If a Pom Growls When You Pick Him/Her Up
Another reason why a pup or dog will growl is in reaction to discomfort, which can occur if this small dog is not picked up properly. If you have seen your Pomeranian during bath time (and if you are a new owner you may have not yet had the chance to do so), then you know just how tiny the body is, hidden by all of that thick fur! Bones are fragile and there is not much of a fat layer to protect this little toy dog.
In addition, puppies who are still trying to acclimate to a new environment can be jumpy…And being suddenly swooped up can be startling. The best way to pick up a Pomeranian is to approach from the side. Do not bend over to pick him up, rather bend over or kneel down to become closer to your Pom’s level.
While speaking in a calm (but not overly soothing) tone of voice, slip one hand under the rump and the other spread out, supporting the chest, with fingers tucked under the underarms.
For Poms that are not used to being handled, do not outstretch your arms to have him dangling in the air to show them off…Rather, bring your Pomeranian close to body, gently keeping the pup against your chest.
If you will be walking around with your puppy, go easy until he or she is used to being carried…Do not run or make sudden movements…rather walk in a steady calm manner, keeping your grip firm enough to offer safely, but not in an overly hard embrace.
If your Pomeranian growls while you are holding him and you are sure that he is not in discomfort and you are holding him as explained above, do not immediately place him down. If you do, it sends the message that: growling = getting what I want…and this is not the lesson that you want your pup to learn. It is best to wait until a count of ten, and only if the growling has stopped, place him back down.
When you do place your Pom back down, again bend or kneel to do so. Place his rump down on the floor, as you slip your hand out, and then remove your other hand that was snug against his chest and belly.
When Adults Suddenly Show Signs of Aggression
By the end of adolescence, a canine’s personality
is rather set in. While behavioral training can certainly address certain issues, if a normally calm Pomeranian suddenly becomes aggressive, baring teeth and growling, this is often due to the dog being in pain. This can be from an injury or from an illness.
Sadly, our Poms cannot let us know when something ails them, therefore it is up to owners to notice the signs such as this. Even if you have just taken your dog to the vet and he received the “all clear”, do not allow that to sway you. An injury can happen quickly and it can happen without owners knowing.
For example, luxating patella can happen in a mere second, with a dog only letting out a yelp at the very moment that the kneecap slips out of place…It will only be later when swelling sets in that the pain increases enough to change the dog’s behavior. As the discomfort increases, a dog feels more vulnerable, and this can cause the dog to growl and act defensive.
Hypothyroidism can cause behavioral changes (including aggression and growling), before other physical symptoms (such as thinning hair) develop.
Therefore, when in doubt, always bring your Pomeranian for a checkup, as a change in behavior is often a sign of a medical issue.