Taking care of a baby is not an easy task. Having a puppy is not much different.
It is very important to remember that a puppy is a great responsibility, and just like a baby, you must teach it everything you can.
Obviously, there are things that humans learn that an animal of this type could not, but there are others that are similar. For example, dogs must learn to go to the bathroom at the right time and place.
Most dogs are potty trained in a similar way. However, that does not mean that all breeds are equally easy or difficult to train. In fact, training a Pug is not an easy thing as this canine is very stubborn.
Due to the difficulties involved in training a Pug, it is essential to know the best ways to train a puppy of this breed.
Can We Potty Train a Pug Puppy?
Of course! Pugs can be trained in any facet, but you must keep in mind that these canines can become very stubborn.
A stubborn dog is a great challenge to train as it is very likely that it will not wish to obey you on many occasions. In fact, a Pug puppy may want to make decisions on its own, and you won’t be able to change that no matter what you do.
Pug puppies need to be potty trained whether you live in a big or small house, apartment, condo, etc. Of course, the type of training you provide your Pug could vary depending on your home.
For example, if you live in a house with a garden or backyard, then you will have to teach your pet to urinate and defecate in those places.
However, if you live in an apartment or a small house without a garden or backyard, it is best to choose a suitable place inside the house for your Pug puppy to urinate or defecate there.
When Should Your Pug Puppy Be Potty Trained?
All dogs should be trained as puppies. Why? Young dogs, like children, tend to retain information more quickly. Puppies have a better learning ability than adult dogs.
Keep in mind that you cannot start potty training a Pug puppy during its first few weeks of age. You must first wait for the little creature to control its bladder. This will occur between 12 and 16 weeks of age for the Pug.
What Should You Keep in Mind to Potty Training Your Pug Puppy?
There are several steps that you have to take into account to train your Pug. Some of them are:
Set a Feeding and Potty Schedule for Your Pug
This is one of the most important steps you have to consider when potty training your Pug puppy.
Establishing a feeding schedule for your dog every day and at the same time will help it learn to follow its daily routine and also prevent it from having gastrointestinal problems due to a gap in its feeding.
Next, develop a schedule for your Pug to go to the bathroom each day. For example, the most used hours are:
- In the morning (when the Pug wakes up)
- After each physical activity
- After each meal
- After every walk to the park
- At night (before your Pug goes to bed)
Keep in mind that despite the hours that we have indicated above, it is advisable to take a Pug puppy every 30-60 minutes since its bladder is not yet fully developed or controlled.
When your Pug gets used to the times and places where it should urinate and defecate, it will learn on its own to tell you when it wants to go to the bathroom.
Be Patient and Consistent Throughout the Process
Potty training a Pug can be one of the biggest challenges for anyone. It is not easy to teach this habit to a Pug, and the reason is very simple: this breed is very stubborn.
Pugs are stubborn dogs that do not usually obey at all times. These canines prefer to make their own decisions, so don’t expect them to obey you every time you want. Besides that, keep in mind that a Pug is not that smart when it comes to learning new skills and commands.
For that reason, it is important to have a lot of patience during the process. Normally, most dog breeds could get used to urinating and pooping in the right place within 2 weeks to a month. However, a Pug will require more time.
Use the Positive Reinforcement Method
Pugs, and all other dog breeds, love to eat. Treats are an excellent incentive for these animals. These canines will do anything for a couple of treats.
You must take advantage of this in your favour. Positive reinforcement consists of rewarding a dog with treats and praise every time it does something correctly.
In this case, you should give your Pug puppy a treat every time it urinates or defecates in the right place and at the right time.
Make sure you never reward your Pug when it relieves itself in the wrong place and at times outside of its daily routine. Rewarding your puppy when he doesn’t do things right will make him associate the bad habit with something positive.
Just because your Pug doesn’t do something right doesn’t mean you should physically or verbally punish it. You must understand that it is an animal and that, just like a small child, it can make mistakes and have accidents.
How Can I Know If My Pug Puppy Needs to Urinate or Defecate?
People tend to show certain signs when they want to go to the bathroom. Pugs are the same.
When a Pug wants to urinate or defecate, it will let you know through its body language. For example, it might begin to sniff, spin around on its own axis, bark loudly, or even whine.
You have to know how to detect these signs to act in time and take your pet to the backyard or to its established place.