Exercise and Training of Pomskies

Akin to the parent breeds, Pomskies are intelligent and highly energetic dogs. These bundles of energy need an outlet for the oodles of energy that they have packed in them. Pomskies love to frolic and play. For the Pomskies to be happy, well-rounded and well-adjusted dogs, they should be given as much of exercise and mental stimulation as possible.

Exercise

 

Pomskies must have at least 30 – 40 minutes of exercise in a day so that they have an outlet for their energy and do not become bored and develop behavioral issues.

A short walk in the morning would be a great start to the Pomsky’s routine followed by a longer one in the afternoon, allowing them more time to explore things. An open garden or backyard for them to roam around would be great. However, these spaces should have fences and adequate protection so that these energetic dogs do not escape and get themselves into trouble. If not stimulated enough, they will end up chewing all your furniture and things around the house and terrorizing your home.

However, you must take care not to over-exercise Pomsky puppies as they have growing joints and bones that can get damaged. For example, you should not allow the puppy to go up and down the stairs or jump up and down from the furniture. Too much exercise can lead to pressure on the bones and joints that may result in the dog developing problems later in life.

Importance of Exercise for Your Pomsky

Good Health

By playing fun games with your Pomsky, not only will he get adequate exercise, but he will also be able to build a great bond with your pet. If you do not play with your dog, he will get very lazy and not move; and if your pet does not get adequate exercise, he can develop many illnesses and problems like arthritis, hip dysplasia, joint and muscle pains, etc. Also, good exercise can help your Pomsky to get good sleep. Good and adequate sleep is very important for the development of the body and mind of your Pomsky. The most important part of getting good exercise is that it will keep your dog fit and athletic, thereby ensuring that it will not gain weight. Today, obesity is one of the growing causes of concern in dogs which is resulting in reduced lifespans.

Peaceful Mind

An active puppy is a happy puppy, one which is not idle and bored. Pomsky puppies need to run around and let off steam otherwise they tend to become irritable, anxious and aggressive. Chewing at things, barking, biting and nipping are all signs of a puppy that is bored or ill at ease. Exercise allows the dog to be happy, free and also increases their lifespan.

Keeping Away from Trouble

“An idle mind is the devil’s workshop”, a very popular saying is applicable to your Pomsky too. Pomskies have plenty of energy and if not put to constructive use like playing and exercising, they will use all their energy to chewing things around the house, making a mess, barking and chasing other animals and people. After a good workout, they need plenty of rest too. This will keep your Pomsky active, healthy and also help him stay out of trouble.

Training

 

Both parents of the Pomsky are highly intelligent breeds, which means that the Pomsky is quite an intelligent dog itself. This does not mean that Pomskies are easy to train. Siberian Huskies are strong-willed and independent dogs and Pomeranians are known to possess a stubborn streak. So an offspring of these two breeds can be quite a handful and a challenge for the owner to handle.

As an owner, you should be calm and assume the role of the leader. You must learn to handle the situation or your Pomsky will sense your frustration, take advantage of you and try to gain the upper hand.

Pomskies love to learn and please, so they can be trained very quickly. They are very smart dogs and obey commands and can learn new tricks and play games quite quickly. A basic obedience course to learn basic commands would also be very beneficial. However, if you do not spend enough time on training your Pomsky, it will become very difficult to teach them to obey you later on. Regular, consistent and firm training along with positive reinforcement works best for Pomskies. You should begin training your Pomsky as a puppy because it gets difficult to train them as they become older.

You should train your Pomsky puppy for around 15 minutes per session and have many such training sessions throughout the day. Generally, puppies have a very short span of attention and they can get very bored with any session that exceeds 15 minutes and the results may be quite counter-productive.

Importance of Training Your Pomsky

Having a cute little Pomsky at home can be great fun. They are ideal companions and great to be around children. Moreover, if your dog can perform tricks and amuse you, would that not be a great plus? However, having a wild, untrained dog tearing around the house chewing and destroying things is not a great companion to have at home.

Dogs need to be taught a few basic things about how to behave, how to climb stairs and couch among other things. Dogs are basically born hunters and they have a tendency to chase small animals and children particularly. This can be very dangerous both for the dog as well as the children. Training can help to control your Pomsky’s instincts to chase children by listening to and obeying commands so that they are able to adjust and settle down in your home with your family very quickly.

The training sessions should be short and fun-filled with a variety of fun activities to sustain the interest of your puppy and keep him alert.

Steps to Train Your Pomsky Puppy

  • Begin the training early.
  • Start with important commands such as come, stay, heel, sit, etc.
  • When your puppy has done well give him plenty of praise, rewards and treats.
  • Use positive reinforcement when training your Pomsky.
  • Once they have learned the basic, key commands, you can move on to obedience commands such as “no” and “stop” as by now your puppy will have learned to respect you.
  • Once your Pomsky has learned basic commands, you can get him to perform advanced activities like fetching the ball, stick or newspaper.
  • During training, try and offer an alternative for your dog. For example, if you want him to stop chewing on your shoes, give him a chew toy as a replacement and then praise and reward him for making the correct choice.

Steps to Potty Train Your Pomsky

  • Potty training is very important and your Pomsky puppy should be taught not to make a mess inside the house.
  • Potty training must begin when your puppy is around 6 – 8 weeks old.
  • Potty training needs plenty of patience and effort from your side compared to any other training.
  • You can use the crate technique for the potty training of your Pomsky.
  • Use a crate that is of a comfortable size and keep it away from heat or cold.
  • Keep the Pomsky in the crate when it’s time to eat or sleep.
  • The dog will begin to whine and fidget. Take the dog out of the crate to the place where you want him to relieve himself and when he does the job properly praise him and give him positive reinforcement.
  • In a few months, you will have a completely house-trained pup.

Other Training Issues

Seeking Attention

  • To get attention, hybrid dogs usually tend to bark loudly, cry or whine. The owner usually rushes to the puppy and comforts him. However, you should refrain from doing so every time your puppy barks or cries as this action only reinforces to the dog that his behavior will bring you to his side.
  • When your Pomsky is vocal and wants attention, take your time to react by letting him fuss a bit so that he learns that it is not the right way to seek attention.
  • Spend adequate time with your Pomsky when he is not calling for your attention, as his calls for attention means that he is not comfortable with the environment in your home yet.
  • As your puppy gets accustomed to the surroundings of your home and he understands that you will not come running when he cries out, you will have a happy and well-adjusted Pomsky on your hands.

Nipping and Biting

  • Like any other dog, Pomskies love to play, frolic, romp and often with the play comes plenty of nipping and biting.
  • You can teach your Pomsky limits by allowing him to play with other small-sized, intelligent dogs.
  • Sometimes the play can get rough and they may bite each other while playing.
  • However, once your Pomsky puppy has been nipped or bitten, he will quickly learn the consequences of biting others and will learn that he should not nip and bite.

Toys to Keep Your Pomsky Busy

 

  • If your Pomsky is bored, he will end up chewing all the things he can find around your home. So stock up on plenty of chew toys to keep your Pomsky puppy happy and entertained! You should provide plenty of toys for the puppy to chew, especially when they are teething.
  • Pomskies are very smart and intelligent. They love figuring out dog puzzles and how to get treats out of them. So providing them with a variety of dog puzzles is a great idea.

Pomsky Training Tips

The training sessions must be for short durations and kept very simple so that your Pomsky can learn the commands and tricks without much effort. This will help both the puppy as well as the trainer to practice the tasks conveniently. The dog’s attention should be monitored and the tasks given must engage the dog so that he doesn’t lose interest in the training. Once the trainer gets the dog’s attention and respect, the trainer can then teach the dog the commands very easily.

Keeping It Simple

In the beginning, you should teach your Pomsky puppy to follow very simple and easy commands. You should repeat the process so that he retains the habit by repeating them in consecutive training sessions. Once the puppy is familiar with the simpler commands, you can move on to more complex ones. When the puppy responds to the commands correctly, reward your pet with his favorite treats or food. This positively reinforces his actions and he begins to learn what he is doing is right.

Hiring a Trainer

 

For a dog to be trained properly and for the training to be successful, hiring a good dog trainer is a very good idea. However, before you hire a trainer for your Pomsky, you should evaluate your dog’s temperament, training requirements and your requirements as well. You should select a trainer who has sufficient experience in training dogs and can handle your puppy efficiently. The trainer’s experience should match your training objectives. Before you hire a trainer for your Pomsky, ensure that you do proper research, ask the right questions and find a trainer who will bring out the best in your puppy.

Paying Attention to Nutrition

Your Pomsky should get a proper and healthy diet. Getting a protein-rich diet along with regular exercise and training will keep your pet active and healthy. Foods such as wheat, corn and meat will help your puppy grow faster. Choose high-quality foods for your Pomsky that are fortified with rich nutrients. This is very important for the good health and growth of your puppy.

Benefits of Training Your Pomsky

  • Training will help your Pomsky puppy to learn basic commands and make your puppy more disciplined.
  • Training will help avoid habits like growling, barking unnecessarily, nipping and biting.
  • Training the dog will make you more responsible and help you forge a strong relationship with your pet.
  • The better the quality of training, the better the qualities your Pomsky will acquire and more the well-behaved and easy to manage will he become.
  • Continually training your Pomsky will result in a constant improvement in your Pomsky’s learning.

A dog is the most lovable and loyal pet in the world. However, training your dog is as important as owning it. Training will make your Pomsky obedient, disciplined, will help him to adjust well in your home as well as his surroundings and be happy.