Not all dogs are easy to train. Some are highly intelligent and willing to learn anything their owners try to teach them, but other canines can be difficult to train due to their personalities and temperaments. Pugs are part of this second group.
A Pug is an affectionate and friendly dog with its human family members but can be stubborn on several occasions.
This personality makes it difficult to train this canine since it will not only not obey you but will do anything it wants while you are trying to teach it something. Dogs with this temperament often present a challenge when trying to train them.
Potty training is not usually easy and even less so for Pugs. This type of training is essential for any breed of dog.
Just as parents help their children to go to the bathroom at a certain age, dog owners must guide their pets and teach them where and when to relieve themselves.
What Should You Take Into Account to Potty Train Your Pug?
As we have already said, Pugs are not easy to train to go to the bathroom, so it is important to take into account some things so that the process is faster and more effective:
You are wrong if you think that your Pug will learn to relieve itself at the right place and time. These dogs are stubborn, and therefore their learning process is usually slower.
Why? Simply because they are so stubborn that they will do what and when they want. That is, they are unlikely to obey your commands on the first few tries, especially if they don’t want to.
You must be very patient and understand that the process of potty training a Pug can take months. It is not an easy task, but it is not impossible either. If you take the time to train your pet every day, then the results will come faster than you think.
Training at a Young Age
Any type of training should be carried out when the dog, regardless of breed, is a puppy. Potty training is no exception.
Remember that just like children, dogs learn faster during their youth. That is why it is recommended that you start training your Pug as soon as you bring it home.
Keep in mind potty training can take 2-3 months in a puppy, while adults of this breed may take twice as long.
Place Where the Pug Will Urinate or Defecate
Choosing the place where your Pug will relieve itself is one of the most important things to consider before beginning training.
Most people recommend training canines to relieve themselves somewhere in the backyard or garden. Other people prefer to find a place inside the house. Either option is fine since it largely depends on where the owners of these dogs live.
- If the owners of a Pug live in a spacious place with a backyard or garden, then look for a spot in those places since it is always more advisable for an animal of this type to defecate or urinate outside the house to avoid a bad smell.
- If you live in a small house without a garden or backyard or in an apartment, then you should strategically look for a spot inside the house that is far from the place where family members usually spend time.
After selecting the place that will become your Pug’s bathroom, it is time to establish the schedule for it to relieve itself.
Keep in mind that during your Pug’s puppy stage, you should take it to the chosen place every morning to urinate or defecate and then every 30 minutes or an hour, depending on its age.
It is also important to remember that as your Pug gets older, it will only need to go to the bathroom at certain specific times of the day.
For example, make sure to take your dog to its bathroom every morning, after every meal or exercise session, and at night before bed.
When your Pug is sufficiently used to its routine, it will let you know whenever it needs to relieve itself.
Use Positive Reinforcement
Positive reinforcement is an indispensable method for any training. When it comes to potty training a Pug, positive reinforcement consists of rewarding the canine with a treat or praise every time it urinates or defecates in the chosen spot.
Obviously, there are times when your dog will not be able to resist the urge to relieve itself inside the house. In those cases, simply avoid rewarding it and do not scold or punish it as that could bring adverse results.
Keep in mind that positive reinforcement is a great way to deal with stubborn Pugs.