Potty Train Your Older Pug Dog

If you’ve ever come home and found that your mature, always-house trained Pug has just left you a big mess to clean up, you’re not alone. “Whoa!” you might say.

The possible alternative, such as a defrosting refrigerator, leaky water pipes, or a spilled cup of coffee, eventually gives way to the awful truth…when you actually see your loyal household Pug in the act of soiling inside the house.

It’s typical, after a lot of screaming and disbelief by an owner and the family, for the Pug to be quickly banished out-of-doors. But the truth is that such harsh and fast action can actually have a negative impact on a mature Pug dog. That’s because most often it is a medical or psychological cause involved that requires some treatment.

Let’s cover the medical reasons first, since this is the most typical cause of the problem in older Pugs. You need to carefully consider and diagnosis the problem here before you start on a treatment and/or retraining program.

Most Pug owners know that the aging process of their Pug will manifest itself in a gradual loss of hearing, followed by diminished vision. Squeezed somewhere in between, signs of arthritis might show up, decreased in appetite, more frequent naps, and other tell-tale signs which may become evident. What is not widely known is that toilet training is one of the first things to go!

Pug owners are often particularly surprised and confused, and as a result they blame their dog for back-sliding on potty training. In reality, this is likely a sign that your Pug dog is simply getting older. That’s because the muscles of the bladder gradually lose control as Pugs (and people!) age.

The prostate gland gets bigger as most male Pugs get older, leading to an inflammation that will cause him to pee much more frequently. It’s also true that over seventy percent of Pug dogs 8 years or older will come down from kidney disease. And as a Pug gets more mature, kidney functions start to weaken, which can contribute to bladder control problems.

Older Pugs need to drink 2x the amount of water that Pug pups to fight off these kidney problems. It’s little wonder then, with such increased water consumption comes the need for more pees.

Unlike their younger days, mature Pug dogs will need to potty a lot more often. It’s common for the dog to make itself clear by going to the door, ringing its bell, etc. And it’s also common for owners to miss their Pug’s signs because they’re used to how things used to be. The Pug then has only one choice and ends up peeing in the home. No doubt the Pug is just as unhappy as you when things come to this.

Avoid yelling at your Pug or scolding him, as this will lead to a worsening of the situation and further problems.

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