Max is simply a bundle of joy. Pugs look cute and cuddly when you see them on the street. But when you have your own, your heart melts whenever you look at them. Despite their drooling, they make for the perfect evening sofa companion. And their curled up little tail can make even the coldest of your in-laws break out in a smile. However, your Pug isn’t without their flaws. For example, they’re yet to understand that you don’t want them going to the toilet on your floors or furniture.
You did not envisage dog ownership would entail being on your hands and knees several times a day cleaning up their business. So training your Pug to go the bathroom where he should is vital for your sanity. It also means less bacteria floating around your other pets and young children. Lastly, if you can tackle this habit, you can then turn your attention to training them more fun commands, such as 'roll over'!
Training your Pug to go to the bathroom isn’t as challenging as many owners think. The trick is getting the dog into a consistent routine. Once they are in the habit of going to the bathroom your work will be mostly done. However, to get to that point, you will need to find the right incentive. So mouth-watering treats or a favorite toy will play an important role.
If your Pug is just a puppy then they should still be getting into a routine and training may take just a week or so. But if your little buddy is older, stubborn and set in their ways, then you may need up to six weeks. Get training right and you will have complete control over where and when your Pug goes to the bathroom. You also won't have to worry when you turn on the downstairs light each morning.
Before you start training, you will need to stock up on a few bits. Treats and toys will be the most important component. You will also need a short leash and an easily accessible bathroom location. You may also want to use a clicker for one of the methods below.
The other main requirement is time. You will need to set aside a few minutes at several points throughout the day to take your Pug to the bathroom.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and some antibacterial spray, then work can begin!