Summer Pomeranian Care

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Dogs Also Lie Awake At Night Thinking About Their Problems

“Ever lay awake late at night, eyes wide open in the pitch-black dark, wondering if Maddy in sales really meant “nothing” by “I like your shirt, I almost bought it myself,” or if she actually meant what she absolutely did mean, which is “f*** you, idiot, that shirt is horrible, why did you even get out of bed today?” Of course you do. You’re human. Worrying before, during, and just after sleep is what we do.

Turns out it’s not exclusive to us, though: Much like humans, it would appear dogs are also kept awake at night by their worries.

A recent Hungarian study published by the Royal Society scientific journal showed that dogs experience disturbed sleep patterns when stressed. That’s right, planet Earth. Your beloved puppies and doggies are worried, and they can’t sleep, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

The study measured the sleep experiences of dogs who were exposed to either positive or negative emotional experiences pre-sleep, like being affectionately touched by their owners, or approached by an intimidating stranger. The results showed dogs who were exposed to positive experiences had a deeper and more consistent sleep, while dogs who were stressed before sleep were prone to waking up, staying in REM sleep, and generally having a shitty night’s sleep.

Interestingly, though, on average dogs who had negative experiences pre-sleep were quicker to actually fall asleep than other dogs, which scientists say is very much in line with human behavior. Like how you often desperately want to power off at the end of a terrible day and just shut your physical self off.

So there you have it. First we learn dogs don’t like hugs, then we’re not allowed to sleep next to them in bed (actually fair), and now dogs are stressed at night.”

The full article and related studies are posted below.

An Avoidable Tragedy – RIP Mocha

An innocent life was tragically cut short today. Another life will most likely be ended as a result.

An innocent life was taken as his mom tried in vain to use her own body to shield him from the attack taking place. Unfortunately, her body was no match for the 150 pound attacker that had prey in its sights. Mocha’s mom is an experienced owner who did everything right and still could not prevent this tragedy.

Please, if you take your dogs out in public, always keep them leashed and make sure you are in control of the leash at all times! This goes for big and little dogs alike. Keep a firm latch on the leash not only to control your dogs behavior, but also to be able to snatch your dog out of harms way in the blink of an eye. If you have a big, strong dog and you are going to be someplace unfamiliar or stressful, take extra precautions. Use a no-pull harness, double tether, or even just using a carabiner with a double handle leash and attach one handle to a belt ring on your pants as back up. Please take that extra precaution to avoid tragedies like this. Also, if you are using a retractable leash on any animal larger than a hamster, STOP! No one has enough control over this type of leash to be able to prevent accidents in a split second!

Don’t be the “not my dog” owner that believes their dog will not attack out of no where because they never have before. Or the “not my dog” owner that thinks because their dog is little, cute, and doesn’t leave their side that these guidelines don’t apply to them. This is especially important when you are with your dog in unfamiliar surroundings or someplace that is noisy and “scary” for our four footed friends.

As small dog owners, we are just as accountable to safe guarding and keeping control of our Poms as our friends who have large dogs. All of us in the dog community need to participate in preventing events like this that can be avoided.

Show Breeder vs. Backyard Breeder

We are often asked why someone’s pom doesn’t look a certain way, why they are so big? Not fluffy? Why they are so expensive from breeders? how come their coat is flat and silky?  Why their snout is so long? and many others…

You don’t have to pay $3,000 for a pet pom, but you should always find a reputable breeder.  “Backyard breeders” tend to care more about the dollars involved and not the health of the breed in general.  Some are well meaning in wanting to breed their beloved pet, but we discourage this as there are so many Poms in rescues and shelters all over the country.  Reputable breeders can not only show you the parents, but also tend to know the lineage back several generations of each litter they breed.

Understanding Double Coated Dogs

Double coated dogs refer to the animals that, like Huskies, have two layers of fur. The first, or undercoat, are the fine, fluffy hairs that are short and crimp (closest to the skin). It’s the fur that sheds; light and soft. This layer is excellent at trapping air and insulating the dog. Essentially it keeps them warm in the winter, and cool in the summer.

The topcoat is made up of tougher guard hairs that don’t shed, and protect your pet from the sun’s harmful rays and bug bites. It actually insulates them from the heat. What this means is: do not shave your double coated dog. It’s a mistake to think you’re helping your animal stay cool, particularly in summer, when evolution has provided them exactly what they need to survive. By stripping them of their natural ability to heat and cool themselves, you could be doing more harm than good.

A key piece of understanding in this matter is that, unlike humans; dogs do not cool themselves through their skin. At most, it is only the pads of their paws that sweat. Their main mode of cooling comes from panting.

Some other common reasons folks shave their doubled coated dogs are the thinking that the animal will stop shedding. Pooches with undercoats shed, no two ways about it. But even after a shave, while the hair may be shorter, it can still shed.

Another is, “it’ll always grow back”. Sometimes it will, other times it won’t. The older the pooch is, the less likely it is that the topcoat of guard hairs will grow back. This leaves them with the undercoat, giving them a patchy, scruffy look. It can alter their coat for the rest of the dog’s life.

Not only does it look bad, but you can end up having to shave the hair continuously from then on and once again, you strip them of their natural ability to protect themselves.

In conclusion, when you shave a double coated dog, you may irreparably impair their ability to properly heat/cool themselves and protect their skin. The best way to keep this kind of dog cool and comfortable is to regularly bathe and brush them. The only reason a person might need to shave their double coated dog is if the hair is so matted, it’s the only option.

Bailey – one year after being shaved. This is all the growth that returned. He is brushed and poofed up here. His coat is patchy and his guard hairs are non-existent. He was only shaved once by necessity.

Bailey

Romeo was shaved a few times from ages 4-6. He is now 10 and has a wonderful coat.

This actually gave me chest pains my heart hurt so bad!

Pet Feeding Reminder Gadgets

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Tips for Removing Mats for Newbies

Image result for matted pomeranianPoms are notorious for getting mats under their arms and legs and behind their ears.  Sometimes it seems like they appear overnight and are the size of marbles before we know what hits us!

If you have looked online at all you have probably not just read, but been screamed at to not shave your pom, no matter what!!!  Well, while this is excellent advice as shaving can cause permanent damage to your Poms coat, it is not always reasonable.

If you are adopting Pom from a shelter or found a stray on the street, you may have no choice but to use clippers to remove excess mats.  Excessive matting can not only be painful to any dog, it can also cause serious health problems by cutting off circulation to limbs, forcing hair into the eyes, or preventing waste from falling free of the animal causing urine burns and infected anal glands.

This method is simple and I call it “dissecting the mat”.  It can help salvage the hair that may be able to be freed from the mat without causing much discomfort to your pet.

You can do on your own in between trips to the groomer, or if you elect to do your own grooming (only use sharp, hair cutting scissors):

  • Isolate the mat you are going to work on.  Try to move all lose hair away from it.
  • With your fingers, see if you can work any of hair free of the mat.
  • Open the scissors and slip one end under the mat at a 90 degree angle (Perpendicular) to the skin and cut through the mat.
  • Move the scissors so that you can cut a second time through the mat, crossing the first cut.  The mat should now be in about 4 sections.
  • You can keep cutting through the mat as much as you feel is needed to loosen it up.
  • Using a steel comb, gently try to work the mat free, one section at a time.  The most important thing to remember is that it can be quite painful if you are pulling the hair to tightly.  If possible, try to use your fingers to hold the fur between the skin and the mat firmly so when you are tugging the mat free, you are not tugging the skin.

Keep in mind that while this method of “dissecting the mat” may help free the majority of mats without resorting to cutting it out, you will come across those that you will need to just cut out for one reason or another, it could be too thick, too big, in too sensitive an area, or just for times sake, etc…

If you do need to cut a mat out, gently hold the mat taught, hold the scissors parallel to the skin and as close to the bottom of the mat as you can get, then gently snip away the mat being careful to avoid the skin.  You may want to try a pass with thinning shears to see if the mat pulls away with being completely severed.

The main thing to remember is to take your time, hair grows back if you cut it a little crooked, if you need someone to help keep your pom calm and distracted while you work, by all means do so and always follow up with love and treats!

PetPom’s GIANT Book of Pomeranian Care

via Pomeranian Book | The Incredible PetPom Book – Now in Print

The PetPom Book has been re-written and improved and is now PetPom’s GIANT Book of Pomeranian Care.

This 372-page, comprehensive book is the most helpful, detailed Pomeranian book that exists.

Available in print (via Amazon) here: PetPom’s GIANT Book of Pomeranian Care – Paperback $16.99 8.5×11″ 372 pages

And PDF ebook (formatted for your computer, tablet, or smartphone) here: PetPom’s GIANT Book of Pomeranian Care – PDF ebook $8.99

If you are looking for a book about Pomeranians that goes above and beyond, you’ve found it. This incredible 372-page tome dives into every aspect needed to raise a happy, self-confident, well-behaved, and healthy Pomeranian.

Each action you take, decision you make, and even the words you say have an impact on your Pomeranian. This book explores every relevant topic with an emphasis on concise information and practical advice that never leaves you wondering ‘what next?’ You’ll be armed with the knowledge you need for all elements affecting your Pom directly or indirectly through every phase of life; from puppyhood through adulthood and into the senior years.

Learn about the Pomeranian with size and structural variations, show vs. pet Poms, personality (and how your actions help shape it), color, intelligence, and more. If you’re just now bringing a Pom home, this book will guide you with introductions to home & family, how to handle nighttime crying, setting up your Pom’s area, early desensitization, and more.

 
This book is tailored to your Pomeranian; shy or hyper, clingy or a bit too independent, a dog that jumps up on visitors or hides behind furniture when the doorbell rings. Every behavioral quirk that may manifest (26 sections) is in this massive book, including a comprehensive section on separation anxiety to give your Pom the gift of self-confidence and security while you’re away from home.

The grooming chapter (10 sections) is extensive, with a schedule of tasks, a breakdown of each, step-by-step bathing, the importance of proper drying, brushing (puppy and adult), tangles, coat products, nail clipping (with photos), tear stains, and more. The coat is one of this breed’s most defining features; this Pomeranian book covers it all with puppy to adult coat transitions, trimmings, shedding, and fur loss issues with home remedies to help restore the coat.

The training sections are exceptional with step-by-step instructions to curb barking (every single barking scenario along with training for each), heeling alongside you, meet & greets with other dogs, nipping, humping, begging, over-zealous licking, command training, instilling proper hierarchy, socialization and desensitization, and much more.

Feeding & nutrition (10 sections) is explored in full, with advice vital to your Pomeranian’s short and long-term health, as well as female topics (including full pregnancy, whelping, and ‘breeding for color’ info), body part specific care, andhouse training (9 sections; ensuring fast success with no stone left unturned).

 
The Exercise & Activity chapter covers requirements, fun things to do, dog park safety, weather-related adjustments, and much more.

This book doesn’t slow down for a moment, with incredibly extensive health information (30+ sections) covering every issue the Pomeranian is prone to, conditions that affect toy breeds, and relevant issues seen with canines in general, including an outstanding allergy chapter. Never second-guess yourself, wondering what to do.

Included are the results of two puppy-growth studies of 249 Pom puppies that tracked first-year weights, comprehensive owner survey results exploring appearance, behavior, and health of 3,695 Pomeranians, statistics regarding life expectancy, and an entire chapter dedicated to keeping your Pom safe.

Throughout this book are sidebars, charts, beautiful photos (b&w in print, color in ebook), and supplemental aids.

Contributors include several top reputable AKC Pomeranian breeders and author and trainer Faye Dunningham who provides special-edition training sections.

We hope you’re excited to begin the journey of learning more about your Pom and providing the very best of care. Let’s get started!

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