Pugs are perhaps the weirdest looking, yet cutest breed of the small dog world. If you are a new owner of a Pug or looking into becoming the proud parent of one this is the first of five articles that will tell you what to expect. Forget the most well known fact about a pug breaking wind, instead you should focus on their pearly whites. From the experience of living with Penny the pug, my sisters black fifteen pound pug, you'll understand why I call her a bitey baby and how to be prepared when you to own a pug.
- Watch your hands and feet: Penny is a black pug with a big dog personality, when she's not walking on the kitchen table or tormenting our 13 year old dog Jet, Penny is biting on everything or one she can get her teeth on. Whether is slippers, paper, plastic bottles, or rope, Penny is always on the hunt for something to sink her teeth into. However, this is natural for her breed due to the face that pugs are known to chew or 'bite' for several months even after they are no longer puppies.
- Being Prepared: Pugs don't want to draw blood, just think of chewing as a playful cork. To save your digits always have plenty of toys on hand. If your new pug begins to chew on you, get them interested in a dog toy or spare piece of robe. Penny enjoys jumping on laps and chewing her toys, so maybe you should try holding the toy on one end while your pug chews on the other. This way he or she can be occupied and you can enjoy have something small and fury sitting on your lap. As a last resort if the toy fails, be firm and say no bite. Say it as many times as you need to, and believe me you may have to, but say it in a commanding voice. This will ensure your pug does not think of you as another pug it can feel free to bite (biting to them is a natural part of playing with another pug).
Pugs may be known for breaking wind, but it's the biting you should prepare for. Pugs are not mean spirited animals who enjoying drawing blood, to them biting is how they play with other dogs. In order to avoid biting always have toys with you, or if that doesn't work say no bite. You must say it a firm commanding tone and you'll have to say it more than once, so have a glass of water on hand. My sister's pug, Penny, is no stranger to biting. However, now that she is becoming a young adult dog she is biting less often, so enjoy owning a pug and good luck!