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Puppy Care


Pomeranian Puppy Care


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

1. Information! 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. 
6 month old Pomeranian puppy
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 both physical and emotional stress and this can manifest with excessive barking and destructive behaviors.

Placing a puppy in a crate vs a playpen makes no difference in regard to housebreaking. It will be your consistent training that will produce results, not the size of your Pom's area. 

So, take the time to create a nice area for your puppy with a great playpen that will make him feel comfortable and secure, while ensuring that his toys are close and his bathroom messes are contained. 
Pomeranian puppy wearing a hat
Cocoa Macaroon, 6 months old
Photo courtesy of owners: Shruthi & Raghuveer 
Dishes - 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 have floor level or slightly 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 neck injury, and in some cases even 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. 

A harness 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.

Food - 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. 
6 week old Pomeranian puppy
Lil Bear at 6 weeks old
Photo courtesy of Brenda Gordon
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 pup.
Sleeping Arrangements - Pomeranian puppy care does not end when the sun sets. While you may be tempted to curl up in your bed your new pup and hug him or her while you sleep; 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.

Most importantly, far too many owners realize a bit too late that a puppy in your bed equal both urine and feces on your mattress; and urine especially is very hard to clean once it has soaked into the mattress.
For these reasons, it is best to allow your puppy to have his own bed. 
Toys - 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.
Pee Pads - Not the main reason that you will want these for your puppy is to place down when he's in his pen. 
The pen should have 4 general areas: bed for sleeping, dishes for food and water, a toy area, and the fourth area will be for the pads.

Since dogs rarely soil their own belongings, if the pads line the rest of the floor surface, chances are good that his pee and poo will be deposited on the pads, should he go to the bathroom while there. 
To summarize how to set things up for a puppy: An ideal set-up is to have a good sized playpen. Keep this in the living room or kitchen, so that the puppy does not feel isolated.

Within that, have the bed, toys, dishes, and pee pads.

Spend as much time with your puppy as you can. But, when you are not home or when you cannot keep an eye on him, place him in his area. 
7 month old Pomeranian puppy
Keenai, 7 months old
Photo courtesy of owner: Rachael
Grooming supplies - 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.

Also, the coat needs tending to on a regular basis to keep it healthy, tangle free, and clean. Expect to do grooming tasks like brushing every other day, baths every 3 weeks, and quick touch-ups like wiping the face every day. 
Dental care supplies - Dental care is so important but this is sometimes overlooked by new owners when providing Pomeranian puppy care. The care that you offer now will be the foundation for a lifetime of good oral hygiene. 

Recommended items include a small toothbrush or finger brush, a good canine toothpaste, and your choice of effective dental chews which should be given once per day. 
A Vet- 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 if any generic medical issues found they will allow you to return the puppy within a certain amount of time. 

This is rare, but you'll to be sure to make the appointment so that you can know that all is well.

Most reputable breeders will already have had a 'Well Puppy Check'. Your 1st appointment will be to finalize the contract that you sign.
white Pomeranian puppy, 7 weeks old
Snow, 7 weeks old, photo courtesy of Tin Martelino

The First Few Weeks

Bringing home a new puppy is a fun and exciting time. And it is for your pup too; however, it can also be very overwhelming and even a bit stressful.

You'll want to provide a calm environment, meeting just his new immediate family first. Greeting neighbors, friends, and others can wait until the puppy is settled in.

New puppies need to be reminded where their food and water bowls are. And so leave both out at all times. Food should remain out, and refreshed often, for the first month.

It is not unusual for a brand new puppy to whine or cry, especially at night. You may find that providing a companion toy, similar to those used for separation anxiety, can offer comfort to a puppy that is missing his mother and littermates. 
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