Training a Pug Puppy – Starting Early

When you get your Pug puppy, the first thing you will notice is the amount of energy that the little guy will have.  He will run around and play with anything and anyone he can find. It can be really fun and entertaining at first but pretty soon you will struggle to keep up, and that’s when the adorable little guy will go from being cute puppy to being a real trouble maker.

He will get into things you may not want him getting into while you’re not looking. He will destroy and chew up your important belongings if he doesn’t know any better. Pugs are naturally pretty clever dogs and no matter how hard you may try to get your dog to not get into certain places or to not play with certain items, they will always find a way. But hey, don’t think you’re doomed to this fate. all of this can be easily avoided if you start training him at an early age. My suggestion is start teaching him good behavior before he even develops those naughty habits.

Obedience Training and Your Puppy

While your little Pug is growing up, he is learning and shaping his habits. If the habits he learns are something you don’t want him to do, it will be much harder for you to change once he is older. Start implanting good behavior habits into your Pug while he is still a puppy. This will make make training him once he is older much easier.

The number one thing I tell new Pug owners is to set the rules for your pug puppy on the first day you get him. Here are some common rules you would want to set for your Pug puppy.

  • No biting – It might be cute to have your pug puppy bite your hand or leg, but the older he gets the more painful his biting will be.

  • Jumping on furniture – This is up to you, if you don’t have a problem with your pug going on your couch or bed then let him, but be aware that if you change your mind it will be much harder to get him to stop.

  • Playing with his food – Some pugs like to make a mess with their food. Teaching him from the start that you don’t appreciate that type of behavior will help you in the long-run.

  • Chewing on things – Nobody wants their pug to chew up their phone or remote. Showing him early on that he is only allowed to chew on his toys will help prevent destructive chewing in the future.

Training Tricks

One thing I love to do when showing off my Pug is to show people the tricks he can do. I started training my Pug simple tricks when he was just a puppy. Since then I found out that he actually enjoys learning them. Well he enjoys the treats and attention that come when he does something impressive on command.

The very first thing I learned was that the only way my pug would listen to me was when he considered me the authority. I realized that when my pug saw me as the leader that he could trust and rely on, he would listen to me. This is what you must be when you train your puppy. Show him that you are the leader of the pack. Once you start acting like a leader and showing off traits that come along with the territory, training will become much easier.

It’s Never Too Late to Start Training

Pugs are only puppies for a short time, and that time will fly by you pretty quick. It is very beneficial for you and your Pug to begin training from day one, but if for some reason you did not train him while he was a puppy or weren’t able to get the behaviors you want, you don’t have to worry about it. It is never too late to start training your dog.

As an adult he will have a harder time changing his behavior or learning new tricks, but it doesn’t mean he won’t be able to. With enough time and persistence your Pug will learn what makes you happy and he will adjust his behavior accordingly. After all you make him a very happy dog, so he will pay you back with his loyalty.

15 Responses to “Training a Pug Puppy – Starting Early”

  1. ashley says:

    Amber is only 4 months old and already she manages to get into lots of trouble

    thank you for the tips, this is a good starting point for us

  2. Sandra R. says:

    Hi, how do I show my adorable little man I’m the alpha, pack leader

  3. Abhinit says:

    Brouno is 2 months old and he keeps on biting our fingers…is it nornal…we feel he is playing so we let him do that…also how to teach a pug all tricks??

    • Peta says:

      I have a, now, five month old Pug. I got her at ten weeks old. Yes, it is normal for them to start biting fingers,but, I trained my little girl by saying, no biting,kisses. When she licked my hand I praised her and used the word ‘ kisses no biting’ .Pugs are very intelligent, this is my second one.

  4. tori says:

    Lolah is four months and does not want to pee outside she will not sniff she will just run around or sit next to where im standig . I have tried putting a leash on her but she wont move i have also given treats the time she does go but nothing is seeming to work . What do i do !?

    • Airianna says:

      If you want to train your Pug to go outside and go to the bathroom then what you do is get a long leash, take a big treat like dentastix or whatever and put it outside. Let her go get them and just leave her alone. Let her do whatever she wants to. When she goes to the bathroom when she does, reward her.

  5. Carmi says:

    Hello! My grandparents recently got a pug and called it Carmi. They both have two questions. How long does it take for a pug to know its name? And How do I get my pug to sleep when we do, its very hard for me to sleep when he’s whimpering. Thank you!

    • Peta says:

      I have a new Pug puppy.She is now 5 months old. She already responded to her name within four days of arrival at ten weeks old. Call it by its name at every opportunity. My Pug has gone to sleep at the same time as us since the first night. She was placed on her bed in a box next to my bed.

  6. Tehina says:

    My pug is 6 months old and when I walk her all she does is bite my shoes or the lead, she won’t listen to me, what should I do ??

  7. Aishwarya says:

    My pug is 4-5 weeks old… he doesn’t listens. He sleeps all the time.if I call him by his name he sometimes gets up and mostly not or he sees and gets back to sleep.I have made a potty area outside but he doesn’t listens to go in that. He always does it in the house or outside that area. He bites too. I told him several times not to by saying No Messy no biting. He doesn’t listens. What to do please help.

  8. Dawn says:

    Hi got a black male pug it’s 10 weeks old and keeps bite when stroking it and biting my feet is the any advice you can give on how to train him please .dawn

  9. Swathi says:

    Hi I have 3 months pug .It barks a lot all the time and bite us always. what we can do to get rid of this ?please suggest us

  10. Honey says:

    Reggie is only 4 months old until I came to this website I couldn’t control him. Thanks from Reggie and honey!

  11. hari says:

    Marley is only one month old he is not listening to my commands

    his biting behavior is tempering my family

  12. Sandra Venanciya says:

    How can I train my pug
    It’s 2 months baby now when it will understand our talks and when it will get trained…

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