With the record setting temperatures this summer you’re probably thinking of ways to keep your Pom cool. You might think that giving your pom a short haircut or shaving him is one way to cool him off, but you’d be very wrong!
In this article Yogi explains how poms cool themselves and why giving them an extreme hair cut can actually cause them to overheat more easily.
Poms Don’t Sweat, but Cool in Other Ways
We start with a quick science lesson on how poms cool themselves.
Deciding to go for an adult pomeranian rather than a puppy is an exciting decision! But it’s also one with both advantages and disadvantages compared to picking a pom straight out of the litter (see our related post).
On one hand adults tend to be better behaved and may even be housetrained. On the other hand the adult pom already has habits—good or bad—ingrained and so these may be harder to change than if you started with a puppy.
In this article we’ll talk about questions you should ask the person you’re buying your adult dog from as well as what things to pay attention to when interacting with the pom.
A popular method for determining a puppy’s temperament is Puppy Aptitute Testing (PAT).
While there are experts in Puppy Aptitute Testing who would gladly take your money for them to run the tests, the truth is you don’t really need to hire one to inspect your puppy. Just use the following simple tests to get a feel for how the puppy you’re interested in will behave.
1. Social Attraction Test
Procedure: Motion the puppy to approach you from 4 feet (1.2 m) away
Good response: The puppy should eagerly approach you with his tail down
If you’ve decided that you want to get a pom puppy, then you want to make sure you research any potential pups thoroughly any time you visit a potential puppy seller.
If you need help figuring out where to find a pom puppy, see our article about where to buy a pom.
Here’s a checklist of things to pay attention to when you do a puppy visit.
Your ideal puppy should be between 8 and 12 weeks old. This is a good age because the puppy will typically be finished weaning, is eating a lot, and is full of energy. At this point they are ready to belong to a new home and become attached to people.
I’m going to go for a little controversy in this post so I’d love to hear your thoughts.
One of my favorite shows during summer vacation as a kid was The Price is Right, hosted by the inimitable Bob Barker (sorry Drew Carey–you’re ok but no Bob Barker!). Bob would end every show with the line,
“Bob Barker reminding you–help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered!”