Pomeranian Exercise to Consider
Most Pommy owners know that Pomeranians are descendants of big, strong working dogs like Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes. So it’s no wonder that these small dogs have large amounts of energy! For this reason, in order to keep your pup physically and mentally healthy, you need to give your Pomeranian exercise each day. Regular exercise will help keep your Pommy at a healthy weight. It will also help him or her release pent up energy from the hours you may have spent away at work. Just like humans, Poms should spent time outside each day. Fresh air will help keep Pomeranians happy and relaxed.
For lots of owners, walking is the go-to way to give your Pomeranian exercise. It’s accessible in any circumstance, and can be a great way for both owner and Pom to relax. In all seasons, walking with your Pommy gives you the opportunity to take a break from a busy schedule. Walking lets you enjoy the weather, and take a much-needed break from technology. Plus, your Pommy will be happy to spend the one-on-one time with you!
Since Poms are so tiny, there are a few things to keep in mind when taking them for a walk. For one, these four-legged pups usually can’t handle the same walk that a larger dog will be able to take. Pomeranians are generally comfortable walking for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. That should provide enough time to get the pup’s heart rate up without exhausting them. Keep in mind, however, that during your walk, you’ll need to maintain a proper pace in order to find this balance. What feels like a brisk walk to a human with long legs will probably be more like a fast run to a Pommy. This will exhaust these toy dogs too soon. Keep an eye on your Pom to make sure that you’re allowing him or her to set the pace, not you.
Regular Walking Routines
Try to take your Pommy for at least one walk a day, but two walks are better if you can manage it. Work to maintain a regular walking schedule, which will help both you and your Pom stay consistent. Lots of dog owners like walking their furry friends in the morning or after dinner. In warmer weather, you will need to let your Pomeranian exercise in the morning or in the evening, during the coolest parts of the day. Also seek shaded routs in warmer weather to help keep your Pom cooler.
On every walk, but especially on hot-weather strolls, it’s very important that you bring water for your pup. Pomeranians can become easily overheated and dehydrated. Give your Pommy breaks halfway through each walk for a drink of water.
Even in the winter you should take your Pommy outdoors for 20 to 30 minutes of exercise each day. Remember that Pomeranians descend from colder climates, so they’re built for the chill!
If walking gets boring, try changing your route, but remember to pick sidewalks that will be comfortable for your Pom. Don’t take your pup out on gravel roads or high traffic areas. Other exercise options include playing fetch or other made-up games in yards or parks. Taking your Pommy to a dog park can be a great opportunity for him or her to learn about socializing with other pups. The advantages to giving your Pom regular exercise are plentiful.
Just make sure you listen primarily to what your Pommy needs and don’t overwork him or her! You might want to consider reading New to Being a Pommy Mommy, if you’re just starting to foster one.