Did you know that despite their small size, Pomeranians are descendants of wolves? The small, lovable, big-hearted dogs are an excellent addition to any family. You must, however, like any other dog breed, invest in training it, so that you can curb any behavioral issues early on.
One of the best ways to get your pup’s full cooperation is to have the best training treats for Pomeranian puppies. Our article below will explore some of the treats and why they are ideal.
Fruits and Vegetables
It might be surprising but you will be pleased to learn that your Pomeranian puppy will happily eat fruit and veggie snacks. The trick is to look for those that are sweet and have the right texture. It is a guessing game with regards to the types to give because it will depend on what your pupper personally likes.
Try fruits such as apples, bananas, peaches, blueberries, and nectarines. You can also include strawberries, watermelon, pears, and raspberries. Remember to remove the seeds and cores from those that have them. Freeze some of the foods if you’ll be training on a hot day.
For vegetables, you can try butternut squash, cauliflower, zucchini and sugar snap peas. If your Pomeranian does not like the taste of raw vegetables, you can also try steaming them.
Another simple but great idea is to consider the regular food you give your Pomeranian puppy as a dog treat. Kibbles come in small pieces allowing you to regulate how and when you provide the puppy with a treat. Spice it up with something like a hotdog or sausage for a little variety. Microwaving them together with the dog food will make the whole meal smell more appealing, thus making it more enticing. Even the pickiest Pomeranians are unlikely to turn their nose to that!
Remember, Pomeranians are keen, intelligent animals, so, whatever you give them outside of the routine needs to feel special.
You can also try Zuke’s Naturals (one of our favorites, click to check on Amazon), which provides a balanced diet, and comes in a variety of flavors to choose from. Mix it with the kibble and give it to the pup in pea-sized portions during the training session.
Dogs love human food, so use what you have. Hot dogs are a favorite. You can also use cheese, boiled eggs, pieces of meat, and baby food. The idea is to explore what your puppy likes and apply it as a special-event food for use during the training sessions.
You will not run short of options with regard to dog treats. They are tasty, and you can break them up into small pieces. Treats such as meat jerky and freeze-dried liver (check on Amazon) are very popular with Pomeranian puppies due to taste. You can also try lickable treats such as peanut butter or cheese whiz, yogurt, or your pup’s favorite canned food. Bacon biscuits, chicken jerky, and tuna are other options you can explore.
How to Use Treats When Training Your Pomeranian Puppy
The main aim of using treats is to make your dog concentrate better. They also get to understand that responding to your commands will result in a reward. It would be best if you did it in moderation, though. Otherwise, they will stop placing any value on the rewards. You could also end up with a pup that starts to regard the treats as bribes. So here is what you need to have in mind:
- The treats should reinforce good behavior. It comes AFTER and not before good responses. If you offer it before, you are basically telling your pup only to respond when you offer a treat.
- Keep the treats away from the pup. If possible, hide them and only remove the amount you need.
- Ensure the treats are in small pieces, about the size of a pea that your pup can chew and swallow easily.
- Stick to healthy options as much as possible. Use the fruits and vegetables your furry pooch prefers instead of factory-produced treats.
- Add some little extras to motivate your pup further. Dogs are intelligent and can lose interest if you don’t vary the treats. If you, for example, use kibble, add some bacon or liver as the extra.
- When buying store treats, focus on the ingredients and go for healthy options. Homemade treats give you more control over the ingredients and the preparation process.
- You will need to allow room for experimentations before you get to the perfect treat combination.
- Practice moderation when rewarding your pup. It should not come after every good behavior. Rather, it should be something your puppy looks forward to; otherwise, it loses its appeal.
We have looked at the ways to determine the best training treats for Pomeranian puppies. You have many options with regards to what you can use. You have the option of store-bought treats, which offer convenience because they come ready to eat. You also have the homemade treats, which can be cost-effective and give you control over what you offer. Your Pomeranian pup will also enjoy fruits and vegetables, so make sure you incorporate them in the treats.