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Housetraining Your Pug

Anyone who has had a new puppy in their lives knows that, the same as children, along with the cuteness and the cuddles, comes mischievousness, naughtiness and a few accidents here and there.

House training your dog so they go to the toilet in the correct place can be one of the most stressful parts of disciplining your new pup. Going to the toilet inside, on the carpet, on the sofa or anywhere they shouldn’t be can be a nightmare for you, annoying to clean up and can be embarrassing if you have guests.

Pugs have a reputation that they are difficult to house train, or even just not a very intelligent breed of dog. This isn’t true. All dogs, and pugs, are different and each will learn in their own time; some might take a few weeks or it might take a few months to fully house train certain dogs. However, pugs do have a bit of a stubborn streak which can sometimes rear it’s head during potty training sessions.

baby pug on lead

Sometimes it may feel like that little puppy is going to the toilet anywhere he pleases just to upset you, but they just can’t help it. Everyone deals with it differently, but here are a few tips that might make the process a little bit smoother for you.

  • Be patient and calm. This is one of the most important factor when house training any dog. The little guys will make a mess on the carpet every now and then, there is no getting away from that, so yelling and shouting every time it happens won’t do you or the puppy any good. Simply clean it up and move on.
  • Stick to a routine. This may not always be possible with most people leading busy lives, but by implementing a consistent routine your puppy will become settled more quickly and know what to expect. Set meal times are a good idea and will give you a good indication of how long after food or water that they need to ‘go’.
  • Learn your dog’s behaviour and patterns. All dogs are different, but it’s a pretty good sign your dog is getting ready to go to the toilet if they are sniffing around in circles; make a quick exit to the backyard when this starts to happen. You should also pay attention to see is they have favourite spots they like to ‘go’ in frequently and be sure to thoroughly clean them with a biological agent that will eliminate any scent the dog may pick up in that area.
  • Be consistent. You should always use the same method of praise when your puppy goes to the toilet in the right place, so they are always clear on what they have done well and what they haven’t. You should try not to shout at or scold your puppy, especially when you haven’t caught them in the act of toileting in the wrong place; if you come home to an accident on the floor, shouting at your puppy will achieve nothing as they do not even remember doing it, so will have no idea why they are being scolded.

There are a number of different toilet training methods that you could research and implement at home, however, it is important to remember that all dogs, and owners are different. What worked for your friend and their pug, might not work for you. Above all it is equally important to be calm, patient and consistent; persevere through the accidents and the stress and you will get there eventually.

As always, we must remind you that we are not professional pet care specialists and this is merely general advice we have gleaned from caring for our dogs. We encourage you to seek the help of your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your pet.

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