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    Question 1 y/o male pug training help please! :)

    Hello everyone!

    (I know this is long but please could you spare a few minutes to help out- we're desperate )

    I just joined last night as myself and my family (mum and little sis) have been trying and trying to train our first ever pug, Frankie, but nothing seems to be working!

    Although we've taken him to obedience/training classes many times, had him spend time with a trainer at her home for a few weeks and tried many times to train him at home, he only knows how to sit, lie down, give paw and occasionally signal when he wants to go outside to relieve himself- all very cute tricks but not quite enough!

    He stays in the kitchen which is a big space but we'd like to get rid of the baby gate and start letting him around the house.

    The thing is, he INSISTS on biting/eating literally everything and anything he can get his mouth on. This is not only when we let him out of the kitchen- he does it non stop. Frankie has managed to completely shred 2 leather high chairs, the Sky cable twice, about 3 shelves and railings and constantly chews on his bed. No matter how many toys/bones/distractions we give him, he does not stop! We've tried everything!

    He is also not fully housetrained and will not hesitate to pee or poop anywhere.

    Frankie also manages to have a full bar of energy 24 hours a day. Whenever we try to take him on the couch to watch a movie or to stroke him on our lap, he refuses to stay still and relax but instead jumps around and behaves crazily.

    He only turned 1 year old on November 12th so maybe it's just a puppy thing?

    Could anyone please help us out? We'd love to start letting him around the house as soon as possible but just need to clear these little problems up!

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    Does he get much exercise? Pug pups have boundless energy that needs to be drained or they cause all sorts of mayhem. You could try longer walks, up the intensity (short runs), for boredom... maybe puzzle toys...
    For signalling to go outside you could try teaching him to ring bells hanging from the door. Works for my guys since they don't bark to ask to go outside.

    I have one chewer too...she's a year old. I'm hoping she'll grow out of it....in the meantime I have to watch her like a hawk. lol!

    Hopefully you'll get more suggestions from other members.....
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    Well I also have a soon to be one year old called frankie. Right now I am going through the 'terrible twos' as you are. Mine is also very very hyper and it completely does my head in. I would say just walk him as much as you can and make sure he is tired before you go home. In regards to the chewing, I know he is cute etc but you guys need to find a boundary. You can't have him misbehaving. He needs to know chewing is not right. So a firm "no!" Every time he does it should work. Or clap and say no. You also need to distract him with loads of toys. When he goes to chew a cable (which is life threatening) say no! Then replace it with a chewable toy. Distract him with it and play with him. With the pooping in the house you need to watch him like a hawk. As soon as he starts to sniff around in circles take him outside. I taught mine to go toilet on demand. So while he is peeing outside I would tell him "go pee pee" and he learnt that outside is where he is meant to go. You could try that. If he has a accident in the house clear it up and completely ignore him. Put him in the kitchen alone. When he does it outside kick up a hugeeee fuss so he know that he will get a treat when he does it in the right place.
    I have heard that pugs will grow out of the hyperness but I'm not sure. Apparently it doesn't stop till he's about 2 years old. Good luck hope I helped.
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    Ps once he learns "go peepee" when you take him outside to go toilet keep saying it and he will go on command, that will also help him learn that outside is the right place to go.
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    I also wonder how much exercise he's getting - does he have a daily walk, of about an hour? If not, this will be the place to start.

    When you say you've done training, do you mean with treats, with a clicker? Did these trainers try dominance theories? (Some things work better on pugs than others, dominance tends to not work so well... nevermind that it's outdated and really should not be taught anymore, but ok)

    What is he eating? Some dogs get very hyper on foods rich in grains, this is something to look at as well.

    How are you going about teaching 'leave it'?

    Then, have you tried bitter sprays to discourage the chewing?

    How is his bite inhibition? Does he bite you guys too?
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    Well we're all out most of the day but we do walk him once before leaving and 2-3 times when we're home… not sure if that's enough?
    We give him loads of toys but he gets through everything so fast, even if we give hime a huge bone to chew on it's gone in like 25 minutes no joke

    Aww haha good luck with your little one

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    Well we're all out most of the day but we do walk him once before leaving and 2-3 times when we're home… not sure if that's enough?

    We did training with treats, not sure what else the trainer did with him but it didn't work very well either way haha

    He eats Royal Canine feed, i think just the normal small dog one

    We try the 'leave it' thing just basically saying NO when he chews, giving toys to chew instead, playing with him for hours, putting him in the garden etc etc but absolutely nothing works. :(

    Yep tried the sprays and nothing!
    And yes he doesn't hesitate biting us too.

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    He has too much space!!!! He'll be fine in a 19x24 or 19x30 cage while you're gone!!!!!

    It's not safe to have him out eating all that stuff....One day, you're gonna end up with an expensive surgery or no pug!!! Get a kong....can be a large one.....put peanut butter or cream cheese over the top.....food inside it. Freeze it and give it to him to play with and eat while you're gone. They have heavy duty ones for bigger dogs!

    The same for housebreaking!!! too much room and boredom! My Ben is 4 1/2 ...he's a great boy! Never pees in the house when I'm home. Tried to let him run free...and found a spot he was watering because he was upset I left him home! Is fine in a crate!!!!!
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    Ok, here's a place to start with the biting:
    Sirius Dog Training
    (a lot of that site is a great general training resource)

    Has he been to a puppy class/socialisation class or something of this nature? If not, this is a good idea.

    How long do you walk him? Is it a slow walk or a fast walk?

    He needs to be shown what you want, then rewarded. No means nothing to a dog until you teach it. To teach drop it, or leave it, a good place to start is the 'swap' game. Here's an example of it:
    Encourage your puppy to play with one of his toys. When he's happily playing with his toy you should offer him a favorite treat as a swap. After the treat you can swap again and give him a favorite toy. Keep playing and swapping with him, alternating treats with toys.
    from Puppy Training Games: Learn the Basics, Samples and Benefits (worth a read through)
    Eventually you add in the word 'swap' and over time, you start asking them to swap you before you show your next toy. From here it sort of depends what you want, either they drop whatever is in their mouth when you say swap, and then you give them the other treat/toy, or they must put whatever they have in your hand - both are possible given time and patience.

    Here are a few more ideas:
    Training Games to Play With Your Dog

    Hope this helps a bit!

    Other things you can try to keep him gainfully occupied are things like treat toys (he can eat his dinner from them), or stuffed kongs. Buster cubes (as an example) or kongs should last a bit better, heh.

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