Pomeranian Puppies should be fed at least 3 times per day. Pomeranians until they are 6 months of age should be fed 3 times daily. I also leave dry puppy food and water available 24/7. A quality puppy dry food can be made available to the Pomeranian puppy at all times. Pomeranian Babies are very small and can suffer from Hypoglycemia if they do not eat small amounts of food often. Just think about the amount of energy a Pomeranian puppy uses in relation to it’s tiny size and ability to quickly utilize the food eaten. A small Pomeranian Puppy will need to produce enough energy to run around and play . Enough nutrients must be also supplied in the diet to provide for growth. A quality diet must be fed, or your Pomeranian’s health and growth will suffer . The correct feeding of a Pomeranian Baby is to feed a little quality food often. The important words in relation to your Pomeranian Puppy’s food are QUALITY, LITTLE and OFTEN. Look for a dry food that is suitable for toy breeds of dogs and purchase the puppy variety. The Pomeranian Puppy should receive 3 meals daily of a small amount of either canned puppy food or minced meat. The Following are examples of the diet I use at Dochlaggie for my Pomeranians Puppies. MORNING FEED: Canned Pal Puppy Food and pets own milk ( available at your local supermarket in Australia ). MIDDAY: a small bowl of uncooked mince (human quality) and pets own milk/ Or Canned pal puppy food & puppy milk TEA TIME: Finely chopped cooked chicken (no bones) and pets own milk/ Or finely chopped roast lamb or beef & puppy milk. Or raw chicken mince& puppy milk /Or Canned pal puppy food & puppy milk. Clean Water , placed in a shallow bowl MUST be available at all times. Never feed your Pomeranian puppy cooked bones. Caution should be used when feeding any food that is minced or chopped. Please ensure that the food is minced or chopped very, very fine as Pomeranians can easily choke on largish pieces of meat. Your breeder will provide a diet sheet for your puppy. It is always recommended that new Pomeranian owners should make changes to Pomeranian Puppies’ diet gradually over a period of time. Do not make any changes to the diet for a few days. The stress of leaving the Pomeranian Puppy’s mother and siblings might be traumatic for the Pomeranian baby, without added stress from changes to diet. Changes to the water your Puppy is drinking can also cause an upset a Pomeranian’s tummy, using bottled water for your Pomeranian puppy is recommended. I do not recommend feeding adult Pomeranians solely commercial dog food. At Dochlaggie, the amount of dry food the Adult Pomeranians eat is limited, feeding mainly a raw meat diet with a small amount of premium dry dog food added for balance and cooked vegetables.
NEW HOME TRANSITION :
When you arrive home with your new Pomeranian Puppy, he or she may be quite nervous being in a new environment , away from his loving Mother and litter mates. During these first few days stress may affect some Pomeranians pups considerably. For the first few days ensure that baby is eating his food. Too much excitement can cause exhaustion in a young Pomeranian Puppy. Resist the temptation to show off your new Pomeranian Puppy. Your puppy is a baby. What do babies spend most of the day doing? Sleeping. So please ensure that your new baby Pomeranian has adequate sleep. Pomeranian Puppies sleep a lot. If you already have other pets, quietly introduce the new Pomeranian Puppy to the other pets. Do not introduce at meal times. Purchase new toys for your other pets and make as much fuss of your other pets as you are doing with your new addition.
HOUSETRAINING YOUR PUPPY:
Puppies have a natural instinct to be clean. The biggest mistake new Pomeranian Puppy owners can make is when they bring the new Pomeranian Puppy home. Allowing the Puppy free run of the Home. Confine your new Pomeranian baby until he/she is completely housetrained when not under supervision. I keep the babies confined in a play pen with newspapers at one end together with a modified kitty litter tray. I place the puppy’s bed and feed and water bowls are at the other end. Always take baby to your preferred potty spot after feeds and after a sleep. For more details on house training your new baby Pomeranian see the section on Toilet Training.
Your Pomeranian puppy should have been Vet Checked and Vaccinated at 6 weeks of age .You should receive a Vaccination Certificate, signed by the Breeder’s veterinarian . The Vaccination card will list the vaccination your Pomeranian Puppy has been given.This is an intermediate vaccination until your pup receives its full booster vaccination at 12-16 weeks of age. Until the full booster at 12-16 weeks please keep your puppy at home and away from public places because of the chance of contracting one of the deadly canine diseases such as Parvo, Distemper and Hepatitis.
Ask the Breeder of your Pomeranian puppy about heart worm preventative medication.
A good Pomeranian Breeder will ensure that all puppies are micro chipped with an iso approved micro chip prior to sale .I would not recommend purchase any Pomeranian Puppy unless the Puppy is micro chipped. The Breeder will either give you the paperwork for the Microchip or transfer the Pomeranian Puppies’ details with the Microchip registry. You will need to ensure that you are listed as the Registered owner of the Pomeranian Puppy with the Microchip registry. Keep your contact details with Microchip registry up to date.
REGISTRATION AND PEDIGREE:
If your Pomeranian puppy has been purchased from a reputable registered Breeder your Pomeranian Puppy will be registered with your Kennel Club.Pet Pomeranian babies will possibly be Registered on Limited Registration. This means that your new Pomeranian is sold as a pet only and is not for Exhibition/Breeding or Export purposes. Ask about the Pomeranian Puppies’ registration status before purchase. Here in Australia, a Registered Breeder MUST register all puppies, so beware if the “Breeder” is trying to sell you an unregistered puppy.
Unless your Pomeranian’s teeth are cleaned on a regular basis, your Pomeranian will suffer from early tooth loss. I use a toothbrush (small soft human on) Never use human toothpaste. You can purchase “doggie” toothpaste from your local vet clinic. Start cleaning your puppy’s teeth at an early age so he /she will learn to accept this procedure as normal. Dirty teeth will cause early tooth loss and may also lead to many health problems. This care of your Pomeranian’s teeth will only take you a few minutes weekly . I do not recommend dog chews, pigs ears etc for small dogs like Pomeranians. These products are now processed in China and I am lead to believe that they are preserved in arsenic. I am not sure if this is correct but after all the dog deaths last year in the states from contaminated dog food from China, I do not want to risk my puppies health with these items. A large raw bone from your butcher is a much safer option.
Pomeranian Puppies should be groomed from an early age so they learn to welcome all the attention. The double coat of the Pomeranian does not require as much attention as some of the other coated breeds but nevertheless he does require regular grooming,at least 2 or 3 times a week if not daily. Teach your baby from a young age to accept and enjoy being groomed .Start by laying puppy on his/her back on your lap, talk soothingly and brush, paying attention to areas that matt quickly like behind ears, armpits etc. Occasional bathing is recommended with a shampoo formulated for dogs. A tearless puppy shampoo is probably the best to use.Your vet will have suitable puppy shampoos available. Do not use talcum powder as a dry cleaning method to clean your Pomeranian.Talcum powder is very drying and has been known to cause respiratory problems in small puppies and allergies when a scented version of the powder is used. Think of the size of your puppy and the amount of powder that is used. A quick clean with a warm wet face washer is a much better option for the baby Pomeranian if you do not have time for a a full bath and dry. Never leave your Pomeranian wet. A human hairdryer may be used and it is actually a great idea to get your Pomeranian used to the noise of the hairdryer from a young age. Be very careful and use a low setting and aware of the heat of the dryer. Trimming of hair around the anus for cleanliness is recommended. When you stroke or pat your Pomeranian stroke the coat from the tail to the head as this will raise the dense coat. Toe nails should be kept as short as possible. Always check the dew claws on the front legs and check the back legs also, just in case your Pomeranian has back dew claws. The nails on these will need to be trimmed often. Trimming toenails is something that your puppy will dislike. Buy a pair of toenail clippers and start trimming the toenails when your Pomeranian is young. Only take a little bit off the nail every other week, so they don’t grow long and you wont make a mistake and cut into the quick and cause bleeding and upset the Puppy. Puppies with light colored nails are easier to trim as the quick is visible. By trimming a little every other week dark colored nails will not be a problem .
TOYS FOR YOUR POMERANIAN:
A Pomeranian loves his/her toys to play with. Certain toys are favorites. Caution must be used when allowing your Pomeranian to play some toys. My Pomeranians love the fur rats with the squeaker. I only allow puppies to play with these under strict supervision. A baby could manage to get the squeaker out of the toy and swallow this object or choke on the squeaker. Pieces of plastic from toys over time can be chewed off. I am always distrustful of plastic toys. Always check toys for small items that may prove dangerous for your Pomeranian Puppy.
LEAD TRAINING YOUR POMERANIAN PUPPY:
The Pomeranian is extremely intelligent and very easy to train, he is eager to please his owner. Pomeranians also excel at obedience training. Lead training your puppy is best started at 10 to 12 weeks of age. Start by using a very small collar or harness without the lead attached and coax the puppy to follow you. This is the time for tasty treats and titbits. Puppy will often scratch at the collar. Once the Pomeranian baby is used to following you with only the collar, then attach the lead. Collars on Pomeranians are not recommended. Collars can cause problems in the dense coat of a Pomeranian. A harness is a safer, kinder option to a collar and is only required for walking your Pomeranian. Your local Vet Clinic will often run puppy training classes . For complete and detailed Pomeranian information, Feeding your new Pomeranian puppy, How to read dog food labels. Home cooking for your Pomeranian. Feedng your Pomeranian for optimum health, toilet and crate training your Pomeranian, how to choose the right Pomeranian puppy for your family, Socializing your Pomeranian Puppy. Download the Pomeranian Book by Pomeranian Breed Authority Denise Leo. Copyright Denise Leo 1997-2016.All Rights Reserved. Breeder of Best in Show winning Champion Pomeranians Not to be reproduced in any form without written consent of the author.