However, it should not be overlooked that he is still very much a living breathing animal, rather than a cuddly toy. As such it requires time and effort to train him to toilet in the right place (outdoors.) To assume that because he looks cute he has cute habits is setting yourself up to fail. Just as much work is required to housebreak a pug as a Rottweiler or Doberman.
Right from the beginning, start as you mean to go on. Show the pug where the toilet spot is, stay with him, and praise him when he goes. This is balanced against keeping him supervised while indoors so that he doesn't get a chance to get into bad habits.
Until he reaches this happy state you need to put plenty of effort into making 'the penny drop'. This includes giving him ample opportunity to go outside, but this must always be under supervision. It's an essential part of training that you are with him so that you can praise that magical moment when he urinates outside.
If you merely put him outside to leave him to his own devices for half an hour, the pug isn't going to realize this is his chance to toilet and at best won't learn anything but at worst he'll play for 30 minutes and then return inside to pee... much to everyone's frustration.
The important thing is to apply the rules consistently and to keep going... you will get there in the end if you keep plugging away.
To teach a pug to pee outside you need:
I trained my dog to use pee pads and she was amazing with them, She learned almost instantly, but now that I'm trying to make her use the bathroom outside she just won't budge to do so. I don't have her crate trained. Instead I have her in a play pen. Not sure if I should probably crate train her. In need of some advice
Hello Raquel, When she is in the Exercise Pen does she have accidents in there between potty outings? If she does, then you will need to exclusively crate train because the Exercise Pen is not a small enough confined space to trigger her instinct to hold her bladder in a confined space. If she does hold her bladder and bowels in the Exercise Pen, then you can use that instead or in addition to a crate, but make sure that you are taking her outside very frequently and not giving her any freedom in the house unless she has peed outside within the last two to three hours. After she has been free for two to three hours, then put her back into the crate or Exercise Pen until it is time to take her outside to go potty again. I recommend taking her to go potty every four hours when you are home, and no longer than eight while in a crate while you are gone off. While in an Exercise Pen, she will likely need to go out as soon as every four hours even when you are gone to avoid accidents in the pen though. If she is not having accidents in the Exercise Pen, then you can use both. Crate Train her and crate her when you have to be away for longer, so that she will hold it for longer than four hours. When you are home, put her in the Exercise Pen so that she has more space. Either way, make sure that you are giving her interesting chew toys to occupy herself with while she is confined, such as food stuffed medium sized Kongs. If you decide to use Crate Training, then check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Crate Training" method. Since she is older, take her to go potty every four hours instead of every one-to-two. If she does not go when you take her, then take her outside again in an hour. Put her in the crate between the trips and move her quickly between the two so that she does not pee on the floor in between. Take her outside on a leash. When she does go potty, then she can have two to three hours of freedom before being put back in the crate until the next trip outside, opposed to forty-five minutes for a younger puppy. This type of schedule ensures that she is never free when her bladder may be full, preventing accidents, ensuring that she pees outside when you take her, and giving you opportunities to reward her when she goes outside, to help motivate her to go there in the future. You may also need to purchase a potty encouraging spray to help her pee faster. The article below also covers how to use that. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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