Q) With the right home and the right care, how long does it typically take for a rescued Pomeranian to be comfortable in his/her new home? At what time point (3 months? 6 months?) should an owner begin to worry that the dog is not adjusting?
A) I find it takes about a month for them to settle in emotionally. House training and anxious behaviors may remain, but they are a pretty trusting, happy little breed. If a Pom is not relaxing, bonding, tail wagging and enjoying life after 1 or 2 months, I would say the dog is not adjusting to his/her environment. The usual reasons for this would be health issues, long periods of time left alone or crating, getting in trouble for accidents in the house, or stress by a dominant dog picking on them. Sometimes the dog and owner are just not a match, or the owner took on more than they had the time, energy and money for. Housebreaking may never happen, and that is the reality of caring for a rescue Pomeranian.
Q) What should an owner do if they feel overwhelmed with a rescue? For example, if Pom barks all the time, has severe Separation Anxiety, has destructive chewing and it is all just too much to handle and the new owner finds himself in over his head?
A) Great question! Any or all of those things are possible, and some Poms do bark loud and often. Of course, a dog trainer is an option, but if the person is in over their head that tells me it is in the dog's best interest to be elsewhere where the right home can be arranged.
By adopting through a reputable 501c rescue, the rescue will take the dog back, or find a new placement for the dog.
The owner can also reach out to local lap dog, toy breed, or Pomeranian specific rescues and see if they will take the dog. They can call local veterinarians and ask if they will help or can refer you to a group in the area.
Never give the dog away to an acquaintance or through an advertisement! I cannot begin to tell you the horrible things that happen to small 'free' dogs. Do the right thing, and find a legitimate, dog savvy safe haven for the Pomeranian that has trusted you with his/her life.
Q) What would you say to a person who says, "I really want to rescue a Pomeranian; I just can't afford to buy one from a breeder."?
A) Do be sure to adopt from a legitimate rescue. Also, many rescues need vetting and dentals, which can run around $600.00 or more. Poms are not an inexpensive dog, and rescues are no exception. It costs money to care for and protect this hardy yet fragile breed.
Q) Thanks for all of your helpful answers to our questions! Last but not least, we know that it can be difficult to locate purebred Pomeranians from a rescue or shelter. Often there are no Poms at all.
Of course, no one can predict when a puppy mill will be closed down and a group of Pomeranians may then end up at a shelter. What you say to someone who wants to know where to find a Pomeranian to adopt and how to find a rescue group? If someone were interested in adopting a Pomeranian, what steps do you suggest that they follow?
A) Legitimate rescues have older dogs as a rule, and will never have a litter of registered Pomeranian puppies. They will fully disclose all special health issues and concerns, will only adopt out neutered/spayed and microchipped Poms, and they will be current on vaccinations.
Local rescue groups pull Poms and other toy breeds from municipal and county shelters to save them from euthanasia.
To adopt a Pomeranian, I would suggest calling both local shelters and veterinarians. Let them know you would like to adopt a Pomeranian, and ask them for the name and contact information of reputable local rescue groups that save Pomeranians/lap dogs/ toy breeds. That way, you have the shelter(s), veterinarian(s), and the rescue group(s) in your area aware that you would like to save a Pomeranian by adopting. Thank you for helping them :)
That's the end of the Question & Answer session. PetPom wishes to thank Vikki of TinyDogsRule for her time & effort in sharing all of her helpful information. If you jumped right here and missed the main topic, be sure to read: Taking Care of a Rescued Pomeranian.