Training your Pomeranian to go outside with you to urinate or eliminate will usually be easier than the pee-pad method. The most important aspect will be to choose one area for your puppy to use the bathroom. If you bring your puppy to a new spot each time, this will confuse them. Being consistent and always going to the same area will make this much easier for both of you.
A dog has a strong urge to “choose just the right spot”. Therefore, you should:
• Choose an area, but allow your Pomeranian to choose the exact spot by themselves. This can be done by standing in the exact center of your chosen area, having your Pom on a 6 foot leash and allowing your puppy to roam around in that entire diameter.
• Be very patient. All dogs are different. Some will only take a minute to choose and then want to run back inside the home. Other dogs will take 5 to 10 minutes to choose the spot to urinate and 15 to 20 minutes to choose the spot to eliminate.
One of the most common issues that owners complain about is that a puppy goes to the bathroom as soon as he/she comes back into the house.
This is because:
A: The puppy was taken outside before the need to pee/poo…time was taken to allow the pup to find the right spot, but not needing to go, nothing was done…so much time was taken, that the urge to pee/poo happened after coming back inside the home…OR
B: The owner was too impatient…
Standing there, a bit bored, 5 minutes can feel like 20 minutes. It is important to give your Pom plenty of time to choose the perfect spot, for bladder/bowel muscles to relax and for the dog to release… If it helps, keep an outdoor chair in the center of the designated area… Sit, read some of a book. Keep a watch on you and be sure that 20 minutes goes by before you decide that you were outside long enough…And don’t worry, as your Pom grows, bathroom times will be quick and fast… perhaps lasting just a minute or so.
When home with your Pom, it is VERY important to keep an eye on him at all times. If not, pee and poo will surely be everywhere…
You can keep an eye on your puppy by:
• Using the Umbilical Cord Method
– With this method you will attach a leash to your puppy’s harness. Using a collar is not recommended. Why? Because if you are not careful at every moment, you may walk too quickly or turn a corner before your puppy can keep up with you… when a Pomeranian is connected to a dog collar and leash and there is a sudden “jerking”, this can cause the Pom to have a collapsed trachea – a very serious condition in which the cartilage in the dog’s trachea literally collapses inward causes serious breathing problems and pain.
With this method, your puppy will be connected to you with a leash approximately 6 feet long. This allows you to walk around the home while keeping your puppy close enough to notice if they are about to have an “accident”
• Using the Confinement Method
– With this method, you will place your puppy in a playpen or gated off area. A crate is not recommended, as living in a crate all day and only coming out to urinate or eliminate is not much of a fun life for your puppy.