Bringing home a Pomeranian puppy is a happy and exciting event. For this to flow smoothly, it is best to be fully prepared.
What do you need to provide wonderful Pomeranian puppy care? What should you stock up on? How much food should you have on hand? Knowing what to get and what not to get will save you time, effort and money.
This is an exciting time for both you and your new Pom, make sure you are ready!
What You Need For Your New Pomeranian Puppy
Pomeranian puppy care involves knowing as much about the Pom as possible. We strive to provide you with all you need to know about Pomeranian puppy care and care throughout a Pom's life.
This tiny ball of fluff needs special, loving attention. Knowing all you can ahead of time will help greatly. Read through our sections. We also have plenty of links to extra information.
Tiny, 6 months old & 6 lbs.
Photo courtesy of GrammaPink
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Having the proper supplies is a must for Pomeranian puppy care. There are a lot of dog supplies that you will need and some that you do not need to obtain until your Pom grows older.
A canine playpen or indoor gating -
This breed does NOT do well in a crate and being kept in a small crate does not make for a quality life. Being confined in such a way can cause severe stress and this can manifest with excessive barking and destructive behaviors.
Placing a puppy in a crate vs a playpen will have zero benefits in regard to housebreaking. It will be your consistent training that will produce results, not the size of your Pom's area. So please take the time to create a nice area for your puppy.
Cocoa Macaroon, 6 months old
Photo courtesy of owners:Shruthi & Raghuveer
Not all dog food bowls are the same. A Pomeranian puppy will have a very hard time trying to eat and drink if the dishes are too deep. It is suggested to floor level or raised shallow dishes. With high rims, a small Pom will bump its head on the edge of the dish trying to get at the food and water.
Some dogs have externally triggered allergies; they can have allergic reactions when eating out of a plastic food dish. It can also cause the fur
to stain around the mouth and for the nose to lose pigmentation. It is best to use ceramic or stainless steel bowls for both food and water.
Collars , Harness & Leashes -
A collar used alone and attached to the leash (or used when the Pom is in his car seat) can lead to a collapsed trachea. This can happen if a Pom jumps up or tries to run and the dog collar and leash jerk his neck backwards. For this reason, we strongly recommend opting for a harness as opposed to a dog collar when on leash. A collar (NOT attached to a leash) is just fine for the ID tag, etc.
When choosing a collar, it is very important for it to fit correctly.
It is best to have at least 2 that are adjustable. Your Pomeranian will grow quickly. When you place the collar on, be sure that it is loose enough for you to slip 2 fingertips in between the collar and the neck.
should be put on your puppy any time he is on leash or when he is secured to his canine car seat.
It is a good idea to have 2 leashes also, in the event that 1 is misplaced. You will never want to allow your Pom outside for even a second without a leash; all it takes is one moment for a puppy to scurrying across a street, into water or other dangers.
A tiny puppy may eat as little as an ounce (28 grams) per day. For the first month of a new puppy's life with their new owners, the pup should be feed the same type of food that the breeder gave to them. A fast transition to a different type can cause health issues.
Be sure to read the Pomeranian food section. This breed can have food allergies or simply dislike the taste of a certain dog food. Some experimenting may need to be done to find the high quality dog food that is best for your particular dog.
Lil Bear at 6 weeks old
Photo courtesy of Brenda Gordon
Sleeping Arrangements -Pomeranian puppy care does not end when the sun sets. While you may be tempted to curl up in your bed
with your new pup and hug him or her while yousleep; this is not recommended. With small bones...and a feather weight that does not offer a lot of protection, this breed is - in general - fragile.
An owner may roll over the puppy while sleeping, the puppy may get trapped under heavy blankets or the puppy may fall off of the bed.
For this reason, it is best to allow your puppy to have their own special sleeping area.
It is suggested to have a soft, warm and comfortable dog bed. Your Pomeranian may not immediately understand that you wish for him to sleep in it; however in time he will become used to his daily schedule and this will include naps and sleep time, safe in his bed.
This is best placed in his designated area (that he will also be in when home alone). Keep the entrance to this open so that he may come and go as he wished while you are home and you can close it off when you are not able to keep an eye on him and at night while he sleeps.
Choosing the right toy collection
for your Pom is a huge part of proper care. Toys will be needed to soothe teething discomfort, provide security when alone and to encourage independent play.
It is suggested to have two buckets of toys; one that is kept out and one that is tucked away. In this way, you can swap out toys every couple of weeks. Be sure to routinely clean all toys with hot water and dish soap to stop bacteria build up.
With this breed, you need to be very careful what you choose in regard to grooming supplies. The wrong products can delay hair growth at best and ruin a coat at worst. You'll want quality shampoo, conditioner, leave-in spray, brushes, combs, eye wipes and nail care items.
Keenai, 7 months old
Photo courtesy of owner: Rachael
You'll need to adjust grooming and care methods if you live in an area that receives seasonal cold weather. Read more about Pomeranian wintertime care.
Dental care supplies-Dental care
is so important sadly, this is sometimes overlooked by new owners when providing Pomeranian puppy care. Thousands of dogs pass away because of dental disease. Daily care is needed from the moment a new owner gets their dog.
Every one or two years, a professional cleaning will be needed. The daily care you do will take care of the plague buildup and the once per year cleaning with a professional veterinarian will take care of any tarter buildup.
You will need aneffective canine tooth paste; and never use a human brand. You will also need a dog finger tooth brush for when you are first getting your Pom used to brushing and a high quality dog tooth brush for when he is used to having his teeth cleaned.
Pee Pads -
Not always the best training option, but it is best in certain situations. Since this breed is such a tiny dog, many owners wish to train their Pom to use pads as opposed to going outside. This can be very helpful if you live in a cold climate or on a top floor of a large high-rise! If so, have this ready, your Pom will be ready to start potty training at the age of 8 weeks old. Pee pads are also placed down in the indoor designated area (or playpen) when a Pomeranian is home alone or unattended. While a puppy is being house trained, he may not 'hit the mark' on the pads, however it does offer possible area for him to release his needs if it is placed away from toys and food.
Most breeders will ask that you bring your new puppy to the vet within a certain amount of time; this is usually 24 to 72 hours. This is to ensure that your veterinarian concurs that he or she is in good health as per the contract that you were given.
Breeders that have health guarantees, will have a written contract that any generic medical issues found will offer you a new puppy; within a certain amount of time.
However, do keep in mind that an excellent, ethical breeder will already have had a "Well Puppy Check". Your 1st appointment will be to finalize the contract that you sign.
Photo courtesy of owners: P & G Beard
Managing a Schedule
Finding the time for all of the elements that are needed when caring for a puppy can be a bit tricky.
Plan a routine so that your puppy can learn to expect when certain things will happen. You'll find that even though some things may need to be adjusted, before you know it you and your Pomeranian puppy will have a nice schedule that works for both of you.
It can help to write down all of the tasks (feeding, walks, brushing, baths, taking outside for bathroom needs, command training - teaching a Pomeranian to sit
is the first command usually taught, dental care, and interactive play time) and divvy those up between responsible family members.
Do you Have Everything?
As your new Pomeranian settles into your home and things become more routine, you will find that there will be more things to buy such as supplements, larger dog food dishes, more toys, and even clothing for Pomeranians.