Want to get a Pug but you have other dogs in the house as well? It’s always good to know how they can fit with other breeds, especially big ones.
Some may think that Pugs will get intimidated by big dogs. Or that they may be aggressive towards other breeds. But do Pugs like other dogs, or should you be worried?
This article will shed some light surrounding Pugs and their socialization skills. Read on and pack yourself with knowledge before getting that adorable Pug home.
Do Pugs Like Other Dogs?
Generally, Pugs have good socialization skills. They are usually polite with people and with other animals, especially with other dogs.
But all dogs are not the same. Your dog is different than someone else’s Pug.
It’s possible for your dog to be a little apprehensive of another dog regardless of breed. It’s not really in their nature to be aggressive. But they may choose to stay away instead.
Meanwhile, some dogs are social butterflies. They’d run to other dogs and sniff them and end up playing with them. It all depends on how well you’ve socially trained your Pug plus other factors.
Training your Pug on how to be social is essential. It’s not the hardest task, but it’s vital that you do it properly.
That said, here are our tips on how to train your Pug to socialize with other dogs:
- Train your Pug at an early age. Getting them exposed to other dogs will give them time to be familiar with your other dogs.
- If you don’t have other dogs, ask your friends to plan a meeting with your pup and theirs. Ensure the meeting is in a calm and comfortable place. The ambiance should be relaxing for your dog.
- The other dog should be calm and gentle. Aggressive and loud dogs may scare your little Pug. A bad experience will traumatize them and cause problems later on.
- Keep sessions short—at least for the first few meetings. Give your pup time to be familiar with the company of other dogs besides their siblings and parents.
- Bring your dog to a dog park when they’re capable of going outside. A bigger environment will help them train their social skills more. Most parks have designated areas for small and big breeds. This helps avoid any untoward incidents.
- Walk your Pug regularly. The more they are exposed to the outside world, the better. Just make sure they are harnessed for their safety.
There are also instances wherein a socially trained Pug can get aggressive towards other dogs.
You see, Pugs are a little too devoted to their human companions. These small dogs create big and strong bonds with their owners. But it sometimes becomes problematic when they get a little jealous.
If they see you petting other dogs, they might get jealous. They can nip, bark, or growl at the other dog.
Make sure a part of your training handles this issue. When they start showing aggression, be firm and tell them “Stop” or “No.” They should know the meaning behind these words.
Most of all, avoid giving more attention to one dog versus another.
Adopting an Adult Pug
Most of the time, adult Pugs are adopted from shelters. If this is the case, it’s good to know the background of the dog and to make adjustments if necessary.
Unfortunately, many dogs from shelters experienced sad lives. Some were abused or left alone to fend for themselves. It’s a natural reaction for these poor dogs to be scared and aggressive.
Even a gentle dog like a Pug may also act differently when exposed to negative upbringing.
It’s likely these animals were fostered before being set up for adoption. They got the love and care from their foster parents so it’ll be easier for you.
But it’s not always the case. You may come across a scared Pug. Here are helpful tips when dealing with these types of dogs:
- Be patient. These dogs will need more time settling in than a pup. They have likely never felt what it’s like to be in a safe and caring home.
- Socializing is different for a rescue dog. Instead of being excited, they will likely be more scared. Keep the pace slow and introduce them to members of the family first. Then to a few animals and dogs. Having another dog in the house will also help.
- Make sure they always feel safe when you’re introducing them to other dogs.
- Don’t isolate them. Let them be a part of daily activities whenever possible. Let them play with your other dogs to avoid aggression.
Pugs are best known for having an even temperament. It’s no surprise that they like other dogs and even people. Just remember to ease them into situations until they’re comfortable with their surroundings.