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5 Things to Expect with Your New Pug Puppy

by Kerry Smith

Thinking about getting a pug puppy? Here are 5 things you need to prepare for when getting a new pug puppy.

Hyperactivity

When you first get your pug puppy you need to make sure you’re prepared for their hyperactive nature. Despite pugs having a lazy and laidback reputation, pug puppies tend to be quite hyperactive and are always ready to play and run around.

Things that can trigger a pug puppies’ hyperactivity

• Going for a walk
• Having a bath
• Getting fed
• The noise of a doorbell
• A squeaky toy.

Most pugs tend to calm down at around 18 months old however, some pugs keep their hyperactive behaviour well into adulthood.

Most pug owners love their puppy’s hyperactive energy, but it is something that you may want to control so that it doesn’t lead to bad behaviour when your puppy grows up.

Things like taking your puppy for regular walks and making sure they’re kept entertained with games that will help them burn off some energy (like fetch) are great ways to do this. It’s also important to note that although pugs are small dogs, they still need room to run around so having some outdoor space is important.

Biting

When getting a pug puppy, it’s important you take into consideration that they’re young. This means they are more likely to bite at first.

It’s important to remember that they don’t know it’s wrong, so whilst you should let them know that it’s wrong, punishing them is not the right thing to do.

When they bite it will only be a nip so it won’t cause any injury but it is important to note that their teeth are sharp so it can still hurt.

Your puppy is more likely to bite when they are teething. Teething starts to happen when your puppy is around three to four months old, it can be painful for your puppy and can also cause them to start to chew things they shouldn’t like shoes and furniture. Purchasing some teething toys like teething rings and puppy chews as soon as your puppy starts to chew is a great way to prevent them from destroying things around your home.

When your puppy is going through this faze you need to make sure you are extra careful when children are around your puppy, making sure that they don’t put their fingers too close to your puppy’s mouth.

Clingy

Puppies are very similar to babies when it comes to being looked after. Just like babies, puppies love to be close to you. It’s where they feel the safest.

When getting a pug puppy, you need to be prepared for them to constantly be around your feet. Wherever you go they will want to follow. This is something that many pug owners love about their puppy. It’s something that you have to get used to and it’s not uncommon to trip over your puppy because they are so small.

A good way to avoid this is to add a bell onto your puppy’s collar just like you would a cats. This makes it easy to hear where they are at all times and can prevent you from tripping over them.

Pugs are also just as clingy when your sat down, they love to sit on your knee at all times so be prepared to get covered in hair because pugs do shed.

It’s also important to note that pugs are a clingy breed of dog that thrives on human companionship.

Toilet training

When your puppy is young they have little to no control over their bladder, this means that accidents will happen but it’s important to teach them as soon as possible that they have to go to the toilet outside and going to the toilet inside is wrong.

Pug puppies can be harder to train than other breeds of dog, this is due to them being easily distracted. Giving your pug puppy praise and the occasional treat when they do something good like going to the toilet outside for example is a great way to teach your puppy right from wrong. In addition, treats are a great way to get your puppies attention because pugs love nothing more than food.

On the other hand, it’s important that you don’t punish them if they do have an accident as they are still learning.

Taking your puppy outside every hour is the best way to avoid them having any accidents inside as well as

• First thing in the morning
• After they’ve eaten
• After they’ve woken up from a nap

However, it’s a good idea to teach your puppy to go the door when they need to go out, so you won’t have to keep putting them out regularly just in case they need to go to the toilet when they get older.

Teaching your puppy a command like “outside” is another good way to help them with toilet training. This can also be useful when they’re an adult because they will know when they’re told “outside” it means it’s time for them to go outside and go to the toilet.

It can take up to 3 months for your puppy to be fully toilet trained so patience is key!

Learning to walk on a lead

Once it’s time for your puppy to go for a walk, it’s important that you teach them how to walk on a lead properly.

Puppies tend to pull when they first start to walk with a lead. You need to make sure that your puppy knows who’s in charge and pulling on a walk is not good behaviour.

Having your puppy walk alongside you instead of in front of you is much better for both you and your puppy. This is because constant pulling can hurt both you and your puppy as well as making it easier for your puppy to get out of their harness because it’s being pulled so much.

Having your puppy walk alongside you can also make it easier to stop your puppy from picking up things they shouldn’t because you can see what they’re sniffing a lot easier.

Making your puppy walk alongside you is also a good thing when it comes to crossing roads. If your puppy is already at the side of you and not in front, you don’t have to worry about them jumping into the road when you come to cross.

One way to train your puppy to walk beside you instead of pulling in front is to reward them when they do walk alongside you.

Don’t worry if your puppy doesn’t learn everything straight away, all puppies learn at a different pace, but they will all get there in the end.

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