I am soon to be the proud owner of a 12 week old male fawn pug, "Spanky." Any advice for choice of food, training, where to put the crate, i.e., in bedroom with me or separate room? I have a 6 year old black Lab who has never "shared" me before-any advice for introducing them?
I have a pug and a lab, too. The lab is 4 and the pug 1. For food, Nutro is a great dog food, available at Petsmart and Petco. If you want other good premium names, there are Breeder's Choice and Natural Life. For training, I highly recommend puppy kindergarten and then basic obedience from a reputable trainer who uses positive methods. My little guy is quite smart and really fun to train. He's a little too roly poly to teach rollover very well! Till you get in training, start right away with his name, sit, come, etc., simple things. For a crate, I have mine in the living room where we spend a lot of time. He sleeps in my room at night (not on my bed); I started out with him in a crate but now he is loose and gated in my room. He's reliable to ask to go outside in the night. For the first nights I put rolled up washrags in his crate around the edges to feel like puppies in his crate since in the litter they all sleep together. He didn't make a peep all night. To introduce, it's ideal if you can take them both to neutral territory to meet the first time. Otherwise, what I did was put my other dogs outside while I brought the puppy in for a while. Then I let one in- the lab- with leashes on both the lab and the puppy, to let them meet. I had treats to give them available. If the lab got too rough I could lead her back with the leash. They did wonderfully. I didn't leave them alone together for a while. I gave my other dogs lots of attention and walks so they knew they were still important. I feed them in different areas of the kitchen, the oldest first. Give your lab the majority of the attention even though you want to play with the puppy more. That reassures the resident dog of their dominant position in your "pack" (outside of you) and can help avert jealousy. Have fun!
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I have a three year old pug named pumpkin. She is the love of my life. I have a few pointers for you on the breed. A great food is wellness. They make a fish and potato formula and I have found it to be a great help. I actually talked to the company and it is great for maintaining a healthy weight. As Im sure you probably know they become over weight easily. It is also good for skin and coat. Basically the food covers any issue that may come along with a pug. As for crate issues. Pumpkin seemed to sleep better in the same room with me as a baby. As she aged I moved her out of my room. I am also a dog groomer and a great way to help the shedding is to take them to a groomer to have them deshedded once a month. They can remove the undercoat for a resonible price. If you want to control the shedding on your own I recommened a shedding blade. They look a little painful for the dog but it wont hurt them a bit. Also when introducing the two dogs you can wet a cloth and rub it on one dog then on the other and vice versa that way they get to familiarize with the other's scent. Also put tour new dog in its cage and let the two sniff through the bars to get aquainted. Just keep in mind that dogs have emotions and to give your old dog just as much if not more attention until they get adjusted. Good luck on becoming a new parent. I asure you you've made a friend for life.
Of course pug's shed!!!! My friend has one and she sheds soooo much. Especially with the fawn pugs being so light, the hairs show up on EVERYTHING. They are lovely dogs though, so if you can handle a little hair flying around and being all over your clothes and furniture, then they make great companions