Pomskies are adorable and energetic dogs that love to play and explore. However, their curiosity and playful nature can sometimes get the best of them, particularly when they encounter squirrels or other small animals. As a breeder for pomsky, I understand the importance of training your pomsky to prevent distractions and improve their focus. In this article, we will discuss some tips and tricks to help you stop your pomsky from getting distracted by squirrels.
Why Are Pomskies So Easily Distracted by Squirrels?
Before we dive into the tips and tricks, it is important to understand why pomskies are so easily distracted by squirrels. Firstly, pomskies are bred from two intelligent breeds: Pomeranian and Siberian husky. These breeds are known for their high energy levels, curiosity, and hunting instincts. Secondly, squirrels are small and fast-moving animals that trigger your pomsky’s prey drive instincts. This means that when your pomsky sees a squirrel, their natural instinct is to chase after it.
Tips & Tricks to Help Your Pomsky Stay Focused
1. Start with Basic Obedience Training
The first step in preventing your pomsky from getting distracted by squirrels is basic obedience training. Train your dog basic commands such as “sit,” “stay,” “come,” and “leave it.” These commands will serve as the foundation for more advanced training techniques.
2. Keep Your Pomsky on a Leash
When walking your pomsky outside or in public areas with lots of squirrels, keep them on a leash. This will prevent them from running after squirrels or other small animals that catch their attention.
3. Use Positive Reinforcement
Reward your pomsky for good behavior with treats, praise, and affection. This will encourage them to focus on you and ignore any distractions around them.
4. Practice Distraction Training
Distraction training involves exposing your pomsky to different stimuli, such as squirrels or other small animals, while teaching them to remain focused on you. Start by walking your pomsky on a leash in an area with lots of squirrels. When your pomsky notices a squirrel, redirect their attention to you by using the “leave it” command and rewarding them for obeying.
5. Play Interactive Games
Interactive games such as fetch, hide-and-seek, and tug-of-war are great ways to bond with your pomsky while improving their focus and obedience. These games also provide mental stimulation that can prevent boredom and reduce the likelihood of your pomsky getting distracted.
6. Socialize Your Pomsky
Socializing your pomsky with other dogs and people can help improve their focus and reduce the likelihood of getting distracted by squirrels or other small animals during walks or playtime.
7. Use Distracting Toys
Distracting toys can be used to redirect your pomsky’s attention away from squirrels or other small animals. Toys such as chew bones, puzzle toys, and interactive toys can keep your dog busy while improving their mental stimulation.
8. Avoid Squirrel-Infested Areas
If you live in an area with many squirrels, consider avoiding these areas when walking your pomsky until they are better trained to ignore distractions.
Preventing your pomsky from getting distracted by squirrels requires patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement. By following these tips and tricks, you can train your pomsky to stay focused on you during walks and playtime while reducing their prey drive instincts towards small animals. Remember that training takes time, so be patient with your furry friend as they learn new behaviors and habits. With dedication and persistence, you can help your pomsky become a well-trained and obedient companion.