Are pugs lazy?

I got a 4 year old male pug about a month ago.  His original name is Diesel, but I plan on changing it.  Let me just say naming my sons was easier than naming my dog.  He looks exactly like Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon, but there is something demeaning about calling out Toothless when you want your dog. don't ya think?  lol

Anyway, he is the laziest thing in the world.  I am used to Labs and German Shepherds and this boy is like a cat trapped in a dog's body.  He follows me around a lot, which is fine, but for the most part he sleeps.  A lot.  He has little interest in dog food or dog treats.  I have seen him run and play for all of 10 minutes over the course of a month.  He likes to take walks, but other than that, he doesn't bark, doesn't play doesn't do much of anything. I actually wondered if he was deaf because I swear he doesn't twitch his head at any sounds!  The vet said he was not deaf.

Anyway, in October I found a 4M old pug. He got out of our backyard when my husband went to pick up our son from school and found his original owners.  No, I wasn't trying to dognap him.  I had signs up saying I found a dog, put an ad on Craigslist saying I found a dog, called the Humane Society and took him to the only vet in town to see if he had a chip.  I wasn't going to advertise what kind of dog I found, thinking that anyone who lost their beloved animal would look frantically for him.  Apparently he got out of their house on a Monday, I found him Tuesday and he escaped Thursday afternoon.  Needless to say I had flyers up and was driving everywhere looking for him within hours of him being gone.  I was devistated.  I heard he found his way home, which was around the corner in the opposite direction I looked.  Well, that opened my heart up to pugs.  He was such a lovely, playful dog.  My boys loved him, he was darling.  I knew I had to have one.  He played hide and seek and ran around with my sons in the backyard and slept with my oldest all night.

So in comes Diesel.  Or The Dog Who Has No Name (think Harry Potter).  He is a good dog.  He is housebroken, crate trained, good with kids and cats, and very mellow.  I love him but something is not clicking.  I know he misses me and loves me (or so I flatter myself) because he follows me everyhwere. But he doesn't play, he doesn't like treats (except for tablescraps-think 2 year old).  We have taken to putting him outside while we eat because our children would feed him otherwise and he knows where to get the food.  He is not interested in dog food, but I am going to change brands and see how that works.  My biggest complaint, if you can call it that, is that he doesn't play, chew, or really act like a dog.  He acts like an old man.

I am new to pugs.  Can you offer any advice?

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melissa_ellen00 (almost 7 years ago)

HI THERE,

HE SOUNDS VERY MUCH LIKE A TYPICAL PUG?

PUGS ARE PUPPIES UPTO ABOUT 2 YEARS OLD AND VERY PLAYFUL BUT DO ALSO SLEEP AN AWEFUL LOT.

THEY HAVE MAD MINUTES WERE THE RUN AROUND CRAZY FOR LIKE 10 MINUTES AND THEN SLEEP FOR HOURS.

WE GOT OUR LITTLE BOY FROM BEEN VERY YOUNG AND HAVE SEEN HIM CHANGE OVER THE YEARS. THEY CALM DOWN AN AWFUL LOT AS THEY GET OLDER WHICH IF MAYBE WHY THE 4MONTH OLD WAS SO PLAYFUL AND YOUR 4YR OLD ISNT?

THEY ARE NOTHING LIKE LABRADORS AT ALL! OUR LITTLE MAN HAS NEVER CHEWED A THING IN OUR HOUSE! HE HAS NEVER EATEN A WHOLE CHEW (JUST NIBBLES).

HE IS ALSO A VERY FUSSY EATER AND WILL NOT EAT ANY DOG TREATS! HE ONLY LIKES CHICKEN! WHY DONT YOU TRY DIESEL WITH CHICKEN MAYBE?

WHEN WE 1ST GOT HIM HE ALSO DIDNT LIKE TO EAT WE SPENT A FORTUNE TRYING HIM ON DIFFERNT FOODS! HE DOESNT LIKE DRY FOOD SO WE GIVE HIM HALF HALF TO TRY LOOK AFTER HIS TEETH! HE HAS JAMES WELL BELOVED TURKEY AND RICE KIBBLE AND WET POUCHES!

HE MAY NEED TO COME OUT OF HIS SHELL A LITTLE AS YOU NEVER KNOW HOW HE WAS TRET AT HIS PREVOUS HOME, HE MAY NOT KNOW HOW TO PLAY? MAYBE TRY ENCOURAGING HIM GRADUALLY?

THEY ARE VERY SLEEPY DOGS AND KNOWN AS LAP DOGS AND GOOD FOR SMALL HOMES AND ELDERLY PEOPLE FOR ALL THE ABOVE REASONS?

I HOPE THIS CAN HELP A LITTLE?

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JanandSass (almost 7 years ago)

Yes, the only other thing you cold try would be to get another dog that would play with him.  Try to see if he will play tug of war with you with an old sock or pillowcase.  Our Sacha is the same, if nobody is actually playing with her or paying attention to her, she mostly just mopes or sleeps.  She is three  and a half.  Mind you, most pugs eat like mad and are prone to gaining weight.  Maybe he would play if you tried to teach him to play fetch with a ball. 

You need to bear in mind that this little puggie might have been in a house where nobody really played with him much - maybe with some senior citizens who walked him but didn't play much otherwise!   You have only had him a month, he may be feeling a little insecure yet.  If he is just a placid doggie, then you just have to love him and accept him the way he is.  If he is following you around show him lots of affection, he has obviously picked you to be "his" human!  Good luck, don't forget to post some pics.  Every dog has his day - and every dog has his own personality!

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JanandSass (almost 7 years ago)

Just as a follow up, Sacha too was very active when young and become more quiet when over 2 years!  But she eats like crazy and barks at everything!  They are all different.

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RosienMikeysMom (almost 7 years ago)

hi thenonamepug...welcome to pugspot!! where did you get him from? do you know his past? pugs were bred to be companion dogs so the following you around thing is very typical of a pug. 4 years old isn't really old for a pug, although they do enjoy thier naps, they also usually enjoy being silly. i know a month seems like a long time, but he might still be adjusting to your family. when i rescued my mikey, he started settling in at about a month, but it was a while after that for his true personality to really come out. did he have a doggy playmate in his other home? have you socialized him with other pugs/dogs? if he did have a playmate, he might be missing the canine companionship. also, have you brought him to the vet to have him checked out? maybe he isn't feeling that well, like a slight ear infection, that would make him kinda punky. also, how is his weight? fat pugs can be lazier as it is harder for them to get around and breathe. sorry for all the questions but it would help in figuring out if he is just a very mellow pug or you have yet to see him blossom. as far as playing...still try and engage him in play, use a high pitched silly voice...that might get him going. not all pugs like toys but there is usually that special something that sparks an interest. maybe plan a toy field trip with him to a local pet store to see what interests him, if nothing looks interesting to him, then just getting out, seeing other dogs and smelling new smells would be a fun thing for him. for chew toys...you can try a raw marrow bone (you can get it at the grocery store or butcher), kong filled with peanut butter, a himalayan chew or even one of those disgusting bully sticks. lastly, find a name for this little guy! everyone needs a name! if you need some help, we are here, just post his picture and we would be glad to give you some ideas. good luck with him and thank you for adopting him. i know that soon he will be the silly little boy he was meant to be. oh, and i'm carol, mom to rosie and mikey

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KatieBug27 (almost 7 years ago)

My dogs sleep a lot too but i also have 2 so they play with eachother a lot. If i had just one they would sit on the couch all day. older pugs may need you to go find a toy and try to get him to play with you. but yes pugs are pretty lazy

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amyb8199 (almost 7 years ago)

My pug, Pugsley will sleep all day if nobody played with him or walked him. I have a 6 year old son who can get him pretty rowdy though. They feed off of each others silliness and things get pretty crazy with them chasing each other all over the house. I see that you have boys too. I agree with the others that maybe he just needs to get settled in but I bet those boys can bring out the crazy pug in him. Also Pugsley went through a period where he wouldn't eat either and Pugsley will eat anything. We came to find out later that my mother in law was feeding him weenies. Well we put a stop to that and he soon realized it was dog food or nothing. They will eat when they're hungry but you definetely have to stop with table scraps so he learns.

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KatB (almost 7 years ago)

Pugs are companion dogs and couch potatoes. They love nothing better than to snuggle up with you and follow you around. They do get their little burst of energy and do pug tona and play toys. So maybe get down on the floor with him and see if you can get him goin with a toy. Take some walks with him. I agree he maybe still settling in. So help him, by taking with you alot. It could be that he has been use to a non dog food (table scraps) diet. And this could have something to do with his being so inactive. Poor diet. Get a good brand of food, stick with it. No table scrapes anymore. Try adding a little water to the food to make a gravie, or some broth to get him interested. Pugs love food. You may also let your vet know about this, and maybe have him checked out.

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thenonamepug (almost 7 years ago)

Thanks for all your input.  He did come from a lady who had a lot of dogs.  Maybe that has something to do with it.   He spent a lot of time outside at his old house.  He spends most of his time indoors here.  Especially since it is winter!  He absolutely loves it when we take a walk, but this past week it has either been snowing or the high was 15.  The difference is night and day!  He is extremely gentle and friendly and pays no attention to other animals for the most part.  He gets along well with my 2 and 6 year old, although they would love for him to play more.

When I take him to the store he has no interest in chew toys.  My 6 year old was hell bent on buying him these rawhide sticks and he loves them, but I am afraid he might choke on them.  I bought him a kong and he doesn't care for it at all.  I haven't put peanut butter in it though. He has a loofa (sp?) and he liked that when he got here, in fact he had one of his giant bursts of energy playing with it once.  Not too interested in it anymore.  Could it be that he needs to go for walks a lot more since he was basically an outside dog (during the day) at his old house? 

 I took him to the vet when i was worried he was deaf and she said he was fine.  He is 30 pounds and they would like him to lose weight, but they said he is more stocky than fat.  He does have fat, but he isn't all fat.    This is my boy!  Doesn't he look like an grumpy old man??  I think so sometimes!  hahaha!

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JanandSass (almost 7 years ago)

Yes, he is a bit hefty!  That would be kind of slowing him down a bit, he should probably lose some weight.   LOL but he is really cute, look at that adorable face!  Put some peanut butter in his Kong!  Rawhide is not good for doggies, kind of dangerous, they can choke on them.  Just love him to bits, give him a hug!

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Keg1986 (almost 7 years ago)

OMG how cute is he!! He looks like a teddy bear! My Baxter who is 5 months old is an absolute maniac, he darts around like a rocket ears back tail down and hes off!!!! , To be honest I love him more than life its self but boy I cant wait until he is older and a little less....... of a terror! lol 

Diesel is the name of my mum and dads staff, Your pug looks more like a Stanley or Frank

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thenonamepug (almost 7 years ago)

The vet's office wants him to lose about 5 pounds.  I will try the peanut butter and see what he thinks.  I put the collar on him just because I think it would be a bit more comfortable than having a harness on all day.  I keep it on him so he has a tag on him all the time in case he gets out.  I do use it to walk him, but he is so easy to walk my two year old could walk him so I don't worry about him choking. 

Stanley or Frank?  Haha!  My husband likes Tuck but I like Winston.

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Keg1986 (almost 7 years ago)

He does look chubby, but thats how i like pugs to look, like chubby cuddly bears!  I like both tuck and winston but I think id have to side with ur hubby   

Baxter has to have a harness he is only 5 months but he pulls so much, he just cant wait to get to the next corner to see what s round it lol. we have a cat that follows us on our walk, when I stop and turn round, it stops then when i walk on it does to.  lol its either got a crush on Baxter of wants to eat him lol! 

Does your pug molt much?

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KatB (almost 7 years ago)

thenonamepug, He is really a beautiful boy. Do try to get the 5 lbs off. 30 lbs is heavy for a pug. Between 20 and 23lbs would be better. I only feed 1/4 cup of dry food twice a day. That is plenty food.  Try adding can green beans smashed into his dry food.  I cut the 1/4 cup in 1/2 with the green beans, until you reach the goal weight.  I use the green bean diet with my fur kids. I have a Jap. Chin that MUST stay at 7lbs. This works really well for me and mine. I was told by a kennel club member to use this diet. You can also give fresh baby carrots, peeled apple wedges, and plain non-fat yogurt about a tbsp. for snacks. Watch the treats. I give my pugs Merrick all natural bones. Some are pre-filled. I like the ones that are not. That way I can put creamy peanut butter or doggie cheese whiz inside myself. They last FOREVER. HA! I am thinking if he spent alot of time outside (you said woman had alot of dogs), It could be he is just not use to being indoors yet. Pugs should never be left outside in cold or hot weather. It could be he just doesn't know what to think of being indoors yet. I think time given he is goin to start doin the pug thing. Especially with you having kids.  

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RosienMikeysMom (almost 7 years ago)

WHAT AN ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL BOY!!!!! i think he just needs time. as far as chewies, i always suggest himalayan chews...my guys love them. they last a while if you get the large size, don't stain, smell, get mushy and totally digestable. here is the link if you are interested in them and would like to try it...
http://www.bestbullysticks.com/home/bbs/page_215_29/himalayan_dog_chew__medium.html

that site has the best price, although they don't seem to have the large in stock right now.

as far as his name...i like winston, kinda looks like it fits him. stan and frank for some reason seems like a fawn pug but that's just me. i also like the names gus and elliot.

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melissa_ellen00 (almost 7 years ago)

Oh bless him he is a real cutie! I definatly agree pigs should not be kept outside, i would NEVER leave my lttle boy outside he is far too precious. He sleeps in our bed and in winter he loves nothing more then to snuggle under the covers with his head out on the pillar. I agree with everyone else that he is not really used of the love a pug should have so this will take a while for him to adapt to a new life. Definatly try one of the gravys for dogs or once you have found a treat he likes try breaking it into bits and putting it with a mixture of dry and wet food? I wouldnt have him with a colar on either, once our little man had a puppia harness on and he passed out from pulling to try get to a rotweiler, i was sooo upset and have been on a mission to find him a harness that goes really low on his chest (we have a stock of these now)!! He is microchipped but I dont worry about him escaping as I have my eye on him at all times! Maybe try him with a bit of a fresh cooked chicked so he can smell it? Our litle man goes crazy for this and will not leave the kitchen hahah!! You can also get chews that are covered in dry chicken, these are expensive but last a long time? I think you will soon realise you have another child in the family, pugs think they are human and eveyone wo comes to our home cant believe that he is like (very spoilt) but soo much fun and soo loving! He spends all his time been mischieves and pinching peoples shoes or cuddling us on the sofa snoring away! I am sure your new baby will come out of his shell soon. I am so glad you rescued hm and he doesnt have to live outside anymore!

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Frankie2009 (almost 7 years ago)

My frankie is a marathon sleeper!!! lol.....he could sleep the enite day if we let him.....but when we start to play with him there is no end to his energy! he loves his walks and Pugtona's.....he will play with all dogs and people.....even when we think he is exhusted, he finds more and more energy! We only use his collar for his tags, when we go for a walk it is a harness, as for eating I can't be of any assitance, as our Pug, east anything and evreything.....How are thing coming is he comeing out of his shell ? a new home routine takes time to figure out for him and you.

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thenonamepug (almost 7 years ago)

He has a name!  WINSTON!! Yay!!!!! 

I am  noticing that when he gets outside he is so happy.  I really think he is starting to come out of his shell, and it might take more time for him to play and such.  I think he is getting used to being around small kids too.  He is very nice and gentle with them, but hopefully he learns to play with them. He is starting to follow the kids a bit more. 

I am going to get him microchipped, but I don't trust anyone to actually take the time to take him to the only vet to find out who he belongs to.  I live in a semi rural area so I keep the collar on.  He doesn't pull on his leash at all.  He doesn't even look at dogs when we go out, cats either.  It's kinda funny because those dogs sure do bark at him! I am so amazed at how easy he is to handle.  So effortless and gentle!.  I am used to big German Shepherds who can pull your arm off!

He is starting to eat more.  Turns out that he loves turkey! 

Someone asked if he molts, and I am going to say I don't know.  When I got him he was shedding so badly that it was hard to pet him because fur was everywhere.  I took him to get groomed and his fur is so much better and he hardly sheds at all. I tried to wash him in our tub and he only succeeded in clogging our drain badly.  At the groomers he clogged their drain twice.  So maybe he does molt!

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dixiechicdana (almost 7 years ago)

My Boy is a year and 4 months old and he is super hyper!!! He wants to play non stop and he doesnt nap much but he hits the hay with me at night and sleeps well.

Hey nonamepug, my Boy weighs 30 pounds also and he eally isnt fat...he is strong as a bull.

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KatB (almost 7 years ago)

thenonamepug, If his coat was in that bad of shape, it almost sounds like who ever owned him before didn't take good care of him. But it sure sounds to me that you are the person for that puggy boy. I am glad he is doin better. It could be he just needed some good old TLC, and some time to settle in with ya. So glad you have him.

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melissa_ellen00 (almost 7 years ago)

Oh thats fantastic I am soo happy to hear he is doing better, sounds like he just needed to settle in and get used to the change, and definatly agree his coat should not have been like that and cant have been loved the way he should be (the poor baby) he sounds like he has a fab new home! Glad he likes Turkey, my litle man is soooo fussy but would do anything for chicken, maybe he just isnt keen on dog treats, I can give my baby certain expensive proper chicken but he certinly prefers wafer thin chicken!!

Anyways thats fab he is settling in!! PS love the name!!

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guardian65026 (almost 4 years ago)

although pugs have many general characteristics , I have a male and a female. the male is a 4 y/o and the female is 3 y/o. The male only barks if he really needs to go potty or wants some of your food. He will always sniff and take the food gingerly, And yes he sleeps all the time as well. The female will bark at any noise and will take your fingers with the food. and her eyes are connected to her mouth so wel she can catch almost any food thrown to her. She is lazy as well.

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Zuji (2 months ago)

~ The “laughing Pug” emoticon used by pixiesue is the one which I haven't yet learned how to use.

I tried :laughing: but it didn't work.

Zuji isn't very lazy yet, as he's a 9-week old puppy, full of vim and vigor when he's awake.

He adores small chunks of steamed chicken breast. They're definitely the treats of choice.