Although not all pugs actually need to be crate trained, proper crate training can have many benefits for any pug or owner. Many pugs have severe separation anxiety because pugs are pack animals. As a result, when humans leave a pug home alone, sometimes the pug will chew or destroy furniture and other objects. Crating a pug for a few hours when it is home alone will help to reduce anxiety-related destruction.
Another benefit of crate training is that wild dogs live in dens. These dens provide protection from the weather, comfort and security. Crate training, when done properly, can give a domestic pug the same sense of security.
Another good use for crate training is transportation. If your pug is trained to go into its crate on command then it can be taken on a trip or to the vet with ease.
When you first begin crate training a pug, it’s important not to lock the pug in the crate or use the crate as a punishment in any way. The object is to get the pug to want to go into his crate when he needs to. It should feel comforting, like a human’s bedroom. If you are going to be home with your pug the crate should be left open so that the pug has free access to his crate. This will allow him to get used to the crate. Over time he will actually enjoy spending time in his crate, even when he doesn’t have to.
The only situation where crate training should not be used is if nobody is going to be available to let the pug out of the crate for a certain amount of time. Pugs like to keep their beds clean, so they do not like to go to the bathroom anywhere near their beds. A smaller puppy generally has to go every two or three hours. An older pug can generally wait for up to five or six hours. Therefore, a crate should never be used for long-term confinement.