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How to Introduce Your Pug to Children

The Pug is one of the most easily identified dog breeds out there, known for his small size and his wrinkled face. These little dogs were developed as a companion breed, so they are very social and people-oriented. Many companion breeds are good with children, but that is not always the case. Keep reading to learn more about whether Pugs are a good choice for kids and how to make introductions.

Are Pugs Good with Kids?

When it comes to assessing how good a dog will be with kids there are several factors to consider. First and foremost, you need to consider the dog’s temperament. Pugs are a gentle, friendly breed that can sometimes be a little bit goofy. Overall, however, these dogs are fond of people, playful, and people-oriented. Next, you need to think about the dog’s size and build to determine whether he can withstand some rough handling from children. The Pug is a toy breed that only weighs 14 to 18 pounds at maturity but he has a fairly sturdy build. Though it is always wise for children to exercise caution when handling or playing with a dog, the Pug generally holds up well around children. You also need to think about how well the dog is going to bond with your kids. For the most part, Pugs are an affectionate breed that bonds closely with family. All of these things add up to make the Pug a great dog for kids.

Tips for Introducing a Pug to Children

If you’ve decided that the Pug is the right breed of dog for your family, don’t just rush out to your local pet store and bring home a puppy. Buying a dog is not a decision that should be taken lightly, especially if you have kids at home. Once you’ve taken the time to research the breed, making sure that it is in fact the best breed for your family, then you need to take the proper steps to introduce your new Pug to your kids. Here are some simple tips:

  1. Have a talk with your kids before you bring home your new Pug to make sure they understand the level of responsibility required to care for a dog.
  2. Teach your children how to safely and properly handle a puppy to make sure that they don’t accidentally injure him.
  3. Have your kids sit on the floor in a circle then bring your new Pug puppy to them.
  4. Place your Pug puppy on the floor in the middle of the circle and let him start to explore – do not force him to interact.
  5. Have your kids wait patiently for the puppy to approach them – when he does, allow them to gently pet the puppy on his head and back.
  6. As long as the puppy reacts well, allow your kids to pick the puppy up and put him in their lap while remaining seated.
  7. If at any time the puppy becomes overwhelmed, cut the introductions short and try again later after the puppy has had some rest.

As excited as you and your kids may be about your new Pug, be very careful during the introduction process. The experiences your Pug has during his first few weeks of life are going to affect the kind of adult dog he develops into. If you take your time and make the proper introductions, your Pug and your children could be best friends for life.

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