everytime I take "mason" my pug out for walks or just out to do his potty and he's on the leash he makes a gagging sound like I am choking him or something. I don't hold his leash very tight and I try to keep up with him. he does heel on command which helps. I am wondering if this is a behavior thing with him or if he has a sensitive trachea or do I just need to loosen my grip more? I don't want to hurt him.
angelwings- i just answered this on the behavior portion under the vet and copied it over here: i'm not the doctor, but one thought i have is an elongated soft palate. in pugs it's not uncommon. there is a flap in their throat that covers their windpipe to keep food and liquid from going in their lungs. if this flap is too long, it can hang down some and cause gagging, worse with exercise. it is surgically correctable, i'd check with your vet. some humane societies give 2 months free pet health insurance, if this is the problem and you have the insurance, maybe it would cover this.
Hi angelwings I have two pugs and a collar isn't a good idea for these breeds because of their eyes they pop out easy my first pug years ago did we use a harnest for them it doesn't choke them at all and you can handle them better when you walk them....Good Luck with your baby well that's what mine are they are such good creatures mine loves to stand beside my bathtub and wants to drink out of a cup the bathwater honey my f/ is the boss of the house and hank her brother loves everyone he will lick you to death remind you i have a 3 month old rotti in my home and a 3 year old german shepherd in the fence honey rules all...Good Luck Donna
pugs aren't supposed to be walked with collars, if you read any pug book it wil say so in there. the reason being im not sure but i think its because their noses are so short along with their necks, they cant breathe. please buy a harness.
My pug, Smitty, does fine walking with just a collar. However, we belong to the austin pug club and out of the 85 or so pugs, most wear the harnesses. It's much easier to walk your dog and it doesn't choke them. Smitty will occasionally act like that on the leash, but it's because he's wanting to run crazy and be off and therefore choking himself! ;)