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Pug Puppy problems!

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Hevs7, Jan 30, 2019.


  1. Hevs7

    Hevs7 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi all, I’m new to this forum but not new to dog ownership, however our latest addition has me scratching my head so I thought I’d ask for advice.

    I’ve had bull breed dogs most of my life mainly British bulldogs, so I’m used to the stubborn behaviour and tactical training that they can demand but our 14 week old little Pug Genghis (name and nature) is proving to be a little monster.
    I think the main element of his behaviour is my work. I work in a emporium which allows dogs, so naturally Ive taken him with me from day one. He now however, thinks the entire floor (shared by other businesses) belongs to him. He constantly runs off and barks and wants attention off everyone and if I place him in his large penned space within my area he just whines and growls at the grid wall pulling on the bars.
    The other business owners fortunately don’t mind but I find it increasingly stressful when trying to deal with customers.
    He’s friendly with people (a little bitey at the moment due to teething and being over excited) but he will not listen or calm down at work. I’m using treats as rewards, I’m remaining calm, focusing on firm commands and trying everything I’ve tried in the past with other dogs.
    Can he be over stimulated? Our building has a lot of footfall and people are naturally attracted to a puppy especially a pug, he gets a lot of attention. I encourage people to say “Hi” following good training rules and keeping a calm atmosphere, only allowing people to see him if he chooses to reduce stress, to socialise him well and ask them kindly to leave him alone if he’s creating or tired, but I just wonder if so much attention has caused this behaviour.
    His behaviour at home is better, house training is proving a little tough due to the short attention span but we are getting there. He’s quite peaceful at home, he doesn’t whine or create a fuss when he’s separated at our bedtime or dinner times, it’s only in work.
    He’s not destructive he just demands constant attention and will not listen to command. The biting is also a worry as this tends to be more prominent in work. He also toilets everywhere with no warning in work.

    Any suggestions are welcome as I’d really love to keep him here with me rather than at home or with a dog sitter.

    Thanks in advance

    H
     
  2. Boxer123

    Boxer123 PetForums VIP

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    Could he have a blanket over his crate or pen to try and reduce the amount of stimulation does he settle with a kong ? It's lovely you can take him to work but I know my to would be a nightmare I'd maybe ask people not to pet him explain he is training.
     
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    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    I too would be decreasing the stimulation and cut down on “socialising” which, if overdone, can create problems.

    As for toileting, he needs a regular routine of being taken outside to avoid accidents.

    Look at kikopup and positively.com for tips to train him to settle and stop the barking.
     
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