One This article was written by Jake at Pomsky Owners Association Welcome to part two of our pomsky training mini-series. In this mini-series, we’re giving you bits and pieces from our Pomsky Training Book to help you train the perfect pomsky.
Pomsky training tips
These are must read tips BEFORE you begin training.
Five pomsky training tips:
Start training as soon as your pomsky comes home. The younger your pomsky is the easier it will be to train. Your pomsky needs to know at a young age that the owner is the one that provides value. When the pomsky behaves, the owner is the one that provides praise, the owner gives treats and the owner decides when the pomsky can play. Remember to start with the basics. Get the basic behavioral training and commands down first; these are absolutely the most important aspect of a well-behaved pomsky, don’t get too excited about teaching your pomsky party tricks. Even though they may be boring they are crucial to the harder commands. Don’t expect your dog to learn 5 new commands in one day. Understanding that the process is slow is important. Training cannot be rushed.”
Training a pomsky is a lifelong task. It’s important to start small and work your way up. Start with the priorities such as recall, sit, stay, where to potty, when to eat and not to beg. Once you master the simple commands and behaviors, it will be much easier to move onto the complex tricks and advanced commands.
Treats are an effective method of keeping your pomsky’s attention. Think of treats as a training tool, not a bribe. Use treats to your advantage and teach your pomsky early that they will be rewarded for behaving. Most Pomskies are highly food motivated. Use that to your advantage when training and trying to keep their attention. We highly recommend using treats to train your pomsky.
Keep Sessions Short
Short training sessions always work best. Training is mentally stimulating, you don’t want your pomsky to tire and become frustrated with the training. Keep your training session short, no longer than 10 to 15 minutes a couple times per day. Any longer than 15 minutes and you run the risk of doing more damage than good, you’ll lose your pomskies attention and you’ll end up teaching the pomsky to be distracted rather than engaged. Here at Brookside Pomsky we train ours for approximately 10 min sessions twice a day and have great results. This does not include the time it takes to potty train, crate train, and exercising the puppy.
Consistency is key. Pomsky breeders agree that lack of consistency is the number one biggest reason that pomsky owners fail to train their pomskies. Consistency means you start training and stick to it. You should be consistent in all of the following:
We will discuss this more in part 3 of the pomsky training series where we break down exactly how to keep consistent with your pomsky training efforts.
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Engagement means having your pomskies complete attention. Whether you are training, giving a command or playing with your pomsky, engagement means your pomsky is completely and totally focused on you. One way to get your pomsky completely engaged is for him to get his energy out before training sessions begin. If he's too active or excited, he wont listen. Go on a quick run or walk before your training session begins. A pomsky that is engaged wants to be with you and wants what you have, whether you have a favorite toy or a treat, the pomsky is fully focused on you and only you. An engaged pomsky is more interested in you than anything else in the world. Without engagement it’s impossible to even begin training your pomsky; if your pomsky is not engaged they will not learn, they will never be fully trained, and the future behavior of the pomsky will be jeopardized. If you don’t have your dog’s eyes, you don’t have your dog.
Some pomsky owners refer to this as “respect” because a disengaged pomsky appears disrespectful, ignoring your commands and disregarding you in general. This is a common misconception. Your pomsky is not disrespecting you; it’s just not engaged with you. Your pomsky has learned that other things are more interesting than what you have to offer.
Engagement must be taught before any other training. Pomskies that learn engagement as their first behavior become much easier to train; it creates a positive attitude towards learning and training and creates a stronger bond between the pomsky and owner. Here is one way to teach your pomsky engagement. In this process, we’re teaching the pomsky that in return for engagement, they will be rewarded with a treat:
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Now that you’ve read through the pomsky training tips you should begin teaching your pomsky engagement, use the step by step instructions provided above to begin training your pomsky. If you need more insight, examples, and step by step instructions on how to train your pomsky check out our Pomsky Training Book.
Once you teach engagement, move onto the next part of our pomsky training mini-series:
Here’s a summary of the top five training tips from pomsky breeders: