Sunday, December 30, 2007
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!
Friday, December 28, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
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 until after the holidays
- 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!
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
If you play around the house with your Puggle, running around and chasing each other until your Puggle seems tired or needs to stop for a drink, you've burned a LOT of calories, and you're keeping your Puggle happy and healthy.
Puggles love running and playing, so throw a harness on your Puggle and go for a jog together! The benefits of running, walking or jogging for both you AND your Puggle are immense.
Set a schedule for yourself and stick to it, and combined with a healthy diet, you're sure to start shedding those pounds, and you'll have fun with your Puggle at the same time!
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
But the interesting thing about Puggles is what they do after they encounter something scary. Generally, their curiosity combined with bravery gets the better of them and they decide to stick around and figure things out.
They're likely to go crazy during a thunderstorm, running back and forth in front of the window rather than cowering in the basement. This is an endearing trait, but at the same time it can sometimes get them in trouble, like when something is ACTUALLY dangerous. Like a car backing up, or a bear.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
My Puggle, for example, whenever she wants to get my attention or is presenting herself to new people, will stand on her hind legs and put her paws straight up over her head. This is a habit she developed at a very early age, and now she'll sit and put both of her front paws straight up at the "sit pretty" command!
Not perfect, but you get the idea.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
By breeding a small pug with a small beagle, the resulting puggle can be as much as 10 pounds lighter than the average puggle.
As adults, these "pocket puggles" are much smaller than their larger counterparts, and yet still have all the traits of a regular puggle!
Kind of like a Bonsai Puggle!
Monday, January 8, 2007
It's extremely uncommon, but it happened to my puggle. In these cases, it's key that you notice your dog's loss of hearing as soon as it develops, since catching it early can help save your puggle's hearing!
Here are some of the symptoms of hearing loss in your puggle:
- your puggle appears to be ignoring verbal commands
- he or she cannot be awoken from a nap without physical contact.
- your puggle responds to sound but cannot tell where the sound is coming from. -flaps his or her ears excessively.
- he or she attempts to rub ears with paws.
So get to know your puggle, and you'll be able to spot any problems the minute they develop!
Sunday, January 7, 2007
Friday, January 5, 2007
Here's a good training exercise that will teach your puggle not to bug you when you're eating, and to "sit and stay" on command.
Ther first thing you'll need is an appetizing dog treat. (As a sidenote, never feed your puggle chocolate, as it can be deadly for dogs.) Next, make your puggle sit. Let them see the food in your left hand, and show them the palm of your right hand as you say in a commanding voice, "Stay!"
Now back up, maintaining eye contact and showing your puggle the palm of your hand as you continue to say "Stay!" Your dog will probably come running after you the first few times, at which point you have to make it very clear that that was wrong. Yell "No, bad!" and give them a light tap on the nose. Make them sit and try it over again until you can walk out of sight without your puggle running over to you until you announce "Come here!"
In time, you'll have an obedient and happy puggle!
Thursday, January 4, 2007
If your Puggle rides around in the car without a safety restraint, they'd be in serious trouble even in a minor car accident. I recommend buying a safety harness for your Puggle to wear in the car. They're not that expensive and they'll save your Puggle's life in the event of a wreck.
My Puggle wears one and she loves it. It has a soft cotton interior, so it's more like a warm coat than a harness. It also keeps her from jumping out the window and running around, which she actually did on a couple occasions. Don't wait for something to go wrong... Be proactive about protecting your Puggle!
Wednesday, January 3, 2007
But why is it that some Puggles are more comfortable eating off the floor, away from their food dishes?
My theory is that she learned this behavior as a puppy, when her brothers and sisters would compete for positioning at the food dish. When runts or otherwise "harassed" (for lack of a lighter term) puppies grow up, they often demonstrate an aversion to the food bowl, as this was the scene of some serious contention in their youths!
Sometimes a change in the appearance of the bowl helps, or even a change in height. You might try a new bowl with a new look, or putting the food up on a shoe box. In time, your puppy should learn the routine and become more confortable with her eating situation.
Here's a bowl that could help change the way your Puggle thinks about dinner time. The
Go Fetch Jingle Band Bowl () from Petco is unlike any food dish your Puggle has ever seen before, and they certainly won't associate it with any traumatic puppyhood experiences.
Another option that helps to change the height at which your Puggle eats is the
Bowl Buddies Adjustable 2-Quart Double Diner (Extends To 15.5"H) . This bowl not only raises the level at which your Puggle eats, but it also puts their food and water at a more natural angle to aid in consumption and digestion.
Tuesday, January 2, 2007
A good solution to this issue is equipping your Puggle with a harness rather than a collar. The harness distributes the pressure across your Puggle's chest and shoulders rather than across the delicate neck area.
Another advantage of the harness is that it's more difficult for your Puggle to slip out of it, compared with the relative ease of slipping out of a collar.
Overall, the harness is a better solution for your Puggle than a collar when it comes to leashed walking. Just make sure to remove the harness once you're back in the house, because your Puggle might get too hot with it on, and he or she might even chew it apart if they get sick of wearing it!
Monday, January 1, 2007
And if you're having people over to your house for a party, make sure you keep a close eye on your Puggle. Smaller dogs are easily stepped on, sat on, or kicked, and since they're so small, someone might not even notice. Smaller dogs like Puggle are extremely susceptible to sustaining serious injuries from an inattentive guest or a raging drunk stumbling around your house.
So to be safe, it's best to keep your Puggle in a separate room (or in his or her crate if they're used to that), if you can't pay close attention to them all night!
Happy New Year from AllAboutPuggles!!