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February 20th, 2008, 10:47 AM
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We've taken in a Pomeranian, about 6 months old in age... Male, not neutered.
He's only supposed to be here temporarily, but I have this feeling he is going to become permanent.

It's been a long time since I have dealt with such a small dog... Growing up, we had small dogs - a Dachsund, Papillon, Toy Poodle ... But I was a child, and while I had fun playing with them, I did not par take much in their up-bringing or manners. Working at the kennel, 95% of the time I was working with the medium sized to large dogs... I trained one Pug, but all the rest of the dog's I worked with were over 50 lbs. I'm a large dog person. That's all there is to it.

This little guy is a ball of energy, to say the least. He's sweet, has a big heart and simply adores people, but he's got too much "bounce". The obedience I can do... I've managed to teach him sit and down within a matter of just minutes. He's incredibly clever. But I'm unsure how to break his jumping, and his nipping. He isn't biting. Just excitable nipping. We're it anything but a toy breed, I'd have this figured out and nipped in the bud already... But I need a little help here!

How do you teach such a tiny dog (he weighs about 6 lbs) not to jump and nip??
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February 20th, 2008, 11:14 AM
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Can't help you on the nipping never had that problem, but on jumping with small dogs I do the same as big dogs, I push them off and say "off". Typically they eventually learn that it isn't allowed. Good luck, I watched a 10 pound dog for 6 days, but with using this by the end of the 6 days he had virtually stopped jumping on me and he had stopped jumping up on my table (like front paws on table) completely.

Good luck!
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February 20th, 2008, 11:23 AM
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Thanks, I'm going to need all the luck I can get!

I'll work with him on the command "off". He's so clever, I am sure he will get it pretty quickly...
He also tends to jump up on the furniture un-invited (we're working on this) and will bounce and nip at our ears while we are sitting on the couch... I've got my work cut out for me! I refuse to be one of those people with a completely ill-mannered, obnoxious "ankle biter"!
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February 20th, 2008, 06:18 PM
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Awwwww I love Poms! Did you name him?

Fluff jumps up and kinda gnaws on your fingers. ButI havent been able to get him to stop by saying down or stop.

I just assumed he was too young, and he really issnt clever at all..lol my dogs are "special"
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February 20th, 2008, 07:18 PM
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Well you can try what I do with my pups I raise. If he nips either take two fingers and tap him on the muzzle and say no, or gentle grab his muzzle and apply light pressure and say no. That's what mom's do for their pups and it's how I discourage it in my pups I raise.

On the energy, I'd say exercise exercise, even if he is 6 lbs it'll do him a world of good.
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February 21st, 2008, 09:44 AM
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Awwwww I love Poms! Did you name him?[/b]
We've been referring to him as "Rugrat", and now it's just sort of stuck!

Thanks for the responses, ladies... Here are a couple photos, in case anyone was interested.





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February 21st, 2008, 07:32 PM
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OMG he is soooo freakn cute!!! I would have kept him too lol
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February 23rd, 2008, 06:34 AM
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Well, I changed his name to Jamaica... My husband came up with "Jamaica Me Crazy".
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