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SECRETARY ~ QUESTIONS OR REQUEST NEWSLETTER
SURRENDERS AND FOSTER COORDINATORS
Where does a rescue Pug come from?
A Pug comes to rescue for a variety of reasons. The most prominent reason a Pug is turned over to rescue is that the Pug was sold irresponsibly to its new family. The family was not educated with regard to the Pug's unique personality and stubbornness, and were unaware of the cost to properly care for a Pug. The Pug was not sold with the proper information regarding the necessity to spay/neuter, especially with a young male. This helps to prevent him from "marking", which usually begins during the hormone changes of puberty. Most of these boys adjust to happy "clean" lives with neutering and patient, consistent adoptive parents. Often the Pug was purchased on a whim without proper screening by the person who sold them the Pug. Pugs are also turned over due to death or illness of the owner, a lack of time to care for a pet, allergies and occasionally from a cruelty or abuse case. Because of the Pug's gentle, kind and adaptive nature, abused or even very old Pugs adjust well in new adoptive homes
Are Pugs hard to house-train?
Pug puppies are no harder to house-train than most other breeds. The key to success is consistency, and patience. On average, a pug puppy who has been trained consistently will have few accidents by 5-6 months of age. Adult Pugs that did not learn when young, can be more challenging, as with any breed. It can take longer to train an adult, but with patience and perseverance it can be accomplished in most cases.
Do Pugs shed?
Pugs do shed. If shedding is a problem for you, then you do not want a Pug. They can shed as much as a cat. Weekly brushing can decrease the amount of fur flying through the air in your home, but will not eliminate it.
Does the nose roll need special cleaning?
A Pug's nose roll tends to trap moisture, which can lead to yeast and bacterial infections if not cleaned regularly. The nose roll should be gently wiped once or twice a week using a damp towel or gauze pad.
Do Pugs have a lot of eye problems?
Pugs have big beautiful globular eyes. They also have a flat face, leaving the eyes at higher risk of getting injured. For that reason, you should check your Pug's eyes daily - just by looking at them for any signs of injury or disease. If you notice your Pug squinting, excessive tearing, keeping one eye closed, or pawing at an eye you need to have a vet check them as soon as possible. It does not take long for a small scratch on the eye to ulcerate. Pug eyes seem to be more susceptible to developing Pigmentary Keratosis - a brown film looking growth on the eyes. This can be caused by a few different conditions such as "dry eye", eye lashes growing into the eye or scratching on the eye constantly, or continual exposzure to excessive dust or dirt. For this reason, the Pug's eyes should be given a close look at whenever visting the veterinarian.
Can a Pug be kept outdoors?
NO. Pugs are indoor pets. They do not tolerate hot or cold temperatures very well. On a nice day, they enjoy a romp in the yard, but should not be left outside unsupervised, or for extended periods of time.
Why do Pugs snore, snort and snuffle so much? Pugs are one of several brachiocephalic, or flat faced breeds. Flat faces mean shortened airways, and longer palettes. This causes the noises a Pug makes - those charming little snorts and snuffles. :-) Do Pugs bark much? Every Pug has their own personality, so some will bark more than others. Most Pugs however, do not bark without good reason.
How long do Pugs usually live? The average lifespan of a Pug is 13-15 years. Some have lived longer. Do Pugs get along with other animals? Pugs are very friendly, and easy going. Most pugs - although there are exceptions - are very accepting of other animals whether they be cats, dogs, birds, or reptiles. That is not to say that they should be placed in a home with any other animal. Some breeds of dogs are simply not a good match - such as herding dogs, or very large active breeds. Cats do not always like Pugs, and might cause permanent damage to their eyes with sharp claws - the same with birds and reptiles.
"Is a Pug right for me?"
If you would like more information on the Pug, take a look at the recommended readings listed below:
RECOMMENDED PUG READINGS;
PUGS FOR DUMMIES, by Elaine Waldorf Gewirtz
PUG HANDBOOK, by Brenda Belmonte
THE BOOK OF THE PUG, by Joan Brearley
THIS IS THE PUG, by Louise Ziegler Spirer and Herbert F. Spirer
THE GOODGER GUIDE TO THE PUG, by Wilhelmine Swainstrom Goodger
HOW TO RAISE AND TRAIN A PUG, by Evelyn Miller.
YOUR PUG, by Esther Wolfe, breeder, exhibitor, and AKC judge
THE NEW PUG, by Shirley Thomas, breeder, exhibitor, and AKC judge
MEET THE PUG - FOR YEARS OF HAPPINESS, by Louise Gore
AN OWNER'S GUIDE TO A HAPPY HEALTHY PET,
THE PUG, by Dr.Edward Patterson, breeder, exhibitor, and AKC judge
PUGS IN PUBLIC, by Kendall Farr and George Bennett
THE COMPLETE PUG, by Ellen S. Brown
PUG SPOTTING - A TRUE STORY OF HOW PUGS SAVED CIVILIZATION, by Susanne McCraffery-Saville
DOG STRUCTURE AND MOVEMENT, by R.H. Smyth
PUG TALK - magazine printed bi-monthly $30 per year 5031 Plover Road Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Recommended Training Books
DON'T SHOOT THE DOG! , by Karen Pryor
COMPETITION OBEDIENCE: A BALANCING ACT, by Judy Byron & Adele Yunck