However, due to their tendency to be independent and stubborn, Pugs can be difficult to train. If they'd rather nap or sniff around for a squirrel, then it may not matter how much you try to motivate them to 'come' or 'sit'! They are highly motivated by food, though, so many trainers recommend keeping a little baggie of treats with you at all times, especially if you own a puppy or have recently adopted.
'Shake' is a common and easy trick to learn, however, and with enough attention, your Pug should be able to give pawsome handshakes in no time!
We aren't able to speak the same language as our dogs, of course, but we are able to help them understand us and when they understand what behavior we like and don't like in them, we end up with a better-behaved pet. So while some may think it's silly to teach dogs novel acts like 'play dead' or 'sit pretty' or 'shake'", those of us that understand the importance of engaging with our canine friend, know that any and every training session is beneficial!
Furthermore, this is a pretty simple trick to teach because it requires just a little more patience but less effort on your part. You may have noticed before, that if you hold your hand out, animals are likely to be curious and lick or sniff at it. As social creatures, dogs enjoy responding to your physical movements in this way, some pups are even naturally inclined to interact with things by pawing at them. If your Pug is like this, then you're in luck! It's likely you could teach 'shake' during one simple training session.
If outfitted with the right attitude and "tool belt", any animal owner can be an animal trainer. So let's take a look at what's included in that tool belt:
This is a necessary item when training Pugs. Those lovable snorters can't pass up a tasty snack. (Note: You may want to consider low-calorie treats, especially since this breed can have issues with weight and they will be consuming a lot of the yummy morsels during training sessions.) Some owners feel discouraged when their dogs won't perform for them without the promise of a treat, but every animal is different and some may need food-motivation to stay obedient for long periods of time. Don't worry about weaning treats out of the training scenario too quickly with Pugs, the important thing is that they're learning and listening.Designated Training Area
The ideal training spot is quiet and calm. Most dogs are noise and motion responsive. That means if you're trying to train them in a busy park or in your living room where a large window shows people walking or cars driving past, you're going to have a difficult time gaining and keeping their interest.Patience
This means patience with the process, but it also means patience with your dog. While you're focused on teaching, your dog is focused on learning. The best teachers in school were always the ones that challenged us by not feeding us the answers. Teach your Pug. Don't coddle them. If at first they don't react or behave how you expected or desired, have a little patience and faith, let a handful of seconds pass before showing or asking for the behavior again.
When training smaller breeds, it may be best for you to not tower over them during the entirety of training sessions. Particularly when teaching 'shake', you want them to be able to reach you in order to learn the command properly. You can try sitting in front of them or even just getting onto your knees, anything that will level the playing field.