Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
You can mess with your Puggle a little by getting inside a big box and barking at your Puggle. It's hilarious when they try to figure out what's going on.
Then you can poke holes in the top of the box, stick your arms out and run around the house like a... well, like a dude in a box! Your Puggle will LOVE it!
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
There are exceptions, but generally speaking, cats and Puggles have very different temperaments and ways of handling themselves, and therefore do not make good housemates.
The problem that some Puggle owners are finding with these delicious Greenies is that their Puggles love them so much, they eat them too quickly and then get sick. There have even been some reports that when Puggles devour these treats too quickly, they may cause serious trauma in their digestive tracts, or even death!
I have stopped giving my Puggle Greenies, because for me, it's just not worth the risk. For the dental health of your Puggle, any kind of hard dog bone helps, along with regular brushing!
Just send us your name, your Puggle's name, where you live, a photo of your Puggle and any additional info you'd like to provide, and you could be featured on AllAboutPuggles!
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Wednesday, December 20, 2006
I wonder what Paulie and Silvio would have to say about this...
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
a) A raw chicken neck
b) The steak bone leftover from dinner at the Outback
c) Dad’s Armani loafers
e) A large cow leg bone
It's A., the raw chicken neck! A few inches of fresh raw chicken neck is great for a Puggle's dental health, and they'll love the taste. Mmmmm, delicious!
Puggles are amazing guard dogs, which is another throwback to their beagle forebears. There have been numerous occasions where a black bear has been outside my house in the country, and without fail, if that bear comes within 50 feet of the house, my puggle goes crazy! And so I know I better be careful if I have to go outside.
It really works without fail, she just flips out if there's anything she doesn't recognize in the vicinity of the house.
A great place to find a cool name for your dog is from Greek and Roman mythology. Search on the internet for pages about famous characters from ancient myth and you're sure to come across a few cool names that are suitable for your pet.
Puggles are energetic, attractive and intelligent dogs? When searching for a cool name from mythology, you might do a little research and see which characters were famous for those same attributes!
If you'd really like to find the perfect name for your dog, try searching for books on mythological characters in Greek and Roman history at Amazon.com. Skimming through the Oxford Concise Companion to Classical Literature is sure to reveal some great names, along with brief descriptions of the stories and attributes that made them legendary!
The bottom line is that you need to find a name for your dog that you'll be happy with, and hopefully one that other people will admire and find interesting as well.
So do some reading, have some fun and let the naming begin!
If so, the best thing you can to is to research the dog breeds that make up a Puggle: the Beagle and the Pug. By discovering the temperaments and attitudes of both the Beagle and the Pug as purebreeds, you'll have some idea as to your future Puggle's personality.
Any character trait of the Beagle or the Pug can be present in their Puggle puppies, in any combination. So if you don't want a dog that has lots of energy, wants lots of playtime and might even give you that Beagle howl once in a while, then maybe the Puggle isn't for you.
Check out Wikipedia articles on both the Pug and the Beagle, and you'll get a pretty good idea of what your Puggle's personality could be like.
They have a very short coat of fur, and they don't produce that much oil on their skin or hair, so they don't need baths as often as other dogs and they don't smell like dirty dogs. Unless they've been out in the rain or rompin' in the mud or something.
I mean, you should still give them regular baths, but you're not gonna be holding your nose every time your puggle comes into the room if you skip a bath, either.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
A vet gave my Puggle two shots in one day, and she was lethargic and sick for many hours the next day. We had to give her baby aspirin and just wait for her to come around... it was a scary experience. Luckily, she fully recovered within 24 hours. But spare your dog this experience and make sure your vet knows... only one shot per visit!
But in order to have a puggle that likes being held, you have to begin holding and carrying him or her from their earliest days as a puppy. If you hold them and carry them on a regular basis, you'll raise a puggle that loves to be held and cradled like an infant!
Another good habit to get your puggle used to is spending time in their crate. Often, a puggle owner will let the puppy wander around the house freely, but later in the puggle's life will begin to put them into the crate overnight or during the day.
I don't recommend leaving any dog in their crate for long periods of time, or for hours every day. It can be too easy to relegate a dog to the crate when your life gets too hectic, and this is extremely unfair to the dog, who has energy and wants affection and playtime.
That said, if you accustom your puggle to spending some time in their crate, they'll come to see it as their own spot; a place of safety, comfort and security, where they'll spend time without much complaint should the need arise either for travel or if there's a lot of campany in the house!
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Why not check out the dogs looking for a home at your local shelter on this fine Saturday, maybe saving a dog's life AND hundreds of dollars?
Here's a website that helps animal shelters and humane societies all across the country to advertise their pets for free:
Friday, December 15, 2006
Though they may be smaller than some other breeds, they make up for it in a fighting spirit. Or maybe it's a spirit of wanting to play rough with any dog they come across, regardless of size.
Either way, I was walking down the street with my Puggle when I hear the jingling of a metal collar, and then a bark. It was a huge golden retriever running at us at breakneck speeds, and he collided with my Puggle. I tried standing between the two of them but they just went at it, and my Puggle put up a good fight!
In fact, I think she may have gotten the better of it before I picked her up and started to leave.
Here's a picture of my Puggle playing with a huge, scary looking bulldog. Now keep in mind, this bulldog has at least 70 pounds on my Puggle. This bulldog is huge. It scares PEOPLE, nevermind Puggles.
They're best friends, even though you'd never guess it from this picture. The bulldog was fine, what a crybaby. Puggles are brave little dogs!
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Puggles are awesome!
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
There are both drawbacks and benefits to the multi-generational breeds. Certain traits such as non-shedding or unique fur characteristics may be emphasized in later generations, but the vigor of the breed if lost with each successive generation, too.
So make sure you know the exact pedigree of the dogs from any potential breeder, and check references as well as feedback from past customers. Ask around, and if something doesn't seem right to you, don't hesitate to head for the door. You're doing everyone a favor by not supporting a sketchy breeder!
The first and most obvious suggestion is to keep your dog's tags on at all times, including your name, address, and telephone number. If you don't have something like this, put it at the top of your list of things to buy. You can get some really nice collars with tags that you and your Puggle will love.
Second, we here at AllAboutPuggles recommend buying a collar that is very bright: neon colors are best. My dog wears a neon orange collar, and as ridiculous as it may sound, it's something you get used to. The neon orange really suits her at this point, and you can see her from a mile away. This protects her from being hit by a car, as it is highly visible even at dusk, and it reflects a car's headlights at night.
And lastly, you may want to look into a microchip for your Puggle. The microchip allows your dog to be identified for life, and cannot be altered or removed. It is injected deep under the skin of your dog, is completely painless, and is so small that it can be inserted by hypodermic needle. My dog has a micropchip, and I highly recommend them, as your dog can be easily and definitively identified for LIFE. Tags can be removed by a thief, but you will always have a connection to your dog through a pet microchip.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Puggles learn your moves so fast that you need to come up with new ones constantly. If you pretend to throw something in one direction so you can start running away from your puggle in the other direction, enjoy it; that trick will work about twice more, and then your puggle won't so much as LOOK in the other direction when you pretend to throw something.
Puggles have your number, and you need to be really clever to outsmart these dogs... but it's fun trying!
Puggles are bred from purebreed pugs and purebreed beagles, and with the growing popularity of the Puggle as a breed, there's a good chance that our beloved Puggles may finally be given the recognition they deserve, as a pure breed of their own!
Keep checking back for all the latest news on Puggle purebreed status...
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Soon enough, you'll notice that your puggle has learned how to tell when you're about to run. You may freeze, glance at your puggle, and position your body differently just before you sprint off. Your puggle will notice these triggers and come running over to you before you even move! They're THAT smart.
The best part is to trick your puggle into thinking you're not going to run, and then running. You'll know when you really trick them because they'll let out a yelp as they come zipping along after you!
Saturday, December 9, 2006
Thursday, December 7, 2006
There are too many hunting accidents each year due to hunters shooting at anything that moves and isn't bright orange.
Find a neon orange dog vest for your puggle, and use it every time you take him or her outside!
And hey, if you have any newborns in the family, they can always wear it during the off-season.
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
As I've mentioned in the past, my puggle lost her hearing due to an ear infection and the antibiotic that was used to treat that infection.
This type of hearing loss in dogs takes place over a period of days, and if the symptoms of hearing loss are caught in time and you stop giving your puggle the ear medication, he or she can repair the hearing loss over time.
However, when your puggle is in a kennel, the people keeping an eye on the dogs can't pay the same amount of attention to your puggle that you would, and they don't know your dog well enough to notice something like hearing loss.
So if your puggle is on a new kind of medication, or has any other conditions which may require lots of undivided attention, then you MUST avoid kennels at all costs.
They simply don't have the manpower to care for your puggle the way your puggle wants to be cared for!
Some alternatives include:
- leaving your puggle with friends or family
- asking your vet if you can delay administering a new medication
- finding a family that will take a puggle for a short period of time in lieu of a kennel, and making them aware of your puggle's medical needs
There's always an alternative to putting your dog in a kennel, if you're willing to do the research. Your puggle will thank you for it!
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Teaching your puggle not to run away is a process that should start as a puppy.
The mistake most puggle owners make is to follow their puppy when it wanders away. What should actually be done if you want to prevent future run-aways is to let the puppy wander, keeping an eye on him or her but acting as though you're not paying attention.
That way, your puppy will eventually realize that he or she is wandering off, and that it needs to pay attention and stay near you in order not to get lost.
This habit of staying near you rather than wandering off and being followed, when instilled as a baby puggle, is sure to remain throughout that puppy's life. It not only nurtures attentiveness in your dog, but reinforces your status as "pack leader," since they need to follow you and not vice versa!
Recognizing you as pack leader from an early age in this way will promote love and security in your puggle, and will prevent dangerous run-away situations in the future!