As with any behavioral problem, it is important to understand what is happening and why it is happening before solving it. There are usually a few options when it comes to an attacking dog, with a fear response being the main cause of many attacks. Health issues in your dog can certainly cause an inappropriate response as well, and with some dogs it is simply learned behavior. For some dogs, a high prey can be the main cause, but with Pomeranians this option is highly unlikely. Lastly, it could be overstimulation.
If your adult or senior Pomeranian has had a sudden attack without any history of reactivity or aggression, then health issues are the first thing that comes to mind. In that case, a trip to the vet should be the first step, but it doesn’t hurt to let any dog be checked out first for health issues.
How can I calm my Pomeranian anger issues?
Some people question whether an aggressive dog is mentally ill or is dealing with mental health issues to the point where they cannot be resolved. This type of thinking is particularly common among older, adopted Poms.
The answer to the question “Can this problem be fixed?” it depends.
Why is my Pomeranian aggressive?
Although Pomeranians are not among the most aggressive breeds, any dog can be aggressive under the «right» circumstances. Typically, Pomeranians can display aggressive tendencies towards people and other animals.
So, let’s see what are the most common reasons for the aggressiveness of the Pomeranian.
Theories of Idiopathic Aggression
A variety of studies and tests over the past 30 years have failed to yield a clear cause or definitive diagnosis for idiopathic aggression. Behaviorists can’t even agree on what to call it! (See The Evolving Vocabulary of Aggression, below.)
Given the failure to find a specific cause, it is quite possible that there are several different causes for unexplained aggressive behavior which are all lumped together under the term “idiopathic aggression .” Some dogs in the middle of an episode may foam at the mouth and squirm, which can be an indication of epileptic seizures. The most common onset of the behavior between 1-3 years of age also coincides with the onset of most status-related aggressions, as well as the development of idiopathic epilepsy, making it even impossible to use age of onset as a differential diagnosis.
Protect your dog after a dog bite
The first thing you need to do is protect your dog to avoid further problems.
You can put her in a box, confine her in a separate room, or tie her up using a leash.