Are pugs easy to train? Is it possible to train a pug easily and effectively? Can you train a pug even if you have no experience with that breed? These are all good questions when it comes to dog training and learning how to train a dog in general.
Hi my name is Mike and I’ve had the pleasure of training and working with dogs for several years now. I enjoy it so much that I decided to create this website to help others do the same thing. Today we are going to be focusing on how to train your brand new pug and which methods are most effective for dog training in general. So let’s answer the, “Are pugs easy to train?” question.
Are Pugs Easy To Train?
There are many different dog breeds out there and all have their own pros and cons when it comes to training. Pugs in general can seem more difficult to train as a breed but there are other factors that come into play when training any dog. Lets look at some common themes that come into play when training dogs in general and see where pugs land in the mix.
lets start at the most general category. Dog breed. In this case, we are working with a pug. Pugs are known to be a bit more difficult to train as a breed. Why is this? Some of the main issues with the breed itself seem to be as follows:
- Easily Distracted: Pugs tend to be more easily distracted then most other breeds and this can make it harder for them to focus up and pay attention. This goes double for repetitive tasks.
- Boredom: Pugs are a bit more intelligent then some other breeds and thus can get bored with repetition and training quicker.
- Rebellious: Pugs like to push against authority. They will generally listen to their owner but not all the times and not always when it really counts. This can be trained out of them but they will still always skew toward rebellious in general and especially without supervision.
- Intelligent: This is a definite pro as your pug can learn things faster than a lot of other breeds. This can also be a double edged sword because they will tire of certain tasks very quickly and become that much harder to train if they begin to sulk.
As you can see, the real difficulty with pugs is their high level of intelligence. This causes them to be a bit more of a handful than some other breeds. You can definitely still train them but its going to take some more effort on your part for sure.
Temperament of Pugs
Pugs are full of personality. Just ask a pug owner. Pugs tend to be described as “full of life” or “raring to go”. These dogs can pack quite a bit of excitement on to their solid frames. Pugs always seem to have a generally happy demeanor as well. This is not a dog that mopes around. This is a dog that attacks life with gusto!
Unfortunately, pugs can be quite stubborn at times which can make them difficult to train in general. One of the best ways to deal with this attitude is through patience and perseverance as the owner. Pugs may get stubborn from time to time but they also show great love and affection for their human companions. This is usually one of the greatest ways to get over training humps. Pugs will love you enough to focus up and give you their full attention.
Pugs aren’t very aggressive either. This can vary from dog to dog based on each one’s personality of course. I very rarely hear about pugs with aggressive tendencies though. Stubborn yes but never aggressive. They also love to play. This can be a good way to get them trained up as well. If you treat training as a bit of a game, pugs can get behind this in general and focus up more.
Every dog is different. Breed type and temperament will give you a basic blue print to build from but dogs will vary greatly on the spectrum. Some times the best way to get this information about your particular dog is to spend as much time with them as you can. Watching how they react to different situations on a daily basis will give you a very good idea of how they are going to react in general should those issues arise in the future.
Some dogs will trend towards anxiety while others might be much more outgoing. The important thing to remember is that each dog will have their own pros and cons. Establishing a good relationship with your pet and providing a positive environment for them will go a long way towards easing any rough edges of their personality. I’ve had rescue dogs in the past who come to me as one dog and leave as a completely different animal. Sometimes, all you have to do is show them some love and compassion to get them to come out of their shell.
How To Train A Pug
So now that we know a bit more about our specific breed can we begin to answer the. “Are Pugs easy to train?” question? Lets start with the pug in question. Is your pug a puppy? The pup brand new to your family? Are there other dogs in the house? Are you a new dog owner? All of these things factor in to how you are going to train your pug and the type of results you can expect to see in the long and short term.
Pug Puppy Training
So you just brought home a brand new pug puppy. They are full of energy and running all through their new home. Give them a day or so to get settled and than start channeling this energy into something productive. The first thing I would do with a pug puppy would be to setup its basic eating and sleeping areas. If you are crate training, this would be a great time to introduce them to their crate as well. Once they are familiar with all of these locations, you can build your training foundation up higher.
Establish yourself as the alpha pack leader. You can do this organically as sitting your dog down and telling them that you are the alpha won’t exactly work 😂. The best way to do this is by way of tethering them to you via a leash and showing them their daily routine. As they begin to look at you for guidance and protection, everything else will start to fall into place.
Another great thing to do with your new pug puppy would be to make sure they get plenty of physical exercise. You don’t want to overdo it. An hour or so spread throughout the day should be plenty. The objective here is to burn off some of that excess energy to help them focus up during training. This method actually works well for dogs of any breed and age. Burning off a little energy allows them to focus more during training time and will deliver a better overall outcome because of this.
New Pug Training
This is more for the pug that is not a puppy but is new to the family. They may already have the basics down. Sometimes, this can actually make it a bit harder to train them up. With puppies, you have a blank slate. With older dogs, there can be some stubbornness that comes out of wanting them to change their ways. Pugs can be very set in their own routines and it can also take them a bit longer to change than other dogs. This is not really a problem as they will eventually change. It’s good to know going in so you don’t get too discouraged though.
With any new dog I like to establish the fundamentals early on. Give them a day or so to get used to their new surroundings and start the conditioning. Let them know where to eat, sleep, squat etc. Once the foundation has been established, determine what type of training level they have currently and build upon that. For example, some dogs may come to you house trained while others may need a bit more coaching. Some dogs will also go in the house as a statement or call for attention. It’s important to pay attention to your new dog and determine why they are acting a certain way before taking corrective action to relieve the issue.
Pug Training With Another Dog In The Family
This is more of an uncommon situation but it does happen. If you are bringing a new dog into your family and you already have a dog, there may be some tension to relieve. I would start the process off by letting the 2 dogs meet in a neutral area. Once the introductions are over, bring both dogs back to your house and allow your dog to enter first followed by the new pug. I would keep eating areas separate and toys off the floor for the first few days as everyone gets to know each other as well.
The next step would be to assess your new dog’s training foundation and determine what needs to be done to get them on your schedule. Begin working towards this with your new pug alone at first. After a few days, it should be ok to have the dogs together all the time but a little extra attention should be given to the new dog at first to make them feel welcome. I’m not telling you to ignore your original dog either. It’s just a good idea to keep a closer eye on the new pug to make sure they understand what the living situation is and who they should be taking their direction from moving forward.
Ideally, your new dogs should gradually begin to accept one another. If you are seen as a strong alpha, there should be no infighting either. Fighting between dogs is usually due to the lack of strong leadership in their lives. If they feel like there is no leader, they will tend to compete with one another which can lead to fighting in general. Show strong leadership by establishing yourself early and there should be no real issues in the long run.
New Dog Owner With A Pug
If you are a brand new dog owner with a pug, there may be a small learning curve as you get acclimated to dog ownership in general. Being a good dog owner can be a time consuming task at first. One of the best pieces of advice I can give you is, “Be Patient”. Dogs can be quite a handful at first. Especially puppies! They can try your last nerve sometimes and feel like a full time job for the first few weeks and months of ownership. Don’t get discouraged. There is a light at the end of the tunnel I promise.
If you are brand new to dog ownership, there are a couple of things I suggest you get familiar with.
- Contact A Local Vet: Find yourself a local vet with good reviews and reliable feedback. This will be one of your lifelines in the early days. Use this as often as you need. Most new dog owners don’t reach out enough. Vets would prefer a call about a silly question or concern as they might be able to address a serious unseen issue.
- Patience: Patience is key when working with any animal. Dogs don’t need to be yelled at or hit to make them listen. In fact, this is usually counter productive and can lead to more bad behavior in the long run. A calm but firm presence is the best way to train and handle a dog in the long term.
- Solid Training Foundation: There are plenty of trainers out there who can help you setup a training regimen for your dog. They can be a bit pricey and you will end up doing most of the work yourself anyway. Trainers can show you the way but they can’t do all the work for you. Pet ownership is a 24/7 responsibility. At best your trainer will spend a few hours with you and your dog per week.
A solid training foundation combined with a good vet and patience will be the best way to get your dog trained up and used to your lifestyle. Once these basic things are accomplished, your dog will be a much better adjusted member of your family.
Are Pugs Easy To Train Summarized
So Are pugs easy to train? In general, they are harder to train than some breeds but easier than others. I would put them somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. We also learned that dogs in general have varying personalities and can be easier or harder to train because of this. Remember to train the individual dog with the breed as a reference point. Not the other way around.
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