Now on the subject of my new pomeranian. I got her from a shelter in Sacramento. She was found wandering the streets in LA. We are thinking she is about 8 to 10 years old. Deaf or very hard of hearing.
The gal at the shelter said that she does not do well on a leash. I thought ok, we live on ten acres so a leash should not be that big an issue. Then I tried to put on on her. WOW!!! She went crazy. A very high pitched scream, bark, and vicoiusly attacked the leash. I immediatly took it off her. Now every time I bring it out to get her used to the idea she runs and hides. I take her outside without it and she sticks close to the door. But I am afraid that one day I will be chasing her down the country side.
Was it attached to a collar or a harness? Its best with a small breed to use a harness so that it does not pull on their necks. Poms are prone to collapsed treacheas. At her age and with her unknown history (she could've been abused) i personally would not bother stressing her with leash training. But if you really have to i do advise using a harness and attaching the leash in the house and letting her drag it around for awhile each day. That will at least get her to stop being afraid of the actual leash itself. Tell her No and correct her if she decides to attack it. After she is finally comfortable with that hold onto the leash and stand in one place. If shes tugging and screamign let her do it for a couple minutes, she'll likely spin all around you trying to get loose. That excersize will slowly but surely get her used to the fact that when she is on the leash she can't get away...
It will be a slow process, you just have to decide if it is worth it or not.
If she could hear me when I call her I would not be concerned at all. Living in the country with stray dogs and numerous foxes, I am afraid she will go too far. I tried letting her go out in the fenced yard with my bassets but they think she is great fun to torment.
I am curently using a braided collar and leash but I will pick up a harness the next time I go to town. She may take to that better.
I have tried to put the collar and leash on her while in the house so that she will get the feel of it. She will ground tie herself where she is, just like a horse will. When I take it off of her she will pout and give me the cold shoulder.
My husband thinks that with her age I should just let her be and not push the issue. I guarantee he will not be the one running down a dirt road chasing her. Living where we live there are just too many dangers for her to get loose.