One of the great things about owning a pug, is dressing them up sometimes and with Halloween just around the corner… I thought it would be fun to have a look at some of the fantastic dog Halloween costumes available.
After all… when it’s time for trick or treating, you want your little pug to get their fair share of dog treats!
There are loads of gorgeous costumes available this year and you’ll be able to have a lot of fun on Halloween night, watching the reaction people have to your pug’s costume. Your little pug will enjoy being part of the fun too and will be sure to lap up all the attention they get!
Make sure you measure your pug before you buy an outfit. You want to be sure you pick the right size and get a good fit, so they’re comfortable.
Check Out Some The Gorgeous Dog Halloween Costumes Available This Year :
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So you want a baby pug?
I don’t blame you because they are soooo cute…
But before you dive in… there are a few things you need to consider, just to make sure that you and your new pug puppy will be a good match!
* Pugs are stubborn and can be difficult to train. And that includes potty training, so you will need to be patient and persistent with your new baby pug.
* Pugs shed a lot… so you may need to make a few changes to your wardrobe, if you are used to wearing a lot of black.
* Pugs need constant human companionship… so be prepared to be followed everywhere! And they definitely prefer to jump into bed with you at night, rather than their own bed.
* Pugs snore… rather loudly. And they also wheeze and snort!
* Pugs love to eat… and they will quickly become overweight if you feed them too much. So you do need to be strict with their meals and not give them too many treats.
* Pugs love to chew things… and that can include shoes, toys and furniture. So be prepared for a bit of damage in the early stages, before you train them to chew only their own toys! Again patience and persistence will be needed.
* Pugs are indoor dogs… you can’t keep a pug outside. They need to be kept inside with you. They are especially suited for apartment living!
* Pugs are sedentary dogs… so if you want a dog that will play ball and fetch sticks, then a pug isn’t for you. But if you would love a dog who will curl up on the couch and watch TV with you, or sit on your lap while you read a book, then a pug will be just right! You do need to give them some exercise too though, especially as they are prone to putting on weight.
* Pugs don’t tolerate heat very well… so you need to keep an eye on them in hot humid weather.
* Pugs are prone to eye injuries because of their large, prominent eyes.
* Pugs can be prone to certain health problems… so it is very important that you choose
a reputable breeder and that you ask to see the medical history of the parents. You are better to spend time and energy to find a baby pug with healthy parents and therefore save on vet bills down the track.
If you think that a pug sounds like a good match for you…
You will be rewarded with a great little companion who will always be by your side.
You will have a cheeky, funny, lovable new friend!
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Once you’ve decided that you definitely want a baby pug…
The first thing you need to do is find a reputable Pug breeder in your area. With the health problems that pugs are prone to, it is important that you find a breeder who is doing everything possible to produce healthy pug puppies.
If you live in the USA, the best thing to do is check with the Pug Dog Club of America. They will be able to give you a list of registered Pug breeders in your region. If you live outside of the USA, the first place to look would be for a Pug Dog Club in your country.
It would pay to meet with a few different Pug breeders, so you can choose one that you trust and get on with. A good breeder will be just as interested in you, as you are in them. A good breeder genuinely loves all his pugs and wants to ensure they go to a good home, so it is likely that you will be asked a lot of questions too. You may be asked things about your lifestyle, experience with pets and your ability to look after a pug puppy.
Feel free to ask as many questions you like of the breeder, if they are a good breeder they will want to help you as much as they can.
Here is a list of some of the things you should ask :
* Do you offer a purchase contract?
* What are the terms of the contract?
* Do your pups come with health certificates?
* Do your pups come with de-worming and vaccination records?
* If my vet finds pre-existing conditions, can I return the puppy for a refund?
* What pre-existing conditions are covered under the contract?
* Can I see the medical records of the mother and father?
* Is it possible to meet the mother and father of these pups?
* Can I spend time with the pups available for sale?
* Is it okay if I inspect your facilities?
* Can you provide me with references of some of your customers?
* How long have you been breeding Pugs?
A good Pug breeder should have no trouble answering these questions and any more you can think of. Don’t purchase a baby pug until you have found a breeder that you feel absolutely 100% comfortable with.
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Once you have found a reputable breeder, the next thing is choosing the baby pug who is right for you.
You really need to choose a puppy who will suit your personality and situation.
If you live in a household full of children and other pets you are better to go for a lively, confident puppy. The puppy that comes running up to check you out as soon as you arrive, would probably be a good choice. You want a puppy that will be tough enough and confident enough to handle the chaos.
If you are a quite stay at home sort of person who lives on their own, then the quite shy puppy who hides in the corner could be a very good choice for you. Being in a quite home where the puppy can get a lot of one on one attention will help to bring it out of it’s shell.
You will most likely become the best of mates.
If your situation is somewhere between the two above, then go for one of the middle of the road pups, neither too quite or too boisterous.
Another thing to keep in mind, is the confident and boisterous pug will also most likely be more stubborn and could be a bit more difficult to train. Whereas the quite more timid puppy will be more submissive and willing to please and will therefore likely be easier to train.
The main thing you need, is to spend plenty of time with each litter of puppies that you get a chance to meet with. This will give you the time you need, to get to know the puppies, so that you can make sure you choose a baby pug that really suits your own personality and lifestyle.
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Baby pugs, just like all puppies, are naturally curious when they arrive somewhere new. Therefore it is important that you pug proof your home, before the arrival of your new baby pug.
The best thing to do is get down at pug puppy eye level and look for all things that may be a problem.
Pugs love to chew on things, so the first thing you want to do is put everything that you value such as shoes and toys out of reach. They will also chew on electrical cords, so it is a good idea to tape cables and cords together where possible and spray with a pet chew deterrent spray. It is also a good idea to spray any furniture such as chair legs as well.
You also need to make sure that hazardous materials such as household cleaners and medications are out of reach, or put safely away in secure cupboards and drawers.
Many puppies also like to get into pot plants and chew their leaves. Quite a few plants are toxic to dogs and therefore need to be put up out of reach. It is a good idea to put all plants out of reach, even if they aren’t toxic, as you could find yourself with a big mess to clean up.
Pugs are also prone to eye injuries because of their large prominent eyes… therefore you need to look for any rough edges, scratchy surfaces or sharp objects at their eye level.
Where possible remove things, or if you can’t you can tape fabric over anything that may be
Don’t forget to make sure that your yard is safe as well. Check for poisonous plants, holes in fences, sharp objects and anything else that could be dangerous. If you have a pool or spa, make sure it is securely covered. Pugs aren’t generally good swimmers and they are top heavy so could easily topple into an uncovered pool.
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Bringing home a new baby pug is very exciting… however you do need to be prepared. Here are a few things you are going to need for your new arrival.
* A Collar And a Leash or Harness : I recommend a harness for safety. Baby pugs can be very wriggly and they are top heavy because of their big heads. Having a harness on can make it easier to handle them and safer because you have something extra to hold on to.
* ID Tag For Their Collar : Just in case your precious new pup goes missing
* Dishes For Food and Water : I recommend stainless steel dishes for easier cleaning. And elevated containers for ease of use. So your new pug puppy doesn’t topple head first into their food.
* Food : Most breeders will give you a supply of the food that they have been feeding your pug puppy. Don’t attempt to change them to a different food too quickly, or you may give them an upset stomach. Any changes need to be introduced gradually.
* Bed and Bedding and/or a Crate : Many owners buy a crate that can be used both as a bed/quite retreat and also used for traveling to the vet etc
* Toys : Have some chew toys ready… so you can show your new pug what they can and can’t chew right from the word go.
* Treats : Have some tasty treats ready, so you can reward your new baby pug when they do something good. Don’t go overboard though, remember pugs are prone to putting on weight.
* A Brush For Grooming : Regular brushing will help cut down on shedding… all over your furniture and clothes.
* Potty Training Pads : These are great for leaving by the door, where you take your pug out to go to the toilet. You can train your pug to go to the pad, as a signal that they need to go outside and even to go on the pad if you can’t make it to the door to let them outside in time. You can teach them that this is the only place inside that they can go to the toilet.
* Litter Box : A litter box is great if you live in an apartment or if you are away at work often.
* Odor and Stain Treatment For Accidents : You need to buy one that is especially made to be safe for pets. Not just a standard carpet stain remover. No matter how hard you and your new pug try… there will be a few accidents.
* Pet Pen : An open top pet pen is great, if you want to have your new pug puppy near you but not constantly under your feet all the time. Such as when you are trying to make dinner. They are also great to leave your new puppy in when you have to go out, so they can’t do any damage while you are away.
* Clothes : Now these are by no means necessary… but can be a whole lot of fun. There are loads of nice hoodies, tees, sweaters etc available for fashionable pugs.
Next… get ready to have fun with your new arrival!
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You need to take things slowly and ease your new little puppy into their new surroundings.
If you have any other dogs, or cats, the first thing you need to do is introduce them to your new puppy. They need to be closely supervised while they check each other out, just in case they get a bit rough with each other. If they do become rough, then separate them and try again later. Given a bit of time, they will likely become good friends.
Next, you need to introduce your new baby pug to any other human members of the family. Make sure you encourage children to be calm and gentle, while your new pug gets familiar with all the new pets, people and environment.
It’s a good idea to let your new pug wander around and check things out at their own pace. This is also a good time to start laying down a few ground rules. For instance, if you don’t want your pug to jump on your furniture, you need to let them know from the word go. If they look interested in chewing something that they shouldn’t, now is a good time to tackle that matter too. Offer them a chew toy of their own.
After your pug has had a good wander and is beginning to feel comfortable, you can show her where her things are. Show her where her bed is… hopefully you will have a crate or pen or whatever you choose, ready for her. You need to try and make it clear that this is her own space, a place she can retreat to and feel comfortable in. Give her soft pillows and a few toys of her own for this space.
Next you can show your new baby pug where their food and water containers are. Fill up the water container and offer a her a drink.
The next thing you need to do is show your new puppy where the potty training pad or litter box is kept, depending on what you have chosen to use. I have spoken about the use of potty training pads in a previous post : Preparing For The Arrival Of Your New Baby Pug. Remember, patience will be needed until your puppy gets used to this. Some breeders use potty training pads and will have already started the toilet training process.
After you have shown your new pug puppy around and they are feeling comfortable, it’s time to play and relax and really get to know them. Pug puppies are so cute and so much fun to play with. It won’t take long and you will be great friends. Just remember that while they are young, just like human babies, they get tired quickly and need lots of sleep.
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As stated in a previous article, Things To Consider Before You Buy A Baby Pug, pugs tend to be quite a stubborn breed… which can make them a little bit harder to train.
They are also very eager to please, which means praise and positive reinforcement work very well with them…. So successfully potty training your new pug puppy will require patience and lots of encouragement.
The younger your puppy is, the more frequently they will need to go to the toilet, as they grow older they will go less frequently and will also be able to hold on for longer. When you first bring your new puppy home, they will probably need to go every 2 to 3 hours.
The two most important elements of toilet training are timing and observation.
First of all timing, there are certain times that your new puppy will almost certainly need the toilet. These times are, as soon as they wake up from a nap, shortly after they have had food or drink and after a big play session.
So make sure you take your new baby pug to their toilet area whenever they have done one of the three things above. If you are using an indoor litter tray, place them on the tray and wait patiently nearby using encouraging language such as “go potty.” Whatever words you choose, make sure that you use these same words every time you take them to the toilet. As soon as they start to go, give them lots of praise and encouragement.
If you take your puppy outside for toileting, the same steps apply. It also pays to take them out the same door and to the same spot, so they learn the routine and they know where their toilet area is.
It is also a good idea to take your new puppy to their toilet area before they have a sleep too, so they will be more likely to sleep for longer and will need to go less urgently when they wake up.
The other important factor with potty training is observation. In the early stages, it pays to keep your new puppy always within your sight. You may need to shut some doors or use baby gates, so they can’t wander off on their own.
If your puppy starts circling, sniffing around or whimpering… these are signs that they need to go to the toilet. Pick them up quickly and take them to their toileting area.
If you are patient and observant and try and establish a good routine, the whole experience of toilet training will be better for both you and your baby pug.
However, it doesn’t matter how hard you try, some accidents will still happen. It’s very important to play down the accidents and not make too much fuss and instead focus on positive reinforcement and praise when your pup gets it right.
If you catch your pup having an accident, you can give a firm “No” and quickly whisk them outside. However if you find an accident after it has happened, there is no point making a fuss about it, as your pup won’t even know what you are angry about. All you will do is frighten them. Just clean up the mess and carry on.
When cleaning up an accident, make sure you use a cleaner that is specifically designed to eliminate pet odors. You don’t want to use a regular household cleaner that contains bleach or ammonia as these leave behind smells, that to a pup, are similar to the smell of their urine and it will actually encourage them to return and go to the toilet in the same spot. There are many good pet stain and odor removers on the market for this purpose.
The more effort you put into observing your pups behavior and setting a good schedule, the fewer accidents your pug is likely to have.
Here is a great video which goes into more detail about how to house train your new puppy, including crate training, which many people believe makes the whole process easier:
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