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Sally’s New Leash on Life

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

DSCF2382 Sally

Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

It is December and I am just now getting caught up on my blog. I did want to go back and share some of this information from the past, well, 6 months. As some of you may remember that Lola took Basic Obedience at Play Dog Excellent. Sally was one of Lola’s classmates. A very nice lady brought Sally each week to class and worked diligently with her. I will say that hands down, Sally was the most well behaved dog in our class. But this lady was not Sally’s mom, but a volunteer. You see, Sally had no home; she was living at Wally’s Friends hoping for a home and a family. A volunteer saw potential in Sally and spent her time and effort to bring Sally to these classes so that Sally would have a better chance at finding a home. And it worked! By the end of our training classes, it was announced on graduation night that Sally had a home. I say all of this to give credit to Wally’s Friends and all the volunteers out there who are making a difference in animal’s lives one dog at a time.

Daily Life with Pugs

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Daily life with pugs: The key to living in peace and harmony with pugs is keeping a schedule. And exercise, exercise, exercise!

Mornings: M-F we get up at 6:30am and the pugs immediately go outside to pee & poop. If you are on a regular schedule so will your pug’s body. On the weekends, we usually sleep late. Sometimes the pugs let me, sometimes we go ahead and get up and then go back to bed. This may be TMI (Too Much Information), but if you know that your pug always poops first thing in the morning and then they don’t one morning; this may be a indicator that something in off internally. Or if they start peeing more than usual, there again this may be an indicator that something is wrong.

Breakfast: Our pugs eat their meals inside their exercise pens or x-pens. We have found that feeding them separately is the best option in our household. In the past, we have had pugs that had different dietary needs and required different medications. If you feed your pugs separately there won’t be any squabbles over food and you can monitor if they are or aren’t eating all of their food.

Leaving the house: When we leave the house for work or just to run to the store, our pugs stay in separate x-pens. I know that some people are big fans of crating their pugs/dogs. We don’t because over the years, we have had rescues and fosters that came from backgrounds where they were kept in crates 24/7 and that was not a good environment to continue with them. I have no problems with crating your pug if that is good for you and them; we just don’t in our house. I do think that it would be beneficial if your pug were crate trained for traveling. Each pug has their own x-pen with their own bed and bowl of water. We leave a potty bad in with each of the pugs just incase they have to go before we get home. The reason that each pug has their own x-pen is that through the years we have had pugs in various medical conditions and from various backgrounds. Some pugs have well adjusted attitudes and some pugs have a tendency to get dominant. To be honest, I just can’t trust that one of my pugs would not beat up on the other while we are away.

Dinner: There again, our pugs eat their dinner in their x-pens.

Family time: This is my favorite part of the day when the pugs and I can hang out with each other on the couch or they will be at my feet while I am preparing dinner. This is when you can get in the floor and play with your pugs or you can snuggle up with them in the bed for an afternoon nap. Even if I am at my desk on the computer, it is nice to look over and see them napping next to me.

Exercise: You may choose to exercise your pugs first thing in the morning (I’m not a morning person), in the middle of the day (I work), or in the evenings. What ever time is best for you, exercise your pug at an appropriate speed and distance for your pugs’ body and fitness level. Exercise will help keep your pug maintain a healthy weight. It is an excellent way to burn off extra energy for those younger pugs. And it is a great way for you and your pug(s) to get fresh air and get the blood circulating.

Household: I never, ever, ever let my pugs have free reign over the house. Our ‘pug room’ is a converted garage with linoleum floors and that is where the pugs’ x-pens are and were their extra beds are scattered around the room. There is a baby gate separating this room from the rest of the house. This is where we have our desks and we spend most of our time on the computer with pugs at our feet. When I am making dinner, I like to have the pugs in the kitchen with me. We have another baby gate that separates the kitchen from the rest of the house. If I am on the couch with the pugs, we all hang out together. At no time do the pugs have free reign of our house!!! If you can’t see your pug, then you can bet they are getting into something that they aren’t supposed to or they are doing something that they shouldn’t. Letting your pug have free reign is just setting them and you up for failure. I have known people who had to leash/tether their pug to them while they were potty training their pug.

I hope that some of this information will be useful for you and your pug(s) to maintain a harmonious life together. Remember that are no bad pugs, just owners that may need some help and guidance.