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Don't let your puppy run loose inside after eating, drinking, playing or after it first woke up.

Keep a watchful eye on your pug and you will soon learn to recognize the "signs". When the puppy wants to relieve itself, it will usually start circling and sniffing the floor to find the perfect spot for the evil business. Don't lose time, grab your puppy and carry it to the spot on which it is allowed to eliminate.

Teach your puppy to stay inside the crate without complaing. Put a treat in the back of the crate and encourage your puppy to go inside on it's own and don't forget to praise it. Once the door is locked, you might want to hand it another treat through the wires or window of the crate.

This might be a difficult task, but try not to succumb to its complaints. Say "No!" in a sharp voice and eventually tap on the crate to get your pug puppy to understand that it won't succeed with its theatrics.

Normally, a puppy of 8-12 weeks of age will not be able to contain itself for long periods of time. It has to relieve itself every few hours, except at nights. Make sure that your puppy relieved it's bladder as well as it's bowel.

Your first task in the morning should be to take your pug outside to potty (or, inside but on the newspaper-spot). When this will be is depending on your puppy. It will often wake you up in the early morning by whining and jumping around in the crate.

Don't confuse the "Let me out of the crate because I want to play now!" grumbling with the "This is an emergency" complaint though. You will learn quickly to distinguish between the two.

In case you need to be away from home all day, don't leave your puppy in its crate, but also don't make the mistake of letting it roam the whole house. Leave the pug puppy in a small room and cover the floor with newspaper. Make this area big enough, so the puppy does not have to relieve itself next to food, water bowls or its bed.


If you follow this advice without letting yourself be hypnotized by the pair of big round eyes and let the puppy do what it wants, you will soon not have to be worried about accidents happening in your house anymore.

It might take 2 months (our experience), sometimes less or a little more time, before you can say that the house training is completed.



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