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    Hello!

    We have just adopted Lulu - a rescue (breeder surrender) from Tennessee. Our vet estimates she's 7 or 8 - but VERY young at heart. She's a sweet girl, housebroken and great with our kitty and kids. This is our first family dog - but have always been obsessed with pugs.

    She doesn't quite know her new name yet, and I'd like to have her bond with the kids more - any ideas for that? I suggested to my youngest (9) that she give her a treat this morning - she's very motivated by treats! We are going to bring her to training at Petsmart starting in December I think. I was thinking it would be good for her to settle in some before we do that - any opinions about that?

    We've been trying to figure out what to do with her at night. In foster care she slept fine in the crate until the last few nights when she was let out and slept in the bed. She slept in the crate for the first few nights fine here, but last night she freaked out, barking and scratching at the crate for a good 40 minutes. I felt badly and took her out of the crate to see if she had to go to the bathroom. Of course, no, she didn't. Then I laid down on the couch with her and fell asleep. I know! Bad, bad, bad pug mommy!! She's SOOOO cute though!!

    I felt bad - I have no idea what her history is with a crate and worry that perhaps it has bad memories for her. I do need her to be able to go in the crate when I leave the house (only for a few hours each day), but maybe we will re-think the bedtime routine and have her sleep with one of the kids (we're trying to keep peace with the cat right now and she usually sleeps on our bed) and sort of "retrain" her with a different crate we are getting today (we are using a large kennel/airline sort of crate right now). Like I said, we're learning!!

    Any and all advice is greatly appreciated!

    Kara
    (and Lulu who is sitting on the couch watching me type - she's very interested in technology!)

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    Thank you so much for bringing Ms. Lulu into your life. Having discovered the big bed, she is unlikely to accept an ordinary crate at night, but a crate for when you need to run errands won't hurt her. They learn fast, and a crate equipped with soft blanket, a dirty sock or t-shirt from the family, and a kong with a smidge of peanut butter will entertain her. The idea of her sleeping with the kids sounds great, remember to speak to her often as you would a child and use her name when talking to her. Once her shots are up to speed, a class in basic manners including walking on the leash/harness, sitting, sit stay (a life saver) and come will enrich your experience with her. Can the kids come to the class too? I know they already know how to sit, stay and come---but it will help Lulu learn that they have to be listened to as well. Can we have lots more pics? By the way a large crate is better than a small cramped crate, and soft crates can be chewed through like a bullet through jello.

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    Hmm, I forgot to mention if your vet or rescue is aging the dog from the grey on its muzzle, it isn't a reliable tool. They tend to get grey hair rather early on, so she might be younger than you were told.

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    Congrats on getting "Pugged". Lulu is adorable and thanks for sharing pixs right away. She will have to learn you are in charge but Pugs are notoriously determined to train us so finding what's workable for your family and sticking to it will be reassuring to her.
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    Thanks everyone!

    Answers: YES! The kids can and will come to the training classes with us. They are pretty well trained - but refreshers wouldn't be a bad thing :)

    Lulu is a great little girl - I'm not sure how they are estimating her age, she has barely any white on her chin. She looks like a puppy, but sort of carries herself like an older pug - although - they all carry themselves that way! She had 13 teeth removed last week, so she's eating wet food - could I still give her a Kong with the peanut butter as a treat for the crate? We will transition her to dry food in the next few weeks after her stitches have had a chance to heal.

    We love her no matter how old she is (we were at first told she was 3, but know she's older than that). I think she will sleep on our 14yr old's bed tonight and we'll see how that goes. I will get a Kong today at the store - do you get the small sizes? And someone mentioned that it's frozen? Can you explain that to me? (I'm a newbie!).

    Can you see the pictures in my album? I'm not sure how to post pictures...

    So much to learn.

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    Ask your vet about chew kongs until the stitches come out, I probably would postpone it till then. But when you do use them, kongs are loaded with a treat and then left in the freezer for the treat to harden and make it more difficult for the pug to access them, the theory being that it occupies more of their time. Remember that these are dogs bred to be companions and they will do anything to be next to you.

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    If she has stitches in her mouth, I would wait to give chew toys until she has completely healed. Sorry, didn't know that.

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    I rescued a pug on feb 4th i will remember that day for the rest of my life..... what is it about rescue dogs and there teeth.... my boy has really bad teeth????? He is getting his done next month along with nueter.... his beath smells so bad i try to do as much as i can now to make his breath smell any better..... any pointers???

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    Fresh parsley in his drinking water may help the breath issues a little but really until he has his dental his breath is going to be shocking because of the decayed teeth.

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