The Ultimate Guide to Successfully Potty Train Your Pug

How To Potty Train a Pug To Pee or Toilet Outside

Potty training is fundamental to responsible dog ownership and crucial to the pet's well-being. If you're the proud new owner of a pug, you might be wondering about the best way to potty train your four-legged friend. Pugs are intelligent and eager to please, but like many small breeds, they can sometimes be stubborn, making potty training challenging. 

Here's a step-by-step guide to help you successfully potty train your pug to use the toilet outside.

  1. Understand Your Pug's Routine

Observe and understand your pug's daily routine. Puppies generally need to be eliminated after eating, sleeping, and playing. Try to note when your pug usually needs to 'go,' and plan your potty training routine around this.

  1. Create a Schedule

Set a regular feeding schedule, and remove food between meals to control your pug's digestive routine better. Make sure you give your pug plenty of opportunities to relieve themselves outside. This can be as often as every two hours for a young puppy. Remember to always take them out first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and after meals or extensive drinks of water.

  1. Select a Toilet Spot

Choose an area in your yard that will become your pug's designated "toilet area." This is where you'll take your pug every time it's time for a potty break.

  1. Use Command Words

As you take your pug to the toilet, use a phrase like "go potty." The goal is to have your dog associate the command with the act of elimination. Be consistent and use the same command each time.

  1. Be Patient and Positive

When your pug does eliminate in the chosen spot, give them lots of praise and a small treat. This positive reinforcement will encourage your pug to repeat the behavior. Be patient, and don't rush the process. Each dog learns at their own pace.

  1. Clean Up Accidents Properly

Accidents will happen, but it's crucial to clean them up properly. Use an enzymatic cleaner to remove the scent so your pug will not have the temptation to use the same indoor spot again. Never punish your pug for accidents, as it can create fear and anxiety, which might lead to more accidents.

  1. Consider Crate Training

Crate training can be beneficial when potty training a pug. Dogs naturally don't like to soil where they sleep, so keeping your pug in a crate when you can't supervise them can effectively control their bladder.

  1. Consistency is Key

Consistency is crucial in potty training. Keep up with the schedule, use the same command, and reward your pug for good behavior.

  1. Consult with a Professional

If you're struggling with potty training, don't hesitate to consult with a professional dog trainer. They can provide valuable guidance and tips to make the training more manageable.

Remember, the potty training process requires patience, consistency, and understanding. Your pug is learning something new, and they will inevitably make mistakes. Stay positive, reinforce good behaviors, and your pug will soon be potty trained to pee or toilet outside.