Understanding (And Managing) Pug Behavior

pug behaviorThere is no dog quite like a Pug dog. These adorable little critters are playful, affectionate, and hard not to smile around (even if they slobber on you. Somehow that works for them!). Pug behavior can be a little puzzling if you’ve never had one of these fuzzy friends before. Snorts and grunts are the rule of the day, coupled with that extreme excitability… what’s with that, anyway? Let’s discuss the behavior of the playful Pug so you can know your new friend a little better.

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When do Pugs calm down?!

A Pug gets easily excited over the smallest things. It’s hard not to smile and get excited right along with them. These little guys and gals really like life! Your Pug might bark at you just to get your attention and to show you that you have all of theirs. So, when do they calm down? Pretty quickly, actually. Once your Pug is used to the house they will still be fun-loving (it’s sort of their nature) but nothing like those first few days. There are some other behaviors that they exhibit that take a little getting used to, however. Let’s discuss a few of these so that you know what you are in for.

Pug Behavioral traits

Pugs are peculiar. So much that people who have owned a Pug seldom want any other kind of dog. It certainly says a lot for the breed. It’s not all unicorns and rainbows, though. Pugs are prone to a number of health issues so you have to watch over the little ones carefully. They also have some fairly distinctive traits that you will notice very soon, such as:

  • All aboard the Pug hump train! – Some dogs like to hump things. Pugs can fall into this category rather often. Generally it is a show of dominance and despite how hilarious it looks the first time you must resist the urge to laugh. Laughing will just reinforce that this behavior is ‘all right’ and you’lll have a fine time training them out of it later. One option is neutering if your pup gets a little too intimate with, well, just about everything. Try to avoid this by not condoning the behavior in the first place and there’s a chance that it won’t be an issue.
  • Pug licking and drooling – Pugs are extremely affectionate and they express it by licking you pug hump trainconstantly like there’s a snack under your skin. You’ll get used it and the drooling. Oh, did we mention that? Your Pug will doze off and drool sometimes. It’s cute but if you are worried about the furniture a little Scotch guard might be just what you need to protect the fabrics while your little buddy is leaking.
  • Who keeps feeding my Pug burritos? – Pugs have gas issues and it’s not uncommon for your little friend to ‘rip one’ at the oddest moments. Talk with your vet if it’s occurring a lot as gas drops might help, but otherwise you could always just practice giving sharp looks to your friends whenever it happens as if they were to blame .
  • Hey, that’s my food! – Pugs can get jealous of other dogs, especially where food is concerned. When you are introducing a new furry family member you can combat this aggression by supervising during the first feedings and by ensuring that there are separate bowls spaced adequately far away from each other.

          ” Don’t forget, because your Pug will be licking you later!”

  • Are you gonna eat that? – Why do Pugs eat so much?! Pugs love eating and they will even try to eat things that have technically already been eaten. With that in mind, you need to Pug-proof the house a bit so that your little glutton cannot get into stored food and eat themselves sick. As far as the second problem, be sure to keep a short leash when walking your Pug and a watchful eye on the road. If your Pug sees a poo then be ready to pull them away from it. Don’t forget, because your Pug will be licking you later!
  • Mules only THINK they are stubborn – Pugs respond more slowly to training than other breeds. This doesn’t mean that they are not trainable, as they respond well, just slowly. Sometimes your Pug may pretend not to hear you when a treat isn’t involved. The best way to combat this is to work hard on training your Pug to come to you at the same time that you are potty training your pup. Beyond this, just allow a little more time when it comes to training and over time you’ll have a furry friend with a fine set of manners. Be patient!
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Other Pug considerations

One thing we forgot to mention is shedding. Your Pug is prone to a bit of shedding and this can take some getting used to if you’ve never owned a Pug before. Just keep a lint roller handy and you should be good. You will also want to be aware that Pugs do have a number of health issues to which they are susceptible. The reason behind this is related to their odd appearance. This is the result of selective breeding and as such, your little friend is delicate. Aside from breathing issues which can occur, they can develop problems with their joints, get diseases of the eyes, and are in rare cases, a fatal condition known as Pug Dog Encephalitis. Don’t panic, just keep your vet visits regular so that your dog doc can catch anything before it becomes a problem.

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In conclusion

We’ve talked about Pugs and Pug behavior and we hope that you will now have a better understanding of these weird and wonderful pups that so captivate our attention. Though they are tiny, they’ve got big hearts and you’ll never regret the time you spend together. Just lock up those snacks and build up your tolerance for licks, because you’re a Pug person now!

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