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    Question Am I Giving Romeo Too Much Attention?

    Is it possible to give your pug too much attention? Pretty much since we got Romeo I've spent every second I'm not at school, work or sleeping playing with him. My husband is worried I'm babying him too much and that he might have dependency issues. A few weekends ago I was on a business trip for two days and while I was gone Romeo had major problems. Mostly he just ripped apart his pee pad and peed everywhere.

    Should I dial back the attention I give him or is he just being a normal puppy? Have you guys ever noticed behavioral problems from being over-attentive? I love playing with him but I also don't want him to have problems in the future.

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    no I don't think so.....it sounds like your husband is jealous! LOL
    it's normal for a puppy to act like that sometimes......I would continue to bond with him, spend time playing and ALSO training! you've got his attention, put it to use!

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    It's especially important to give him a lot of attention during his early months. This is where you start to create a strong bond with your pup!
    I am going to agree with Stephanie on this, your husband sounds a little jealous of little Romeo

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    I also give my Otis lots of attention! If I'm not playing with him, I'm talking about him! It's important to have a good bond with them!

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    Pugs are "people dogs" and need a lot of time and attention with their humans. I suppose some people could say that with "too much attention" a dog could develop separation anxiety if they aren't properly conditioned to accept your absence. But separation anxiety has more to do with more training properly for the time that you are away vs. how much attention you give when you are with the dog. Two different things! So, I say no, you've can't really give "too much" attention.
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    You said you are leaving and going places without him . So yes he is used to you being gone .
    What I think happened is:
    When you are home you take care of your boy and go through your routine. Pugs love routines and do behavior wise much much better knowing what happens because you establish that routine.
    When you left you interrupted the daily flow and then your pup reacted to it . No big deal just next time you leave make sure your husband keeps Romeo’s routine as close as possible . Pay attention to that sweet baby you and him deserve it. Your husband will come around . My guess is once he is bigger and behaving like a big boy dog !


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    Good point! Yes, my pugs have always really liked a routine. Wonka especially gets anxious when the routine is off. Encourage your husband to keep the routine as normal as possible and that may help.
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