Leash Training

Leash training is another very important part of teaching your pug puppy obedience.

Even though it might not be necessary for the puppy to wear it’s collar or harness and the identification tags inside your home, it should always wear these outside the house, leashed securely to your hand. The earlier you get your pug puppy used to wearing it’s collar or harness, the less trouble you will later have controlling it outside the house.

Begin the training by leaving the collar or harness on for a few minutes at a time. Gradually extend the time you leave it on. It won’t take long and your pug puppy will get used to wearing it’s collar or harness and eventually forget that it is even wearing one.

After this is accomplished, attach a lightweight leash to the collar, while you play with your puppy. Important is now that you don’t try to guide the puppy at first, it first has to get used to the feeling that something is attached to the collar.

Some pugs may refuse to be guided with the leash and intend to strangle themselves before submitting. If your pug puppy is one of the latter, your should not continue to force the leash training with collar.

On this point I want to advice you to use a harness instead of a collar. Especially harnesses that are to be put on around the shoulders and chest will not choke your pug puppy and also prevent damage to it’s rather gentle neck.
Young pugs seem to object less to this method than to having the leash around the neck.

Motivate your pug puppy to follow you as you move away from it. If the puppy does not want to follow you, coax it along with a treat. Simply hold the treat in ront of its nose to encourage it to follow you. As soon as your puppy takes a few steps towards you, praise it enthusiastically and continue to do so as you move along.

It is important that you make the leash training sessions very brief and enjoyable. Continue the training in your house or in your yard untill the pug puppy is fully comfortable with beeing on a leash.

Now you can begin to guide your puppy in the direction you wish to go, maybe with the help of a treat. As soon as the puppy is used to be guided by you with the leash, you can start having short walks down the street or around the block.

Don’t expect your puppy to follow you always and everywhere. It might sometimes just not want to walk because it is tired or simply because it has different plans;-) Try first to encourage it to follow you with a treat or praises, before you start pulling. Remember that you are stronger and the leader of the “pack”. Your puppy knows this, if you have not made the mistake of always giving in to the puppies will, and it will obey when you pull a little harder combined with saying “follow” with a somewhat harscher voice.