Are Pugs As Hard To Train As People Think?
It’s a bit of a mystery where the pug breed originated. The breed is believed to have been started in China and then exported to the West. But despite the fact that they are related to wild wolves, like all dogs, pugs are hardly anything like your run-of-the-mill pooch.
The first thing that makes pugs unusual is their squashed up noses and faces. The original breeders continuously selected to breed from puppies with the stubbiest noses until they got the look that they wanted.
If you look at pictures of pugs from the beginning of the 20th century, you can see that they still had noses of sorts - they weren’t completely flat against their faces. But thanks to the desirability of this trait, any remaining nose that the breed once had has now all but disappeared.
The consequences of this for the dogs themselves has been marked. Many spend their lives snorting and choking, and it is perhaps these breathing difficulties which makes them less keen on running about and exercise.
But the most difficult thing for owners of pugs is by far the training. Pugs generally just want to get on and do their own thing. Unlike many breeds of dogs, they’re not particularly tuned into the pack hierarchy. In many ways, they’re like cats, trying to make their own way in the world.
Here are some tips for training your pug if you’re struggling.
Teach Them To Respect You
Pugs aren’t usually aggressive or violent dogs. They show their disrespect for you by ignoring you and just getting on with their own lives. So what can you do?
The first thing to do is to control undesirable behavior. A firm “no” usually works well. But getting them to pay attention to you when you say no is the challenging part.
To get a pug to respect you, you need to build a relationship with them. To establish yourself as the leader, you have to be the one who consistently makes decisions.
Solve Any Behaviour Problems
Often, once behaviors become entrenched, they’re difficult to resolve. That’s why many pug owners get professional help.
According to Dogwood Acres, the best approach is a positive, rewards-based program. Rather than punishing dogs for misbehavior, dogs are rewarded for good behavior, helping to form good habits and make them more manageable. For pugs, in particular, this approach is essential.
Housebreaking With A New Pug
Settling a new dog into your home is rarely a straightforward affair. But it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. The first thing is to make sure that your pug goes to the bathroom in the right place. To do this, you’ll have to practice the strategy of confinement.
Your pug should only be allowed in certain areas of the house until it is housebroken (that is, it goes to the toilet in the right place). Put up barriers to all parts of the house except those essential for the survival of the dog.
You also want to make sure that the pug goes to the loo in the right place, usually outside, so taking him outside every few hours or installing a doggy door is recommended.