Training pug dogs is very important for their safety and happiness. Pugs can be trained quickly, but they are a little bit on the stubborn side, which means that a pug owner needs to have a firm grasp on what works for training pug dogs so that the pug doesn’t start to take control. Following are seven tips to keep in mind while training pug dogs.
1. Start Training When Young
If you want to save yourself the challenge of training pug adults that have developed certain routines and habits, then start training the moment you get your pug in the door. The quicker they know what you want, the easier it will be to create a pug that ‘plays by the rules’ right from the beginning.
2. Use Positive Reinforcement
Rewarding your pug for good behavior is far more effective than punishing them for bad behavior. Dogs are hardwired to want pleasure, just as if humans are, so if they start to associate pleasure by doing the things you want, then it will make training much easier. Positive reinforcement comes in the form of treats, hugs, pets, and love.
3. Establish Leadership
Your pug needs to know that you are the boss, and they should respect you as such. If they feel that they have control of the situation, then they may only listen when they feel they need to. You need to use your body language and your energy to show them that you are the boss. This means you have to maintain a calm, relaxed, and in control attitude, that displays the message of an alpha in the house. If you are freaking out and very high energy, then your dog may feel the need to take the alpha role. This is just basic dog instinct, as dogs need a place in their pack. Therefore, ensure that you take the alpha role quickly so that they can settle into a less dominant role with you.
4. Be Consistent
Consistency is the key when training a pug. They need to know that you actually mean what you are saying. Do not let them get away with doing something wrong in certain situations, because they may decide that it is okay to do that action more and more often, and it may develop into a habit that is hard to change. For instance, if you let your pug jump up on your family members, then they may think that jumping up on strangers is okay as well. They cannot make the distinction between whom they can and can’t jump up on, but they can learn that jumping up is bad, so you need to be consistent and make everyone the same in their eyes.
5. Maintain Proper Exercise
You will find that an exercised dog will be easier to train. It will be hard to train your dog with mental activities if they are too high-strung to focus. They need to burn off their energy first before they can focus and listen. A good walk can burn off a ton of energy. They not only get physical exercise on a walk, but they also get mental exercise from experiencing the world around them.
6. Give Some Daily Love
Some dogs were bred to hunt, but the pug was actually bred to be a loving companion. Dogs are pack animals, and they need to be a part of a family, but not all dogs will enjoy sitting on your lap as much as a pug. Your pug will feel much better about themselves, and your bond, if you give them some daily love and attention. While dog training is a form of attention, it does not replace a good cuddle and petting session.
While most pugs will pick up your messages very quickly, some may take a little longer. Your greatest asset when it comes to training a pug is patience. If you are patient and understanding of your dog, then they will learn much quicker than if you are short-tempered or give up trying. You owe yourself and your dog that patience.
In conclusion, it doesn’t matter how you go about training pug dogs if you are not using the above seven tips. Your pug should start training from day one, and they need positive reinforcement, leadership, consistency, exercise, love, and patience in order to do the best job they can for you.