So I have inherited a 5 year pug as my girlfriend has now moved in with me. I have never owned any dog or cat while I lived with my parents and went through college. Lola (the pug) is now a resident at my apartment every day. I have now been living with both girls (Lola and my girflriend) for several months now. It took some time for Lola to become acquainted with me as she does not like strangers (among many other things). Now she loves me and always wants to lay on my lap and lick my hands (at least I took this as a sign she likes me? not really sure?). Here is my problem though... she still nips and bites aggressively... Out of nowhere. She will try to bite me and my girlfriend. It does not happen daily or weekly... it will just happen out of nowhere and it scares me/makes me mad. I have done the whole ignore thing but she just continues to do it.
Second problem: Lola hates to get wet. I am sure this is normal. But when she has to go potty, we take her outside and unfortunately because of the weather she gets very wet as we parade her around looking for a dry spot to go potty (very aggravating at times). So I though I would be a nice stepdad and dry her off because she was wet one day. As I was drying her legs off she bit my thumb (which is now black and blue under my thumbnail). She has now done this twice to both thumbnails. The second time I held her head for my girlfriend to dry her off and as I let her head go she bit my other thumb (black and blue again). I don't hold Lola's head aggressively or in anyway that would harm her... I am just trying to protect us. She did this same thing when she needed ear drops... she would bite at the person administering them. So I held her head... she got used to the ear drops and does not bite anymore. I thought I would do the same for the drying off (she is a mess when taken outside because it can take 20 minutes to suit her dry potty spot needs).
Any suggestions? Am I doing something wrong? I feel bad because, I feel like I am doing something wrong and my girlfriend thinks I am going to throw them both out because of the dog (never going to happen haha).
From what I understand, this has been issue. I can't speak to the whole drying off with the towel thing... but biting on occasion, yes. So it is not a new thing. I am sort of afraid that it is too late to correct. She tries to go after strangers when we take Lola for a walk. And I know when she is getting mad/aggressive because her hair stands on end when she sees a stranger or another dog. Now... I don't know if it was a correct thing to do, but I used a squirt bottle on her for the whole stranger thing. Because I cannot be walking outside with her and having her bite someone. Now whenever we see a stranger she looks at me first before attacking/barking because she doesn't want to get sprayed. Now I just say NO and we go on our way (even though her hair is still standing up).
It just worries me. I have read about how wonderful pugs are around families and children... but Lola is quite the opposite.
There is a pug on here named Nilla, Nilla da Killa, she is a rescue who had extreme aggression issues. Her adoptive family has worked long and hard with Nilla and she is now a thousand times better. Nilla's owner's name on here is "Wonka & Nilla", I'm sure if you send her a private message, or if she happens to read this thread, she will give you some great advice on dealing with Lola's issues.
I have grown up around dogs my whole life.. via neighbors. And this is the first time I have ever dealt with dog aggression (and unfortunately being bitten). So it can be traumatizing for someone who has only known non-aggressive dogs. Traumatized might be a harsh word to use... but it has certainly been an eye opener for me.
I hate to say it but I just bought Lola a muzzle for her behavior. I intend to use it on a need basis only. I know that muzzling a dog with no snout is bad because the dog already has a hard time breathing. But I cannot bare the thought of her biting someone inside my house when people are over... or being bitten again while she is being dried off. Is a muzzle going overboard?
Is she crate trained? Could you crate her while strangers are at your home ( at least until you can get a handle on her aggression issues).
I would look into consulting a dog behaviorist or at least a trainer for some advice. I would also suggest you look into the Nothing In Life Is Free ( N.I.L.I.F.) method of dog training. The basic jist of it is that you make the dog do something for you ( ie "sit", "down" etc) before you give the dog ANYTHING. Before the dog goes out , Sit! Before she comes in Sit! Before you give her any affection Sit! before she gets a meal Sit ! before she is allowed up on furniture ( that is assuming you want her up on furniture ) Sit! you get the idea. It is a good way to show your dog that you control all of the things that they desire ( attention, food, etc)
No. I don't believe she is crate trained. When we need to keep her at bay, we have one of those baby retractable gates that can block her off from guests. But Lola hates to be alone and she will whine and cry when she is kept from people. It is really annoying... it's kind of a lose-lose. However, I would much rather have her gated and out of trouble while whining, than to have her bite someone. I totally believe in the N.I.L.I.F. philosophy! Since she has arrived at my apartment, I have always made her sit to get whatever she wants. (Sit is about the only command she knows). I think a trainer/behavioral specialist will be our next step. Thanks!