You’ve bought your new Pug Puppy home, it’s all very exciting but how do we begin to teach Pug Etiquette ?
Most of a Pug’s behavior habits are formed from birth to one year of age. When you bring your new puppy home, it is important to get it accustomed to different sights and sounds. Slowly introduce your puppy to the things in your home.
If your puppy growls at an object or person, do not pick him up and cuddle him. By picking your puppy up you will be rewarding to your puppy, and will intensify the dog’s behavior. It will teach your puppy that the appropriate reaction to fear is to growl.
Growling can lead to biting. Rather, the puppy should be corrected, much like a mother dog would to their own puppy. Be stern, firm, confident, and consistent.
Tell your puppy”no,” show your puppy the object and let him know there is nothing to be afraid of.
You may need to touch your puppy in a way that the mother would (mimicking a mother dog). Puppies like to play. They chew on everything and will even try to chew on your fingers and legs, sometimes with a playful growl, try not to confuse this behaviour with the defensive growl of fear.
Take your puppy out often. ( of course once your puppy has had their second vaccination) Show your puppy all kinds of sights, sounds, people and animals.
If you are able to it’s a good idea to walk your Pug with other dogs before going to a dog park, maybe meet up with a friend if you only have one dog, this will encourage them to be in a more sociable state of mind.
Be careful when introducing your puppy to other dogs and animals. Know your dog’s breed traits, remember pugs find it very difficult to defend themselves due to their flat faces, use your best judgment. For instance, if you know your neighbor’s dog is dog-aggressive, take your puppy to the park instead to do your doggie socialising.
Always correct your puppy if he shows any signs of aggression or domination toward another animal or person. Do not laugh it off as being cute.If there is a baby in the house, at the first encounter, carefully let your puppy smell the baby from a distance, then ask the puppy for space, meaning, ask the puppy to back away and stay away, as the baby claims HIS or HER area.
This will make your baby higher in the pack order than the puppy and be the start of the bond between your new puppy and your child.
Teach your children to respect the puppy, and teach your puppy to respect your children. NEVER tolerate growling, even with Pugs. Growling never leads to anything good. It can be a sign that your Pug thinks he is, or is trying to be Top Dog.
Three weeks to three months is a critical age in socializing your puppy. This is when most of his behaviors are being formed. For this reason it is important to find a breeder who takes time to socialize their puppies.
When you get your puppy or adult Pug home Introduce them to all types of sights and sounds, correcting it at the right moment if it should begin to act out in an inappropriate manner.
For a Pug dog, life is all about the moment, and you can, at any time change the way it views its surroundings. In order for you to do this, you yourself will need to be in a firm and confident mind-frame.
Pug’s can read human emotions and if you are anything but, you can set your dog off. No words need to be spoken for this to happen, they can feel what you feel; you cannot hide it. They need you to be strong-minded, as Pugs instinctually need a strong pack leader to be mentally & emotionally stable.
A Pug will feed off of the way a human feels. If you are unstable, anxious, worried, nervous, scared, hyper, etc., your Pug will feel this. Their reactions to a human’s instability will vary. It may empower them and they may try to take over, to “help” as a natural survival instinct Or it may make them mentally unstable, becoming fearful, or nervous. Fearful Pugs sometimes act out with aggression. Pugs NEED a strong-minded leader. They do not listen to instability, they are way to smart for that.
Following these simple techniques will help your Pug lead a happy & healthy lifestyle with you and your friends & family.