So now you have your Pug.
What is the best way to go about training your new family member to fit in with your family life?
Training your pug, although they are small, cute, cuddly and natural comedians, it is best to remember that they are still dogs.
Dogs are pack animals and like to know who the “pack leader” is and they are happier and more stable knowing this. It means they don’t have to keep trying to fight to be the pack leader, which is in their nature. This means they can then settle comfortably into the role of being your companion and best friend which is a role they are happy and comfortable with.
Their amiable nature makes them easy to train if a positive reinforcement method is used. Harsher training methods may bring out their stubborn streak.
It will also make life easier for everyone if you start training your puppy early. Pugs need gentle but firm training. Everyone in the family needs to be working together. Using the same commands and rules is a must or your puppy will get confused. This applies to older dogs as well.
We have found simple things that our trainer taught us have made life with our pug more enjoyable. We can take him for walks along the beach and other places. In addition we can now let him be off lead much more often without having to worry he will run off.
He still has his moments! Like leaping into quite a big pond after his friend and swimming all the way across taking no notice of me calling him back.
This is a work in progress and we are sure that it will continue to be.