Dealing With Pomeranian Anxiety Attacks
The first step in handling any Pomeranian anxiety attacks is the find out the cause and then working on a solution to the problem.
You’re probably aware that dogs generally are scared when they hear loud noises. Three of the worst noises are: thunderstorms, vacuum cleaners and fireworks.
There are logical reasons for their fears which we’ll examine to determine their validity and how you can best help them cope.
Is your Pomeranian scared of Lightning and Thunder ?
Dogs have legitimate reasons for reacting badly whenever there’s a thunderstorm because there are five distinct events that can be involved, often all at the same time.
Lightning flashes. When your Pom sees lightning flash in the windows or across the sky, it can make him feel insecure and that he has lost control over his usual environment.
Thunder crashes. Dogs have much greater hearing than humans and the thunderclaps can completely overwhelm him for this very reason.
Powerful winds. People hear in the 20-20,000Hz range. Dogs hear on the 40-60,000 Hz frequency so sounds made by the powerful winds may make them react badly because they hear a lot more than we do.
Rain. When rain continuously hits the roof, it can be very irritating, especially to dogs.
Changes in the static electricity field and air pressure can affect Pomeranians
Changes in the static electricity field and air pressure can affect the way dogs behave because they have the ability to sense static electricity field changes and drops in the barometric pressure. These two events happen during storms and increase a dog’s discomfort.
Understanding your Pomeranian’s Behavior.
If your Pomeranian is upset by effects of a storm, you may notice him doing one or more of these things: He may find a safe place to hide (under a staircase or in a closet. He may pace up and down, bark, whine, howl, drool a lot, shake all over, lick his lips, chew on items that are NOT toys and, in extreme cases, he may ram into walls because he loses control completely.
You can help your Pomeranian with a compression vest.
You may or may not have come across this before. Perhaps you have tried it and it worked. Maybe you know somebody who did but it didn’t work. It’s known by a few names including: compression wrap, thunder shirt, thunder vest, anxiety wrap, and so on.
Now to understand what a compression vest really is. It’s a structured, form-fitting “vest” loosely based on the idea of swaddling (i.e. light pressure). Research has revealed that gentle pressure will release endorphins (a “feel good” calming chemical in the body. It has similarities to the way a baby is calmed when held in a swaddling blanket. You would feel good, comforted and safe if somebody gave you a loving hug.
The vest or shirt is put on and secured in place with Velcro flaps to ensure it’s snug but not too tight. When a dog experiences a stressful and/or intense situation, trigger points on his body are pressed and they create a feeling of security and calm. The vest might also be great when dealing with a variety of events that cause stress. E.g. frightened by fireworks, when travelling in a car or other vehicle, and so on.
Are Thunder shirts effective?
In a lot of cases, the high-quality vests are incredibly effective and have been proven to help more than 70% of canines. Here are a few tips to help you boost their effectiveness even more:
Give your Pomeranian plenty of time to get used to the vest. The worst thing you could do is put it on him during a thunderstorm for the very first time as that will often only increase his agitation. He needs to be familiar with his vest prior to needing it the first time. Slowly introduce your dog to the vest and take all the time he needs. Begin with 5 minute sessions and build up to 30 minute periods where he’s happy to wear it.
If you don’t have any storms for a while, put his vest on at least once each month so he doesn’t forget what it’s for. It’s common for the first two times to be difficult but the third time to be the lightbulb moment so never quit until you have at least tried it three times.
After you’re confident that your Pom is used to the vest, always have it within easy reach so you can put him in it the moment you know a storm is on the way. Dogs will sense storms while they’re still many miles away and will get fidgety before you even see a cloud in the sky. It can be worn for hours so putting it on him early won’t hurt. Better to be safe than sorry.
Buy the correct size. If it’s too lose it won’t work and if it’s too tight, he won’t want to wear it due to discomfort. The majority of stores will provide a range of sizes that rely on chest measurements or the weight of your Pom. If you don’t know these figures, measure and weigh and get the right answers. The measurements don’t need to be precise because vests can be adjusted.
Although the vests work quite well on most canines, it never hurts to learn extra tips you can integrate.
Compression wraps for Pomeranians which are highly recommended.
With regards to effectiveness, quality, size and comfort, there are several vests that come highly recommended:
The Thunder Shirt Polo Dog Anxiety Jacket. This sits high on the popularity list because it offers plenty of adjustable sizes, is extremely comfortable, provides a money-back guarantee with “no questions asked” and has a success rate of 80%.
The jacket possesses airflow technology, making it quite breathable…a huge bonus for Pomeranians and other similar breeds. It has two different adjustable points, perfect for a Pom. A piece of Velcro wraps around under his belly and the second point is at the top of his chest.
You can choose red, pink, camo and blue so he can look great and it’s washable in your machine. Sizes range from xx -small and is suitable for puppies and dogs at, or under, 7 lbs. and rises from there.
The Comfort Zone Calming Vest for Dogs.
This is a newer option but, thanks to several unique features, it’s high on the consideration list. It has a focus on providing extra cover on your dog’s chest to maximize the swaddling. It only has a single adjustable point, on the back. It only comes in a light gray color, but is made from a stretchy, extremely flexible fabric, offering a terrific custom fit. You choose based on measurements of the chest and x is a small fitting of 13-17 inches.
More helpful tips apart from the vest.
Don’t make your Pom stay next to you or in your lap when a storm is raging. You may think it’s ideal for offering comfort but your dog may want to run and hide in his “den.” If so, ensure it’s clean and has extra blankets, toys and treats so he can feel safe and secure.
The minute you know a storm is coming, shut all doors and windows, lower blinds and close curtains. However, don’t rush or your dog will become alarmed. Just do it room by room, without rushing around like crazy. If you rush and feel stressed, your dog will sense it and feel your anxiety, making him feel more concerned quicker.
Distractions are good. It can cause stress if you’re anticipating something. Don’t sit on the couch with your dog’s head in your lap, waiting for the rain and thunder to hit. After you have put his vest on and the house has been fully secured, find something fun you can do together. Fetch is a good game, making him use energy, or do a puzzle together. If distractions aren’t working, sit on the couch and watch TV with the volume on high.
If you’re forced to go out and your Pomeranian has to stay home on his own while a storm has been forecast, put a fest or compression shirt on him all day. It’s safe as long as it fits correctly. It won’t prevent him from doing anything that he would do normally. Shut curtains and windows before leaving home. Hopefully he has a den or playpen he can hide in comfortably.
Pomeranians and Fireworks
Fireworks cause a lot of the same effects that come from thunderstorms so it’s hardly surprising that dogs hate them as well. These things may occur at the same time:
• Intensely loud booming of the fireworks is much louder for dogs, with their superior hearing.
• The odor that comes from the fireworks as they burn can cause dogs to become disoriented, making red flags go up everywhere.
• The rapid light flashes cause dogs to be scared and disturbed because there’s no pattern they can recognize.
Because fireworks cause massive problems for dogs, Guy Fawkes Day (July 4th) is the busiest bight of the year in animal shelters because dogs get spooked and jump over fences or find other ways to escape.
Ways you can help your Pomeranian Handle Anxiety Attacks.
As with thunderstorms and the different effects that occur, fireworks have many similarities and should be taken just as seriously. Follow most of the tips mentioned earlier that related to storms and your dog will feel more comfortable.
Fireworks displays may last longer than some storms that can come and go quickly. The proximity of the fireworks to your home will also determine how your dog will react and how much care is needed.
You must NEVER take your Pomeranian to a fireworks demonstration, even if you think he’ll be ok locked in your car while you go and watch. Don’t be that cruel.
During the celebrations around the 4th of July, there are usually a number of fireworks displays of varying magnitude. Keep your dog in the house where it’s quieter, safer and more secure. If he is desperate to go to the bathroom, go with him and then bring him back into the house.
Check all available schedules to learn when and where all fireworks displays will be in your local area. Mark down start and finish times so you can plan ahead. Before they start, shut your windows and doors to keep the smell of burning fireworks out because you may not smell it but your dog will certainly get a strong whiff. Also shut curtains and blinds to block out visual aspects.
Helping Poms who are frightened of the mean vacuum cleaner.
Another typical canine fear that puts out loud noises is the use of a vacuum cleaner.
Some dogs will bark at it and then either try to attack it or run and hide.
There are several reasons for this type of behavior.
Vacuums are very loud but they can also create high-pitched whistles and “screams” that are audible to dogs but inaudible to people. It’s these noises that can be very disturbing to dogs with their acute hearing.
The bigger the machine, the bigger the threat it appears to pose. A Pomeranian is a small dog, so a vacuum can be huge by comparison, especially when you add loud noises to it. Dogs can’t understand that you control the vacuum and so it’s perceived as a threat that may attack at any moment.
How to provide help to a scared Pomeranian.
Give him space. There are plenty of fears that you can work on with your dog but the vacuum cleaner is one that it’s wise to simply limit his exposure to it. If you have somebody else at home, ask them to take your Pom for a walk while you do the vacuuming. Then the noise isn’t an issue. If that’s not an option, get the other person to play with your dog outside while you operate the machine inside. If it’s a portable dog playpen, move it away from the house as far as possible, as each area is cleaned.
In this case, a compression vest can also be useful. However, keeping the machine out of your dog’s way is the best course of action because you don’t need to scare him when easy alternatives are available.
Separation anxiety in Pomeranians is another issue which I will deal with in another article.
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Submissive urination is defined as what a dog does when he sees, or interacts with, his owner, other dogs or people. It may be confusing because you may think he has simply lost control of his bladder because he’s scared of something. An owner may be very worried if this happens, especially if you have never given him any reason to behave in that manner. Sorry the complete article is only available to our Premium members. Please join us now.
In every case, it’s crucial that you begin to teach him commands or restart it because this is a guaranteed method for giving him a self-confidence boost.
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It’s only natural for Pomeranian puppies to play, chew and investigate everything they can find. One effective way to learn about things is to try and mouth or bite with their extremely sharp teeth. It’s very common, when they’re playing with you and other family members, that they will chew, moth and bite your hands, arms, legs and even items of clothing.
Teaching your Pom to stop mouthing.
There are various ways you can train your pet Pom to stop this bad habit. Your end goal is to prevent him from biting or mouthing completely. However, that has to be done in stages. Your first step is to demonstrate that he must be gentle when he uses his mouth because human skin is highly sensitive.
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The good news is that puppies generally always grow out of these habits but there are times when a puppy won’t. If your Pomeranian’s teeth are occasionally breaking skin or, even worse, always breaking skin and using force every time, you’ll need the above steps to train him not to. As a last resort, talk to your vet.
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Prior to starting – If a Pomeranian doesn’t fully understand the basics, then it’s essential for him to go through command training. It’s never too early to start so that cute puppy you bring home at eight weeks of age is able to learn and even the 15 year old senior dog still has the learning capacity.
There are plenty of benefits to training your puppy/dog to do what you want:
Life will be easier because you can communicate your needs to your dog and vice versa.
It’s good if you need to prevent your naughty Pom from getting away with a sneaky something because your command will interrupt what he’s up to. The training sessions are ideal for bonding with your Pom because it’s teamwork. Dogs feel a surge of self-confidence when they master new commands. Sorry the complete article is only available to our Premium members. Please join us now.
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In order for any form of training to work, your Pomeranian MUST see you as the leader of the pack. This training includes housebreaking, heeling and commands, as well as behavioral training such as barking, jumping, begging and so on.
Every dog (including cute Pomeranians) lives by a natural instinct. He lives in his house/den and everyone (human and canine) are part of his pack. Every pack must have a leader. That’s the way that canines live and there aren’t any exceptions to this “rule.” Sorry the complete article is only available to our Premium members. Please join us now.
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Bonding should be something that happens naturally when you get any new dog, whether it’s a puppy or already an adult, of any breed. However, there can be obstacles to developing a strong bond with your Pomeranian.
Your puppy may be very young and uninterested in doing much of anything. This could make you feel ignored and not liked by your new pet. Older dogs may appear distant and aloof, not keen on petting, cuddling and other natural signs of affection.
It’s important to understand that all dogs have the capacity for powerful feelings towards owners BUT some owners may need to work harder than others to develop the relationship with their pet. Pomeranians require regular interaction with you to strengthen the bond and maintain a loving relationship.
Some dogs will never make the first move. They’ll take cues from their new owner and will only work towards a strong bond if the owner takes charge of that process. This knowledge helps you because you can develop a strategy to help build a loving relationship with your pet Pomeranian. However, if you don’t take action, the bond will be tenuous at best.
Indicators that a bond is weak.
There are specific signs that tell you more work needs to be done on your relationship with your Pomeranian. The more signs you acknowledge, the more effort and time you’ll need to put in to strengthen your relationship. If the bond is weak, it’s not a poor reflection of your dog or yourself. Many owners have discovered various reasons why you weren’t able to spend enough quality time with your Pomeranian to achieve a powerful bond.
These signs include:
- Little or zero eye contact.
- Minimal or no urge to play.
- Not obeying commands.
- Trying to get away when you attempt to pick him up.
- Not enjoying petting and cuddles.
- Aggressive behaviour such as growling or baring his teeth.
How strong should your mutual bond be?
Pomeranians are an affectionate and sensitive dog breed. As previously mentioned, your dog may not like making that first move. If he’s left alone, he may not even try to bond. However, if YOU go to him for the initial move, he’ll be very keen and ready to accept your move.
Scientists have verified that dogs have a large number of emotions. Parts of their brain structure is similar to humans, in the area of emotions. Science has established that a 2.5 year old toddler and a dog share the same level of emotional development. If you have/had toddlers, you’ll quickly appreciate that fact.
Pomeranians can feel jealous, happy, sad, excited and another powerful emotion that equates to the human emotion of love. Unless the dog has been traumatised, neglected or harmed in any deliberate manner, the love a dog has for you will be permanent and unconditional. Your dog won’t stop loving you even if you smack him occasionally for doing something bad. You’ll know he’s ok because his tail won’t stop wagging. He’ll never become angry or upset enough to stop loving you.
Once you have developed that strong foundation of trust and love, both you and your Pomeranian will constantly work towards strengthening it even more. He’ll be as emotionally close to you as possible. He’ll be your closest confidant, best friend and companion, even if he can’t actually speak real words.
If your Pomeranian puppy seems to have no interest in you and ignores you, don’t take it personally. Some puppies have trouble focusing on one thing at a time and it will take him time to learn who you are and how important you are in his life. Follow all the bonding advice mentioned and eventually your mutual relationship will grow in strength to the point where it’s impossible to break.
Health issues that may resemble emotional distance.
Many signs that your Pomeranian may not want to be cuddled, petted or generally not appearing to care may actually be due to a health problem and not merely a low care factor. Whenever a dog isn’t feeling well, he’ll want to be left alone due to feeling vulnerable, even if he’s with you. He may feel the urge to sit quietly out of everybody’s way. If you notice this form of unusual behaviour, and he doesn’t respond when you try to get close, you should get him properly examined by your vet.
Fear. If your Pomeranian is afraid of something, his personality may change. He may hide under your bed, cower on his own bed or hide in a closet out of harm’s way. He may be shaky if he’s near you and could have difficulty eating. He may be skittish (i.e. flinching or running away at the first sign of trouble). Any type of emotional distress can cause him to behave this way. This includes more serious issues such as loud noises (e.g. thunder or yelling voices) or being startled by bright lightning.
Separation anxiety is a typical cause of stress and nervousness. Your Pomeranian can become so distraught that he may find it tough getting back to his normal comfort level, even if you arrive home and spend quality time with him.
Bullying. There are two less common problems that you should still be mindful of if they do occur. One is bullying, where your Pom is bothered or harassed by your other pet(s). If you’re not home, you may not even know this is happening and it can cause your beloved Pom to be upset all the time, even when you are home. Your pet may be bullied so much that it affects his sleep, eating and interaction routines.
Abuse. Sadly there’s a scenario that’s unacceptable but it does happen. This is when an owner abuses his dog. Abuse can be verbal, physical or violent. He may be smacked hard for no reason. He may be locked in a laundry or other room, not fed and left to sleep and do his business, while the owner gives no thought to how he feels.
There are times when an owner buys a dog from a previous owner who had been abusing the dog. You’ll soon know because he won’t behave the way you would expect a much-loved pet to behave. This pet needs extra care and attention so that those bad memories quickly get replaced by happy, loving memories and he’ll feel safe enough to relax and come out of his shell.
No dog can have a good bond and behave normally if they’re constantly in fear for their safety. The home should be one of happiness, love and peace. Only then can a strong bond be forged between dog and owner. If you bring a Pomeranian home and you notice odd behaviour, it needs to be addressed urgently so you can help your new pet to become a happier animal.
Playing. Behaviour that can be misconstrued as a bonding problem is actually a form of playing. A prime example of this involves a Pomeranian (called Bouncer). Bouncer’s human is in one room and Bouncer is in another, Bouncer is called and he comes running in and then stops dead in his tracks and lies down, not wanting to get any closer. Bouncer refused to come any further and it seemed like Bouncer might be afraid.
So Bouncer’s human goes to Bouncer and picks him up. Once they have settled on the sofa, Bouncer’s tail starts wagging and he’s a happy, loving dog once more. Bouncer’s human had no idea why Bouncer behaved this way and so he asked the vet who explained that Bouncer wasn’t scared. He was playing a game he had learned. If he did as described, he knew his owner would lift him up and cuddle him.
Chaos. Lastly, the Pomeranian may live in a chaotic household where there’s loud music blaring in one room, a TV playing in another, and loud voices and yelling throughout the house. This means he can’t get any peace and quiet and so he’ll feel insecure, overwhelmed and unable to interact with others, so he’ll become very stressed.
You can’t form a bond with your Pomeranian if he doesn’t feel safe and happy in an environment that’s peaceful, calm, warm and loving. If his home doesn’t have these essential elements, you could be regarded as neglecting your dog and, if that’s the case, why get him in the first place?
Positive bonding elements.
There’s no magical spell for creating a strong bond between you and your Pomeranian. It’s a combination of these elements below that blend together to form a loving, mutually respectful, permanent relationship.
- Be the leader. You first need to establish yourself as the leader because every dog needs to feel they’re part of a pack and you’re the pack leader who forms a structured life for your Pomeranian to follow. He’ll feel calm, safe and less confused if he “knows his place” in the pack. If you don’t take on the leadership role, he may try to do it and that won’t work as you can’t follow a canine leader.
Leadership can’t be defined in a single day. It takes time and patience to develop your leadership skills as they relate to your Pomeranian. Rules must be followed all the time (this not only applies to you but also other human members of the household). If only some members follow the rules, the dog can become confused and problems will occur. Even after your pet has learned the rules, you need to constantly reinforce them. You need your dog’s respect before you can build a strong friendship with him.
- Agility exercises. Although Pomeranians can jump over short bars, the simplest and most enjoyable agility exercise is pole weaving and it can be done inside or outside. Weaving poles are a good size and are very colourful but you can use plenty of other objects if you choose.
- Teach new tricks or commands. When you and your beloved Pomeranian work to achieve a goal, whether it’s a new trick or command, it’s a great bonding exercise, regardless of the amount of time it takes to master. You must be enthusiastic and ensure your pet is rewarded when he tries his best because that’s the main aim. However, he’ll be better trained as well. Whether it’s simply telling him to sit or a harder task of shaking hands, when you both achieve any task, you’ll feel the bond between you getting stronger.
- Chores. Don’t just put your Pomeranian in his enclosure and do your household chores. Get him to help you with small things that will make it fun for both of you. Don’t rush around. Slow down a bit and let him follow you around so he can see what you’re doing. While he may seem confused the first few times, eventually he’ll begin to understand what you’re doing and then he can help you.
Sorting clean laundry is a task your Pom can learn. For example, he can be taught to pick up and give you socks and other small items. This process may take a while but the effort is worth it because he’ll learn something new, your relationship will grow and it will become an exercise he’s keen to do once he has mastered it. Remember to give him some treats for doing such a good job.
- Outings. Take your Pomeranian with you as often as you can when you leave home to run errands. Several issues may tell you to leave him at home.
You may think that if you spend too much time with your dog, it will increase separation anxiety when you have to leave him at home. This isn’t accurate. Your dog will love going out with you whenever he has the chance so think about your errands and whether it’s practical to take him.
You might want to go out and rush around to do things quickly so you can get back home to your Pomeranian as fast as you can. While this might be wise in certain cases, it’s a missed opportunity to further bond with him because it will be a new experience, riding in the car and staring out the window, as well as anywhere you can take him while you carry out your errands.
Lastly, you may have a long list of excuses why you can’t take him with you such as:
- He doesn’t like riding in the car.
- The shop forbids dogs from entering.
- He can’t have any fun in a shop.
- and so on and so on…
If your Pomeranian doesn’t like the car, driving him around will get him more comfortable when doing it. Lots of stores let small dogs enter if they’re in a sling or carry bag. The sling is good because your hands are left free and he can look around as you peruse the shelves. Lots of Poms like the feeling of movement as you walk around and it relaxes them.
Regardless of where you’re going, your beloved pet loves being with you. He’ll be far more bored at home than keeping you company and seeing more of the world. You may not think your errands are exciting, but look at it from his position…it’s all new experiences and your bond will grow even more if you spend more time with him in different scenarios.
- Be silly sometimes. Dogs have their own unique personalities but they will also mimic you a lot of the time. If you’re moody, depressed and sad, they’ll feel the same way. If you sing and dance to shows on the TV or on CDs or just for the fun of it, your Pom will quickly develop a sense of humour as well. If you’re outside on a hot day, hose yourself down and then see if he wants to be sprayed as well.
If you buy him a new toy but he doesn’t show any interest, be silly with it. Roll around on the floor, making funny voices and waving the toy in the air. Play with your pet like he’s a baby…engage him in play, smile and laugh and be enthusiastic. The home vibe should be fun, light and happy and he’ll be much more likely to want to play with you and bond.
- New challenges. Try new challenges. Take him out on a boat (making sure he is wearing a life jacket. Get up early and go to the beach to watch a sunrise together. Hike an easy track to find new sounds and sights. Find new and interesting activities to do with your Pomeranian. Some owners don’t do these things if they live alone but once you have a four-legged companion, you’ll never be alone again and it can make you more adventurous.
Remember. If you want to find other ways to bond with your Pomeranian, don’t think of what is missing. Look ahead with boundless enthusiasm in all that you do. You need to engage your beloved pet in every way possible. He may be young, shy or nervous and needs to be encouraged to interact with you so you take that first step and interact with him. He may never have played with toys before and doesn’t know how to do so. You need to take the toy and play with it and then let him play as well. Build his confidence and trust.
Dogs don’t speak English so assume he wants to do all the things that dogs generally do. He’ll enjoy going to new places, helping with chores, playing with toys, going for walks, learning new tricks and/or commands and much more.
It’s easy to live your life the same way you always have BUT you can’t do that once you introduce a dog into your life. A dog will love you unconditionally and you have to put in the effort to teach him new things and enrich his life. The love between a dog and his owner is a very special one and it lasts as long as the dog and owner live together.
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Pomeranians are very cute and adorable in every way. So it can be upsetting when we see that our Pomeranian is eating poop. This is frustrating for owners and it may cause your Pomeranian to pick up bacteria and parasites that can cause diarrhoea and other health problems. This behaviour is often embarrassing for people who own Pomeranians and it’s also extremely bad for a dog’s health. Let’s look at all this in greater detail so you’ll know what to do if this happens to your dog.
Reason 1. Your pet might be eating low quality commercial food containing lots of indigestible “fillers.” This causes lots of poop and it smells exactly the same as the dog food your pet has consumed. You’ll know whether commercial food is good or bad by the consistency and amount of poop your dog produces. I would recommend changing to a healthier diet. One of the most common reasons why a dog may eat his poop or that from other dogs is because his food is missing essential nutrients. If your dog’s body craves something specific, his canine instincts will make him eat it, wherever he can find it, including in poop. Your first course of action is to analyse what you’re feeding your dog for his meals and snacks. Some of the manufactured foods are ok to eat but many contain these bad fillers.
What exactly are fillers?
Fillers are ingredients that manufacturers add to dog food to make it more bulky. This is done to give the appearance of more food than there really is. It “fluffs” the food up so it looks like a lot of food when the fillers have no nutrients or calories at all. If your Pom eats these foods regularly, he may still feel hungry and he’ll eventually be deficient in various vitamins and minerals. If you need to use manufactured food, it’s a wise move to also feed your beloved dog the best vitamin and mineral supplement you can buy to help balance out his diet and keep him healthy. Your other choice is to make food for your dog at home. This is the only guaranteed way you’ll know that your pet is getting healthy, wholesome, fresh food for his meals and snacks. Another benefit is that Pomeranians love homemade food. Owners often find that making the food themselves solves any problems with the dog being a picky eater and will stop him eating poop while he’s outside.
Reason 2. One of the most common reasons why a dog may eat his poop or that from other dogs is because his food is missing essential nutrients. If your dog’s body craves something specific, his canine instincts will make him eat it, wherever he can find it, including in poop. Your first course of action is to analyse what you’re feeding your dog for his meals and snacks. Some of the manufactured foods are ok to eat but many contain these bad fillers. What exactly are fillers? Fillers are ingredients that manufacturers add to dog food to make it more bulky. This is done to give the appearance of more food than there really is. It “fluffs” the food up so it looks like a lot of food when the fillers have no nutrients or calories at all. If your Pom eats these foods regularly, he may still feel hungry and he’ll eventually be deficient in various vitamins and minerals. If you need to use manufactured food, it’s a wise move to also feed your beloved dog the best vitamin and mineral supplement you can buy to help balance out his diet and keep him healthy. Your other choice is to make food for your dog at home. This is the only guaranteed way you’ll know that your pet is getting healthy, wholesome, fresh food for his meals and snacks. Another benefit is that Pomeranians love homemade food. Owners often find that making the food themselves solves any problems with the dog being a picky eater and will stop him eating poop while he’s outside.
Reason 3. The answer is that it may simply be curiosity and that can become a habit. Some owners claim their dog eats virtually anything. Some dogs will sniff and taste most things so they can work out what it is, if it’s edible and whether they do or don’t like its taste. It’s difficult to consider a dog that enjoys the taste of faeces. However, it can depend on what foods are digested and then expelled. If your dog is eating poop, there has to be something in it that he likes or he wouldn’t do it. If a Pom eats poop once and isn’t taught that he shouldn’t do so, he may keep looking for poop and eating it. You have to remember that if a wrong behaviour isn’t corrected, your dog will simply assume it’s ok and he’s allowed to do it.
There are a few ways you can prevent your Pomeranian from eating poop
When you housetrain your Pom, just pick one specific area. Then your dog can choose his exact spot. That spot must not be used for anything except for the bathroom area. It should never be used as an exercise or play area. Ensure your pet’s environment is kept clean. After your Pomeranian has done his business, scoop it up and lead him away from that area. Watch him closely when you take him to parks and other places where other dogs play and walk. Eating faeces produced by other dogs may cause an infestation of worms. The moment you notice your Pom walking towards any faeces, clap your hands loudly to get his attention. Then change his focus to something else and, when he complies, reward that good behaviour. If your yard has an open area where your Pomeranian can run around in, you must go outside first and collect any poop. Use a hose to spray water on any piles you find is the fastest way because the water makes it dissolve into the ground.
Make sure your Pomeranian is now eating homemade food.
Make his poop taste really bad.
If you add meat tenderiser in small amounts to his food, this can deter him from eating his faeces. People have suggested adding pineapple, pumpkin or a stool deterrent supplement as other options. Your vet can also give you medicine to make the poop taste very bitter. It’s important to only use a single additive to avoid overbalancing your pet’s digestive system. Talk to your vet before trying anything because too much may cause other issues and some dogs could also be allergic to certain additives. Make sure your dog has plenty of exercise and play time. If a dog is bored, he may damage property and develop unwanted behavioural patterns. Healthy Home Cooking for all Pomeranians is ONLY available here on #1 The Pomeranian Information Site as an eBook in PDF format. Download and store on your computer, tablet, phone and print a hardcopy if required. Healthy Home Cooking for all Poms is a MUST have item for ALL Pomeranian Parents.
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Regardless of whether a puppy does it softly or firmly, or if it breaks the skin, when he nips at you, it’s very annoying. It’s a habit you can’t ignore or he’ll just persist. This is a bad habit that must be broken. Puppies often start nipping as very young pups while playing with others in the litter. If the nip is too hard, there will usually be a little yelp by the one that got nipped. If it was a strong nip, the victim will ignore the bad puppy for a while and the dam may also do the same. Sorry the complete article is only available to our Premium members. You owe it to your Pomeranian to learn correct Pomeranian care. Please join us now. Copyright Pomeranian.org. All Rights Reserved.