Potty Training A Pug Puppy
Five suggestions for potty training your pug
When you first bring your pug home, you might be more interested in cuddling and playing with all their new toys than less exciting activities like potty training. Despite their stubborn nature, pugs aren’t all that difficult to train to go outside like other breeds. Is that bad news? Housebreaking is challenging. Starting their training early will pay off in the long run and prevent many unwanted accidents and surprises around the house. Here are some tried-and-true tips and tricks for setting up a regular potty schedule for your pup, which will help you avoid accidents as soon as possible.
Determine the symptoms.
Although speaking the same language as our moopers would be ideal, the next best thing is being able to comprehend what they are trying to say. Your pug might require a bathroom break if they suddenly begin to actively sniff, circle the room, or run around with excitement. Other typical indications of a full bladder include whining, sitting close to the door, or giving you anxious, uneasy looks. Your pup must understand that you will take them outside when they signal that they need to pee or poop in order to avoid routine accidents, so you must act swiftly.
Some people prefer to train their pug to ring a bell every time they need to go outside. If you’re having trouble differentiating between whines and are looking for a more obvious sign that your pup needs to go outside, To accomplish this, hang a bell by the door (obviously at pug level) and use treats to help them become accustomed to it. Encourage your dog to ring the bell every time you go outside (you can gently direct their nose to teach them how to do it), and they’ll learn pretty quickly that it’s a great way to get your attention when they need a bathroom break.
Create a routine
Pugs are small dogs, and as a result, so are their bladders. In fact, puppies’ bladders don’t fully develop until they are between 4 and 6 months old, so when they first arrive at their new homes, they will require even more frequent bathroom breaks. Establish the routine of taking them out as soon as you wake up, right after they finish eating, following playtime, right before you go to bed, and about every hour in between. Each time you take your pug outside, go back to the same location. This will help them link it to using the restroom, especially after they’ve used it frequently enough to associate the smells with it. There is no need to distinguish between a command for peeing and a command for pooping if you repeat the same verbal command each time to let them know it is time to go.
Playtime isn’t potty time.
It’s not appropriate to start playing fetch or working on other tricks when you bring your mooper to their spot. Wait patiently for five to ten minutes if they don’t immediately use the bathroom. In vain? Bring them inside and try again in 20 minutes. The most crucial thing is that your pup learns that going outside signals that it’s time to go potty and not to start chasing leaves.
Don’t punish, reward.
Praise your pup for going outside to urinate or poop every time. All the treats, belly rubs, and playtime are their due! Your pug wants to please you, so if they observe how pleased you are when they relieve themselves outside, they’ll encourage acting in that business. Having said that, it’s crucial to refrain from yelling at your pup when accidents occur. The shame might even motivate them to look for covert locations within the home to urinate and defecate. Instead, focus on taking them outside regularly to avoid repeat accidents and clean up the accident with a pet cleaner so that there are no lingering odors in the house that would encourage them to keep going to the bathroom inside. If you do notice your pup going to pee or poop inside, firmly tell them to stop (without yelling! ), pick them up, and bring them outside to finish their bathroom. In order to let them know they ultimately did the right thing, reward them if they finish their business outside!
Playpens and crates are your allies.
While you’re potty training your pug, keeping them in a smaller space that they feel comfortable in can help prevent unintended accidents rather than allowing them to roam freely around the house. They won’t want to use the bathroom there if they feel at home in their crate or another enclosed space. Just keep in mind that you’ll still need to take them outside regularly, so don’t leave them alone for too long!
In many situations, consistency is essential, and housebreaking your pup is no exception. Even if there are a few slip-accidents, keep up the consistent training and reward your pug for successful bathroom breaks to reinforce the idea that they should pee and poop outside. Puppy pads may seem like a good backup plan, but they reinforce the idea that going inside is acceptable, so you’ll probably be better off in the long run if you can avoid using them. Your pug will quickly become an expert at going outside if you are patient with them as they learn.