Training a Pug to walk with a leash can be quite the challenge. However, all is not lost. In this article, we discuss 10 tips that will help you leash train your Pug.
Tip #1: Use a harness, not a regular collar
Unlike other dog breeds, Pugs aren’t easy to control using a normal collar and leash. Their small, compact, and muscular frame means that they exert a lot of force on a leash every time they pull. If your Pug isn’t very fond of the direction you are walking or how fast you are moving, he will start pulling. This will quickly wear your arm out, not to mention place a lot of pressure on their neck. Get a good harness like the Puppia harness.
Tip #2: Don’t over-train your Pug
Pugs are naturally small and bulky with short legs. This means that they expend more energy when walking or running. When you are leash training a Pug, you need to take it easy with them and be patient. Don’t force them to walk very long distances or train for extended periods of time. They may overheat if they engage in excessive activity.
Tip #3: Prepare some treats for positive reinforcement
Nothing motivates a Pug puppy to follow instructions and obey commands more than food. As you train your Pug to walk with a leash, keep some treats handy to be used as rewards for good behavior. Ensure that the treats you pick are some of your Pug’s favorite treats so that they understand they have done something really good.
Tip #4: Train your Pug in a place with minimal distractions
Pugs are really intelligent dogs, but they also get distracted very easily. If you want to maximize on your leash training sessions, make sure that you find a place that is free from unnecessary distractions such as other pets or people.
Tip #5: If your Pug starts pulling on the leash, turn around
At the beginning of training your Pug to walk on a leash, you will experience a lot of tugging an pulling. To stop this behavior, simply stop walking, turn around, and head in the opposite direction. The Pug will realize it’s moving in the wrong direction and come to you. Repeat this every time he pulls ahead until he learns to stay by your side.
Tip #6: Understand the character of your Pug
Every Pug has a different character and each dog is most active at a particular time of the day. For example, if your Pug loves to nap in the afternoon, then you are better off leash training him either during the morning or evenings after their nap. Know your Pug and schedule leash training when they have the most energy.
Tip #7: Train your Pug for 15-minute intervals
It is very difficult to hold the attention of your Pug for longer than 15 minutes. They will start to lose focus and become bored. To make your leash training more effective, use short training sessions.
Tip #8: Maintain self-control and patience
Training a pug can sometimes be very frustrating. This is why you need to control yourself at all times. Without self-control, you cannot control your dog. Leash training requires patience since it takes time for your Pug to get things right. If you feel you are getting angry because your Pug isn’t behaving accordingly, stop the leash training and resume later when you are calm.
Tip #9: Don’t tighten the leash excessively
When walking your Pug, avoid tightening the leash too much. This may cause discomfort for your Pug and consequently, they may start pulling on the leash to counter your actions. Maintain a slightly slack leash during training so that your Pug will enjoy going for walks.
Check out our E-Book on leash training your puppy the right way!