HI, Eventually I am going to get a second dog. I have a shih tzu mix now and will get another small breed. Im thinking about either a japanese chin or a pug. I likes the looks of a pug but have heard horror stories about housetraining. Has it been people's experiences that a pug is more difficult than other breeds to housetrain? My shih tzu goes in a litter box and I trained him in about 3 days--of course as I have expanded his area there have been accidents--but all in all accidents have been minimal. In general what are peoples thoughts on a pug?
i have one who is a little over a year old, and i found him very easy to housetrain. he came paper trained from the breeder. he is neutered. one reason he was easy is that he is so obvious about finding a place to potty, he circles and sniffs for about 20 minutes before he decides on a spot. was easy to catch him in the preliminaries. that said, i did have to keep a close eye on him in the house and limit where he could be (true of most all dogs), and i took him outside on a schedule, lots of praise and a random treat when he went outside. i still don't let him have total run of the house upstairs and downstairs. he won't come get me if i am in another room to tell me he has to go outside. i have bells on the kitchen door and he only rings them if i am in the kitchen, too. but he has a look and gets nervous when he needs to go out so i recognize that. then, at night, he sleeps in my room; but he has decided to poop by the door, far away from my bed and his bed. so now he is tethered to the bedpost and he wakes me if he has to go out in the night.
My sister once owned a pug and to be honest she did have problems with teaching it to be housed trained. At first she thought she wasnt giving her enough walks but after she started walking her more and more she still had the problem. Nevertheless she still has the problem and the dog is 2 1/2 years old!!! but maybe she just a bad teacher (i think she is)
I have only ever heard Pugs are extremely easy to house break. If you get one, it's really about consistency on your part. Make sure to be extremely dilligent and not make any room for mistakes. I read about a guy who house broke a wolf puppy by taking it out every four hours, even at night.
Hi, I have a pug that is almost 4 years old and a 6 year old Golden Retriever. Bailey, my pug, was not that hard to house break, and it's true, they tend to circle a spot forever before they go, but if I leave her alone too long she will still go in the corner. One thing I thought you should know, I'm not sure if it's just Bailey, or all pugs, but she thinks she's the queen bee. Thankfully, my golden is laid back and lets her run all over him, but you might want to check it out if the dog you already have is territorial. Good luck, I love my pug, and wouldn't trade her for anything.