Pugs are eager to display their intelligence in a playful and energetic manner. Their eagerness to please their pet parent and their desire to be in constant connection with them, allows pugs the capability to take direction and achieve agility course success.
Your Pug may be super cute, but that doesn’t mean that your dog doesn’t need discipline.
Puppy school is a great way to teach not only discipline, but also basic training. And it’s not just the dog that needs training – you and your family members do as well (including children). When the whole family takes part, you’ll be better able to manage your Pug and nurture it into a well-adjusted member of the family.
There is a variety of equipment available to use during your Pug’s training.
Start with the basics, pay attention to how your dog responds to them, and try to make decisions based your dog’s successes rather than failures.
For basic obedience training, a simple flat buckling collar and a 4 to 6 foot leash is ideal. Double-stitched nylon is sturdy and long-lasting, and high quality nylon is even machine-washable. Avoid leather, as it shrinks and is easily chewed. Harnesses may be used on very young puppies, but avoid them for long term use, as they may promote pulling. Retractable leashes will encourage your dog to walk ahead of and lead you, and should also be avoided.
For Pug owners, responsible ownership includes making an unwavering commitment to your dog’s training. This is true for any dog owner, but the high intelligence level, energy, and curiosity, a Pug needs thorough training – and training involves much more than basic obedience command mastery.
It has many implications, and misunderstandings about the goals of training often lead to serious trouble. You do the breed, yourself, your dog, and others around you an extreme disservice by failing to ensure your Pug develops into a well-adjusted good canine citizen.
Your Pug wants to please you, and will enjoy learning and performing tricks that stimulate its mental and physical capabilities. The old adage “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” just isn’t true – your dog is life-long learner. You’ll want to take advantage of trick training as a way to keep your Pug from inventing its own tricks to play on you!