Limits for Pom puppies:
In regard to the issue of not wanting to over-exercise a Pomeranian puppy; this is indeed something to be aware of as it can lead to a stunt in growth plates.
This, however, does not pertain to typical walking or playtime. But rather relates to intense physical exercise in which a puppy is pushed to his physical limit in both duration and/or intensity.
Sticking with two 20-minute walks per day and some time to run around in the yard is perfectly fine for puppies.
Limits for Pomeranians of all ages: If you want to bring your Pom somewhere in which there will be a lot of walking involved (over 1 hour), you may want to consider a carry method
such as a sling or even a canine stroller. This will help prevent breathing or over-heating issues while allowing your Pom to partake in the event.
The route itself –
Best is to stick to roads that have sidewalks. It can be very dangerous to head out on streets with cars whizzing by. In some cases, this may mean driving to an appropriate pathway; however it will be well worth it once you can begin your walk in a safe way.
Timing – Ideally, with two walks, one will be in the AM and one in the PM; though if possible do adjust this to your Pom's particular preferences and what fits your schedule best. Sometimes this must be a compromise. There are some dogs that simply do not want to head out first thing in the morning. And those same dogs may be bursting to go out and exercise an hour after dinner.
Keeping this in mind, you will also want to choose a time in which you can enjoy this as well. Looking at your watch every 5 minutes, wondering if you’ll make it back in time to cook dinner will take the fun out of your exercise sessions.
Many owners find it best to bring their Pomeranian out for a walk after dinner is done; and this can be a good method to tire out a dog a bit before bed time. You will, however, want to avoid exercising very close to bed time. Plan to have at least an hour or two to wind things down after a jaunt of exercise, so that adrenaline is not still pumping, causing inability to easily fall asleep.
How This Can Affect House training –
Some owners make the mistake of allowing their Pomeranian to make stops along the way for purposes of urinating or eliminating. While it may seem logical to multitask in this way, it can interfere with housebreaking.
When you are house training your Pom puppy, one of the important elements is to choose a designated bathroom area. But, if you ignore that rule and allow the bathroom to be any place along the walking route, it can cause confusion as to housebreaking rules.
While you cannot stop a dog from taking a bathroom break while walking, it is best to first bring your Pomeranian to the designated area before exercising…. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for him or her to go… And then head out.
If your Pomeranian does not go to the bathroom while out on the walk, be sure to go back to the area before entering back into the house.