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?