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An Introduction to Pug Care and Ownership

So you spent all that time finding a reputable breeder, asked all the right questions, got all the right answers and you finally bought yourself a Pug. So what’s next? Well, preparing yourself for your new arrival is always a good thing. There are things to do and items to buy that will make your life just a little easier and your Pugs new home a little safer.

A Pug puppy isn’t much different than any other puppy…except that Pug puppies have shorter bursts of pure energy than some other breeds. No matter how long these bursts are, a Pug puppy will dart around, run, explore and do all the things a puppy does. And, like any other puppy, Pug pups do all these things at warp speed, so it’s a good idea to pug proof your home before he or she arrives.

Pug proofing isn’t difficult, costly or time consuming…it’s all basically common sense that makes your home safe for a curious, energy filled puppy. The first proofing tip is to take a good look around your house with a Pugs Eye View. Examine your home for sharp corners on furniture, radiators, heating boards and other objects that sit at a Pugs eye level, or lower for Pug puppies. Once you’ve identified these spots, take a piece of cloth and some tacky adhesive, and cover these sharp edges. When your Pug pup runs around and does the inevitable crash into an object, her eyes will be safe from dangerous objects…Remember, those protruding eyes are vulnerable to scratches!

Now that you’ve got the sharp corners taken care of, it’s time to do an electrical inspection of your home. Pug pups are small and they can get into tiny spaces your or I have no motivation to even look at, let alone vacuum. Look behind your computer, stereo, television and any other appliances or equipment that uses plugs, cables and cords, and make sure these things are inaccessible to your new Pug puppy. They like to chew on things, and chewing on cables and cords that carry electricity is definitely not what we want them to chew on. While you’re at ground level, you might as well take the opportunity to pick up any objects on the floor your puppy might swallow.

Finally, go around your house and make sure all your household cleaners, medications and any other hazardous material is out of your Pugs reach. Puppies can get into things that seem impossible to access, and they can accidentally push some buttons too, so be careful of what you leave out. Our Pug CoCo has no problem climbing onto the couch and changing the channels by stepping on the remote control. It’s not much of a stretch to think a puppy could manage to step on an aresol can of some kind and accidentally spray it, or swallow cleaning fluids such as ammonia if the knock over a bottle and a loose cap falls off. It has happened.

Doing these things, as well as any other ways you can think of to Pug proof your home is a great way to make your home safer for your new Puppy. From there, you can enjoy watching your new Pug run around exploring at lightning speed without worrying so much about their safety. By the way, don’t forget to take some pictures of all this frenetic Pug puppy activity…He won’t be running around like that for very long!

Photo of Harley and Roxy submitted by pug forum member Harley&RoxysMommy.