The Pug is the cutest breed in dogs, but house training a pug is probably the most difficult task for many Pug owners. Pugs are stubborn and independent breed making the training process a more challenging task. However, house training your Pug does not necessarily have to be daunting. Taking charge of the whole training practice increases the chance for success.
Successful house training often depends on how well you observe your pug. Every pug owner has the responsibility to monitor the house training process through to the end. It may take several months, but there should be no time limit to the training process. Here are some tips that will guide you throughout the training process.
Schedule Based Training
The first thing is to establish a bathroom and feeding schedule. Pugs have poor bladder control and unpredictable bowel movements especially during puppy stage. This means they have to be relieved more often and you need to schedule regular visits for the potty. Predict when your pug has to eliminate according to the schedule you’ve created.
Observe your pug for signs that they need a bathroom break. Usually, a Pug will act antsy, shake or even begin to squat. Your top priority should be to train the Pug to eliminate outside or in designated spots.
Establish a regular feeding schedule. Feeding the pug 3 times a day, will most likely result in at least 3 potty breaks. What you feed your pug will also have an impact when it comes to house training a pug. Another good plan is to avoid giving your pug plenty of water in the evening. During housebreaking, it is important that you use the same spot or route every time you lead the pug out. As the pug grows, he will learn to hold his bladder for much longer and eliminate at consistent times.
Crate Method of Training
Pug crate Training is an applicable house training technique. Many pet owners normally have a busy schedule which makes it hard to house train a pug. Therefore, including leash and a crate into your pug training is a prudent way to keep your pug while you are away. Pugs feel more secure in a place of their own and don’t like eliminating in their den. So purchase a crate that is reasonably sized to provide enough space for you pug.
Crate training is the best way to train you dog to eliminate outside. Remember that restricting a Pug throughout the day is not healthy for your dog so you should ensure that the pug gets adequate break. Correct use of the crate can also help lessen the possibility of your Pug suffering from separation anxiety. Never force your pug into confinement for prolonged periods of time as you may perplex or frighten your pug.
Indoor Potty Training
Although most pugs are trained to eliminate outdoors, sometimes it’s necessary to train your pug to relieve himself in an indoor potty spot. This method is suitable especially when you are away for several hours and the pug cannot hold and wait to eliminate outside.
To establish a pug’s indoor training, confine your pug to a small area for eating and sleeping. Select a corner away from these room and place a puppy pad or a newspaper. Take your pug there after every meal and eventually, he will learn to eliminate in the designated corner. As the pug grows up, slowly shift the pad or paper towards outdoor elimination.
It is unavoidable for a puppy pug to have an accident in the house especially when the activity level rises. It’s important that you constantly watch over your pug’s activity. Patience and consistency are fundamental when house training a pug. It’s important to understand that Pugs are different and some learn faster than others. It may take quite a few months to house train your Pug.
Reward your Pug Puppy
One of the keys to successful house training is to reward your Pug when he eliminates outside or in the designated areas. You can use verbal praise or treat rewards to develop a positive connection for your pug. Once the pug learns that he gets praised for eliminating outdoors, he will grow to be more consistent in the house training process.
The benefits of a well trained Pug are numerous. Whatever house training method you choose, you should be sure to use it properly. To positively reinforce good behavior in your Pug, follow a regular schedule and show patience with your Pug. House training a Pug is not something that happens overnight, but it’s well worth it.