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Housebreaking An Older Pug

Apr 14, 2008
Bringing an adult Pug dog into your home demands as much effort from you and the family as does a puppy. It's a mistake to think that just because the Pug is full-grown and may have been potty trained in one home, that he'll just immediately adjust to your home's elimination schedule, too.

Let's be realistic here. Your Pug needs some time to adjust to the new environment of your home. He also needs to know that you do not appreciate him peeing on the floor - especially if his prior owner did not seem to care.

You can not just automatically assume that your Pug will instinctively know what to do. You have to treat him as if he were a puppy and get him acquainted with your own pet potty schedule.

Beginning with a crate or closing the Pug off to just using the potty in the bathroom can help a lot. After that has been established you can begin creating a schedule for potty breaks outdoors. Most adult Pugs are picky about where they use the bathroom at. Many do not want to go where they sleep, eat or play.

Help him find that place in your yard or outside when walking and return him there for subsequent potty breaks. You have to monitor the potty breaks for several weeks to learn your Pug's elimination patterns.

It is also important to set a schedule for feedings in the morning and in the evening. Your Pug may have never been on such a set schedule before so this will take some time for adjusting. You may have heard the common saying, "you can't teach an old Pug new tricks". In truth, age does not matter, it is consistency that counts.

Your Pug may have lived in an abusive home in the past so be careful about the way you treat your Pug when he behaves out of turn. Show your Pug that you care and exercise a little patience. You need to let the Pug know that he can be comfortable around you so that he is not afraid to learn the new rules.

Many accidents will occur in the house so be prepared to clean up after your Pug and move on. You can't just assume that training a grown Pug will be a piece of cake compared to training a puppy. Both young and older Pugs will need time to adjust to new surroundings. You have to be firm while you are training but show a little affection so that your Pug knows the benefits of good behavior.

An older male Pug may be accustomed to marking his territory by urinating on it. This is an instinctive behavior for male Pugs - you aren't going to break him of it without breaking his spirit or having him neutered.
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