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House training can be done in several ways, but the most effective method is crate training.

If you are first-time dog owner, you might find crate training to be a cruel method of house training. But, believe me, later you will be thankful for this suggestion.

A dog needs its own place, a place where it can retreat to, its own private space.
Your pug will consider its crate that place.

The crate used for house training should only be large enough for the puppy to stand up, lie down and stretch out comfortably in. Crates are available in most pet shops and come in various sizes and prices.

Here is an useful advice: Buy a size that will fit your pug also in adulthood. The excess space can be partitioned off by a fitting board, which can be moved back as the puppy grows. This way you don't need to buy a new crate every few weeks and the puppy won't have to get used to a new one each time.

Now let's begin the training. Dogs do not want to soil where they eat or sleep. That's the basis for the crate training method.

You have to feed your puppy in its crate so it becomes accustomed to it. Close the door and keep it closed while your pug puppy is eating.

After the meal is finished, open the crate and carry(!) the puppy outside, preferably onto grass, to the spot you want your pug to go potty. You will have to use the same words consistantly, for example, say "potty" or "go out".

It is very important that you use the same words, as your puppy will learn both where to go potty and that certain words mean a specific behaviour is expected.

In case you don't have outdoor access or will be away from home for a long period of time, you should begin housetraining using newspaper placed in some corner place that is easily accessible by your pug puppy. Take your puppy to this spot instead of outside to reinforce the habbit of going there to potty.

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