For most pet owners, not just those of Pomeranians, you can’t be home all the time. It’s impossible and it’s understandable. You had a life before your dog and while you do need to make sure that the puppy is taken care of, you can’t just quit everything you’re doing and tend to the dog 100% of the time. When a Pomeranian is left by themselves for long periods of time this can bring on large amounts of stress and anxiety.
If you work, which most of us do, or go to school the normal dog is able to be left alone for around 8 hours, which is about a regular work day. A Pomeranian needs to be left with the proper amount of both food and water. They also need to be trained in how to handle being alone. If you are going to be gone for longer than 8 hours it’s best to let your pup stay with a family member or they also have overnight kennels.
There are some noticeable signs that you should be able to spot if you know that your Pomeranian is beginning to have such anxiety. If your puppy is pacing while you’re getting ready to leave, if they’re acting over clingy, excessive barking or even trembling are all signs of an ongoing anxiety problem. Once you’ve discovered the problem there are a few things you can do to help ease the stress level and make them feel better about being alone.
Creating a comfortable environment is probably the number one helper in reducing problems when you have to leave. Using a playpen to keep them contained, rather than a crate, is always the better option. This creates a more open environment and less like a prison. Having a bed in the play area along with a toy or two can also be helpful. The bed will give them a sense of comfort and the toys will occupy some time and keep them from barking themselves insane.
Keeping the lights on is another big plus. When a puppy is home by itself and already having troubles with this concept of being alone, being in a dark room only fuels the fire. Leaving a light or two on creates a more pleasant and open environment for them to feel comfortable in. Try not to keep the house completely silent. Playing the radio or a CD has been proven to lessen the stress of dogs. They like something to be able to listen to and not just the creeks of the house on a windy day or the car doors slamming outside, with every closed door they’re hoping it’s you.
One of the last tricks you can try is breaking up the day. Going home for lunch and letting them outside for some fresh air and to stretch their legs. Dogs often get a lot of built up energy and if you can bring that down a couple levels it’ll help in the long run.