I am wanting to get a female pug, and wanting to try crate training and later letting the dog use a doggy door to go outside to potty. I have heard some pugs just never get "completely" housetrained, that even older pugs will still go in the house. If anyone has a pug, please let me know if your pug still goes in the house, and how you trained them if yours is trained. All my mothers dogs mastered the doggy door, and learned from the older dogs, the puppies had a few accidents but eventually got the doggy door. I was thinking if I bring one of her older dogs over it would help train the pup to go outside through the doggy door. THanks
Firstly, congratulations on your choice of dog. I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun with him/her. Secondly, it isn't true that they go in the house when they are older. At least, they shouldn't. If the dog is spayed or neutered it should help the problem of peeing in the house. Just take it outside regularly, and it will get used to outside just like any other dog. I know two pugs, and they're wonderful with housetraining. Perhaps you could buy a few books on pugs and look into their breed and temperaments etc. Good luck, and have fun!
Hi Pugs are very cute and you will enjoy this puppy. One benefit you have is the older dogs will train the puppy with a little help from you. Puppies always want to run with the big dogs and will follow them out the door to see what all the excitments about. Your role will be to teach that pee pee inside is NOT a good thing and that's why the big guys go out the door. Puppy will get it sooner than you think!
Congrats on your choice of a Pug...what a great breed! Pugs, will indded fully housebreak. They do have a stubborn streak, but with patience and consistency you should have no problems. Spaying and neutering is always best as Pugs are not an easy breed to whelp and not for a beginner. But it wont make or break your housebreaking success. Crate training, and cinsistency should ensure a well housebroken puppy. Ours have all been completely housebroken, no accidents. A doggy door should be fine, just remember that it will need to be set low as Pugs are not too athletic, lol. It is also good for the reasons of the intolerance of heat, the pup will be able to go out and comeright back in when it is warm without risking its health being kept out in the heat for long periods. Other housebroken dogs in the house do, in fact help with training some, but dont expect a miracle. The pup will still have accidents until it gets the idea. The older dogs will, though be a great help in teching and encouraging the doggy door.
Good luck, and show us pics when you get your new addition!
mine does not have accidents except for disappearing into the basement......on the other thread of yours. well once in a while he just can't hold it till i come home but that is rare. i crate trained, had a schedule, lots of praise and random treats for going outside, regulated food and water- regulated, not restricted. i put bells on the back door for him to ring when he wants out and it took a while but he has the hang of that. by 6 months of age he was pretty well house trained. 8 months before totally done. it is very important to supervise them so they can't sneak off and go in the house. use a leash to keep them with you when out of the crate. i did use papers for a while, there is disagreement whether that is good or not, but they were only down when i was not home by the kitchen door so if he did have to go it wouldn't be all over the kitchen. i work and sometimes could not get home to let him out.
pearl...we also do the paper training in addition to outside...it works for us. Many puppy buyers have went on to use this method as well, and they have all liked it too. It is a personal opinion thing wether someone likes the idea of the papers or not.
i tried the puppy pads but he just loved to play with them.....i put the papers in a large litter box. he doesn't go on newspapers if i leave them around the house on the floor, he seemed to know the difference.
I have responded to your other question but will give this one a go too. Our pug was actually very easy to housetrain. When we saw her "signs" (in her case - mini sneezes, running back and forth against a wall and usually after waking and playing) we would whip her outside and wait for her to go. As she started the signs again outside, we would always say "go potty, go potty" (and always with the same tone) and then praise and praise and praise her with cuddles, pats and a treat. We would make the biggest deal about it. You really have to be vigilant for the first few days and weeks though! Then before we go to bed, we take her out anyway and say the magic words (even without the "signs") and eventually she has come to "go" on demand - or near enough! She still has the odd day when in the morning we find a puddle or something else but that is usually when we sleep in a bit and she is only 10 months! She is very clean and has been that most wonderful addition to our "pack"!
You know maybe it is because I am so used to big dogs, but I have never had a pug fully potty trained. Ever. Now my yorkie is potty trained (also took a very long time) but my 3 year old pug isn't.
I house train an average of 3-4 boxer puppies easily every year over the past few years. I would think it was just me but I have several friends in Chicago (a big pug city), and their houses all have pee issues.
it's good to know that not all people are against paper training? I have a four month old and I wanted to start her on paper and move it outside later, because I will not always be home and I want her to go where I want her to go at home.