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7 Choices for Successful Pug Housetraining

Choose the method of housetraining that is right for you based on your lifestyle:
No two people are alike…no two lifestyles are alike…no two Pugs are alike. Given these three simple facts, your best bet is to choose a method of housetraining that is best for you. What worked for your friend and her Pug may not work for you. As a trainer, my job is to be flexible so that I can serve my clients well. I have my preferred method, which I’ve contributed to the PugZone, but it doesn’t suit all people, all of the time. If you’re home most of the day, or have someone at home to take your dog out while you’re at work, the Schedule Based Training method will likely work well for you. If you’re not home during the day, paper training might very well be better. If you like the Crate Training method, that’s wonderful, as long as you’re going to be home often enough to apply the method from start to finish. If you’re going to be at work and out of the house 10 hours each day, then Crate Training isn’t for you. Your job here is to choose the method that’s best for you…And you make this decision based on your lifestyle.

Choose to use your preferred method correctly:
Whatever method of housetraining you choose, you must be sure to apply it correctly. If you choose to use Crate Training, then you must learn it thoroughly before you bring your new Pug home. It works well, but only if it’s done properly, and the majority of people use Crate Training incorrectly. Choose a method, and learn it through and through.

Choose to understand your dogs’ physiology:
When it comes to Pugs, this is probably one of the most frequently overlooked facets of housetraining. Pugs are small dogs with small bladders. Unlike German Shepherds, they don’t have the ability to go 10 hours in between making. Even more important, Pugs do not develop the muscular ability to hold their urge to urinate or move their bowels until they are around 12 weeks old. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen and heard people wonder why their 8 or 10 week old Pug puppy doesn’t seem to learn anything when it comes to housetraining. Finally, a dog’s digestive system isn’t very much different than ours in many ways. They digest their food much like we do, and like us humans, what they eat does not go from mouth to movement in a matter of seconds, minutes, or even hours. If you’ve got a Pug, this is all you need to know. If you’ve got another breed of dog, then you should do a little research into your dogs physiology.
Choose to be calm, cool and collected:
Your little Pug is going to have accidents. Yes indeed, you’re going to find "gifts" on your carpet, in your shoes or under your bed. You’ll also step in some wet spots on the carpet or kitchen floor as well. You can yell at your Pug when you see an accident…You can get angry, stomp your feet, slam a door and have an all out tantrum if you want to. But it doesn’t do any good, and it doesn’t make you feel any better. Your Pug puppy had no idea what it did wrong when it left a "gift" under your bed and you got angry and started yelling. It just did what it had to do, and it doesn’t understand any of those loud words you used when you scolded it. About the only thing your Pug may actually learn if you yell and scream when it has an accident is to fear you…And you really don’t want that. See an "accident" in your house? Be neutral about it…No anger, no yelling, no scolding. Just be calm, cool and collected.

Choose to be patient:
No housetraining method works overnight, or even in two or three weeks. Housetraining takes time, and you have to understand this and be patient because of it.

Choose to be committed to succeeding, and above all else:
If you’re going to buy a Pug, or any other dog, you’re making a commitment to that dog. Your job is here is to keep that commitment lest you become one the approximately 3,000,000 people who give up a dog each year because they couldn’t housetrain their puppy…Not because their dog was overly aggressive, vicious or untrainable, but because they failed at housetraining their puppy. Buy the dog, commit to succeed in housetraining, and live up to that commitment.

Choose to be consistent:
If I were to write the 10 Commandments of housetraining, this would numbers one through ten. It doesn’t matter what housetraining method you choose, if you’re not consistent in using it, you’re not going to succeed. Pick the method that’s best for your lifestyle, learn it, follow it and do everything else above…If you do them all consistently, you’ll housetrain your puppy with relative ease.

Photo of Wonka submitted by pug forum member Wonka & Nilla.