I have had my new pug pup for 1 1/2 weeks now. I understand that training a dog is a very demanding process but someone please tell me it gets better. I take her out every 4 hours morning noon & night. We crate her at night. We put her in the kitchen during the day for a bit to play with her toys and we play with her as much as we can. What I need to hear from someone is that it will get easier as time goes by. I am a teacher and will be going back to school in a month & I'm worried that she will have trouble being alone. I know you are supposed to leave them alone for a little bit then return, but you are also supposed to slowly get them used to a leash, slowly get used to not nipping, slowly.......you get the point. I need to go to work & lead a semiproductive life. Like I said I need soemone to tell me that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks for you time. Sorry for the rambling.
Yes it does get easier. I actually took my pup out every two hours day and night for the first few weeks. Just keep doing what your doing. It is just a little baby right now. Think about what you would go through with a newborn, and their growing up is alot slower. You'll have many ups and downs before you get fully trained. That is both of you need to be trained. You need to train yourself to watch for what the pup is looking for or needs at the time. Puppies demand alot of attention and if your not able to do it by yourself, I hope you have help from others. When going back to school soon, you'll have to have someone to be able to let the pup out during the day. It is too long to leave them crated at such a young age. I hope you thought this through before you got the pup. It is a lifetime commitment to make sure the animal that you brought into your life, is well taken care of. If you need further help with certain problem, just ask and someone will help you out...good luck.
I remember thinking housetraining would last forever. I, unlike you, got my puppy in the dead of winter. We would go out every two hours and I would then get up every morning at 5:30 before work and walk him before I got ready, then one more time before I left at 7. Now that I look back on it, it really only took about 4-6 weeks before things settled down. He is now almost a year old and is just part of the normal routine of the day. I love him so much, but there were those early weeks when I wondered why I did this. Just hang in there!!!
It gets better! It is very much like having a newborn baby. I have a 6 month old puppy. I have spent my summer standing out in thunderstorms at 3 am, 5am etc. If your pup is still young you will need to get someone to come and let him out during the day when you go back to school. I was running home from work at lunch time and letting mine out for a while. It is a huge commitement having a dog. I wasn't aware of all that goes into being a good dog owner. But I get so much love back from him that it is all worth it!!!
Wow. I thought I was a terrible "mother" because I got so stressed durring those first few weeks. I actually broke down and cried from lack of sleep an her incessant whining. Everyone was right though. It does get better, almost overnight. Karma is 5 months old now and she lets me sleep 9 hours some nights. After a while you won't have to be following her/him around 24/7, waiting for the next bit of trouble. As far as leaving the pup alone goes...it has to be done. The dog will adjust and get used to your schedule. Just make sure to give it extra attention when you can be there. The fact that you are so stressed out right now is actually a good sign. It means that you are putting in the extra effort to help your baby adjust.
Don't worry, it does get easier!! In a month, your pug will be used to you and your family as well as your house (which will then be HER house, or his). It only takes time before your puppy will pick up your routine. When my boyfriend and I first got Ace I was soooo stressed out. I had to work, study for my chemistry class, watch Ace while HE worked, eat, shower...everything you do starts to revolve around the puppy! It was crazy, I used to cry on a whim from being stressed out. It's pretty bad when you're taking a pee and you see little white paws desperately reaching under the bathroom door for you. It gets easier, though! And congrats--you are now owned by your puppy =-)
Thanks so much everyone. I kind of had a breakdown w/ the wife last night & after reading these responses I feel better. She will never be home alone for more than 5 hours once I go back to school b/c my wife will come home from work to give her lunch & a walk. Again thanks very much. I needed a little pick me up.
How very similiar -- during the first week of having our pup ( we've had her for a month now ) i thought we had made a graaave mistake! She's still awful sometimes with the chewing and the biting, but theres definate improvement... I keep telling myself that eventually she will calm down and the positives of her by far outweigh the negatives. I love her :-) http:www.dogster.com/?47111
i have a pug, too. he is 17 months old now. it will get better! i've been where you are. your pug will do just fine for 5 hours alone. he may cry at first but he will adjust. mine loves nylabones for chewing on and this little stuffed raccoon that he sleeps with in his mouth. it may be age 6 months before he is housebroken. taking out every 4 hours is actually really good. i was doing every 1 hour when i got mine and about every 4 at night. you will have a life. hang in there! for mine i grabbed his little lower jaw and said "no bite" when he playbit and it has worked. get in a puppykindergarten and then a basic obedience class. if you want a pug forum to join and to write in questions, here is one: (i hope this is okay- i'm not promoting my own, just offering help.) http://members.tripod.com/~Pugworld/ here are pictures of my pug on dogster: http://www.dogster.com/?43582
I have two pugs, and I love them with all my heart. They are fabulous companions, and they were adorable puppies, but more than once I wanted to strangle them (not literally, of course). Pugs, in my experience are very ornery puppies. That's why God made them so cute--I'm certain of it. Anyway, believe me, it gets easier. In fact, it gets easier every day..and soon you'll look back and realize it was worth everything you went through to end up with this beautiful, intuitive, snoring until the house shakes, friend.....Good luck.