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How To House Break Older Pugs

Feb 26, 2008
There is a certain element of surprise, perhaps even shock, when the owner of a perfectly trained and well-behaved adult Pug suddenly steps in a puddle. "No, it can't be!" He shrieks.

The possible alternative, such as a defrosting refrigerator, leaky water pipes, or a spilled cup of coffee give way to the awful truth; he actually sees the loyal household Pug in the act of soiling inside the house.

The screaming and disbelief was followed by the slam of the back door as the old family pet is quickly banished out-of-doors like a nine-week old puppy that had just had an accident. Such harsh and fast action in such an instance can have serious and detrimental effects on the older Pug. Whenever a completely housebroken Pug starts urinating in the house, there is a medical or psychological cause involved.

The medical reasons will be covered first, since the majority of cases can be traced to that cause, rather than the psychological. It is important that the reasons for such behavior be pointed out and thoroughly checked before any retraining techniques are instituted.

Most Pug owners know that the aging process of their Pug will manifest itself in a gradual loss of hearing, followed by diminished vision. Squeezed somewhere in between, signs of arthritis might show up, decreased in appetite, more frequent naps, and other tell-tale signs which may become evident. What is not widely known is that toilet training is one of the first things to go!

Since this is not widely known, it's understandable that Pug owners think that his Pug has forgotten potty training, is not as smart as previously thought, is lazy, or has turned into a sneaky little dog. The truth is that this behavior is more likely the first sign of the inevitable aging process. In fact, as your Pug gets older, the muscles of the bladder gradually lose their control, much like older human experience.

For male Pugs, aging can also lead to the prostate gland getting bigger, which then leads to an inflammation that will cause him to pee much more often. Also, about 75% of Pugs over the age of 8 suffer from kidney disease. As Pug dogs get older, there is a gradual degeneration of kidney tissue with a weakening of the kidney function, resulting in more bladder control problems.

The older Pug should drink at least twice the amount of water than a younger Pug since the older Pug's kidneys will require it. Naturally, this will involve more frequent urination, thus more trips to the bathroom.

Where the middle-aged Pug would have required being let out in the morning and once at night, the aging process will require more freedom outdoors. In most cases, the older Pug will try to make his needs known to his owner. However, the owner, who is used to a regular routine, just isn't tuned in to the Pug's new requirement. Then, the old Pug is left with just one alternative. It's just as embarrassing to him as it may be to the owner.

In such cases, shaming and scolding will only make the situation worse, especially if the Pug tried to communicate, only to have his communication fall on deaf or inattentive ears.
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