Training a Pug Puppy at Home (With a Bit of Patience)

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Training a Pug puppy is essential, as they can be quite mischievous. With a little bit of patience and consistency, you can have a well-behaved dog that will make everyone happy. Here are some tips to help you train your Pug puppy.

How to Train a Pug Puppy

Pug puppies are cute, cuddly, and tiny. They make excellent family pets if they are adequately trained. Pugs are friendly, affectionate, and intelligent dogs that can be easily trained to behave appropriately in the home with a bit of patience.

Training a Pug Puppy: Easy Tips and Tricks

Pug puppies go through several stages when learning to be house trained. If you are patient, this is a simple process that will be done in a few days. Be sure to keep the following training tips in mind as you train your new Pug puppy on housebreaking.

Name your Pug

Decide on a name for your new puppy. Many owners like to give their Pug puppies human names, but providing them with appropriate names for a Pug is also fun. Puppy names help them to learn quickly and ease to acknowledge commands. 

Take him to potty

When you get your new Pug puppy, take him outside to the potty. Keep him on a leash to learn to go potty on command for this time. Take the Pug puppy outside every hour and encourage him to go potty. Praise the Pug when he goes potty outdoors. This will help create a habit of going outside to potty rather than inside the house.

Set a schedule for your Pug

Pugs are brilliant dogs and can quickly learn a schedule. Set up a daily potty time in line with your Pug’s natural habits. This time will vary depending on the Pug, but most Pugs will need to go potty in the morning when they wake up and again in the evening before they go to bed.

Set a schedule for your Pug

Make sure that you take your Pug out potty at the exact times every day. Your Pug will quickly learn this schedule and will know that he is supposed to go potty during these times of the day.

Take your Pug outside every hour if he is still potty training; this will help him learn faster. A puppy can only learn so much at one time, and it is best to establish a schedule quickly.


Pugs are very social dogs and enjoy spending time with their family. Bring your Pug puppy everywhere you go so he can become accustomed to being around people and other dogs. This will help him to become more social later in life.


You will also want to teach your Pug puppy to sit. This is very easy to prepare. All you have to do is teach the command word “sit” and reward your Pug with a treat when he follows the command. After teaching your Pug this word and rewarding him, he will know the entire command a few times. 


Teach your Pug puppy to stay to prevent accidents. This is another simple command that only requires a few practice times before your Pug learns. Step away from your Pug and give the command “stay.” Give him plenty of time to comply with the command, then return to him and reward him with a treat. This will teach the Pug to stay in one area even if you go away.


You will also need to teach your Pug puppy the command “come.” This is another simple command that requires only a few training times before your Pug learns it.

Give your Pug puppy the command “come” and walk away from him. If he follows you, reward him with a treat. This will teach him to come when you call him, even if he is playing with another dog or doing something else.


Pugs do not require a lot of grooming, but you should make sure to brush them every few days. Brushing will remove dead hair and help to prevent matting. It would help to trim your Pug’s nails every few weeks, and you may need to take him to the groomer to have his face, ears, and tail trimmed.

Pugs are brilliant dogs that learn quickly. They are also very affectionate and will establish a special relationship with the owner who cares for them. If you follow these tips, your Pug will soon know how to sit, stay, come and need to perform any task when you call him.  


Are Pug puppies hard to train?

Yes and no – it depends on the individual dog. Some Pugs are very easy to train, while others can be more challenging. The key is to start teaching them as early as possible and be consistent with commands. Rewards (like treats) also work well, especially when training puppies. As with any dog, patience and consistency are key!

What is the fastest way to train a Pug puppy?

The fastest way to train a Pug puppy is with positive reinforcement. This means rewarding the puppy for good behavior with treats, petting, or verbal praise.

Punishment is not recommended because it can cause the puppy to become afraid of you, and it can also lead to unwanted behaviors such as biting and chewing. It’s essential to be consistent with your commands and rewards and keep training sessions short (10-15 minutes) so that the puppy doesn’t become bored or frustrated.

How many training sessions will my Pug require to master a command?

It depends on how well your Pug can learn and how consistent you are with training. Some owners report their Pugs needing as few as 5-10 sessions to master a command, while others say it can take upwards of 30 or more sessions. It varies from dog to dog.


As a general rule, though, the more repetition and reinforcement you provide, the quicker your Pug will learn. So be patient and consistent with your training, and eventually, your Pug will be able to sit, stay, come when called – and maybe even roll over!

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