Hi everybody! Just saw the site and wanted to join now that we have our new Puppy! We got a Puggle from a pet store 1 week ago. I have had dogs my entire life but do not actually remember the puppy stage as I was only about 8 when we had our puppies. So bare with me as I am definately a rookie! I have also always had mutts. I do not breed them, just take them in, so please take it easy on me!.....okay, So we got her a week ago, when she was 10 weeks old, and 7 pounds. Now the place told us she would get about 15 pounds but I have been reading and it seems that may be an understatement :) thats okay because I am used to dogs between 50-70 lbs. Is 25 pounds a more reasonable expecation? And when can I expect her to be full grown? Another discussion I'd like to have is the way we are training her.....She is definately a rambuncious puppy! I have been trying to tell her "no" and spray her witha water bottle when she does things wrong....is this a good technique? I just didn't realy want to hit her with a news paper or anything because I do not want her to flinch or be scared of movements around her face later in her life. We also bought her tons of chew toys and will say no, squirt her, then hand her one of her toys if chewing was the crime....is this good? Oh and I squirted that sour apple stuff on the things she likes to chew that we do not approve of. And last but not least.....when we put her downstairs in her area with baby doors, she throws a fit. The area is about 9x9 ft and has tons of chew toys and her bed, but when we put her there by herself, she goes crazy! It is heartbreaking listening to her. Do we just leave her there? This is where we keep her when we go to work, school and baseball. She does alright, but we can never put her there for any reason when we are home or she goes insane....should we just make her get used to it? well thats all the quetions I have...Oh actually another question is what food and doggie trets and chew toys you guys would recomend? ... thanks for any help! any other help or advice would be great also....
Congrats on your new puppy, the sad part about your having her is that you almost certainly funded a puppy mill in buying her from a pet store. If you love mutts so much, why would you buy one from a pet store as opposed to getting her from an animal rescue or humane society, where you would have saved a life instead of lining some shady breeder's pockets. Pet store dogs come from both poor living and poor social conditions, that can really increase heartache for future owners. Not to mention they can be much much harder to housetrain.
Regarding the training, if squirting her or using the bitter apple spray deters her biting/chewing, then great. It sounds like (and this is unsurprising, given your pup is a pet store purchase) that your dog was taken away from its littermates too early to learn bite inhibition.
As far as pet toys go, I personally avoid Hartz pet toys, but anything else that my dogs were willing ot play with is fine. Ideally you want your dog to have a choice from among at least 10 different toys, of different sizes and textures.
YOu didn't mention how the house training is going. And as far as putting her in the downstairs area, if you put her down there, you really shouldn't get her out unless it's your decision to get her out. Don't give into the whining and crazyness, if you do you teach her that you are responding to her whims, and later in life this will be a bad idea. I suggest you check out the Nothing In Life is Free program (NILIF) and make a routine and stick to it.
Sean We have a puggle. Now 11 mths old. Rescued him when he was 4 monts old and 16 pds. He now weighs 26 pounds. He is very strong. Compact but strong!! He was kept in a crate 24/7 practically before we got him. He loves his "house" and goes there when he is tired, upset, bored, etc. He spends every night and when we are not home in his crate.
He was not potty trained when we got him, but we accomplished that very quickly with a lot of positive enforcement and praise and Patience...
Make sure you get her spayed. I totally agree with Minnyar, I also think she was too young to be separated from her litter mates, but try the small kong with a little peanut butter in it, soft blanket and if you have access to it, a radio turned on softly with soothing music sometimes helps.
I also agree that if they spraying works for you. Use it. Every dog is different.
One thing is a must Obedience training.. Rocky has gone all they way through intermediate. You will find that she is going to need it. They are very rambunctious, very very loving, and stubborn. More stubborn than any other dog we have ever had. Might be the beagle in them. BUT once they learn something, they never forget.
Click on the link at the bottom and you can see pictures of Rocky. Rocky was exactly that color and looked very much like yours when we got him. He has now developed more of a "Beagle" type coat, much coarser and a lot darker. We love him to death, he seems to need more hands on petting than any other dog we have ever had.
Good luck I think she will be a wonderful addition to your family.
We believe our dog is a puggle as well. We too were told 15lbs and at 7 months old she now weighs in at 22.8lbs. We already have had to buy a larger crate for her. Word to the wise, buy a crate larger than you think you will need and save yourself some money. Hopefully you have more luck with the bitter apple than we have had. It doesnt even bother her, she goes right on chewing and licking whatever we have sprayed. For food we use Eagle Pack Holistic Chicken, when she gets older we will switch her to the Holistic lamb formula. We love buddy brand that makes dog treats and also shampoo and conditioner. Their products are natural and only made with herbs and human grade food. You will never have to worry about them being on the recall list. We love them. We buy the buddy bisquits in chicken flavor and mint. The hair care line is called Buddy Wash and Buddy Conditioner and it is for human use as well. It actually works really well on dog and human hair and it smells amazing, like lavender and mint. If you cant find their products in small locally owned pet stores you can find it online at www.cloudstar.com Good luck with your new lil friend.
Sean, do you have room upstairs for the same type of enclosure. Have you crate trained her, or started to yet. (I`m sorry, my question mark is on the fritz) There is a very good dog food guide on here, by Wiley Blaze. Have a look at that, it will help you decide what is good food, and what is`nt. At her age I would go easy on the pig`s ears, (I know they love them), but I have had some choking issues with them. I would stay away from anything rawhide, for the same reason, plus for the reason that it can cause intestinal blockages. Sounds like you`re doing a really good job with training her, don`t forget the rewards, when she`s good!
Oh and about dog toys.... our dog's favorite toy is a crinkly newspaper that also squeaks. We bought it at Target. She plays with that thing for hours. Also at Target we found Kong brand tennis balls with squeakers inside. They come in the container that you find traditional tennis balls in, except with a handle. We bought our dog the kong toys that you put treats in but she wont even touch them. She loves the nylabone teething puppy bone and the glow in the dark nylabone fish. And last but certainly not least are those knotted tug ropes. I haven't met a dog yet that has turned one of those down.
Sean, Forgot to add, they SHED!!!! More than I thought possible, but grooming helps, and I just purchased a furminator medium size which works great, but you have to keep on using it. If yours is like mine you will find hair all over, now that Rocky is older he still sheds, but its not the very very fine wispy stuff that floats..
We found as much as he liked soft stuffed toys with squeakys in them. He would "kill" the toy, and toss stuffing all over everything so he could get to the squeaky, which he then carries for days in him mouth off and on....... So we now get only soft rubber squeaky toys.
He also doesn't pay any attention to the bitter apple. However, a can filled with pennies that makes a Gosh awful noise, he hates!!!
I agree, purchase a larger crate than you think you need. "designer dogs" are not an exact science, you can have big ones and smaller ones all from the same litter.
I wish you luck and all the enjoyment that comes with a wonderful dog!!
Although i do not agree with buying puppies from petstores, i know that some people are not aware of the mill to store process. I sure didnt before finding sites like this one. He already has the pup now, so hopefully he will find some good advice here, should he have any questions or issues down the road. Your pup is adorable. She does look large for her age, but she looks more beagle than pug to me, so that would explain the larger size. She is a cute little gal. Love her and enjoy her. They grow up so fast sometimes i think we wonder where the time went. Everything we teach them as pups, reflects in the adults they grow up to be. I can tell by your pics that she will be one very spoiled and very loved little girl !
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
Your pup is a cutie! On size, it's really pretty much of a toss up. She can take after one breed more than the other in size as well as personality traits.
One word of caution, as you say, she's a puppy and puppies chew. I see, in one photo that she has access to wires. That can be a very bad combination. It's just something most of us don't think about. Puppies WILL chew on power cords, so watch her carefully when she's out of her contained area.
"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful".
Thank you everybody for the advice! I am now sorry for buing her at a puppy store :( I had no idea. We were actually not even looking to buy a puppy yet (although we wanted one soon, and have always wanted a puggle).....But we saw her in the puppy store and had to have her ....
Now I feel bad, but I guess to put a possitive spin on it; she needed a home too! ... :( well its to late now. I love her, and this is the first dog we have ever gotten from a pet store.
My family actually had 4 dogs growing up, and they were all rescued dogs. WIsh I would have known, but oh well; not much we can do now, and we love her anyways!
Well about the training....it is going well. Sometimes she is in more obedient moods than others.
The power chord warning was very helpful. We actualy noticed this the second day, after the photos were taken, and now have all the chords hidden and not plugged in when not using them.
Nother thing is the raw hide and pigs ears! I bought so many of each......so we are going to throw them away now, and go to the pet store for better options....She does definately like the hard plastic nylabone, and the rope we bought her. I wil try the kong today.
Peanut butter isn't too fatty for dogs? The saturated fats wont lead to future heart problems? Well we are off to the grocery store then petco...we are going to put her in her area downstairs.
And to answer the other question, she can run all over upstairs and has no area like the downstairs area....is this a bad thing? one more thing...back to the training....the water seems to be working great and she is starting to associate the water spraying to "no" (in a commanding voice)....so sometimes i can just tell her no without spraying her and she will stop...
The bitter apple has prevented her from even toching her favorite chew areas....hopefully this will last. We also bought a little bottle of this stuff that puts an attractive scent for animals to go potty on....we put that on her pee pee pads and she seems to go on them eve more often than before. It was about 50/50....now its more towards 70/30%.
One more thing before I go...we have the pee pee pads all over the house...about 4 in total. I could be totally wrong, but I thought we should first teach her that she needs to use pee pee pad when she has to go (since puppies can hardly hold it)....then I wanted to advance to a spot by the door......then hopefully outside...is this a good strategy? thanks everyone for your help...we really appreciate it...we are off....be back soon :)
***Edited By: pyrmom on 9/22/2007 7:47:27 AM*** Reason: * spacing, makes it easier to read ; )
>>> but I thought we should forst teach her that she needs to use pee pee pad when she has to go (since pupies can hardly hold it)....then I wanted to advance to a spot by the door......then hopefully outside...is this a good strategy? <<<
Usually this confuses the puppy so it would be best to teach your dog that potty is outside only.
Common times & hints that pup needs to go out:
-After waking from a nap or FIRST thing in AM- this means pup goes out before you!
-During playtime and right after playtime.
-Greeting a new person! This might be best to do outside if possible. They really get excited with new people.
-Right after a meal.
Puppies bladder can only hold for about their age meaning if pup is 2 months then the bladder is good for 2-3 hours. At 3 months about 3-4 hours etc.
-Circling/sniffing can mean a potty break is needed. -Barking/whining -Standing at door
Each dog will find their own way to tell you. My beagle knocks on the door and when she was a pup she rang a bell. She abused her bell privileges so we took it away-LOL! Basset will just sit real quietly at the door so we have to keep an eye since she is quiet.
It is best to try to always use the same door for going outside potty. This way your dog will know which door to go to so you can be alerted.
When you want her in her play area don't let her barking get to you. She will get used to it! Beagles are known for their great whining/barking ability. ONLY let her out once she stops barking/whining otherwise she will think that she won and you do NOT want a beagle to think they ever won. Be prepared for a lot of stubbornness since beagles are also known for that.
I just met a puggle today who weighed 40lbs! He was overweight though. I also know a puggle pup who is already 20lbs at about 6 months. I don't think I have seen or heard of a puggle being only 15 lbs. full grown.
It really is easier to just train them straight away outside and cheaper btw. And dont let your pup fool you, they can hold their potty longer than you think, assuming she is not overdrinking. Sometimes she may wet on the floor when she gets excited or when someone walks in the front door, from my understanding this is a little harder for them to control but as she gets older this should remedy itself.
Positive reinforcement is the best way to get results. Please never ever scold her or rub her nose in it. Im sure you dont but I have heard so many stories that this is the way to train. Its not! Pottying in the house is a training issue not a discipline issue.
And dont be too hard on yourself or the pup, training can take awhile and sometimes the progress can even regress during certain situations or stages of the pups life.
But I promise you skipping the puppy pads and going right outside will make things so much easier on you. This is coming from someone who trained our first puppy in knee deep snow and pouring down rain with the umbrella over the dog and not myself, lol. She didnt like to go potty in the rain.