Dogs are intelligent creatures capable of learning many skills and tricks through training. Training is one of the fundamental pillars that we must take into account if we are thinking of acquiring a dog, regardless of its breed.
Many people think that because Pugs are not very energetic and active dogs, they do not need training, but that is a mistake. All breeds of canines need to be trained as it is part of their education as family pets.
Training a Pug correctly is very important, so we must know the essentials of training so that everything goes well:
Pugs Are Stubborn
Pugs are known for being difficult to train due to their headstrong personality. In fact, these canines are more challenging to train than many other dog breeds.
You might think that due to the stubbornness of the Pugs, you cannot train them correctly, but you are wrong. We must make sure to teach these dogs to focus on us, especially during training. Focus is a good way to efficiently train a Pug.
If you want to teach your Pug to focus on you during training, the first thing you should do is teach it the “Focus” command. Many trainers say this command while touching the canine’s nose with one finger.
Be sure to repeat the process as many times as necessary until your Pug gets used to staring at you every time you touch its nose and say the command. Don’t forget to reward your pet with a treat and praise.
This command will be very helpful during each training session, especially when your Pug loses its attention on you.
Pugs Need to Be Potty Trained from an Early Age
All dogs have little control over their bladders as puppies, but Pugs, regardless of age, have small bladders. That means that these animals could relieve themselves at any time of day and place if they are not properly trained.
Generally, a Pug needs to urinate or defecate every one or two hours, which could be a problem if you leave it alone all day at home.
For that reason, it is essential to provide proper training to Pugs from an early age. You have to make sure to choose a place in the garden or backyard. This place will be the one that your dog uses to relieve itself.
Keep in mind that you must establish a daily schedule for your Pug since, as we have said, these animals must go to the bathroom approximately every two hours.
It is best to take your Pug to relieve itself when it has just gotten up in the morning, after any activity during the day (eating, exercising, etc.), and before going to sleep at night.
Many owners of these dogs tend to use dog litter boxes, especially if they live in apartments or houses without a backyard. You should always be on the lookout for signs from your Pug. If you notice any signs that your pet wants to urinate or defecate, do not hesitate to take it immediately to the established place.
Socialisation Is Essential for Pugs
All breeds of dogs should receive socialisation training. Pugs are dogs with outgoing and affectionate personalities. They love to be around people, especially those who are part of their family.
Despite their good relationship with people, most Pugs need to be socialised to avoid developing erratic and even aggressive behaviours. You must expose your pet to other people, animals, places, and experiences so that it learns to interact with all of them.
Little by little, your Pug will begin to see other people and animals as their friends and want to socialise and even play with them. A socialised dog is a better pet.
Positive Reinforcement Is Something You Should Not Ignore
All types of training should be based on positive reinforcement. This method involves rewarding Pugs with treats and praise when they behave well.
Positive reinforcement helps the Pug associate an action with something positive like food. Remember that these dogs love to eat, and some treats will be a strong incentive for them.
Never Punish a Pug
Many dog owners tend to punish their pets when they don’t do something right or behave well. Physical and verbal violence are the worst ways to educate and train a Pug.
A dog should be treated with love and a lot of patience no matter how difficult it is to train. Punishing a canine, like the Pug, will only make it afraid of you and not obey you. It is very important to have a lot of patience when training a Pug.
It Is Important to Have Some Training Tools and Accessories
As we have already said, training is one of the fundamental pillars of having a dog at home. Pugs are amazing animals that can be difficult to train, so you will need the best techniques and methods so that you can easily teach them.
However, it is also important to have some essential things to provide any type of training for these dogs:
- Collar: Many people buy collars for their pets since it is possible to attach leashes with which they can walk these animals. In addition, you can add your Pug’s identification tag to a collar so that if it gets lost, another person can take it back, thanks to the information you added to the tag.
- Harness: Although the dog collar is one of the most used accessories by the owners of these animals, they are not usually so recommended for Pugs. Remember that Pugs are brachycephalic, that is, they have heads with flat faces and short snouts.
These physical features cause many respiratory problems, which will worsen with the use of collars. For that reason, a harness is the best solution since it is placed over the entire body of the Pug without directly affecting its neck.
- A treat pouch: As we have said, treats are important to reward these dogs every time they behave well.