If you own a Pomeranian dog and you are looking to train him to perform an everyday task, this may be a helpful guide. Poms are one of the most playful, intelligent and friendly dogs and they are considered as favourites for the first time dog owners for these reasons.
Pomeranians are extremely friendly by nature and with proper training and care, you may find your best friend in the shape of your dog. Poms are considered ideal for show rings as well due to their intelligence and eagerness to learn, but are best considered as house dogs. Poms can go far beyond understanding basic commands when it comes to learning and training, and can learn and perform everyday tasks quite comfortably.
Training your dog to perform everyday tasks takes time, patience and perseverance. Housebreaking your Pomeranian should start as soon as possible. Note that small puppies should be fully vaccinated before being brought outside in contact with other dogs. When training small Poms, the living areas for your dog (including potty area) should take this into consideration.
Familiarise your Pom with your house, his living areas and with your dog’s routine. Show your Pom where his food, water, toys, bed and potty areas are located. Set up and follow a routine, eg. time for getting up, going to bed, brushing and grooming, potty time, going for walks.
Start with basic training and normal exercises. Use a training mat, if required. Handle your dog gently but firmly correct him when necessary, to teach acceptable behaviours. Praise your Pom (say ‘Good dog’) when he is behaving well to re-inforce good behaviour. Correct your dog (say ‘No’) when misbehaving. Be consistent in your training so that your Pom understands the rules and good behaviour can be re-inforced over time. If your Pom is a family pet, make sure that other family members apply the same rules when interacting with the dog.