There’s no dog that’s quite like a Pug. Excitable little characters that can’t seem to lick you enough, the time that you spend with your little friend is always a charmed one. If you are wondering how to train a pug then you have certainly come to the right place. In this article we will discuss training a pug puppy as well as training pugs of all ages for proper obedience and good manners. Without further ado, let’s talk Pugs!
Pug potty training
Potty training your Pug is going to be the first hurdle that you will want to get over. While incredibly sweet, the Pug as a breed is also notoriously stubborn, so sometimes potty training can take a little time. When it comes to this we thoroughly recommend a crate training regimen. This can help keep your Pug from pooping in the house at night and save your sanity just a little while your Pug learns proper pooping procedures.
How to train a Pug puppy to poop outdoors
First you are going to want to obtain a wooden crate or find an area of the house that you can isolate your dog in without them getting into a lot of trouble. Once you’ve got a space, spice it up for your little one by adding toys, a place to sleep, a pee-pad (there are some you can get which are made with real grass, which is a great way to reinforce potty training). When you have these things then the final touch for Pug comfort is partially covering the top of the enclosure with a blanket if this is an option. This makes your puppy’s crate more like a cozy-den and can help your dog to adjust to time here.
Pug crate training
Once ‘Pug Place’ is properly set up your next step is going to be making proper use of it. Every night after their last walk you will want to place your Pug into the den for bedtime. Pups in general do not like to poop where they are sleeping, so this already puts thing to your favor. Having the pee-pad present for emergencies also helps to hedge your bets, giving your Pug an ‘authorized’ place to do their business until their little bladder gets bigger and it becomes less of an issue. First thing in the morning, you should take your Pug out for a walk. Have a treat handy and as soon as your furry friend squats down or raises a leg to go then be sure to praise them and offer a delicious treat as a reward. After awhile you can start giving the treats out every 2 to 3 times in order to start weaning them off of the treats so that your Pug doesn’t get too roly-poly.
Obedience training for Pugs
Once your Pug has gotten the basics of potty training down then you can get to teaching them some more commands. One option that you can use for training is a ‘shock collar’ for Pugs. Now, before you get uncomfortable we should state that current e-collars are actually quite humane. The current that is passed through them is comparable to the massage pads which physical therapists employ for relaxing muscles. Further, many models offer shock-free options such as vibration or beeping as a means of getting your dog’s attention.
Training your Pug with an E-collar
With an e collar, training can be a snap. Set your collar on vibrate, for instance, and when you want to get your dogs attention you can call their name and tap the collar if they do not respond.. This directs their attention to you. After this, try giving them a command that you have taught them, like ‘sit’ or ‘come here’. Be sure to reward them with a treat if they perform the trick successfully. After a few weeks with the collar you will probably not even need it, as your dog will know that whenever you call them something good is going to happen!
Training tips to ensure your Pug-training efficiency
Patience is going to be the most important part of Pug training. Your little one wants to impress you, certainly, but this breed is very excitable and also famously stubbron. You’ll need to give your friend a little time to adjust to training. Some other tips for training your Pug successfully include the following:
- Use the same commands – Don’t vary your command word combinations or you can confuse your pup a little. For instance, if you teach them ‘sit!’ then don’t switch to saying ‘sit down!’. Just stick with ‘sit!’ to keep things simple.
“If you teach them ‘sit!’ then don’t switch to saying ‘sit down!'”
- Keep training times minimal – When teaching your dog tricks, keep the training sessions to no longer than 3-5 minutes. Your Pug has a short attention span and you don’t want your dog to get frustrated. A few quick sessions can accomplish much more than prolonged ones!
- Be generous with treats – One very easy way to train your dog is to give them treats and a command when they are already doing something. If your dog is sitting, for instance, you can say ‘sit!’ and give them a treat if they remain sitting. Later, when they are not sitting, try the command again. After awhile they will learn to associate the command with sitting and getting a treat and then you are ready to move on to the next command.
In this article we have discussed training tips and tricks designed to teach your Pug to be a well-behaved member of their new family. As long as you are patient with them and liberal with their treats then your Pug can pick up any number of impressive tricks. Don’t get frustrated with the Pug’s stubbornness, as it is simply part and parcel of the Pug package. Your little one wants to learn and WILL learn. It just takes a little time and a lot of love!.