The Pug is a good family pet that is best suited for an indoor life. Playful and charming, with a happy temperament, this dog breed gets along with everyone. However, some pugs may show aggressive behavior owing to the fact that all dogs are instinctual animals with primitive nature. An aggressive pug may start biting, curling the lip, snarling and growling at people, chasing other animals, among other threatening behaviors.
Every responsible pug owner needs to show proper leadership and disapprove such aggressive behavior even in the youngest puppy. This behavior is not only upsetting and disruptive, but it is also dangerous. Stopping pug aggression necessitates understanding the complicated pack nature of the pet and taking action accordingly. Here are some useful techniques and tips that can help pug owners to raise a trained and sociable dog.
Obedience training through commands and other techniques can modify the pug’s behavior and give the owner more control. Without practicing this essential training, the owner can hardly address any of the pet’s aggressive behavior. The first thing is to determine the level and type of Pug’s aggression and then use practicable means to handle him accordingly. For instance, the owner can issue an instant command when the Pug is displaying aggressive behavior and the pet must obey.
Any Pug can become disruptive under certain triggers and the obedience commands should be practiced when the pug becomes aggressive over those triggers. Over time the Pug will be able to respond to at least the basic commands and will no longer show aggression towards people or other dogs. The whole obedience training teaches the dog to behave in a specific way each time he is given a command. If the pug is already obedient, the rate of success will be higher.
Lack of Socialization can lead to pug aggression. For instance, a pug that was taken away from his litter at an early stage may not have learnt the essential social skills that will enable him to co-exist peacefully with other dogs. This lack leads to a dog that is distrustful, fearful, and hard to train and manage. Pet owners should make the pug feel secure and protected while enforcing their position as pack leader.
Raising the pug in a warm atmosphere where he is fed appropriately, played with, touched often, and talked to, may help him bond with people more effectively. It is important to train the pug to be calm when feeding him as this is the time dogs become most aggressive. Additionally, exposing the pug to other animals can help him to become friendly, happy, and fully socialized.
Getting the Pug proper and adequate exercise is crucial to training them effectively. However, Pugs are both mischievous and intelligent, and they get bored of repetitive activities. Some playtime indoors and a daily walk should be enough to alleviate boredom and achieve proper training. As the training progresses, the owner should include obedience commands to get rid of the aggressive behavior. It is important to monitor pug’s breathing, particularly in situations of warm weather, because their short muzzle can cause many respiratory problems during exercise.
Aggressive behavior in Pugs can be prevented and controlled through correct handling, obedience training, and other training methods that are specific to the nature of aggression. Fear and possessive aggression can be prevented with lots of socialization especially in puppyhood. Other great ways to put off aggression through socialization include obedience class, puppy kindergarten, and play time at the park with people and other dogs. Neutering the pug at adolescence stage can also help minimize the occurrence of aggression.
If the pug acts aggressively for no obvious reason, it is vital to take him to the Vet in order to identify any physical difficulty that could be triggering the behavior. In many cases, the cause of the aggressive behavior is usually pain, and dogs show this behavior to hide pain since it is a sign of weakness. The veterinarian can assess the cause of the pain and the aggression may possibly stop. If that is not the case though, pug owners should seek the assistance of a skilled behaviorist who can give advice on behavior modification methods.
These are some of the ways that dog owners can use to train an aggressive pug and alleviate the disruptive behavior. It is possible to raise a well trained Pug if you have the patience, consistency and dedication. The formerly aggressive pug can enjoy interacting with people and other dogs in the park without the need to wear a muzzle.