Service dogs are the types of dogs that have been trained to help individuals with disabilities; as you walk in the streets you might have noticed the blind people walking with dogs with the leash tied on their hands for the dogs to guide them. The dogs usually undergo some special training to enable them effectively assist their handler with regard to their disability.
For an individual to qualify for a service dog, they must first be of ages 12 and above and have a professionally diagnosed physical disability or disorders such as PTSD. Service dogs are most of the time confused with an emotional support dog. The latter only has to give company to the owner while a service dog deals with people who suffer from intellectual, emotional and physical disability.
After digging through the characters of a good service dog below on this article we will then be able to establish whether pugs can be service dogs.
Can pugs be service dogs?
Pugs do possess almost all the qualities of a good service dog, what seems amiss, however, is their size, when compared to other service dogs. But then again there are different types of services, so it will depend on the service that the pug will be required to do. The most common services are allergy detection dogs, seizure response dogs, guide dogs, hearing dogs and diabetic alert dogs among others.
Pugs have mostly been adopted as therapy dogs as they have the unique abilities to comfort man in times of stress, and don’t get pissed easily. Given the above characteristics of service dogs and those of the pug, it is evident that pugs are up to the task, however, not very sure about their height, as they also feature some short legs.
Remember service dogs need to be around people without getting anxious or agitated, a character that the pug posses and they are also teachable. Respect from the pugs is paramount and this is evident by how they avoid crossing boundaries in the home; their level of confidence is one that I am yet to comprehend because even as humans if someone sneezes abruptly we are bound to get startled but not for the pugs.
What are the qualities of a good service dog?
For a dog to qualify as a service dog, it must first be confident and fearless, lack of confidence will mean that the dog will panic in tense situations, and will inadvertently increase fear and make their keepers anxious. The dog should also be calm or risk scaring everyone away, even when there are no signs of imminent danger.
Besides, if the dog cannot be calm around other animals or when interacting with strangers then it cannot qualify to be a service dog. Intelligence is a must for any service dog, which means that it can be consistently educated as regards its work; the desire to learn is directly aligned with intelligence and that is what many dogs don’t have patience for.
For a dog to qualify as a service dog it must be of good health, this is because it is expected to be of service to its keeper every day. Now that we know what is required of a service dog let us learn a bit about the characteristics of a Pug.
Characteristics of Pugs
Pugs enjoy and love company; they give attention and expect it back in equal measure. When they are around humans they would want to be petted, which works to soothe the dog as well as the human being doing the stroking. Pugs can adapt to any environment as long as their owner lives there, they are also friendly and non-aggressive type of dogs.
Unlike the likes of Chihuahua, pugs are less active when indoors; you will barely know that they exist as they are always relatively quiet. With this type of character, it is no wonder that older people love their company while indoors. However, this type of character might affect the health of the pug, it should, therefore, be taken out for walks at least every day in the evening. Exercises would also help them from being obese.
Among the most renowned teachable dogs, pugs follow closely as they are able to learn the most basic of commands; they do behave like babies and would always be found on their owner’s lap while indoors. Now before they are taught good manners, pugs are quite distinct from their family members who are always in the habit of licking and pawing at their owners.
Even more interesting is that they are always calm when introduced to new environments, you will not see them jumping or running around, or even backing at anything that is moving like the other normal dogs that we are used to. When in hospitals, you will notice that they are calm and just observe things, a change of faces or an environment with many people doesn’t scare or excite them, as they always remain calm.
The funny thing with the pugs is that you will not hear them give the disapproval growl when touched by everyone. Yet even cat’s purr, when being touched; pugs do enjoy being touched, and love to interact with different people including kids. They are also some of the most confident breeds of dogs and will not startle when you sneeze or shout.
Pugs are also very intelligent to the point of sensing if they are needed, they can tell if a person is having emotional issues and will give them attention and love; they will stay close by and let you pet and talk to them. Pugs before being taught, know and respect boundaries, they will live with you and do what is only expected of them and keep off what you don’t allow in your home.
What’s more is that they don’t detest the leash and will follow the commands that you issue, they are not curious or aggressive in fact they are the direct opposite. They, therefore, exude a patient and gentle nature, they are thus a good indoor pet that will brighten your days and make you laugh as well.