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Training Your Puggle Pup
What to Do And What Not to Do

For most puppies, the training process begins on the ride home. Before you decided to bring your Puggle home, you should have selected a crate to carry him home in. Over the next few weeks, the crate will play an important role in how well training goes. Don’t make the mistake of allowing your puppy to ride on the passenger’s lap!

First Few Weeks at Home

Establishing a routine is a key factor in training your Puggle. Begin the minute you arrive at home. Attach a harness and chain to your Puggle pup, and allow him to explore the front yard for a place to eliminate. Take the crate you carried him home in inside the house and set it in a convenient spot of your home. Most people chose the kitchen area because small elimination accidents are easier to clean up.

Veterinarians and pet shops recommend using a crate to housebreak your puppy. The crate you select should be no larger than the adult size of your Puggle. This gives him plenty of room for growth. Add soft bedding in the corner and a potty-pad. When you leave the home, you can place your Puggle’s food and water inside the crate.

If you decide to not use a crate, lay newspaper down or a place a litter box in a corner of the washroom or kitchen floor near the door. Whenever your pup whimpers or walks in circles, immediately place him on the newspaper or in the litter box. Give your Puggle plenty of praise if he eliminates in the assigned spot.

During the first few weeks at home, it’s important that your Puggle pup establishes a routine. Set a time for feeding, bathing, play, and potty. Give him plenty of praise and rewards when he accomplishes a desired task. And NEVER be too firm in your commands.


Leash Training

When leash training your Puggle use a body harness and train your puppy to accept it the same way you teach puppy to accept a collar. Use plenty of praise and a soft tone. Keep the leash loose and use a soft adjustable, non-restrictive harness. Never use a choke collar. Accidents like choking or damage to the throat muscles can cause sudden death.

Succeeding in training your puppy requires you to be patient, give the right amount of love and attention, and immediate action from the moment your Puggle comes home. We need to establish balance in your puppy’s life through consistency. In the end, your puppy will mature into an affectionate, obedient companion.


Using Feel Good Emotions

It’s unhealthy for the dog/master relationship to give your Puggle pup too much affection and attention. Some dog owners try to win their puppy’s love by giving the pup whatever it whimpers for, which includes unhealthy nibbles of table scraps. It’s tempting to treat your puppy like a new born baby, constantly fussing over him, but don’t overload the affection and attention.

Without realizing it, your constant attention and affection is teaching your puppy bad behavior. Soon he learns that whining excessively gets him his heart’s desire. Rewarding poor behavior is taboo. Taking the right disciplinary action keeps your dog from becoming isolated from others due to your inability to handle his behavior.

Going to the extreme in discipline is also wrong. You should never bully your Puggle into submissive behavior. By doing so, you’re creating an aggressive and mean dog. The lack of affection and attention will cause your dog to mistrust others.


Socializing with Others

Puggles that learn to socialize early on become well adjusted companions. All dogs have a sense of ranking among one another and humans. In the home, they realize that you are master because you’re larger, but when they’re in a room with other canines their position in ranking changes.

Introducing a social atmosphere to your puppy early on helps them mature into a well adjusted pet. The socializing period lasts up to 12 weeks. It’s crucial that each social outing they have is a good experience.

  • Invite other pets for play time to your home.
  • Carry your puppy in the beginning to places like the park.
  • Take your puppy for short rides in the car.
  • Introduce your puppy to objects in the home that make loud noises or are large.
  • Introduce the harness and leash to your Puggle pup.
Do not
  • Put puppy on the ground where unknown animals have access.
  • Reward puppy for poor behavior.
  • Allow any experience to be harmful or frightening to your dog.
  • Force or rush your dog to act or react to a situation or command.


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