Training Your Pug 101
Training your pug will be easy if done when they are puppies, however if you are going to try to train an older pug above a year old, training isn't impossible, but it will be a challenge. Please keep this in mind as you read through this short and simple article. As pugs get older there temperaments start to settle, because of this, your pug is going to increasingly have different amounts of stubbornness in this attitude and temperament. Therefore, simply put, Pugs are not easily trained. Pugs are stubborn and independent.
Keep in mind that when training your pug, it relys just has heavily on you as it does your pug. You are together a team. You in one. You can't accomplish your goals without the other. If one fails, you both fail. If one succeeds, you both succeed.
Remember when training, that you can't teach a dog a command. You can only train a dog. Because dogs, pugs as well, don't understand human language, you can't teach them anything, you can only train them to what certain words mean. This is key to understanding and training a pug (or any dog breed). Also, dogs don't know wrong from right. They only know if they do something it's going to result in punishment. Thus, the "guilty" look. If they were not taught the something was wrong, they wouldn't know the difference and would keep on doing that "bad" action. Dogs do not reason like we do, they are NOT human.
Training An Adult Pug
Pugs are stubborn, this only grows as they mature. Training them can certainly be a hard lesson in patience. But to train an adult Pug you really do need to have a good dose of patience, commitment, perseverance, consistency and be goal minded.
Always use basic training with them to start out. If your Pug already knows basic training, use this time to sharpen those skills before progressing in their training. When training, make sure you stay clam and collected. Nothing wrecks a good training session with your pug like an owner with a temper, because Pugs are very attentive to you as the owner, your mood and tone are first on their radar, thus resulting in damaging consequences if you loose your temper. If you feel like you are going to loose your temper, go to another room, or outside briefly and let off some steam, but make sure your pug isn't with you. However, if you can stay claim and patient, and be consist, you will reap wonderful rewards in your relationship with your pug and obedience training sessions with your pug.
To train your adult pug, you have to establish your leadership role, this is very important since the Pug is so stubborn by nature. Your dog must respect you as leader. And if you are leader, he will automatically respect you and be an overall happier Pug. Only once your are leader, can you effectively tell him what to do, and expect him to listen and comply. Also, if you haven't had your Pug all his life, it's a good thing to reinforce positive training methods so your Pug will feel safe with you and want to obey. Otherwise, they may think they are being abused if you lose your temper, or hit them. Make sure you adapt to the training method that is best for your Pug, concerning their history in the past.
The next thing to look out for, is a key step. Your entire family must comply with this new training methods and do them as well, being consistent throughout he entire "pack" is crucial to training well done. Make sure your entire family understand what they should do, how they should do it, and why they should do it that way. This will ensure that your Pug will get trained and stay trained the right way. Stay consistent always, consistency is the number ONE ingredient as well as being clam and patient.
Spice things up in your training if you want, and try training in different ways in different areas. Maybe in your living room, then the yard, then a park, etc. Maybe try having a little play time after your training sessions for a reward and relax time, and make sure to keep your time short. Even as adults, a pug can only handle so much training at one given time. They are like us in that venture. Make spice up your reps.
Commitment is very important when you decide to train your adult Pug. Being sensitive to their past experiences coupled with the best techniques, you will surely find that successfully training an adult Pug is certainly worth the effort.
Is Training My Dog Necessary?
Because dogs have behaviors natural to themselves like barking, digging, chewing, jumping and all that boundless energy, this can make living with them a hassle if not trained and managed. To make the most of the relationship with your dog and your family, having a few training classes, or sessions within your home, may just be the best idea, to get the most out of the time with your dog. This will help them to live and coincide with your family and lifestyle and be a positive reinforcement instead of a troubling problem.
How Should I Go About Training My Dog?
There are SO MANY pieces of advice out there that you can pick from. Regardless of which you choose, the training will all boil down to just a few things. Being consistent, being determined (perseverance), and being patient and calm. The action done by you should be controlled by these key things, when reacting to the consequences of your dogs actions.
When you train make sure you reward only the good behaviors, and that you do not reward, even in the littlest degree, the bad behaviors. Make sure to give your dog lots of good attention and time, so that any bad attention from correcting, doesn't turn against you. It can turn against you if this is the only time your dog thinks he is going to get your attention. He may just get your attention by doing these actions, to gain attention he feels he isn't getting elsewhere.
Understanding Your Dog
This is where you need to be patient with your dog. Your dog thinks like a dog, therefore he acts like a dog, and behaves as one would in their own language. There language is not your language and therefore when you speak to them they do not understand what you are saying, because they are not human. We can train them to understand words but we can not teach them to understand our language. Therefore when teaching a dog, screaming at them isn't going to accomplish anything. Nor is rambling off in another language. We must take one step, at a time. One word at a time and therefore speak consistently to them so they understand what that one word means.
Dogs learn through the "cause and effect" of their actions. The consequences and responses they get after doing that action determines how they will behave in the future and determines what they learn.
The Good & The Bad
If you see good behavior, even if not in a "training session" reward it. Either by a good belly rub, playtime, a treat, or a good pat on the head, or a game. When you see behavior that is unwanted ignore it, or redirect their attention to something else or a more desired behavior and then praise that.
If you treat your dog good, you will have a better result, than if you loose your temper and start beating her up. If you teach your dog manners, she will be a more pleasant to be around and have around when company is around or when you are out and about the neighborhood. Never use punishment. Correcting doesn't have to mean pain and hitting. There are other ways to go about correcting your dog that will both be better outcomes for you and her. Instead of thinking of all the things she is doing wrong, you could focus on all the things you want her to do, and then one by one teach her those things and concentrate on teaching your dog good wanted behaviors. By doing this, you will get the behavior your want without damaging the relationship between you and your dog, and result in a better bonding experience.
The most important part of training your dog in the "cause and effect" aspect, this resemblances life, and mimics the life she would have had with her mother. This doesn't have to be a painful experience. Just make sure that the action that is unwanted, doesn't get reward by your attention or any other actions. Ignore any unwanted behavior. You can leave the room, or if jumping stand still, or turn away, etc to ignore the behavior and get the message across that this behavior is unwanted and won't be rewarded. Then once the behavior is done that is wanted, praise and reward them. It's a simple "cause and effect". If you do this consistently, you will have a well mannered pooch.