So you’ve made the big decision: you have gone over countless breeds and breeders, you’ve bought all the necessary equipment and you’ve even come up with a name for your new puppy. Excited, you drive your giddy self to the pet store and picked the pug out. You get back in the car and race home. You open the crate and there he is! He stares at you, you stare back. Now what?
First things first:
Make Sure You Have Everything You Need
Don’t just bring a puppy home without the proper equipment to support him/her. They’re going to need a lot of attention but they (and you) are going to need a few tools to help them transition into domestic life. You’ve got to do this thinking before-hand and have everything ready for the pug when they get home. Try and make it easy on yourself, as housebreaking can be quite challenging at times. We recommend a short list that will help make your life (and your pug’s life) as enjoyable as possible during the puppy period.
- Dog food. What is your pug going to eat? Asking us, the internet or a veterinarian just what food you should buy is a step in the pug direction.
- Toys! Pugs will find things to play with if they don’t have things to gnaw on. This includes your sunglasses and living room couch. Make sure they have enough entertainment to go around.
- Pugs are bred in a way that almost always gives them breathing problems. The flat face and wrinkles were considered to be good luck in Ancient China. Now they’re just features that contribute to breathing issues. For this reason, we recommend a harness – not a collar – to curb additional difficulty breathing that may result from tugging on their neck.
- Keep room temperature between 68 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Use of an air conditioner will help keep their breathing problems at a minimum.
- Having a cage or crate generally makes the potty-training, or “housebreaking”, period much easier. Having the crate clean and comfortable can create a safe-space for your new puppy.
Taking Care of a Puppy Pug
Pugs are pretty low-maintenance. The biggest thing to watch out for is possible health complications such as obesity, overheating and pharyngeal reflex. Obesity can be solved with portion control and light exercise (not more than 30 minutes a day). Overheating can be solved with an air-conditioner. The pharyngeal reflex, also known as reverse sneezing in pugs, can take new pug owners by surprise. Due ot the shortened nasal passage and upper respiratory system that causes breathing difficulties, your pug may start inhaling deeply, strain their neck, and make gasping noises. Their eyes may also bulge, but do not be alarmed. It may look like they are having a seizure, but they’re just getting much-needed air into their system. Try removing common irritants from the house such as dust, pollen, household cleaners, and perfumes. They should be fine once it stops. Our blog article “Housebreaking Your New Puppy” can be applied to pugs as well, so be sure to give that a read.
Puppies for Sale in New Jersey and New York
If you are looking for a pug puppy in Bergen County, New Jersey, look no further! We have many different breeds from quality breeders and only offer the best puppies to our customers. Housed in a loving and caring environment, our puppies do not stay in our care for very long! Rather, we love seeing all of our animals go to loving and caring homes. If you see any puppies that you are interested in, give us a call!