Pomeranians are very adorable, partly due to their size, and and partly because they may have odd quirks. Their fun-loving demeanour and great personality appeals to lots of owners who may wonder what they’ll get up to next. One typical quirk they may have is a love of spinning in circles. Owners commonly ask why this happens and if it’s normal behaviour. The habit of spinning in circles is a Pomeranian breed trait and is often referred to as the Pomeranian pirouette.
Judges will often make allowances for this engrained Pomeranian habit in the show ring. Poms often like to give a little spin in the show ring, much to the embarrassment of their handler.
Let’s look at the reasons for this to see if you need to be worried or not.
Reason 1. Spinning is the Pomeranian’s way of telling you he’s enjoying himself and is happy. When you come home and walk in the door, your Pom will be so happy that he’ll start spinning in circles. It’s his way of saying, “hello Mommy, you’re finally home at last and I love you.”
Reason 2. He wants your attention! The Pom is one of the friendliest, most charismatic dogs in the world, as well as being a terrific companion and lap dog. Over the generations, these qualities have become deeply inbred and have enabled Pomeranians to really love their human family and spinning to get your attention so they can demonstrate how much they do love you. Spinning is a rather unique way of getting you to stop whatever you’re doing and pay attention to your beloved Pom. It works very well. If your Pom acts like a shadow, going wherever you go, it’s not something bad.
However, remember to do your tasks because he’s an easy distraction. If you’re very busy and he’s spinning around because he craves attention, take a few minutes each hour to pat and talk to him. Then he understands that you know he’s there and it gives him positive reassurance that you’re not ignoring him. Your Pom is also trying to help you, even if you don’t realise it. Taking a few minutes away from your busy life each hour will enable you to reduce your stress levels and, ultimately, it also helps you get more done. So he’s not being entirely selfish. Finally, he needs at least one walk every day. It helps him to burn off excess energy and keeps you both healthy in the process.
Reason 3. Excitement. If your pet spins while you make dinner, when you try to play with him or when you grab his leash because it’s walk time, this is because he’s excited. You shouldn’t be concerned because another side effect can be “excitement urination,” not a problem you want to have.
Reason 4. Playing on his own. Think back to your own childhood. You may have gone outside and literally spun around, just for fun. Canines can be a lot like humans in many ways, including finding their own ways of having enjoying themselves. After all, a dog is a bit like a child. It’s normal to expect him to find funny, silly, even odd, ways to enjoy himself…and this includes spinning. If your Pomeranian is spinning around, there’s no cause for concern. It’s typical behaviour and isn’t dangerous in any way. It’s just that he’s telling you how much he loves you and craves your attention.
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