Puggle Puppy Training
The Beagle’s intrinsic sense of hunt and natural urge to pursue any moving thing makes training a big challenge. It was picked and bred because of its exceptional sense of smell and congenial personality because it descends from a long line of English hunting hounds. Pugs on the other hand are just about the complete opposite of this and have been bred to be little companions. Your Puggle puppy will be a very good companion and form a loyal bond with your family, and though it may be a little challenging at the start to get their attention, training will be quite rewarding. The key is to be persistent and use positive rewards such as food treats where possible.
Walking your Puggle
Many breeds easily adapt to a walking lead and Puggles are no exception. However they may walk with their nose so close to the pavement, it’ll be distracted by almost every strange smell along the sidewalk as it takes an interest in every scent. So it is wise to begin leash training your puppy immediately. This will usually fade over time but this behaviour does add to the mental stimulation of the walk for your Puggle.
You may be able to stop your puppy from sniffing the ground constantly by keeping a rapid walking pace without having to pull him along. You can either hold a treat in a closed hand for rewards or carry it in your pocket to make the reluctant puppy walk along.
Housebreaking a Puggle
Until your Puggle puppy gets to about 4 months old, it may be difficult for it to control its bladder for more than a few hours per time so you should begin housebreaking your puppy the minute you bring him home. Keep him in a particular spot frequently in the yard outdoors.
You should include preventing “accidents” that leave behind odours into your house training due to its acute sense of smell, signalling to your puppy that he should do his business in the same designated spot. This can be done more easily by restricting your puppy to a small area of the house, such as a laundry, that has a floor that can be washed. In cases of accidents, transfer the faeces or a paper towel soaked with urine to his potty spot, outdoor. What he’s meant to do will be reinforced by his sense of smell.
Continuous daily reinforcement and constancy in training is a necessity in the reduction of your puppy’s inherent desire to ignore you and do his own thing. At every point where it is not distracted, your puppy will do all it can to please and obey you as you are it’s primary focus. Instead of punishing and scolding your Puggle for being distracted, make use of positive reinforcement with food to keep his attention on you during training sessions.
When putting a Puggle in a kennel or yard outside, Puggle noise may be a disturbance that you want to reduce and preferably eliminate altogether. Your Puggle may like to bay (that’s natural for Beagles) together with its ability to bark. This can be very annoying to neighbours. The main reason for barking in any breed though is boredom, so ensure your puppy has plenty of stimulation to keep him busy when you are not around. To further discourage your Puggle from baying or barking, make use of a citronella collar. This collar releases a small squirt of citronella that’s harmless every time he barks. The collar should be taken off when indoors, on walks, close to a noisy playground or in a loud street traffic (so you don’t punish your dog without cause when the noise inadvertently set the collar off).