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    Thanks for the update. I'm glad things are going well and I hope you are able to move somewhere nicer soon. In the meantime I echo the advice to be cautious around the dog park. You really don't want fighting, biting and growling. He should be able to interact with other dogs without resorting to this. Clearly if he comes up against a badly socialised dog that starts pushing him around then that is not his fault, but he should not have to interact with such a dog. Basically he needs to be able to rely on you to take him away from a scary situation before he has to resort to aggression.


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    glad to hear things are progressing/improving. Please stay out of dog parks, they are dangerous. I'm not being over-protective, I'm serious. I've heard of people going for a fun time and leaving with a limp dead dog. Things can happen that quick......look for a pug meetup group instead.
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    also if you haven't already, get him into a puppy class, basic obedience. He will become even better once you work with him and practice. Find one that uses positive training methods.
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    the very special Paddy, the pug who was loved around the world, who my family had the pleasure and honor of loving for the last 3 years and 5 months 5/1/98 - 8/6/14

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    Thanks for the update! I actually read the first part of this thread right after my husband and I got our puppy and we were feeling overwhelmed too. It helped knowing that we weren't the only ones that felt like we had gotten in over our heads. I'm glad that things are starting to settle down and normalize for you!

    ALSO, I don't think its judgmental at all that you don't want some random person that clearly isn't taking care of themselves to touch your dog. Puppies are like babies and you don't want to risk them getting sick or hurt just to spare someone's feelings!

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    Glad to hear things are improving!
    Sorry about your neighborhood. I would be feeling the same way you are about it. Hopefully you are able to find a cleaner/safer place for him to go to the bathroom. That is a tough situation.

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    I take our Pugs to the dog parks regularly. Around here they all have a side for big dogs and a side for small dogs. A trip to the dog park is like everything else in life, you must pay attention to what's going on around around you and your dog. Dogs and Pugs in particular are social animals and I wouldn't wan to let my fears negatively affect their lives and development. I hold MeetUps in dog parks and the Pugs usually just take over, you will rarely even hear a growl with a bunch of Pugs hanging out together,
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    Glad things are improving. Pugs are indeed a velcro breed, unlike many others, and the vast majority are not happy unless right next to you, so yes, they change your life's focus forever. Sorry about the neighborhood, but "We're contemplating making him an indoor dog and just bringing him to the nearby dog park 1-2 a week." isn't sufficient to give him anywhere near what a growing pug pup needs, physically or emotionally, unless you spend several short sessions a day in your yard playing fetch or other games that give him enough exercise. Obedience classes are a great way to get him more socialized, and safer than the dog park, which can be fun (but also can be dangerous—in my town, backyard pit-bull breeding is rampant and at the dog park, people don't watch their dogs carefully enough, so it's a no-go). And yeah, if you've got them in your town (or maybe start one!), pug meetups are the best!
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    Update right before he turns 7 months...(the below is a copy and paste from another forum we post on so some stuff may have been mentioned earlier in the thread)

    My wife and I brought home a 9 week old pug about 5 months ago. We discussed raising a pug together since the early days of our relationship. Pugs were coincidentally our favorite breed, and my wife happened to be obsessed with them (pug pillow, pug sheets, pug cups, pug backgrounds on her devices, etc).

    Now that we were ready, we called over a dozen breeders in our area, read books written by those breeders, and any other article we could find. We knew raising a dog would be hard. We'd have to walk him even in terrible weather, clean up after his mess, deal with barking, pay an exorbitant amount of fees, etc. We felt ready. Until...the little one came home with us.

    We discussed returning or rehoming him only three days after we brought him home. I think we suddenly felt the overwhelming responsibility for caring for such a little helpless creature. We also tried to be perfect. Crate, walk, train, etc. to raise the perfect dog. Then we found out our work schedules would force us to leave our dog alone for more than we'd like (poor planning on our part). We got a camera to check in on him, and that led to us watching him 24/7. Every single minute was consumed. We missed our freedom. Then he started to bite at our faces, pull on the leash, eat trash, eat leaves, eat tissues, wake up every damn hour, suddenly forget to pee on the pad and go under the radiator, tear our shoes, etc. Every other day, we'd ask each other how far we were from rehoming home. We kept telling ourselves we overestimated how ready we were. We wanted to give up.

    We didn't have a single day to ourselves. One day we decided to leave our puppy home and just go out ourselves. We came back in 2 hours after we couldn't even enjoy our time together alone because of the anxiety. Was he barking and disturbing our neighbors? Will he destroy us with his claws of death when we got home? Will he whine nonstop until we played with him until we fell asleep? We went home after pretty much deciding to rehome him.

    Then we had a lengthy talk. We talked about how long we've waited for him, how selfish rehoming him would be just because we couldn't deal with normal behaviors that would pass, how rehoming him would define our relationship as one about giving up when things got hard, how there would be regrets. So we put our foot down and said we'll stick it out. We told ourselves we weren't going to ask each other how we felt about rehoming him every day. I think this was the turning point. Deciding to hold onto him and not giving ourselves a way out really made a difference. We started to be more tolerant of his puppy behavior.

    Then little by little, he started turning into a perfect dog after we let ourselves be more relaxed about how to raise him. He stopped biting, hasn't had an accident in weeks even though we probably didn't train him the right way (still use pads and he understands it's ok to go indoors if a pad is out, stopped taking him out regularly in the early days after we got sick of going out every hour), stopped crating him (pugs are called velcro dogs for a reason and we've accepted this), stopped picking things off the ground during our walks. I think he just naturally grew out of his behaviors.

    We call him our son and just let him do his thing and just watch over him with love now. There are still things we have a hard time with. He likes to get up at 5am to let us know he needs to go out and eats at 7am. We never got up that early so that's a change. Walking him is stressful because our neighborhood is littered with trash, spit, piss (human and dog) so we need to be vigilant where we steps.

    Nevertheless, every few days we notice one thing change about him and say, "oh wow...did you realize he stopped doing that?"

    Anyways, it's still not the easiest and if we could go back in time we'd probably wait till later to get him. At the same time, we are at a point where rehoming him would be a tragedy for us and him. We call him our "son".

    Still got that PTSD from before but our affection for him is growing. I think he is also starting to feel better with us too.

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    Oh we also stopped taking him to the park. Instead we take him to a dog cafe. There are smaller dogs there and because of the layout, they are free to roam but can't really rough each other up. Never had an issue there (except for that one lady who goes there but yells at dogs because she doesn't like dogs lol....ummm it's a dog cafe lady so don't come if you don't like dogs lol).

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    Thank you so much for coming back and updating us. There are ups and downs but as you've discovered the ups start outweighing the downs and it just keeps getting better and better. Pugs are smart little beings and generally want just a couple of things - food, to please you and to be with you. They also are quite good at picking up on our moods so now that you are more relaxed he can be as well. Would love to see some photos of your "son".
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