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10 Things That Pomeranians Love


Of course, you do all that you can to make your Pomeranian happy and keep him/her healthy. However, when it comes to our canine family members, it’s always a good idea to stop and reassess things once in a while. Your Pom’s needs may need to be adjusted due to all sorts of elements such as growing older and even the weather. In addition, sometimes owners fall into a certain pattern, doing things a certain way or not thinking of adding other things and it may be time to reevaluate what you can do to add to your Pom’s life. Sometimes, it’s just little things that don’t take up much time or involve much effort, but when these elements add up, it can greatly benefit a Pomeranian.

So, in this section we will take a look at 10 things that Pomeranians love, that all owners should try to incorporate into daily and routine care.
#1 Pomeranians Love to Be Comfortable – There are all sorts of things that come together to help make a Pom’s life more comfortable. And this does not refer to spoiling the dog; it simply refers to routine elements that all combine to affect the Pom’s quality of life. When a puppy or dogs doesn’t have a high level of this ‘foundation’ comfort, there will be a gradual yet accumulating discontent that will show via his behavior, stress level and even his health.
All Pomeranians should have:

A quality bed – This is important for a Pom to have his own space to retreat to, get a good night’s sleep on a surface that insulates him from hard surfaces and offers cushioned support for joints and bones. Any Pomeranians that has suffered from patella luxation, hip dysplasia or back issues and all seniors should have an orthopedic canine bed.

Pillows and blankets – Some Poms like to burrow in a nest of warmth and softness, so if you haven’t yet tried to offer some small, soft pillows and a baby blanket, do try this; your Pomeranian may love it!
Good positioning for their area – If your Pom has a canine playpen or gated off area, routinely check this as the seasons change. And if you are gone for work during the day, make your evaluation during on the weekend, but during those work hours so that you can duplicate the conditions. Does super bright sunlight glare right into his spot? If so, your Pomeranian would love for you to draw the blinds or move his spot over a bit. Is there a draft? Is he very close to heating and/or AC vents? 

Quality essentials – When you bought supplies for your Pom, maybe you rushed to get some of them… or maybe funds were a bit low at the time. Take a moment to look over what you have. Is everything of high quality? Because it does make a difference. Does your Pom love his toys? If not, throw out what’s not being used and invest in a few effective toys and chews that will actually be enjoyed and useful. Is he eating out of a plastic food bowl? Toss that; it can cause tear staining, nose discoloration, allergies and it can harbor bacteria. Stainless steel dishes for both food and water are best. 

What about the car seat? Is it properly sized and raised? Trauma is a leading cause of death for this breed and many Poms get car sickness if they’re not in the right seat. Have you put off getting your Pomeranian a harness because the leash is just so easy? Harnesses help prevent serious neck injuries like collapsed trachea and make it easier for you to guide your Pom while you walk him.
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Khloe, at 4 months old
Photo courtesy of Klaudia and Dawid from Baltimore, Maryland
#2 Pomeranians Love to Not Feel Pent Up – While your Pom may seem perfectly happy with staying in the house, he’ll love things even more if you add on some bonus outdoor time. Barring any health issues that would limit activity, Pomeranians should be walked 2 times per day for at least 20 minutes, as a pace considered brisk for the dog. If you’re not doing this, start today. And extra time outside to play a 15 minute came of fetch is super beneficial.

Dogs get cabin fever easily and this breed has lots of energy packed into a small body. When a Pom does not have the opportunity to release that energy, it can lead to all sorts of things. He may become more destructive in the house, may try to release it via barking or even, for some dogs, sink into a depression. 
female Pom puppy
Bella at 3 months old
Photo courtesy of Kathy Sinchi
#3 Pomeranians Love to Engage Their Senses – Sometimes it’s hard to remember that Pomeranians are the same species as Huskies, German Shepherds and Greyhounds. But we must remember the amazing canine senses that our Poms possess and one thing that they love is to put them to use! When a dog is allowed to ‘be a dog’, it satisfies a deep canine instinct and can bring about a sense of calm and accomplishment. So, if you give your Pomeranian interesting things to smell, see and hear, he’ll love it! 

Just about all of these can be provided by bringing your Pom somewhere new, keeping him safe but allowing him to explore a new area. This can be a strawberry farm, a walk around a lake or an easy hike through a wooded area. What about a trip to your local pet store or a visit to a school charity fair in next town over? Just remember, as always, keep your Pom on leash & harness, keep him near you and scout the area for any large dogs beforehand. 

If the weather is bad or your time is very limited, you can let him enjoy sniffing out hidden treats in the house. Dogs love to play this sort of detective game via their noses and with your encouragement (and sometimes slight help), a Pom will love finding the treasure at the end of his search. 
#4 Pomeranians Love to Feel Cool (but not cold) in the Summer – Summer is a wonderful season, but it does have its challenges. One of them is allowing a Pomeranian to enjoy time outdoors without feeling overly hot and smothered by the heat. There are some things you can do in the summer that your Pomeranian will absolutely love and appreciate. When just relaxing in the yard, set up a small kiddie pool or run a sprinkler. 

When out & about, if there will be lots of walking in the sun, have your Pom in a canine stroller for shade with a cooling pad placed inside. Or, the use of a canine cooling vest can really come in handy if it’s oppressively hot. At any time, indoors or out, offer a self-cooling pad; these are made with a special gel that absorbs extra body heat. They don’t need to be plugged in and are super portable. And your Pomeranian will always appreciate a chilled treat such as frozen fruit (blueberries, raspberries, banana, watermelon) or even flavored ice cubes (100% real apple juice is a great choice for adding flavor). 
#5 Pomeranians Love to Feel Protected in the Winter – Winter is never an easy time for owning a dog if you live in an area that receives heavy snow and freezing temperatures. And it’s difficult for toy breed dogs like the Pom to feel comfortable at all times during this season. 

Paw and nose protection is huge during the winter season, protecting both vulnerable body areas. A nose balm protects the nose from becoming chapped due to cold, dry air and whipping winds. A quality paw wax protects the Pom’s paw pads from road salt, ice melt chemicals and the discomfort of walking on freezing surfaces. In addition, it gives a dog traction. 

Toy breeds can have a hard time regulating body temperature (true from Poms despite the double coat of fur), so slipping a soft sweater on your Pom whether you are taking him out to go to the bathroom or out for his walk, will be very appreciated. 

Check the house for drafts and use a humidifier if dry air is affecting your Pom’s skin or is causing any issues such as snoring. 
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#6 Pomeranians Love to Feel Proud – A dog’s confidence level plays a huge role how he perceives the world, interacts with it and to which level he enjoys it. And a dog’s sense of happiness can be greatly improved if he accomplishes things that make him feel proud of himself. It’s a huge boost for a dog to achieve something and then receive praise for the learned skill. 
So, if you choose something for your Pomeranian to learn and work on that with him until he is successful, your Pom will love both the process and the end result. Things your Pomeranian will love to learn include any new command. If your puppy or dog does not yet know the basics, start there with sit, stay, come, down and fetch. You can also choose a task such as mouthing clothing to help you carry laundry or teach him to carry his leash to the door when it’s time for a walk. And puzzle games are always great way to let your Pom get his gears spinning while offering a great bonding experience. 

#7 Pomeranians Love to Have a Schedule – Dogs like to know what is happening and when. This absolutely does not mean that you can’t add new activities or make adjustments if needed. However, dogs have incredible inner clocks and feel more at ease when they know when they will eat, rest, go out, have play sessions and be groomed. Don’t feel that you can’t add spur-of-the-moment things, but do try to have a set schedule for both things that your Pom enjoys and also those that he may not like so much (such as nail filing), since doing so can help him become accustomed to it. 

#8 Pomeranians Love to Have a Great Toy Collection – Please note that ‘big does not equal ‘great’. In fact, if you have too many toys for your Pom, the really good ones will get lost in the mix. One major problem with toys is that many are ineffective and when so, a Pomeranian will not learn to go to his toys for his needs.

Puppies require toys that will sooth their teething woes and chewing urges. Poms of all ages will benefit toys that offer a break from boredom and keep their interest when their humans are busy. 
Pomeranian looking sidways
Lexi, at 4 years old
Photo courtesy of Chasity Perez
Dogs that are home alone will love toys that offer companionship, such as those that offer comfort and those that are interactive.  If your Pom’s toy collection is not up to par, toss the ones that he’s not using and carefully select a few terrific ones that he will actually love and use. 
#9 Pomeranians Love to Be Given Time to Warm Up to Things – The Pomeranian breed is a curious one but does not do well when rushed into things. Also, Poms are happier when they’ve gained the experience of lots of sights, situations, events, and greeting skills for both other dogs and people beside their humans. It’s up to a Pom’s owner to open up their dog’s world and allow that world to expand… but it should be done in a gradual step-by-step way as to not cause stress.
Pomeranian posing
Sapphire, at 3 months old
Photo courtesy of Alena Catanghal
When a Pomeranian is properly socialized, he will gain self-confidence without feeling overwhelmed in the process. Whether your Pom needs to learn how to walk nicely, how to interact with dogs that he’s normally afraid of or learn to calm down when visitors come to the house, choose one element and work gradually toward a tolerance. If you are looking for a fantastic guide for this, you’ll find a complete, detailed Socialization chapter in the updated PetPom Book (both in print and eBook)

#10 Pomeranians Love to Spend More Time with Their Humans – This is a two-way street and most owners love spending as much time as possible with their Poms as well. But maybe there are some things standing in the way. 

One is an intolerance to cars, however with the right canine car seat, following guidelines such as breaks to stretch their legs & a light snack given beforehand and practice sessions, a Pomeranian can learn to love the car. Other obstacles are the actual acceptance of dogs in certain places. While you probably can’t bring your Pom to work with you, if you implement a sling or a stroller, many places will not say a word. So, you just might be able to bring your dog with you to grab that gallon of milk, go to pick up the dry cleaning or run other errands.

Even if you can't spend as much time with your Pom as you'd like, some little things such as always giving praise for deeds well done (many owners do this during training, but stop once the Pom has learned) and taking 5 or 10 minutes here and there to play can make a huge difference in a Pomeranian's overall mood. 
A Final Word - When we take time to reevaluate how we are raising our Poms and then implement needed changes, we can then feel secure that we are taking care of our Pomeranians in the best possible way. While there is no need to be overly fanatic about it, doing all that you can to keep your Pom happy, safe, comfortable and healthy is the best way to show your Pom just how much you love him or her. 
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