dogs to have a degree of verbal aggression when it comes to real strangers, such as door-to-door salesmen. This can be a good thing because it’s like a warning sign that someone is there who isn’t expected. In fact, if your dog barks at strangers, he may scare off a person trying to break in.
Remember that, although a Pom is small, if he’s barking behind a closed door, an intruder won’t know his size or whether he’ll bite. Providing your dog calms down after the person leaves, it should be okay.
If you’re happy that he barked when a stranger came to the door, you can pat him and tell him “good dog.” Then go back to whatever you were doing so he sees everything is fine.
It’s a different story if you’re taking him for a walk or if you’re both in a social setting. You would naturally want your Pomeranian to behave properly. No one enjoys the company of an angry Pomeranian.
So you must teach him both acceptable and unacceptable behavior. You’ll need to enlist some people to help with this training. Ask some friends, family members, and neighbors to help you and, ideally, they should be people your dog isn’t used to.
Explain what you need to do to train your dog and see if they will help with different scenarios. Once you start this training, you should do it each day until you’re happy that he’s fully trained. The first test is to get somebody to come to your home and they need some dog treats in their pocket.
When your friend tells you they’re at your door, get your Pom to sit beside you and have him on a leash. Open the door and teach your beloved pet that everything is fine.
Use slow actions and calm words. Show your dog that you’re greeting this person with no stress or tension. Get your friend to give your Pom a small treat but save the rest for a bit later. The aim of this training scenario is to reward your dog for good behavior and isolate him if he behaves badly.
If he interacts with someone well, even for a minute, get excited as though that’s absolutely fantastic and pat him, praise him and give him some treats.
Every time your dog demonstrates any aggressive behavior, take him into an empty room where he can see you but is unable to get to you. A playpen is a great example of this. Then you socially isolate him for five minutes by ignoring him. Don’t tell him off or respond. Simply ignore him.
Show him that life is no fun if he misbehaves. After the five minutes have elapsed, bring him back to the room where both you and your helper is sitting. Every action should be responded to with either isolation or praise, depending on whether he has been bad or good. This first visit should only last 10 minutes.
As you change your helpers around, increase the time increments by five minutes. 30 minutes is the maximum time period for this training.
If you rigidly follow this training plan word for word, it should only take two weeks for your Pom to be used to strangers and his behavior will be vastly improved.
Training Tips for Pomeranian Aggression towards Owners and Family Members
If your Pom is 100% healthy but is still demonstrating aggression towards human members of your family, the most likely reason is instinct. A dog has an innate instinct to be the “alpha dog.”
When dogs run in packs, there’s always a leader, the “alpha.” This was for the good of the whole pack. Pet dogs also need an “alpha” in their pack which is usually a human such as you.
A dog has to know if he’s the leader or if another dog (or human) is the leader. Then he won’t be confused and demonstrate aggression.
He’ll get stressed if he doesn’t know who the alpha is, even if it’s himself. He may test members of the family to see if someone backs down, someone takes charge, or if someone will take his place as a leader by facing up to him.
Why Is My Pomeranian Aggressive Towards Children?
The causes of dog aggression towards family members can be anything from fear to possessiveness and even hierarchy issues.
With their small size, Pomeranians can be delicate. Children need to know how much care they need when dealing with these little dogs to not cause any harm or injury.
As children often cannot read the signs of a dog in pain, the dog may try and remove itself from the child's company or respond aggressively.
The dog's owner should be aware of the signs that their pet may have shown aggression towards children and take appropriate measures to prevent any further aggressive behavior.
My Pomeranian is Being Very Aggressive Towards Animals
If your dog is aggressive towards animals, it could be an expression of its prey drive. It's also possible that they're trying to figure out where they fit in with other dogs and/or their human family members.
The Pomeranian is a breed that does not have an intense prey drive. It will just be figuring out how it stands in the world.
Pomeranian Aggressive Towards Other Dogs
Once you have trained your Pom to behave properly around other dogs, life will be much better. If your Pomeranian shows aggression towards other dogs, it can have an adverse effect when you take him for walks, to the vet, and many other things.
Find someone, whether it’s a neighbor, friend, or family member, who already has a well-behaved dog. Arrange a “play date.”
Explain to that person that you’re using a training method and that it will take a couple of weeks to fully train your dog so he knows what behavior is expected of him in all situations.
You’ll need plenty of patience but the rewards are plentiful…a life-long companion who will bring great joy to your life. Both dogs must have their leashes on and your Pom also needs a harness. Ask your helper to have treats in their pocket when they arrive. You should also have treats in your pocket.
When the other dog enters your dog’s “territory,” talk in a happy manner and stay calm. Let the dogs sniff each other. If your dog barks or is aggressive in any way, pull him back by the leash until he’s 10 feet away. Then ignore him 100%.
Don’t talk to him, pat him or pat him. After the barking stops (and eventually it will), then you can walk your dog back to where the other dog is sitting patiently.
Every time aggression surfaces in your Pomeranian, lead him away from everyone else and ignore his barking and other ways to attract your attention. This positive reinforcement will teach him that he gets zero attention, zero interaction, and zero fun when he’s aggressive.
Every time your Pom behaves well when he’s with the other dog, praise him roughly once a minute. Give both dogs some treats and watch them both to ensure no trouble is caused.
To teach your dog that you’re the true leader, you must strictly follow these rules at all times:
People always eat first. If mealtime is for the people and the dog, they should eat for 30 seconds. Then one of the owners will stand, and tell the Pom to sit. As long as he sits, his bowl will be placed on the floor and he can eat while everybody else eats.
People enter and exit rooms first. If you leave the home or return, you must enter first, followed by your pet. You do this by using a leash to ensure the Pom waits for his turn.
This gives him the powerful message that you’re the den leader and the house is the den. When you take the time to train your dog to behave the right way, you build a strong relationship between you and your Pomeranian.
Offering a fun way to interact and, at the same time, teaching him respect will positively establish you as the leader of the pack and, as such, you must be obeyed.
Dog owners need to understand Pomeranian behavior issues are a socialization problem.
How Do I Know If My Dog Is An Angry Pomeranian
You might be wondering if your Pomeranian is angry. They can either show signs that are just playfulness or something more severe like aggression.
Still, luckily with some knowledge about how dogs communicate through body language, we'll know what these behaviors may indicate.
When you notice your dog’s body language changing, it might indicate that he is feeling threatened.
Final Thoughts on Aggressive Pomeranian Behavior
The Pomeranian is, without a doubt, the most adorable and cuddly breed of dog in existence.
If your Pom dog won’t respond to the training methods, the aggression may be much deeper than normal. It’s wise to locate an experienced dog trainer who can help turn your aggressive Pomeranian into the adorable fluffy pet he should be.
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References and Further Reading:
 Denise Leo “The Pomeranian Handbook”.