The Pug from the Inside (Pug Temperament)
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A Pug’s Favorite equation- “Attention=Food”
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A pug’s aim is to look extremely cute for their whole lives. This is so that they can get as much food as possible for their entire lives. This small dog breed is not aggressive at all. In fact, they are some of the most people-friendly dogs you will ever meet. A pug craves attention. Your pug will be your shadow. He or she will not leave you alone for a second when they are out of their crate. The pug’s logic behind this is that getting attention equals getting food. They like your attention most of the time and they will do sometimes very strange and funny looking things to get your attention. Some say pugs are little clowns, they show off to make you laugh and love them even more.
Since pugs are very sociable and crave attention, they can become very anxious when left alone for too long. If you are working long hours all the time, a pug might not be the best pet for you. We work about 12 hours every day BUT have a loving dog sitter come in during the day so that our pug has a friend for a bit. I think he has gotten used to it now but really if I had it my way I would not leave him alone for a second because it seems so unfair for him. Pugs will howl when they are lonely. Some ways to solve this problem is by leaving some canine calming music or incents. Vets tell me that pugs should get all that they need from their food and thus do not suggest you give your pug an anxiety pill. We are yet to try something like this. Dog music is worked wonderfully for us but if you would like to try some of the other alternatives, I am sure you can find many in the market.
Pugs snore really loud given their size. This is also perhaps because they have a small nose.
Pugs will also try to lure you with your big eyes. They have this capability to show humans their bulging eyes and make us feel very sorry for them. They will stick out their massive tongues, lick their lips over and over again, point their huge eyes at you and take over heart. This is very good at convincing you that you should be overfeeding them. They are also very good at making you believe that even though they just ate, they are very hungry. Don’t feed them again! Stop those excessive treats! This is why there are so many overweight pugs with tons of health problems. Besides, they already are homebodies so you do not want their weight to further impede their ability to walk and run. Pug puppies however usually love to run and sprint. If you have one of these runner guys, you should jog with them or play fetch with them so that they are in the habit of exercise.