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5 Pug Puppy Training Tips

One of the things that you will quickly notice about your Pug puppy is that it is a total bundle of energy. The little dog will be running around and playing with everyone and everything it sees. Your Pug puppy may look cute and adorable as it entertains you around the house, but if you do not take advantage of that time and learn how to train a pug, you will run into trouble later on.
It is generally recommended that you only start basic training for your Pug puppy after they turn three months old. While your Pug is still a small puppy, your main priority should be to win his confidence so that he loves and respects you. Obedience training should begin when they are seven to eight months of age.


Here are five tips that you can use for training a pug puppy:


Tip #1: Be patient and use encouragement

You need to exhibit patience when you are trying to teach your puppy how to obey commands. Pug puppies are well-known for being a pain in the backside and causing a lot of chaos around the house. However, you can still get them to learn and behave appropriately by setting consistent boundaries and rewarding their good behavior.
Some owners tend to use negative reinforcement when training their Pug puppies. Things like scolding, using muzzle or choke collars, or physical punishment may stop bad behavior. However, it also leads to the puppy being stressed, confused, and afraid of you. That is why positive reinforcement is the best option. You need to encourage your puppy’s good behavior, preferably by using a clicker. This is a device that you use to make a unique clicking sound every time your pug behaves well.


Tip #2: Adopt a specific training voice

From the moment you begin training your Pug puppy, you need to use a distinct training voice. You can achieve this by issuing commands in a clear and firm tone. When you tell your puppy to do something, you must persist with it until the comm. Do and is obeyed. You need to show your Pug that there is a difference between your playing voice and your training voice. This has more to do with pitch and tone rather than loudness.


Tip #3: Buy a harness instead of a regular collar

Pugs have compact and muscular bodies that are quite strong. Since they are renowned for tugging on their leashes, you may feel a lot of discomfort if you use a regular flat collar when leash training them. With their “pushed in” faces, such collars may injure their sensitive throats and create breathing problems. Choke chains and prong collars are also a bad idea.
The best option would be a harness that fits around their chest. Most Pug owners love harnesses that come with a clip at chest level. These will help you to redirect the puppy easily and prevent them from pulling on the leash.


Tip #4: Monitor your training sessions

Training sessions can get difficult for both you and your Pug puppy. Most puppies cannot stay focused for longer than 5 minutes of training, so keep your initial sessions short. Increase the amount of time gradually until you are spending about 15 minutes in training. It is also a good idea to have play sessions after your training sessions. Do not play with your puppy during training. Your Pug puppy needs to understand that training is serious business and the entertainment only comes later on.


Tip #5: Set a specific routine when housebreaking

One thing about Pug puppies is that they don’t catch on very quickly when it comes to appropriate toilet habits. Some puppies can be five or six months old yet they still haven’t learned housetraining. Pugs also need longer toilet breaks at night compared to other dog breeds.
The first thing you need to do is establish a routine for their eating, peeing and pooping, and playing. Make sure that these activities have designated areas and occur at about the same time every day. Pug puppies tend to require toilet breaks every two hours, so if you are not going to be around, put your puppy in its crate. Most dogs hate soiling their bedding area. Ensure that you accompany your Pug outside to the toilet area so that you can praise them when they do pee or poop in the right place. Pugs tend to be motivated by food, so have some treats ready as positive reinforcement.

Training a Pug puppy requires patience and persistence. Once your puppy learns how to behave well, both of you will be pleased with each other. This will build a great bond between the two of you.

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