Roberta Malott, Pondisde Toys
Having received a couple of emails recently regarding owners with
with biting Pomeranians has led me to put
together this little information article.
Please note, the information shared here is my personal
opinion based on my past experience with a couple of puppies we
brought home. One was
a Yorkshire terrier puppy, while the other was a Pomeranian puppy,
thereby confirming this is not a breed specific problem.
Both puppies were taken from their mothers at about six
weeks of age, and while some breeders feel this is OK, it most
definitely is not in the best interest of the puppy.
Puppies need the discipline of their mothers and siblings.
They learn bite inhibition, social skills they will need
when they get out into that big world.
By learning bite inhibition, they learn how hard they can
bite without hurting the animal or person being bitten.
If they are removed from their family too young (I feel
anything before three months is too young), usually they are
teething, and their mouths hurt – they want to bite.
If your hand or toes are in the way, they will be bitten.
And if your little puppy has not learned any better, that
bite will hurt. That
is when a problem arises.
New owners now think they have an aggressive puppy.
While all they have is a baby needing the discipline they
would have received from their mom or siblings had they not been
taken away so young. Experienced
owners can usually handle this quite well, however, new owners
don’t realize how to deal with this, and treat it as bad
behaviour using negative discipline thinking it will help.
Unfortunately, the negative corrections only make the
problem worse and it becomes a vicious circle.
Puppy bites, puppy is shook, or handled roughly, so puppy
bites more – you get the idea.
The puppy needs to be treated as he would have been treated
by his mom or siblings. If
puppy bites, a very shrill “OUCH” and removing yourself from
his play (only for a second or two) will be a start to getting rid
of the unwanted biting. Your
puppy will not want you to stop playing, and will soon learn if he
bites too hard, you will no longer play.
Puppies need lots of chew toys – especially while he is
be aware of breeders who let their puppies leave before 10-12
weeks. Make sure your
new puppy has learned what he needs to know to make him a happy,
well adjusted, socialized member of your family.
And that means staying with his mom until he has learned
that important bite inhibition.
see To Young to Leave My
Mom by Roberta Malott