There are some great games meant for both owners and dog to play together to help a dog hone his skills with this. We’ll have more ahead on this, so that you can practice with your Pomeranian, if you wish.
To know how smart a Pomeranian is, or any other breed, the range of emotions that the animal can feel is taken into account. And this is an interesting element as it also can help compare how smart a Pomeranian is compared to a human.
As a human grows, his or her capability to feel and express certain emotions expands. For example, excitement is there from birth. Yet contempt is not felt nor expressed until a child is about 5 years old.
The emotions that are proven to exist in dogs are: excitement, distress, contentment, disgust, fear, anger, joy, suspicion, shyness, affection and love. They develop in that order. And are fully intact by the time a toy breed like the Pomeranian is a 4 month old puppy (with larger breeds it can be up until 6 months old).
It is a bit surprising that studies show a dog’s develop stops just short of feeling shame, pride or guilt. Pomeranians can walk around very proudly (many AKC breed standards call out for a dog to walk with confidence!) and your Pom certainly looks guilty after having an accident or tearing apart your shoe. So how can this be?