Pugs are the clowns of all dog breeds. Mischievous and playful, these chock-full of little menace are totally a riot! Pugs are highly affectionate. They tend to cuddle a lot and, at the same time, gnaw, scratch, lick and run around incessantly.
While pugs are considered one of the sweetest dog breeds, they can be hard to train, too. Aside from their seemingly sweet nature, a strong-willed little beast hides in plain view. When thinking of going into a much-needed pug obedience training for your pet, the following tips will definitely come handy.
1. Start as soon as you can on basic pug obedience training command like “sit”, “come”, “stay”, “heel”, “down”, and “stand”. Many pug owners are under the impression that pug obedience training should start at 3 to 4 months of age. Experience, however, tells many pug owners that creating good behavior or habits must begin the moment a pug puppy arrives in your home. These commands, by the way, are not just excellent for mental and physical stimulation but more so for safety reasons of your pet. This will also ensure that behavioral issues will not be carried further or that they are prevented from arising beforehand.
2. You need to be patient when demonstrating each word of command to your pug. Be reminded that it will be hanging into your every word and action. Make sure to use your hands and a comfortable training leash when teaching certain actions and use a patient yet firm voice when carrying out routines. The key is in repetitive motion and action until the pug gets the behavior inculcated in the mind. Do make sure to correct your pug when it makes mistakes. Praise it also with words and gentle pats for a job well done. Minimize reward-giving as this can promote sloppiness and complacency later on. The idea is to keep a clear line between pug obedience training and play time.
3. Consistency is the key in all types of trainings for pugs. It is wise to designate one person to does all the training process to avoid confusion. Try to limit the length of lesson accordingly though. Young pups can barely go into 5 minutes of control on the first try. Don’t thin out your patience, too. Do things gradually to maintain a pleasant and engaging ambiance.
4. You will need training equipment for pug obedience training. A “choke chain” is considered a must-have no matter the dog breed, but has earned the ire of many pug owners due to the hazards it brings. Go instead for mess or nylon halters or martingale collars. These two—halters and collars—work in the same way as a choke chain during training but without the element of danger to the pug.
5. Keep a close lid on your new pug by controlling the space where it moves. Never allow free reign inside the house before, during or after pug obedience training. Keep it confined in a small area like a pen or cage. While you may keep its confinement open, make sure it does not gain access to every square inch of your home. This prevents pug from marking its own “territory”. This also ensures easy and speedy results for the training.
6. Outdoor obedience training is also necessary for your pug. These small hyperactive balls of fire can easily shoot-up like a burning missile when out and about—and spells: danger to a whole new level. Keep your pug on a pet by introducing routine. An early morning walk in a small area of your yard will be a good start. Always hush the pug to go slow and praise it for heeding your instructions. Focus on this small patch for other outdoor obedience training like catching or fetching something. As the training progresses, you will easily see if it gets the idea or not.
7. Use the “leave it” routine to train your pug not to chew or gnaw on things. Let’s admit the fact that pugs have the uncanny habit of chewing anything that goes their way. To train, try putting a favorite item like a chew toy in front of the pug, say “leave it” and rewarding it with a pat and good words when ignoring such object.
Pug obedience training must be done as soon as you bring one in your home. Do it consistently and constantly. Allot at least a few minutes of your time each day. If possible do it in the morning and then, another session in the afternoon. The key is to keep it short, intense, rewarding and, of course, lots of fun. In the end, you will easily see how such sessions will develop your pug’s good “personality” and strengthen the bond between you and your newfound best friend.