Since getting Lola 3 weeks ago I've had a few people tell me about how they are considering owning a pug, so I thought I would share a few things I have learnt in the little time she has been apart of our family.
1. Pugs love, want and NEED a lot of attention
Yes pugs are known for sleeping a lot but they don't really hit the couch potato stage until they are around 2 years of age. Lola will happily spend the entirety of the day following me around wherever I go, she is constantly running around my legs and only rests when I sit down. So be prepared to have a new shadow with your pug, although it is cute, don't expect to be able to be alone anywhere in the home without hearing the whimpering of your gorgeous little one missing you when you're out of the room.
2. Pugs are smart and stubborn
Within the first 2 weeks of having Lola she has learnt to sit, lay down and shake hands, her previous owners told us she wouldn't learn anything very quickly. With a little bit of attention, positive encouragement and mainly yummy snacks, I think you can teach a pug most things, however even after all of the training if your pug doesn't want to do something, they won't. As far as potty training your pug, they're not known for getting this down quickly, it won't be just a couple of months of training, according to some forums pugs have been known to take up to two years to nail this and it comes down to them deciding when they're ready to do it. My number one tip on training is that they love encouragement, every time they do what you want, go nuts and give them lots of attention!
3. Pugs shed a LOT
Growing up i've always had dogs, shedding has been a problem but nothing compared to Lola! I had heard about their shedding but must admit I didn't really give it a second thought, however I can't stress this point enough, pugs shed a LOT! If you're planning on going anywhere without dog hairs all over you, learn to get dressed seconds before leaving the door. Be prepared to sweep, hoover and mop every day and buy a few lint rollers because trust me, you're going to need them! Thankfully Lola loves baths, so I bath her as often as possible and brush her as much as she lets me as well, which helps keep the shedding down a bit.
Lola is without a doubt loving, affectionate and rewarding, pugs are high maintenance but they are so, so, so worth it. They're wonderfully entertaining, brilliant with other pets, people and children and they can make you laugh all day long. I would highly recommend a pug as a pet but make sure you do your research first and be sure you have enough time for them because they need all of the attention they can get.
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