Sleep Requirements for the Pomeranian
This is a generally active breed and signs of sudden lethargy and weakness
usually point to a health issue or a drastic change in the dog's environment. With healthy Poms, there are times of being very active and then times of naps to recover from that. Are you wondering if your Pom sleeps too much or how much sleep to expect if you will be bringing a Pom into your home? Learn all about this topic in our Pomeranian Sleeping Habits
Dogs that Eat Feces
This is one of the most common questions that we receive from Members in our Pomeranian help section.. "Why does my Pom eat feces?" and "What can I do to stop them!?" The main reason that a dog will do this is a nutrient deficiency. A dog that is lacking just about any needed nutrient will eat feces.
A dog that is fed a low quality dog food will have bowel movements that still contain a lot of undigested food. This is because the ingredients in that dog food are not easily digested. They pass quickly through the dog's body and a lot of it ends up in the dog's feces. A dog may then eat their own feces, in an attempt to re-eat that undigested food.
A dog that is not receiving the proper dog food may also eat another dog's or a cat's feces. It is very important to give your Pomeranian the highest quality dog food possible and a daily supplement.
Habit : There are cases when a dog is being fed 100% correctly and still displaying this behavior. Most often, this is because it has become a habit. If a dog eats feces and is never trained to not eat them, it can become a very odd and upsetting behavior.
The best action to take is to simply not allow your dog to be accessible to it. Keep your Pom on a very short leash when she is doing her business. As soon as she has eliminated her feces, walk her away from it. Pick her up if you must. But do not allow her to eat it.
If you allow her to go outside and play in a safe area and there is feces there, remove the feces first. Do not allow her to play or run around where she may eat them. Washing the feces down with a water hose works very well.
If a Pom is actually so obsessed with this, that they try and lick up their feces that end up at the bottom a their dog crate, there are a couple of things that you can do:
1) Obtain a food dispenser. Do not feed your dog right before you leave. Time the dispenser to release the food later in the day. This way, your dog may be able to "hold on" and not poo until you come home and can bring him outside.
2) Try to obtain a crate in which the bottom section with the newspaper is further away from your dog. This way, he will not be able to reach the feces. Obtain a dog crate made for very large dog breeds. A crate that is made for very large dogs will have much more of a distance between the landing and the newspaper area.