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house training a pug

Learn how to potty train your pug in 2 months, with extra tips for house training and crate training your pug. Do know that:

  • pugs cannot hold their bladder for longer than one and a half hours, not even when they are in their crate
  • pugs are very sensitive pets and should not be sharply scolded. Never hit pugs with any object or magazine or newspaper nor your hands.

When you are gone all day, then you will not be able to take your pug outside when needed, so you have no choice but to paper train your pug. A dog’s paper training is wonderful for severe cold weather when it is difficult to get outside.

Expect your pug to be house trained after 2, 4 to 6 months when you follow the easy steps below.

Toilet habits of pugs


  • at 3 months of age pugs will need to go out about 6 times daily.
  • at 6 months of age pugs will require 4 times daily.
  • at 12 months and up pugs will need to go out about 3 times a day.

Bowels will vary according to the quality of food and how much you feed your pug.

  • pug puppies: 3-5 times daily
  • adult pugs: 1-2 times daily

Pug house training methods

Here are three preferred methods to house train a pug according to your and their lifestyle:

  • Crate Training – teach your Pug to hold themselves when in their crate – best if you are home some of the day
  • Paper Training – teach your Pug to go on a designated spot of house training paper – best if you are not home most of the day and do not have help
  • Schedule Based Training (SBT) – teach your Pug to go out at consistent, regular times – best if you are home most of the day or have help who is home, and you can be absolutely regular with the schedule

Pick a method that works best for your lifestyle, as it’s critical that you be consistent and set yourself up for success.

How not to house train your pug

It will do no good for you to hit your pug or rub her flat little nose in her mess and if she doesn’t mess in front of you then you certainly can not expect her to understand your anger if you come home to a mess of "chocolates" or piddle.

What you need to know before house breaking your pug

  • If your pug squats directly in front of you, pick her up and firmly say "NO, NO, Outside" and take her outside.
  • Ask yourself what sort of lifestyle and flexibility you have to house train your Pug.
  • Read below or research your preferred method so you know it inside-out and come up with a pug house train game plan.
  • Once you’ve selected the method to train your pug, be sure to apply it correctly. This means doing some homework to research the method, understand it and create a game plan for your Pug and your lifestyle.

Don’t short-change this step! The root cause of most pug house training failures is applying a method incorrectly. Each of the methods listed above works well for pugs, but only if implemented properly. Do your homework and don’t be afraid to look to trainers or other resources for help here.

Think like a pug: try to step into your pugs’ "shoes" for a few minutes to consider the challenges of house training a pug… "you" are small in size… "you" have a little bladder… "you" have to go pee pretty often when young.

So don’t expect to last 8 hours between pees! And if you’re under 3 months old, "you" can’t really control your movements…so expect the house training to take some time before "you" get it!

The above knowledge will help you set realistic expectations for training your pug.

Tips for house breaking your pug

The goal is to teach your puppy the proper place to eliminate. First, you must choose the spot where you want your puppy to go. When you take him outside to do “potty”, always take him to the same spot and always use the same door.

Always bring your pug out on a leash while training. Watch your pug very closely when at the potty spot. Plan to wait for him. Let him sniff around. When he begins to go potty, use your cue : a word or sentence that will tell him this is the place and time to go.

Click and treat just as your pug is finishing. You want to click while the behavior is happening, but not too soon that he stops eliminating to get his treat.

Wait another ten minutes or so just to be sure he is finished. Especially pug puppies do not empty themselves completely the first time.

Never “assume” that he has eliminated. Make sure you see him go. If he goes again, click and reward.  

If you take him to the potty spot and he does not go, bring him into the house and confine him. Try again in about 10 to 15 minutes.

Pretty soon, your pug will understand that going potty in the potty spot brings rewards.

Tips for crate training your pug

It is a good idea to have your puppy pug crated whenever you can’t supervise him and at night. Dogs normally will not eliminate where they sleep.

Make sure the crate is the appropriate size for your pug. Proper size is at least 1 ½ times the length of the dog’s body minus the tail and tall enough for him to stand up comfortably.  

Crates with dividers are wonderful for growing pug puppies as you can increase the space as the pug grows.

Make the crate a wonderful place for your pug. Put a nice comfy bed in there. Keep his toys in there and toss in some treats every now and then as a surprise for him to find.

In the beginning, you can feed your pug puppy his meals in his crate. Start with the door open and feed.

After about a week’s time, close the door when he’s eating. Slowly begin leaving him in the crate and increasing the amount of time he’s crated.

DO NOT let him out of the crate when he is crying or making a fuss. Wait for a quiet moment, a lull in the crying, and then open the door.

You do not want to reward the loud behavior by letting him out. This does not mean ignore his cries completely, just wait for him to stop even for a moment before you open the door.

Click to mark that you’re rewarding the quiet moment, then open the door.

After a pug’s meal is finished, open the crate and carry(!) your puppy pug outside, preferably onto grass, to the spot you want your pug to go potty. You will have to use the same words consistently, 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 behavior 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 house training 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 habit of going there to potty.

Don’t let your pug 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 pug puppy to stay inside the crate without complaint. 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 pug 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 the above house training for pugs 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.

Why your pug doesn’t want to do his business outside?

Do you take your pug outside, she does nothing, and then the moment she gets inside she makes it on the floor?

Usually, when this happens it’s the result of your pug being preoccupied outside. If she’s outside and playing, that play will cause her urge to subside. In the process, the play makes her excited.

Once you go inside, the preoccupation wears off almost instantly, and she’ll make inside usually only a few seconds or a minute after she gets in.

How long to house train your pug?

It might take 2 months, sometimes less or up to 4 and 6 months, before house training a pug becomes completely successful and you can say that the house training is completed.

house training a chihuahua

Enjoy a clean house: routine is the keyword in successful chihuahua potty training: do know that chihuahuas need at least to go potty twice a day.

You can teach your Chihuahua to eliminate upon command with time and patience. Watch your puppy carefully. They will often start looking for something when they are about to go:

  • catch your puppy at that point and take him to the toilet area
  • praise him wonderfully if he does what you want him to.

You may be surprised just how much and how fast your puppy Chihuahua responds.


  • if you want a gentle and well balanced Chihuahua when it grows up you must treat your puppy with gentle training. Negative behavior must be dealt with in a consistent and kind manner, not by slapping, hitting and kicking. Positive behavior must consistently be rewarded both with praise and with treats.
  • one method of training your puppy is the crate method. Confine your puppy in a crate or a small area. Puppies usually will not soil their sleeping area. Very frequently remove the puppy to an area for waste elimination. When the puppy does have an accident, you can quickly rush them to the appropriate area. But, remember, accidents will happen and do be patient and consistent.

Things you need to know about your Chihuahua

Most adult Chihuahuas can learn to hold it for eight to ten hours if they have to.

Pay attention to your Chihuahua’s toilet schedule. Their eliminations are pretty predictable if you tune in and watch:

  • adult Chihuahuas usually need to go at least two times a day and
  • young Chihuahua puppies more often.

An intelligent Chihuahua usually wants to please his master. He will feed off of the tone and emotion in your voice. In most cases, if you tell him "bad Chihuahua" in a stern voice he will understand that you are displeased with him and that is enough punishment.  He should respond equally well to praise for a job well done. It’s all right to give the Chihuahua small rewards when he goes in the right place.

House training your Chihuahua should be relatively easy if your Chihuahua understands the rules you give him.

Confusion over what he is or isn’t allowed to do is what causes problems. You, as the owner and master of the Chihuahua, have to take control of the situation and outline the rules your Chihuahua must follow.

Chihuahuas learn through repetition and consistency. If you are not consistent with what you ask of him then he will not be consistent with his response to your expectations.

Chihuahuas are particular about where they "do their business". As a rule, they do not usually like to defecate or urinate where they sleep. That is a good place to begin with house training.

How to house train your Chihuahua

Keep your Chihuahua confined to a small sleeping area during bedtime and then, when you get up first thing in the morning, take him to wherever he is allowed to go to the bathroom.

Leave him there until he "does his business". When he is finished you should praise him for being a good dog.

Do this consistently and your Chihuahua should eventually learn the routine. It can be a challenge house training a Chihuahua, but stick with it ad all will work out.

"Routine" is the key word here. Whether you start with a new puppy, or if you bring home an adult Chihuahua, he has no idea of where his bathroom area is unless you point it out to him.

He may not learn it right away and he may make a mistake or two along the way. Don’t be too harsh on him at first. You don’t want him to think that he’s going to get a spanking or have his nose rubbed in it any time he goes to the bathroom. That doesn’t work.

He will just wait until he thinks you aren’t looking and then he will "do his business" and get away from it before you find out and spank him.

Punishment, in the form of voice reprimand, should be inflicted, only when you catch your Chihuahua in the act!. If you don’t catch him within a few seconds of his relieving himself then you are better off to ignore his miscues and focus on the things he does properly. Praise him for doing well.

It is a good idea to use one word that is always a signal that it is time to go "do your business". At our house the keyword is "go out?". If we say to our Chihuahua "let’s go out!", that means it is bathroom time.

Our hihuahua is let out in our garden early in the morning, several times a day (or all day in nice weather), and again just before bed time.

When old Chihuahuas have the routine down well, they actually help to house train new Chihuahua puppies. Anyway, whether you use "out", "potty", or whatever, pick one word or phrase that your Chihuahua will come to understand means that it is toilet time.

Understandably, the best way to train your Chihuahua is to be there with it all of the time. That isn’t always possible for most people but you still need to be sure you spend as much time with the Chihuahua as is necessary to get him to bond with you and to want to please you.

If you must be absent from your Chihuahua then leave him in his sleeping quarters until you get back and then let him out to go to the bathroom. Don’t punish him if he has an accident while you are gone; just take him out to "do his business" and praise him if he does it in the right place.

If you live in a situation where your Chihuahua has to live indoors and be paper-trained: do try using a litter box!

When you follow the tips and techniques above, your chihuahua will be potty trained sooner than later: if you are persistent and reward your pet when he or she deserves it, you will be successful.

How to house train your puppy

Learn how to house train your puppy in just a few weeks. Find out exactly when to take puppies out and the signs to watch for (see above picture).

Training your dog to go outside is going to take some time and you’ll be cleaning up some messes, so be prepared but enjoy once your puppy is house trained!

House train your puppy when he has to go

  1. First you need to know when to take your puppy out to do his business. The main times to take puppies out are after eating, playing or running around. Also after he has been chewing on a bone or toy, and of course right after he wakes up, even from a tiny nap.
    As your puppy gets older, you’ll be able to lessen the number of trips outdoors and your dog will learn to hold it or let you know if there is a need to be filled.
  2. Second important house training technique is to keep outside playing to a minimum while you are house training your puppy. You can use going out as a reward for going potty.
  3. Third step is to learn your puppy some human language. After you have taken your puppy out to go potty and he’s walking around start saying "go potty" of whatever word you would like to use.

Then when he does start going potty make sure while he’s going potty you say "go potty" or whatever your choice of words are, so that he knows "go potty" means pee or poop.

Eventually your puppy will go potty on command so you don’t have to stand outside waiting forever 🙂

As with any dog obedience training: Be consistent and persistent. Right from the start, you need to make sure you teach your puppy the rules. One rule is not to do his business in the house. Obviously, your new puppy won’t really get this at first, so you’ll need to be very persistent to reach your goal of having a housebroken puppy.

House training your puppy in enclosed spaces

If you want to avoid having to clean your entire house, keep your puppy contained to one place. You will have less to clean up if you keep your puppy in one area of the house.

In fact, one form of puppy training involves using a crate to keep the dog contained. The crate can be placed anywhere in the home.

If you decide not to use a crate, though, you can still put the puppy in a specific room, particularly at night. Laundry rooms often work well for this since they are easy to clean and warm. Your puppy will also feel more comfortable in a smaller space at the beginning.

Things to avoid when house training your puppy

If you don’t see it, don’t punish it. Imagine walking into the room and finding a puddle or a nice little pile of doggy poo waiting for you. This is NOT the time to express your displeasure with your puppy. He won’t understand since the act has been done and he doesn’t know what you’re upset about.

The only time you should penalty your puppy for making a mess indoors (and by penalty, I mean scolding and perhaps shutting up in his box) is when you actually see it happen. Act immediately, or the entire thing will have vanished from the puppy’s mind and you won’t be doing any good at all.

Do not put food near your puppy at night. By making sure that your puppy isn’t eating at night, you’ll save yourself a lot of hassle. You can remove food and water a couple of hours before bedtime and take the puppy out for a walk before turning in for the night. This will work to prevent too many bathroom trips during the night.

Good luck with house training your puppy!

House training your puppy requires patience and consistency, much like toilet training a toddler does. The end result is having your dog enjoying life as a house pet and willing to let you know when he or she needs to go outside.

As long as you are consistent and patient with your puppy, you’ll find that he is eager to please and will do his best to learn bathroom rules quickly.

Dogs really do want to make their humans happy and if heading outside when nature calls is what makes you happy, then you can bet that’s what your puppy will try to do.

Dog House Training

dog house training

Master the easy and effective way of dog house training: enjoying a clean house with a happy dog and a happy owner. Dogs love to do their business outside the house, so all you have is to teach them "a trick" how they can get out of the house to do their business. Dogs love to learn tricks, so here goes.

Fun and easy steps to house training a dog

If you don’t ant your dog scratching your door each time he wants to go out, try to train him to ring a bel for example. Some owners teach their dog to bark when they want to go out, but I strongly advice against that: suppose your dog is barking because he hears a burglar and your spontaneous reaction is opening the door… You see what I am getting at.

  • Get yourself a bell that’s easy to ring butt strong enough to withstand your dogs paws. Hang the bel on the door knob at your dog’s nose level. You can DIY or buy a dog door bel in your local pet shop:
    House training a dog 
    House training a dog with a dog door bell
  • Every time you need to take your dog out to potty, make sure he hits the bell first before you open the door (or you help the bell hitting the dog…). This will train your dog that the sound of the bell is related to the door opening.
  • Now put your dog’s favorite treat on the bel. Of course your dog will go for it and ring the bell. So you open the door. Now your dog learns that when he rings the bell, you will come and open the door for him (the dog
    training the master so to speak…)
  • Keep on repeating the 2 previous steps until one day your dog rings the bell all by himself. Now make sure you are around, ask your dog if he wants to go out, and when your dog rings the bell again: open the door for him and be sure you just house trained your dog!

Extra accessories when house training a dog

When you are house training a dog, make sure you use a timer, treats and pee pads:

  • time the amount of training you are giving your dog. After one hour, your dog is literary dog-tired butt he will never show it to you. So time your training sessions and always end on a positive note.
  • food dog treats are the most effective to reward your dog, but don’t exaggerate: use commands like "good boy" or a caress to reward your dog as well. Obese dogs aren’t happy dogs so go easy on dog treats.
  • pee pads absorb a dog’s urine very well, so are very useful when you just start to potty train your dog. You rather have your dog using the pee pad than using your carpet when it isn’t house trained yet.

How to punish when house training a dog?

Dogs love positive attention much more than they hate negative attention. Because even negative attention is better than no attention at all and above all, dogs love to play around.

Physical punishments aren’t an efficient training method: your dog will get confused that one time your hand caresses him and the other time your hand punishes him. When your training is not successful, it is mostly you doing something wrong rather than your pet doing something wrong. The best way to show your discontent is a "firm No!".

Totally ignore the dog if he doesn’t obey any of your commands. Do not even look his way as the most severe punishment for not obeying your commands. Dogs thrive on attention and when you ignore your dog, he wont get any attention. If you practice this continually, your dog will eventually make the connection.

Maybe what you are asking is "too complicated" for the dog, so be patient and go over all the steps again that you want your dog to do. Quickly rewarding your pet for each desired behavior is much more effective than punishing the dog over and over again. Your dog will understand fast that something is wrong, butt you need to train him an alternative that is right or your dog will have no choice butt repeating the wrong behavior.

Never let a puppy do something you wouldn’t like a grown up dog to do! Because one day your puppy will grow up as well and not at all understand that why the behavior he had when being a puppy is suddenly wrong behavior. Nothing worse than confusing a dog when training them: always be clear and persistent in what you want and reward your dog when he achieves what you want him to achieve.

If your dog still doesn’t learn to go out when he needs to go potty, then you need to make sure he uses the pee pad each and every time. Once he starts using a pee pad on his own, you need to slowly butt surely introduce it outside the house. Sooner or later your dog will get the hint that he has to pee outside, so all in all: house training a dog boils down to:

  • breaking things down in clear and easy steps
  • being patient and explaining your dog over and over again
  • and worse case scenario when your dog doesn’t seem to get it: accommodating to what your dog does and building on that to reach the desired behavior.

What is so great about this bell-house training a dog? You can bring the bell with you and your dog to any place other than your house. As soon as your dog needs to go potty, he will ring the bell and you know what to do. This way of house training a dog is great when you have an older dog that needs to potty more often and knows how to tell you in advance.

House Training a Dog

house training a dog

Enjoy a house free of dog urine! House training a dog work well when you follow our 3 basic tips.

We have been there done that: got a new puppy or dog that wasn’t trained and wanting to do their business in the house. We asked our dog breeder what we had to do and he gave us the following 3 housebreaking tips that work all the time:

3 tips to house train your dog

1 Take your dog out a lot

In the early stages, before your pet has established any kind of bad dog routines, do take your new puppy outside as much as possible.

Let your dog play around outside and let him get used to naturally do his business there, as and when he needs to.

Don’t underestimate this step: if a dog has never done it outdoors, he might get nervous or shy when you insist he does his business outside.

2 Listen to your dog

Dogs are clean animals and by instinct they know it’s a good idea to keep their toilet away from where they live or play. Do be alert when:

  • your puppy starts looking for corners, under sofas, behind chairs or goes in cupboards when they need to go.
  • they start scratch with the intent "to dig a hole to go in".

Watch out for these signs, because they mean your pup is about to make a mess!

As in step one, immediately take your dog outside once you notice any signs that refer to toilet business, so your pup will get the idea: "when I need to go, my master will take me out".

Eventually your pup will adjust and start going or scratching at the door to let you know what’s up. You are now halfway there!

3 Tell your dog off, but not too much

We all have to go to this: your puppy has done his business inside the house. Both you and the puppy are in fault, so adjust as good as possibe:

  • take your puppy over to where he went,
  • point out to the mess and say a firm "No" and
  • take him outside.

I can hear you thinking, "but he just did his business, why taking him outside"? Because your dog needs to associate that the "No" means "don’t make a mess inside, outside is the way to go".

Consistency is key. You’re building a pattern of association, and hopefully he’ll remember that next time. Dogs don’t want to get punished so sooner or later he will get the idea that outside there aren’t bad consequences.

It’s important that you don’t tell him off too much, or he might associate he is not allowed to do his business at all. Which will end up in your pup hiding his mess somehwere around the house. That’s when you get those mysterious unpleasant smells which you just can’t pinpoint where they come from. Observer your puppy well and you will learn what the problem is.

House training a dog boils down to observe your dog, take him out and be persistent until your dogs gets the routine. Some stubborn dogs will take longer than others, but when you do your part of the work, your pup will end up doing his thing outside.

Always remember: you make your dog the happiest ever is you take him out for a walk on a regular daily time, so he can do his business along the way.