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My grandmother just got a pomeranian pup..Q's

Discussion in 'Dogs - small breeds (toy) specific' started by AnnaBelle, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. AnnaBelle

    AnnaBelle New Member

    My grandmother just got a pom. but she is very hyper and very fiesty she bites on you all the time. Is that normal behavior for a pom? I know puppies play and get rough but she even growls and will not let you cuddle with her ever! Does everyone that has a pom. enjoy theirs a whole bunch? Thanks!
  2. pomlover

    pomlover New Member

    How old is your Grandmothers Pom? Lacie was 8 weeks old when I got her and yes, she would play bite but we stopped that behavior quickly and then Hunter was 3 1/2 months old when we got him and he never did bite. When Lacie would play, she would growl like Chewbacca off of Star Wars (which was cute) but still, we would get her mind onto something else so she would stop doing that and start on something else. Didn't take long and she would learn that it wasn't right to bite and growl.

    I love my Poms dearly. Wouldn't trade them for anything!!

    Here are their dogster pages if you are interested.
    Lacie http://www.dogster.com/pet_page.php?i=55315&j=t
    Hunter http://www.dogster.com/pet_page.php?i=109921&j=t
  3. AnnaBelle

    AnnaBelle New Member

    Your pom's are cute--alot of Lacies pics favor Phoebe my grandmothers pom. She was 5 wks when we got her and now she is about 12 wks.
  4. pomlover

    pomlover New Member

    If she was only 5 weeks old when you got her, that is FAR to young to be away from her mother and siblings. They learn so much at that young age that they really need to know. If they bite their mom or siblings, they bite them back letting them know that it is completley unacceptable. Also with the growling, if it is would growl at its mom, she would put it in its place as a human just doesn't know exactly how to handle it. Best of luck, don't give up on her. Keep up with the training and I bet you will have a wonderful pet but you need to show her that it is unacceptable behavior since she didn't get to learn any of that from her littermates or mom.
  5. Shineillusion

    Shineillusion New Member

    There are a couple of specific things you can do to get control of her behavior. One is the "No free lunch" program. Make her work for everything she gets. For example, she has to sit and be quiet for her dinner. She has to sit for petting.

    The other things are specific responses to her bad attitude. If she's growlin when you pick her up DO NOT put her down until she's behaving. With puppies, I usually lay them on their back and put my hand on their chest. I make eye contact, and growl back at them. The minute she breaks eye contact, she's admitting you're the boss, so let her up and cuddle her. Then she can get down.

    If she's biting your hand, yell "OUCH" and push her away. Ignore any attempts she makes to demand attention. If she can't play nice, she can't play at all. This is what her littermates would have done when she got to rough, and she'll figure out pretty quickly that she must play nice.

    If she starts demanding attention, make her work for it. Or ignore her demands until she gets the idea that you and not she decides when and where she gets attention. If she's allowed on the furniture, make her wait until she's invited up. Don't let her just jump up on you any time she feels like it.

    If she's sleeping in bed with anyone, make her sleep in her own bed, at least until her behavior improves. It's ok to invite her up for a cuddle, but make her wait until she's been asked.

    By now, you should see what you need to do. Take control and make her realize she's not as large and in charge as she thinks she is.

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