My cute little rescue Pug Kilo is proof that Pugs Can Learn Tricks. He can even ride a rocking horse and use a toilet (sort of).
When I first started fostering Kilo the Pug, he only knew sit. Every day, several times a day, I train Kilo the Pug for five minutes using rewards and positive reinforcement. He loves treats and affection so he will literally jump through hoops for me (or for treats).
I try to teach him focus to ease his anxiety and build our bond. I also crate trained him so he has his own safe space to sleep- see how here. He loves his crate!!
I try to teach him basic obedience and recall- he’s still hit or miss on recall (hence the leash) but he has a strong sit, lie down and wait. He is not a fan of drop it and still sometimes guards resources but he will trade.
He loves learning tricks and I teach him tricks to occupy his mind and body and build his confidence.
He takes a while on some tricks and on associating words or working at a distance. Pugs were not bred as working dogs like Border Collies. Their main job was to sit on laps, cuddle, look cute and possibly to warn against intruders or taste food. However he is a very eager student if there are treats involved and I am close and clear. Practise makes perfect and he gets better every day. He started with Paw and progressed.
He still doesn’t love rolling over except for a tummy tickle on my bed or weaving through my legs as I think maybe he feels a bit vulnerable.
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