Posted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 5:12 am Post subject: Pugs inside dogs? teaching them to pee
I just acquired two cute pugs. They just turned 4 two weeks ago. The previous owners kept them outside all the time. We barely have a yard so we must keep them inside. The problem is they are not house broken and pee all over the place. My question is, can pugs get sick being outside? I feel bad leaving them out in the cold. What is the best method for teaching pugs to go to the bathroom outside.
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Posted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 3:12 am Post subject: Re: Pugs inside dogs? teaching them to pee
Thanks for rescuing these little guys.
Absolutely, they are inside dogs, no matter what the weather. The shortened nose means that they can't cool down like other dogs. Being overweight makes it harder to cool down, too.
I don't know where you are, but in the northern hemisphere, it's starting to get cool. They can't take too much cool weather, either.
As for potty training older dogs, you do have a challenge on your hands. I would treat them like they were puppies. At the top of the page on the left side, you'll see a content section. Check through there, especially the Pug FAQ section for potty training.
The basics are
Set them up for success. Meaning that you don't leave them alone in the house for 10 hours and not expect them to pee inside.
Praise praise praise when they do it where you want them to. I also use cheerios as training treats. They don't have to be refrigerated and they are low calorie, low fat. You may think it's crazy, but get really excited and happy when they potty outside. Try to teach them a cue word like potty. When they start to go, say potty (or whatever your word is) so they associate the action with the word. They will learn that word so when you say, let's go potty they know what that means.
While they are inside the house, do not leave them alone. Watch them constantly. When they start to sniff, snatch them up and go outside. Say potty outside, etc. Treat and praise, even if they only go a drop outside. If they wander off to pee, use baby gates or long leashes tied to you.
Try crate training or restricting them to a room. Some people will take a laundry room or bathroom and secure the dogs in their. You can use potty pads which many dogs pick up on quickly. With a crate, you will want to get one that is big enough for them to stand up and turn around, but no bigger. The theory is that dogs won't potty where they sleep/eat. Some dogs pick up on this quickly and learn right away to hold it.
However, don't try crate training and leave them for hours and hours right away. Give them a break about 4 hours in. Hopefully someone can come home at lunch if everyone is at work.
Pugs are special little dogs, so if you've never had pugs or dogs before, you are in for some surprises and so much happiness. I would get a book on pugs specifically because there are some health and hygiene issues that you need to know about (cleaning wrinkles, caring for eyes, etc.) We have lots of information on this site, too. I just like having a book to refer to.
I would also contact your local pug rescue and/or pug meet up group. These people are a great resource for information on pugs. Good vets, feeding tips, etc. We have an active pug meet up here and we all share information and tips.
And if you haven't yet, get them checked out by a vet. Living outside, they more than likely have parasites and fleas and who knows what else. Find a good vet that has experience with pugs or bulldogs or similar type breeds (brachycephalic) and ask them a million questions.
Bathing is up to you and the pug. My girls don't get many baths unless they are visibly dirty. They don't get stinky like some dogs do. And my two younger girls have sensitive skin so I don't like to dry their skin out with bathing.
But if your dog needs it, do it. I know of some dogs who get bathed once a month or more with no problems. If your dogs do have fleas, our SPCA uses Pert Plus and it kills them. That way you don't have to deal with the chemical shampoo. If you are bathing a lot because of smell, consider changing their food. Nutrition has a whole lot to do with skin, coat and that doggy smell.
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