Potty Training Your Pugs: What You Should and Shouldn’t Do

pugPugs are known to be a cute, playful, affectionate, and fun-loving breed with a pleasant temperament. They get along well with children and other pets in the home which makes them a popular breed among dog lovers.

As with other breeds of dogs, potty training a pug is not a simple task. Although they are not as hard to potty train as terriers or scent hounds, it’s not easy to do nonetheless. As it is, the task still requires a lot of patience, knowledge of effective techniques, and a lot more patience, just like in obedience training.

However, their small body build makes potty training pugs a little difficult. Most owners find training pugs to potty hard because they are small and training them can take up to as long as six months. Pug puppies are particularly harder to potty train since they don’t have the ability to control their bowel movements yet until they are 12 weeks old. Nevertheless, it shouldn’t discourage you to train them as early as possible. You may still be unsuccessful in that time but starting early will still pay off. As stated earlier, all it takes is patience.

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Pugs are also known to have a tiny bit of stubbornness within them which they can manifest during the whole training process. However, pugs are also intelligent dogs, so they can be easily trained using the right methods. They also are very loving and loyal to their owners. They will work to please their owners which makes them somewhat pliable for training.

There are many ways out there to get ideas on dog training. Many online resources such as manuals and the more comprehensive potty training videos are there that you can gain free access to.
One particular training method is crate training. It involves having a crate where you put your pug in. It should be just the right size for your pug to stand up in, turn around, and lie down. It needs to be established as a living space so he will not potty in it. It should also not seem as a place for confinement or punishment. To do this, toys can be placed inside it or he can be fed in it.

When you notice signs that your pug needs to potty, like whining and circling around, get him out of the crate and take him to the designated place you assigned for him to potty, whether outside or an indoor dog potty pan. Praise him when he does so. Using reinforcements like praise and giving him treats or rewards when he does the right thing will make your pet realize that dumping his dog potty in that area is good. Firmly saying no when they are about to go in an inappropriate place and leading them to potty area is also a good way to potty train your dog. Using command words telling them to go potty is also effective in the long run.

There are also a few things to consider about potty training especially for pugs. They are very sensitive dogs, so you need to be patient with them and keep your voice calm. It is of no use getting angry with them. They’ll just be scared, submissive, and can also suffer from submissive urination, which is the opposite of what you want.

As pugs are intelligent, they can also be taught tricks to signal that they want to go potty. Other owners have successfully taught their pugs to ring a bell. Frequent repetitions of verbal commands are also useful.

Remember, what potty training takes is consistency, persistence, and lots and lots of patience.

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