So, as you can see, there are owners who are concerned regarding how often a Pomeranian paces, if the dog does this too much while home alone and those who are wondering what in the world a Pom is thinking or reacting to when walking back in forth in the same spot. If any of these issues applies to your Pom, you've come to the right place.
In this section we are going to discuss:
- What exactly pacing is
- Reasons why a Pomeranian puppy or older dog will pace
- If pacing can be a bad thing if a dog does this for a long time
- Ways to help your Pom stop pacing, for instances that an owners should step in
- Health issues that have pacing as one of the symptoms
What Pacing Is
All dogs walk around and when confined without a whole room to roam about, therefore they will of course walk around in the same area. So, what is the definition of pacing that makes it different than just walking in a small area? When a dog paces, this is a rhythmic gait done back and forth along the same line; a Pomeranian will essentially walk the same 'path' over and over. Basically from point A to point B, back again and repeated continually. When dogs pace, this is normally done for just about the same distance in either direction; for example 12 steps one way and 12 the next (though of course dogs do not count their steps as some humans do when purposefully pacing). It is more of a subconscious element, as the dog turns around to begin again. When confined to a playpen or gated off area, most dogs will pace within that length and if in a larger area such as a room, a Pom will often walk back and forth for a length of 4 to 8 feet.
It is normally done at the same rate of speed; though there may be times of varying speeds if a puppy or dog becomes tired or if his reason for pacing causes times of increased anxiousness that mounts.
It is this type of back and worth walking that defines pacing and not the actual duration. A dog may pace for just a minute (a good example is if a Pomeranian paces at his owner's feet as dinner is being prepared) or a Pom may pace for hours, which is usually due to stress and we will touch on this issue ahead.
When there is a certain trigger, a Pom may pace at the same time each day or in other cases, it may appear to be random.
Reasons why a Pomeranian Will Pace
There are many causes of pacing; some are nothing to be concerned about and with others, it will be best to make changes to lessen the amount of pacing that a Pom is doing on a regular basis.
1) Excitement -
This is one of the most common reasons, however owners are usually quite aware if their puppy or dog is pacing due to being excited. There is often something going on… dinner is being made, the dog knows that it is time for a walk and the owner is getting dressed, etc.
2) Excitement mixed with stress -
A Pomeranian may begin to pace if he is being introduced to an element that is exciting but also makes the dog a bit nervous. This can be a place (such as a new dog park) a thing (an introduction to an unfamiliar dog) or a person (a visitor has come to the home and while the Pom is happy with the excited vibe, he is also on alert and a tad nervous).
This all plays back into the need to provide supportive socialization training. Whether a Pomeranian is shy or afraid, a gradual introduction to people, animals, places and situations will allow the puppy or dog to slowly become accustomed to these things… and after a while, they are no longer perceived as 'new'.
The 3 most important keys are: 1)
for an owner to send out a matter-of-fact vibe (in both voice and body language) that relays that there is nothing to be concerned about 2)
Sessions of interacting with the new element are kept short and then are given gradual increases of duration and 3)
the Pomeranian is never forced into a situation that causes stress. Showing your Pom about the world and letting him learn about all of the things that it holds should be a fun and educational. When a dog is allowed to investigate and learn at his own pace, he copes much better than if forced to deal with something that is outside of what he is ready for.
If a Pomeranian is pacing, whining and otherwise acting as if he is overly stressed when in new circumstances, it is best to go back a step in socialization training... or if socialization is not being done, pacing in that way is your clue that your Pom really does need things to be at a slower pace that he can better absorb in small steps.