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House Training Your Pomeranian

House training a new puppy can be one of the biggest stresses in dog ownership.  You may get so wrapped up in how cute that new Pomeranian is that you don’t stop to think about how not cute that Pom poo on your carpet is.  Fortunately, following a few helpful hints and suggestions, your Pomeranian puppy should be quickly trained in no time!

Many people choose to utilize crate training for their new puppy, as confining the Pomeranian to a small area encourages quick training.  It is crucial to start training as soon as you bring your new Pom home.  By nature, puppies do not want to eliminate where they eat or rest, encouraging them to keep their area clean.  The puppy’s crate should be large enough that the Pomeranian can stand up or lie down, but not big enough for the puppy to eliminate in one area and lay in another.

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It is important to keep the puppy in the crate overnight and any other time he cannot be closely watched.  Having a new puppy is similar to a curious toddler- they must be watched not only to prevent accidents in the house, but also to prevent chewing or getting hurt while they explore their new surroundings.  When you take the Pomeranian out of the crate, he should go directly outside and ignored until he goes potty.  If he is successful, he should be praised and rewarded with a small treat.  It is important to give the puppy plenty of time outside to ensure he finishes his toilet needs.

Keep in mind the puppy should go out not only when taken out of the crate, but also within thirty minutes of eating or drinking, after he wakes from a nap, or after he plays for an extended time.  Until you have learned his schedule, you should take your Pomeranian outside directly after eating or drinking until he eliminates.  Again, give much praise and encouragement with a treat if he succeeds.  As you take the puppy out, calmly say whatever words you plan to use to signal a potty break.  For example, “go potty”, “go outside”, etc.

It is critical never to punish a puppy for going potty in the house on accident.  He may become fearful of you as he does not understand why he is being punished.  He will not learn not to eliminate in the house, but may find another area where he can hide from you.  Ensure any spots or the crate are thoroughly cleaned up so your Pomeranian does not smell the scent and return to eliminate there again.  Puppies should not be left for more than two to three hours without a potty break.

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Eventually, your Pomeranian will learn to go potty as soon as he goes outside and better yet, learn to associate hearing you say “go potty” with going straight to the door.  He will hold it until you are able to let him out and he is able to come back in and play.  While it may take some time and dedication, the quick payoff will be a great benefit to you and your family.

Some owners choose to utilize other methods like training their Pomeranian to go potty in the house in a designated place, often on a “pee pad.”  This may be helpful for Poms who do not want to go outside, especially in the rain or colder weather.  Pad training can also be helpful if you are gone for longer periods and need the dog to be able to relieve himself while you are away.  A pee pad may also be placed in the kennel to assist the dog if he is confined.  Either way, your training is a matter of preference and what works best for your family and pet.


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