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Pug or the Pug Dog is a small sized toy-dog with a very specific wrinkled face with folded skin. The origins of this dog breeds lie in China, from where they moved to Tibet and further to Japan and then Europe and United States of America. The full history and origins of the breed are unknown as the records have been destroyed in the past by one of the Chinese emperors. The Pug is a popular, usually long living home dog, but it can suffer several illnesses that can shorten its life. The big popularity of this breed is connected with a rather frequent use of the Pugs in cinematography – both television and blockbuster movies frequently reach out for the Pugs.
I made this blog to help new Pug owners to find a bit of basic information in an easy to understand form. This site will feature some nide photos and videos featuring Pugs. I will write about health problems and proper care that is needed to keep your Pug in a good condition. If you own a Pug dog and would like to share your photos, do not hesitate to send them to me along with a short description. Thanks.
Pugs are generally well behaved and docile, but they can sometimes bark without proper cause and this can go on for quite a while. Considering the fact that they are generally kept indoors this can be a bit of a problem for their owners. If your dog is like this, if you can’t stop him from barking and generally raising a ruckus, you might want to read on.
In order to stop the dog from barking excessively you need to know what his reasons for barking are. One of the potential reasons is that they are trying to attract your attention. They might be bored or lonely and they want you to play with them. It is ok if the dog does this every once in a while, but if he gets used to it, you would do well to ignore him. You shouldn’t yell at him at such times as this will still mean that he managed to attract your attention. Instead just ignore him and after a while he should learn that barking will get him nowhere.
He might also be extremely bored and the barking is the only thing that comes to his mind. If this happens he might also chew on everything within his reach. You’ll want to keep your dog occupied, play with him and take him out for walks. Training sessions are also a great way to keep his mind focused and active. Make sure that he has some toys available for the times when you are not able to play with him so that he can amuse himself.
Pugs (just like all other breeds) can also bark to express their displeasure with something. They might want to tell you that they are confused by commands during training, that they are hungry or that they need to be taken out. This is not unnecessary barking and you should try to determine what is unsettling them and try to solve the problem.
Excessive barking is also one of the symptoms of separation anxiety, a condition that occurs when the dog has been left alone for too long. Pugs are very devoted to their owners and are generally very sociable. That doesn’t just mean that they love the company of others, it also means that they need it. If left alone for too long they will start behaving erratically and the barking will be just one of the symptoms. Try to never leave your dog alone for too long, as this condition might have permanent consequences on the dog’s psyche and behavior.
If none of these reasons seem to be the cause for the dog’s barking you might want to fill a can with pennies and shake it violently every time the dog barks for no apparent reason. The sound will irritate him and make him stop barking, once he does give him a reward and, in time, he should stop doing this.
Pugs are generally rather intelligent, and even though they can sometimes be a bit stubborn, they are usually quite easy to train. But they can be difficult to housebreak. This is a common tendency with small companion dogs and it is nothing that a bit of patience and resolve on your part cannot solve.
When you bring your new Pug puppy home you need to designate a place for him to go to the potty. At first you’ll have to spend a lot of time around your new friend. Keep him a crate or in an exercise pen. If he is in a smaller crate, he will never have an accident there, as he considers it to be his home. You’ll need to take your dog out very often; they have small bladders and can’t keep it in for too long. Take you Pug puppy out to the designated place every half an hour, after each meal and after the two of you are done playing.
Each time it goes outside repeat a predetermined phrase. That way if you take him out and he is just playing around you can say the phrase and he’ll realize that he is taken out with a purpose. You’ll need to spend as much time with him as you can, this way you’ll be able to prevent him from having accidents in the house. If you see him starting to evacuate in the house quickly pick him up, while scolding him in a low voice and take him outside. If he keeps evacuating when he is out praise him and offer a reward. In time, you’ll learn to recognize the signs that your dog sends when he needs to go to the bathroom and you’ll be able to take him out in time.
You might also want to help him with sending the signals. Some people install a little bell next to the door. Each time that they are taking the dog out they ring the bell. After a while the dog learns to connect the sound of the bell with going outside and will alert you of his need by ringing it himself. Of course, other people find the sound rather annoying and quickly give up on this system.
If you realize that he dog has had an accident inside but you didn’t catch him in the act, don’t bring him to the scene of the crime and punish him. This will only confuse him into thinking that you generally disapprove of him going to the potty and will hide from you next time he needs to go. Punish him only in you catch him while he is doing it.
This process might take a while and it will definitely be full of frustration and disappointments, but if you are patient enough it will result in a perfectly house trained puppy that will never again have an accident inside the house.
Pugs are adorable and lively dogs that can bring their owner a lot of joy. But if you want them to develop into a happy dog you need to know how to treat them while they are still puppies.
First of all, you need to make sure that there are not a lot of people or other animals in your house when you bring the puppy there for the first time. They will be confused and scarred as it is, a crowd would only make it worse for them. Also, make sure that your children or other family members don’t try playing with the dog or try to pet him as soon as he is in the house. Instead they should keep a friendly demeanor and talk gently while around the dog, but otherwise give him his peace.
They are generally very intelligent, but it might be a bit tricky to house train them. This is common for most smaller companion and toy dogs and is nothing to get worried about. If you’re patient and understanding enough, they will learn in time. Never punish them if you notice that they have had an accident in the house unless you managed to catch them in the act. You’ll need to take your puppy outside every half an hour or so, always to the same place and let him to his business. In order to properly house train a puppy you’ll need to keep a close eye on him. In time you’ll recognize his body language that is trying to convey the need to go to the bathroom. Once you do, take him out and repeat a set phrase that you should say each time that the dog goes to the potty. This will later help you signal to him that it is time to go to the bathroom and not play around. Each time it goes to the potty outside reward him with a treat or praise.
Once the initial settling in is over, you need to help your dog socialize as much as possible. Invite new people for him to meet, and encourage them to bring their dogs with them. This will help your Pug become accepting of strangers and new animals. If this is done properly your puppy will grow up in a friendly and cheerful dog. They are by nature very sociable and devoted to their owners so you must make sure that you spend enough time with your dog. If you are absent for too long he will miss you very much and this will reflect in his behavior. He might become anxious and destructive.
They are very energetic and playful, but they don’t need too much exercise. A daily walk should suffice; they will usually spend the rest of their energy by running around in your apartment. They are not outside dogs, as they can’t stand extreme temperatures, so you must make sure that they are always inside if the weather is not particularly friendly.
So you plan to adopt a Pug puppy? Let me tell you the most basic things you should know, before you bring your new puppy home.
First of all, make sure you have a spot prepared for your Pug dog. These dogs are not meant to live outside, so they should definitely get a space inside of your house. As soon as you bring the puppy home, start to introduce it to its new space in your home. Puppies need securities and their new private spot is one of the first securities it will get from you.
Schedule – its important to get your puppy used to some schedule. The Pug loves to sleep a lot, but that doesn’t mean it should not get enough of exercise daily. Keep in mind it is not a good idea to take a little puppy for long walks or to places where it can meet other animals because a young Pug does not have fully developed immune system.
Veterinary – every puppy, and Pugs are no exception, should be checked by a Vet as soon as possible. Your Vet will perform a general check-up, confirm the purity of the breed and set a vaccination plan for your new animal. The Vet should also provide you with medicine to clean the puppy from worms, that it was born with.
Feeding – the breeder should provide you with a small dose of food to start with. Then it is up to you, either use the same food that the Pug is already used to or pick another brand. Always use high quality food, do not try to save money on this as it is crucial for the future health of your Pug. The best is to combine dry food with cooked food. When buying dry food, pick some quality brand with low amount of fillers. Pug puppy should be fed several small doses of food per day, not all at once.