Ok.... I don't know where to start
!! Ummmm.....ok first of all I have raised two dogs from puppies. The first was a chocolate lab... we lived in town and kept her in the smaller part of the yard. I was a lot younger.... I didn't have the experience to train her right or the ability when she got bigger. We did get this dog, Hershey from an in-home breeder. STOP! I want to say I was totally uneducated about animal shelters, breeders, and all that stuff so I didn't know I should adopt and I was just excited about getting a puppy. Do not hold it against me! I will never do it again! So let me just say this... Hershey was trained a little to sit, shake, and stay but she ws by no means a good dog. It was probably my fault though. We got rid of her (to a VERY GOOD home) because we felt we were being unfair to her. My second puppy (I was looking for a dog and she just happened to be a puppy. I wouldve been happy to get an older dog too.), Dixie is AMAZING! We ADOPTED her from a shelter. She is my best friend and although sometimes I get upset with her I LOVE her to death and I believe she would lay her life down for me. Sound like the relationship you are looking for?? Probably. Let me just say that relationship doesn't come for free. You have to spend time with them... a LOT of time! Please please do not buy a dog from the pet store... the pet store may say it is not from a puppy mill but usually it is. If you do not know what a puppy mill is please visit PetShopPuppies.org
. Please ADOPT! ok now to your questions!
Q: Conflict in the pack
My A: A Pomeranian is MUCH smaller than a German Shepherd or Austrailian Shepherd! So maybe the Pomeranian will not be so bossy. Since the Pomeranian is leaving I don't think it will be an issue. Afterall, there HAS to be a "pecking order" if you have more than one dog and there will be a dog on the top and a dog on the bottom...simple as that. Same way with horses, chickens, or any animal really.
Q: When to start training
My A: You can start basically training basically within a week after you get him (I say a week because you want him to give him some time to get used to you before you start throwig commands at him). Keep the sessions short.. maybe 10 min. 2-3 times a day. Puppies have a short attention span! On the potty training.. start IMMEDIATELY! Potty traing is a tough job so make sure every one in your family kows it is likely there will be SEVERAL accidents. All dogs learn at a different rate... if you get the puppy and want more tips PM me and I will be happy to help ya! Put him on the leash when you first get him. I mean when he is just walking around the house snap the leash on and follow him around. Use his name often and before you give him a comand say (for example) "Buddy. Sit" He will learn his name pretty quickly and I dont think it will hurt to call him a nickname once he does. A lot of it is the tone of your voice. You could call him anything and as long as it is in an excited voice he will think you are talking to him! Don't let him sleep in your bed untill he is potty trained (obviously). I would wait till he got bigger to sleep with him.
Q: "Starting school and leaving him"
My A: It is not the best sittuation... you will have tokeep him in a crate. If the great isn't too big he probably wont potty in it because it is his special place unless he absolutely HAS too. Your sister will def. have to let him outside a couple of times.
Q: "Will spending too much time with him make him needy"?
My A: Obviously, with you being in school you wont be spending "too much" time with him.
Q: "Getting a solid bond"?
My A: You need to feed him, take him out potty (I understand others will have to do this sometimes), and train him yourself. First, make sure he responds to your commands well then let the rest of the family work with him.
Ok I am sorry but I gotta go.... hope I helped!