How-to: Potty Training Your Pug

The Pug is a wonderful dog who is typically happy, fun loving, loyal and affectionate. They also usually get along well with children and other dogs and are highly intelligent. With such a loving personality it is clear to see why the Pug is such a popular breed. However, as with most smaller dogs, there are some unique potty training issues.

As a result Pug puppies are often surrendered to rescues or returned to the breeder because of perceived potty training problems by the owners. In most cases these owners simply do not realize that potty training any dog is a long process but this can be especially true with small dogs such as the Pug where potty training can take as long as six months. This article will provide one method for potty training a Pug.

This article will focus on the crate training method which is usually very effective; however, the reader is encouraged to seek out different methods if the crate training method does not work for them or if they simply do not want to try this method.

In selecting another potty training method for a Pug it is important to remember the concepts of consistency and of praising and rewarding your Pug for going potty in an appropriate location will likely be a part of any successful potty training method.


How to Potty Train Your Pug

The crate training method for potty training a Pug is listed below:

Step 1

Select an appropriately sized crate for your Pug. A crate which is sized appropriately is one which is only large enough to allow your Pug to stand up, turn around and lie down. This is because most dogs and puppies will not want to eliminate in their living space so if you provide a crate which is too large they may designate a separate area for going potty.

If you are crate training a puppy you might want to purchase a smaller crate for the purpose of potty training the puppy or you can purchase a crate which would be appropriate for a full sized pug and create a divider wall which will make the usable space in the crate appropriate for the puppy's size.

Step 2

Next it is important to realize that while you are in the process of potty training, your Pug should not be left unattended for long periods of time. Even full adult Pugs will need to go out to potty at least three times a day and depending on their bladder control some adult dogs may need to go out to potty even more frequently.

For puppies, a general rule is they will need to go out to potty every few hours according to the following rule: the puppy's age in months + 1 hour. For example a two month puppy should be taken out to potty every three hours while a four month puppy should be taken out at least every five hours.

Step 3

When using the crate for potty training, you can place the Pug in the crate while you are taking care of household chores but if you hear the dog begin to whine or otherwise indicate he needs to go out, put him on leash and immediately take him to an appropriate location to go potty and give a command such as, "Go potty."

If he does go potty, praise and reward him immediately. Verbal praise such as saying, "Good go potty," in a high pitched, happy voice will show your Pug you are pleased with him and will also help to reinforce the command. The reward should be any treat which your Pug finds particularly appetizing. If he does not go potty put him back in the crate and take him out again in another hour or so.

Step 4

The process of keeping the Pug in the crate for short periods of time, taking him outside to the designated potty location and praising and rewarding him if he is successful will help to establish the pattern of desired behavior. Through this process your Pug will learn he is rewarded for going potty in this specific location.

Step 5

While potty training, always watch your Pug carefully when he is loose in the house. If he begins to sniff around or give off other signals that he has to go potty, immediately take him outside to a designated potty area and give a command such as, "Go potty." If he successful eliminates in the designated area offer praise and reward immediately.

Step 6

If during the potty training process your Pug has an accident in the house it is important to clean up the mess and use an odor eliminator. However, scolding your dog for this accident will not be effective as he will likely not associate the scolding with the behavior.

However, if you catch your Pug in the act of going potty in the house say, "No" firmly and immediately pick up the Pug and take him outside to go potty. In most cases saying, "No" firmly and picking up the Pug will cause him to stop going potty. If he goes potty outdoors, offer praise and reward as usual.


It is important to remember that potty training a Pug requires a great deal of patience. As a small breed, it is not unusually for Pugs to not be fully potty trained until they are six months old. Remaining consistent in your training and offering praise and reward when your Pug is successful will be very helpful in the potty training process.

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