How to Discipline a Pug Puppy: 7 Tips That Work

Pugs are a very sweet, loving, and playful breed of dog. They are also strong-willed and stubborn. For this reason, you need to learn how to discipline a pug puppy to help them channel that energy into appropriate activities.

How to Discipline a Pug Puppy

It’s important to train your new puppy to learn basic commands like “sit,” “come,” “stay,” and “lie down” right from an early age. This way you’ll get them to stop jumping up on people, chewing on things they shouldn’t, or just playing sneaky.

But don’t confuse discipline with physical punishment. Never kick, loud shout, or scold at your pug. These methods can hurt the dog’s feelings and lead to retaliation.  

In this article, we are going to learn the “do and don’t” as far as disciplining your pug is concerned.

So, let’s jump right into it.

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How to Discipline a Pug Puppy

Punishment should be a last resort and should always be administered in a calm, controlled manner. A punishment that is too long or brutal can lead to the dog developing an anxiety disorder or biting when they are only playing with their human.

The most important thing to remember when punishing your Pug puppy is that it’s not fair for them to misbehave because they don’t know any better. This way you are instilling discipline and naturing their behavior in the long run.

Pug puppies are more difficult to train than other breeds due to their stubborn nature. You need to stay calm and patient when training them.

You can also use food or treats as a reward for good behavior but make sure you don’t overfeed them.

If you are new to Pugs:

Don’t get frustrated if they start destroying your furniture or clothes because this is normal for their age group.

Be patient with your pug puppy when they do something wrong so that they know you’re the boss.

Use food or treats as a way to bribe your pug puppy when you want them to do something specific, but make sure not to overfeed them as they are prone to obesity.

7 Effective Tips to Discipline your Pug

1. Instill Limits

When you haven’t installed any limits for your pug then things can get out very quickly. A big house with several rooms can allow your furry friend to run around and pull out some mischievous traits while not on site.

It’s at this point he’ll pick particular spots to pee and pop in your house instead of waiting till you take out.

So, whenever your pug puppy is not under any close watch, he should be restricted to a specific area. When my Pug Buddha was still little, I used an indoor playpen that was large enough and gave room for her to play with the toys and place a bed too.

However, don’t always cage your pug in the playpen while you are still in the house. Allow him to roam around the house and explore to learn right from wrong.

2. Stop the offense when it just happens

Pugs love hanging around the owner. They simply enjoy the company, so when left alone they might develop separation anxiety. At this point, you might walk back home and get your furniture scratched, chewed shoes, or torn papers.

Hang around your pug and stop him from doing something right on the act. Pug got brilliant memory and will remember what they should and shouldn’t do.

However, NEVER discipline your furry friends hours later after they misbehave. I mean dogs are not wired that way.

You simply have to catch them in the act and use firm words to stop them.

3. Teach them Consistently

A pug just like other dogs cannot learn on its own what’s right and what’s not. That’s why it’s important to train your dog to learn words such as ‘No’ or ‘stop.’

The trick is to clearly show your furry friend what to expect when and why he needs to follow specific rules.

Keep the teaching consistent and simple to avoid confusing the dog. Pick habits that the puppy will learn until its senior age and won’t affect you later on when he grows.

For example, if your pug keeps chewing or scratching your furniture, clap loudly to make him stop and immediately offer the dog his favorite chewing toys.  Do this every time and he’ll be motivated more to direct the energy to his play toys.

4. Use a firm tone voice

Using a firm voice is different from yelling. Yelling will only scare your still learning puppy instead of learning he was in the wrong. Pugs will easily pick the intent in your tone of voice and pretty much understand your body language.

I use a firm ‘No’ to command my pug when she’s misbehaving and rising my finger while my face frowned. The trick is never to lose your cool, but allow your dog to see the drastic change in your face and body.

5. Distract them from the Act

The distractive method works pretty well especially when you’ve learned what gets his attention easily.

For example, if your pug keeps chewing or scratching your furniture, clap loudly to make him stop and immediately offer the dog his favorite chew toys like these ones here

How to Discipline a Pug Puppy

Do this every time and he’ll be motivated more to direct the energy to his play toys.

Just find what he likes: sticks, play toys, or switching on the television and pull the attention to it.

6. Give the Pug timeout

I find giving your pug puppy timeout as a means of discipline super-efficient. An easy way to do this is to express how you feel when the dog does something to you.

For example, when he tweaks at your finger while playing, respond with an “ouch” sound. Withdraw your hand and move always from the pug.

This simply stops the fun and the “ouch” sound will tell the pug you are hurt hence pain.

Placing the pug puppy on timeout even for 10 minutes will feel like forever. Doing this a couple of times will softly train your dog what you don’t like.

7. Reward Pug after Punishment

Pugs puppy will eventually learn once you’ve taught them the dos and don’ts. Once their behavior improves make sure you reward them.

Pugs just the rest of the pooches are easily trained to respond to treats, motivational words, and praises every time they do something right.

This trick always works magic and helps you train your puppy to grow knowing what to do and what not to.

How to Handle Fears of the Pug Puppy Being Alone

Let your dog spend some time alone every day to maintain its mental and physical health. Spending time with your dog is a great way to bond with them.

However, it is important that they spend time alone each day in order to maintain their mental and physical health. Puppies need a lot of attention when they are young, but as they get older, they need less attention.

Puppies need a lot of attention but as they grow older, the amount of attention that you give them should start to decrease.

That’s because puppies are very social creatures – at least at the beginning of their lives – so it’s natural for them to want lots of interaction with the owner. But if not given enough alone time, this can lead to behavioral

What to Do When Your Pug Puppy Barks at Strangers

If you find that your pug puppy is barking at strangers, it’s important to determine the cause of the behavior. There are a few things that could be causing it, and you’ll need to identify which one before you can fix it.

-The first thing to do is make sure your dog is not feeling threatened or scared by the stranger. This may mean you need to introduce them slowly and work on acclimating them.

-Secondly, take a look at the social environment. If they’re in a new place (like say if they’re visiting a friend or family member’s house), try taking them out of their comfort zone and introduce different surroundings slowly so they get used to it.

-Lastly, if you know visitors are coming over, start exposing your dog

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Wrapping Up

In this article, I have shared how to properly punish your pug puppy with tips to help you get started.

Punishing your pug puppy is not as hard as it seems, and with these tips, you should be able to get started today.


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