My pug owns me

 

I have 2 pugs, Yodi (4yrs old) and Chicho (6yrs old). My one pug, Yodi, is the one I got as a puppy and he took to me right away. I have an emotional attachment to him that is beyond words. He is very demanding of me and he acts like he owns me....He is constanly craving attention from me, which he gets constantly, but he paws at me all the time to be pet and won't stop until I pet him. He has no respect and literally walks all over me, he whines to get attention, and when we go to bed, he is very persistant about sleeping on my pillow and laying on my head or neck. I have never minded any of this, as I always found it cute. My problem is, he does what he wants and when he wants. It's gotten a little out of hand and I know it is my fault. My other pug, Chicho, is a very well mannered and laid back dog. Does anybody else have this issue with their pug? I love the relationship I have with Yodi, but I also know he needs to know who's boss. Any suggestions on how to do this without him thinking I'm a big meanie...lol

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Kat_and_Rex (over 6 years ago)

Boss in this house is Rexi, end of story lol Does what he wants when he wants; Rexi is very good at understanding when I am busy at the computer and finding something else to do. He is very much mine and I am his, we have an understanding, you listen to me, I listen to you and he pretty much walks over everyone else!

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petuniamay (over 6 years ago)

I don't know if you're able to watch episodes of Dog Whisperer, but sometimes if you have a particular problem, he has some pretty good techniques to help you stop certain behaviors.  He saved our husky's life, because I was ready to strangle that dog until I started learning how to deal with the things that annoy me most.  I will freely admit though that I was all geared up to train Petunia right from the start and do all the things the Dog Whisperer says to do.....HA!!  Yeah right!  One look at that puggy face and I'd let her get away with murder!  She mostly owns the house and is the boss of everything too.  She comes only when she feels like it and does naughty things constantly.  Worse yet, I know exactly what I should be doing to make her stop...I'm just too much of a sucker to do it.  So that's the closest thing I can give you to advice.  If there are certain things you REALLY need to make stop, you  might learn something from the show, but don't be surprised if you can't stick to it after one buggy eyed, wrinkley, monkey faced adorable look.

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JanandSass (over 6 years ago)

Yes, our puggers are very stubborn little dogs, it is a feature of the breed!  Maybe there might be a dog training classes near your home you could go to?  I have to admit the Sass is very stubborn too, but she is generally familiar with her commands.  Not that she always listens mind you. 

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three_cute (over 6 years ago)

Yep thats kinda what it is like in our house too, two pugs and the oldest (1 1/2 yr. ) likes to decide who is sitting on my lap, how close the other one gets, who lays on the pillow closest to mom or dad and it goes on and on.....Sam on the other hand is the treat stealer...who knew it would be like this...lol....Stella knows though (well maybe she just decides to give me a break once in awhile and let me win) when my voice gets gruff she has went to far, or if I put her or sam on time out that she needs to cool it.  But then again, maybe she just feels sorry for my poor parenting skills and gives me a break for the day!  Sammy is our well behaved puggie also...Stella is a sweetie but has the same actions as your pug...I don't have any advice for you, cos like I said I struggle with being the Alpha in our house everyday.....I swear I even saw our cat roll his eyes at me the other day when I was trying to be in charge...Good Luck....

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kbailey (over 6 years ago)

Charka is also the boss here. I take him to classes and he's actually really good at learning new skills. He walks well on a lead but around the house he is boss. Trouble is, I love to see him doing what je wants. It makes me happy when he gets all hyoer and runs around with his toys, even though I know I really should be the pack leader. I guess that's what being owned by a pug is all about

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toni (over 6 years ago)

I have 4 pugs, and they are all lovers of attention,  The oldest, Daisy, id the most demanding, she loves to sit close to me, and will whine, bark, and paw at me until she gets her way.  The worst one I have is Nubby.  Nubby lost a leg shortly after birth, and because of this became TOTALLY ROTTEN.  She decides who sleeps where, who sits close to mommy, and REFUSES to let me out of her sight.  She goes to my mother's for "day care" when I work or she will not eat, or drink a thing.  They get spoiled very easy and ALL want attention most, if not all, the time.  But it is so hard to lookinto thoe expressive eyes anf deny them anything......thus is the nature of pugs.....you don't own them......they are your babies, you are the mommy....

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kenv (over 6 years ago)

I`m glad to see that I am not the only one owned by pugs. My fawn girl Maggie is totaly spoiled & will fight the other dogs in the house over toys & treats. My beloved black pug Rocky will scratch at me when I sit down until I pay attention to him, to the point where he has drawn blood on my arms with his nails. ( In I am on blood thinners). When i am home, he follows me everywhere, & when we go to bed, he sleeps on my shoulder. In my eyes that dog can do no wrong, & I wouldn`t have it any other way

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rubyboobie (over 6 years ago)

My 5 month old is showing lots of the same attitude yours is showing.  I'm letting her run over me and I've got to put a stop to it before it gets worse.  I've been recording the Dog Whisperer (Cesar Millan) and I'm learning so much.  He's awesome!  We have to learn to be the boss and control them, not let them control us.  It will make us and them happier.  That's my goal anyway.    Don't get me wrong though, I absolutely love having her sleeping on my head and against my face all night.  I love my snuggle bunny.

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Kat_and_Rex (over 6 years ago)

I wanna see the dog whisperer try and take on Rexi....or Rexi take on the dog whisperer...or the dog whisperer take on a pug owner lol come to think of it, have you ever seen a pug on the dog whisperer?? I use to watch it, but the dog owners began to irritate me as a lot of the problems could be stopped easy with a little common sense!

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biga3671 (over 6 years ago)

I'm so glad to hear that I'm not the only one owned by a Pug. I absolutely love all the attention he gives me and wants from me, but my husband tells me that I'm ruining him because dogs are only happy if there are boundaries (per Dog Whisper). I think my Yodi is happy now, but I do need to let him know that he can't always have his way. I can't even sit down and read without him climbing all over me demanding my attention. It's so hard for me to discipline him and tell him no because the expression on his face just looks so sad. I've come to the conclusion that pugs put us under their spell with all those facial expressions...lol... Thanks to all of you for your comments. I love, love, love my pug family. WE ROCK!!!

And no, I record the Dog Whisper on my DVR so I can watch all the episodes and I have NEVER seen a pug on there. The only show I've seen pugs on is It's Me Or The Dog... I think Ceasar knows he can't "train the human" to treat our pugs like dogs... I know I refer to my Yodi as my furry little human and I'll never change that way of thinking, so I already surrendered to my pug

 

 

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KatB (over 6 years ago)

China has alot of these treats too. Pugs crave attention, and can easily be hurt when it isn't given. They will do anything for it. Those precious faces demand attention. Sometimes it does become alittle to smothering for us humans. But always keep in mind you are owned by the most lovable, best breed in the world. No other like them for sure. With my girl, and myself being an obedience trainer. I have taught some key words that may help. Just be simply using them eveyday could help you some. Remember I said some. Teehee. When china rose is getting alittle pushie, I do use words like backoff,along with a little push away and into a sit. I also use stop! When licking has gone on til my skin is falling off. Again with a little push away. I believe pugs are the easiest to train in obedience. They can be suburn but catch on pretty darn fast when you really put effort into it AND Teehee, some treats for well done.

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rubyboobie (over 6 years ago)

I wonder why he (Dog Whisperer) hasn't had a pug on his show.  I thought I might have just missed it.  Maybe we should write him and challenge him to TRY to train a pug.  He might be scared cause he can't say no to their beautiful/pitiful little faces. haha.

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Puglover0625 (over 6 years ago)

Lol. Puck is the same way! He KNOWS how to act. We've gone through obedience classes and he is the quickest learner I've ever met. He can do any trick I can think of (besides rolling over and playing dead, those 2 he refuses) and he knows what all the commands mean...But... he still doesn't like it. He knows not to jump, but if he thinks he can get away with it...he'll jump. He knows "enough" means to stop barking...but if its something exciting he decides to ignore me. He's good about 90% of the time.. but boy that 10% where he decides he doesn't want to listen can be hell. lol Good thing I love him so much.

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Mom2Pugs (over 6 years ago)

Biga3671, welcome to Pug Spot!  I too am owned by a pug named Desi.  I got him as a puppy and he is my shadow.  He HAS to be on my lap if I am sitting.  At night he sleeps on my pillows or on top of me too!  LOL  My other pug, Bella is laid back and not so up tight.  The only time she is crazy is around the food bowl.  She thinks it is her job to watch it and tell the other dogs when they can eat.  We call it border patrolling!  Desi used to drive me crazy wanting my attention just like Yodi.  That is when a friend emailed me with a picture of Bella and said you need this pug for Desi!  I was afraid of having another just like Desi.  However, Bella is just what he needed she keeps him in line.  LOL  I love them both so much, there is no other breed like a pug! 

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Kat_and_Rex (over 6 years ago)

Rexi knows loads of commands;  'i'm back from shopping come and help unpack the bags', 'do you want this?', 'Flower come here please', 'Could someone bring the biscuits in please', 'here you go'. lol

He knows others like 'sit', 'stay', 'go lay down', 'leave it' but has problems remembering those! lol

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RosienMikeysMom (over 6 years ago)

there actually was an episode with a pug on the dog whisperer. it was with denise richards (charlie sheen's ex). she had a boston, a frenchie and a pug and they weren't getting along. i don't remember what happened but like all his shows, she learned how to be the pack leader. i think ceasar would get frustrated with most of us cause we treat our pugs as our babies and he's not a big fan of that. i have learned a lot from when i watched his shows (can't watch them now cause the pugs go crazy) but i think if i had him at my home, he would stand there and shake his head in disgust . i have a lot of respect for what he does but my pugs ARE my babies and i don't think that's gonna change real soon

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Mom2Pugs (over 6 years ago)

LOL!  You are so right Carol!  I KNOW he would shake his head at most of us here on Pug Spot!  I know that he is right that we have to lead what happens in our homes.  However, if I wanted a pet that sits politely in the corner and waits for me to invite them on a walk or to go out to play I would not have choosen a PUG!  They are supposed to own us .......Right?  :p

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biga3671 (over 6 years ago)

I do remember that show with Denise Richards now that you mention it. I guess I didn't think of it because it wasn't just about the pug...And yes, he would shake his head at all of us...lol... And Mom2Pugs, I think like you do. I wanted a dog with this personality and I can't tell people in words how much love I feel for my Yodi and I receive just as much love back from him. I get alot of slack from people and I know people think I'm crazy, but I don't care what they think. I will never be "pugless" for the rest of my life... I want to thank all of you for your comments. I'm truely amazed at the love people have for their pugs. You don't see this with other breeds. I know people love their dogs and other dogs can be great companions, but there truely isn't another breed that stacks up to the personality of a pug. Only pug owners know this and that's why I love this site so much!!!

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KatB (over 6 years ago)

Carol, I remember that episode. It wasn't the pug causing the trouble though if I remember, it was the fenchie wasn't it?? And yes the lady just wasn't in control of her pack. It was really simple stuff for her to do.  And I think even Ceasar would shake his head. We would all flunk his class, We'd hold up our pugs and kiss them, and he'd say we are all hopeless cases. But who cares. I love my puggy booboo-whoooo-whooo.  We'd all tell him he doesn't understand a thing about pugs. Just give them kisses, hugs, and all the food they want, and they will be good.

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three_cute (over 6 years ago)

I bought his book right after I got stella so I would become a really SMART pug owner, well that was a year ago, and he would be very ashamed of me, I tried to believe what he believes about dogs are sad if we treat them like little furry kids but I just couldn't stay on the path of the dog whisperer....now I am on the path of stella and sam....the pugwhispers...lolol

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petuniamay (over 6 years ago)

I appreciate what I've learned from the Dog Whisperer about my own attitude and how the energy I project effects my dogs.  I used to panic and freak out around the husky and it would just make things worse.  I can really see how what I've learned as far as that goes has helped with Petunia too.  When she was showing my mom's daschunds that she was going to be boss, I handled it much better thanks to what I learned.  So Caesar's stuff on agression is great, but let's face it, we don't exactly have problems with our pugs in that area, they're too sweet.  Where I would fail Caesar horribly and earn a sigh and a head shake is when Petunia does things like charge the TV and bark like a lunatic.  I know very well that I should stand up, go to her and correct the behavior.  But I don't, because as annoying as it is, there's something totally hilarious about that little 20lb monster thinking she's all tough and can take on the cheetah running across the tv screen. 

So here's to all the pug owners who would fail in the eyes of the dog whisperer! *Cheers!!*  I totally agree that if you can look at a pug face and still treat it like any other dog, you must not be human.  Our pugs don't know they're dogs, they just think they're tiny humans stuck in dog body...so why should we think any different?

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KatB (over 6 years ago)

I have watched many of his episodes when I still had it on cable. And I do like the way he trains. He explains the way dogs see us and how they react. With tuff cases he has shown me tools that I can help others in my class. As much as we love our pugs and other doggie family members. There still should be order in the pack. I believe this. Bad habits can turn into really bad experiences and many dogs are turn over to shelters because it becomes to much for the owners. I believe just using the basic obedience training (sit, down,stay,come,) with any dog is putting yourself and your dog on a road to a wonderful relationship for life. It's just something fun and believe it or not your dogs love it because they understand you. Communication goes both ways. You develop a language between you both. You get to learn how they see things and how to fix a problem. You learn dog behavor. Why they do the things they do. Having that better understanding, you aren't so apt. to freak when the shit hits the fan. You can stop it before it gets to the point of not return. The episode above for example. A dog that will go after people is a really bad thing. People are sue happy and it's an accident waiting to happen. We are responsible for what our dogs do. I believe in obedience training, being the pack leader, and being totally responsible for anything my dogs should do in or outside my property.

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biga3671 (over 6 years ago)

@ KatB - I do agree with you 100% that the tools Ceasar uses are great and I have learned alot from watching his show. I own 4 dogs total, 2 of which are Pugs. We do have to be the pack leader in our home as we officially own a pack...lol... All of our dogs are very well behaved and know the simple commands of sit, down, off, wanna go for a walk/ride and of course, want a Yum Yum...lol...The problem in my house is only with my one Pug. I know that it is my fault and my husband is the first to tell me I shouldn't allow him to walk all over me and get his way all the time. I just can't seem to bring myself to change anything because he truely isn't a dog in my eyes and that's where my husband tells me I'm wrong. I enjoy all the attention and love I get from him, but there are times that he needs to know "not now". I just can't bring myself to do that because he looks so sad when I do. I honestly feel like I'm hurting his feelings. I must say one thing though, after reading all the post from fellow Pug lovers, I see that I am normal when it comes to how I treat my Yodi. When I tell this story to others, they usually tell me I'm crazy and I tell them they just don't understand 'cause it's a Pug thing. Then they really think I'm crazy...lol....I love this site because everyone appreciates what a Pug is all about. There is no other like them... I'm glad to see that most everyone treats their puggies the same as I do.. It makes me feel like I'm not crazy for treating a dog as a furry human 

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KatB (over 6 years ago)

biga, Yes you are a normal pug owner. We all have been there. Those looks from your pug? They really know how to work it, don't they. I have never ownered a breed of dog that I have gone gaga over like pugs. Those faces are human, They get you hard.

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Zuji (2 months ago)

~ As Zuji entered my life at 7-weeks, he adjusted to the mild but constant house rules.

He would like to rule...but doesn't.

Instead, he's content to play, eat and nap.

Oh, and be scratched and gently petted as often as possible.