Welcome back! So by now you should have a dressed, cooperative pug to your front door you are ready to complete your pug training with teaching your pug to walk on a loose lead. It is now time to introduce your perfect pug to the world!

As is the rule for many training techniques it is best to start this final stage with your pug in your backyard. Your backyard holds minimal distractions and nothing foreign to interrupt your training.

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The first thing that will change with your training is talking to your Pug from a sidewards stance. Believe it or not they need to learn to understand your body language again when you are facing sidewards as to them, your body language is completely different from this perspective. This will explain a lot when your pug continues to try to stand in front of you whilst training sidewards.

TIP No.1: When walking your dog, pick a side and be consistent. Make sure all of the family is on the same page as it will be easier for your pug to understand when this is a common consistency.

TIP No.2: Once you have picked your side make sure you reward from that side. If you reward from the other hand across your body, your pug will come across in front of you to get to the treat faster.

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Step 1 – Starting from your backyard
  • Using “this way”, invite your dog beside you & ask them to sit, rewarding when they do.
  • Placing a treat in your hand, use your this way to invite your dog forward approximately four steps, reward whilst still moving forward. If your pug jumps at the treat continuously, lift your arm up further and when you give them the treat drop it on the ground.
  • Every now and again stop, when you stop reward if they stop with you. If they continue forward, using this way ask them back but DO NOT REWARD. As they did not stop & need to pay more attention.
  • If your dog will not come back and is in front of you, step back until your dog turns back & starts to come to you, then ask them back beside you and continue forward.
  • Once your pug is reliably walking with you, increase the distance gradually between walking & rewarding till you can phase it out all together.

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Note: If your dog begins to revert back to pulling you have progressed too quickly , go back a few steps & try again.

Once you have mastered this in the backyard, combine all of your steps and progress to the front yard, then a quiet street. Then a busier street. Then a quiet park and finally to a busy park. By introducing these steps gradually you are optimising your pugs chances for success by gradually introducing distractions rather than flooding them and expecting them to cope.

If you have any queries or your dog doesn’t quite understand feel free to send a quick video of what you are having problems with to doggiemanners@outlook.com

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Bec Heaton

Bec Heaton

Dog Trainer at Dog Manners
Bec is a certified dog trainer and registered vet nurse. She believes all dogs are good dogs, they just need to learn some manners. Bec runs regular dog training sessions through her business Dog Manners across Sydney.