My Dog Hates Pugs

Dogs have some behavioral traits that look exactly like humans. For example, they choose who to like and who not to. They can immediately decide that a particular dog is scary. They may even decide to go for the kill because they think another is aggressive or inferior. Perhaps they previously have had a bad experience with this breed type. Still, a Pug’s physical appearance could also be why your dog thinks they are not their idea of a dog, hence the poor reception.

Pugs are generally a flat-faced breed who may appear creepy to your dog, making them recoil anytime they meet. Maybe your dog has never encountered the look, size, vocalization, and gait that the Pugs display. Lastly, who wouldn’t get scared at a furry little human-like face staring back at them? No wonder your dog either scampers off or reacts with aggressiveness and wanting to bite.

Is There Anything You Can Do to Defuse the Hatred?

Most dog experts suggest a few desensitization techniques as a first step coping mechanism between the two breeds. For example, you can erect a fence between the two dog breeds and keep walking them along parallel lines so that they begin to have a feel of each other’s presence separated by the wall. There shouldn’t be any close physical meet up at first. Instead, it should just be walking until the aggression, or the anxiety wears. Since your dog has a problem with the Pug, you need to put a few leash and muzzle controls in place for him. On the other hand, the Pug is free to roam. It may not take long for them to start getting along.

Other Desensitization Techniques to Defuse Aggression

Most owners opt to punish their aggressive dogs when they react negatively towards other dogs. But the tricky part with such a stance is that your dog may associate the punishment with the Pug’s presence. It could make them more aggressive or anxious, making behavior change difficult. Instead, entice your dog with high powered treats each time you meet the other dog. 

The initial step would be to know your pup’s stress points and the distance they begin displaying the aggression. It would help if you acted fast so that as they start to growl, you provide a treat so that you draw your dog’s attention from the approaching object of fear. Also, do not attempt to pull on the leash. Allow everything to be as relaxed as possible. Your dog will begin to relax around the Pug and associate any meet up with jackpot treats.

Schedule for Regular Trips to the Pugs’ Location

Eventually, your dog must start getting used to their object of fear. It is why daily trips to the Pugs can begin to melt away the fear. But you can also take advantage of these outings to train your dog further while using positive reinforcement. Even if they are on a leash, apply gentleness as you move along with them. Remember, your animal can begin to associate any level of discomfort, such as pulling, choking, with the meeting ahead, and they could begin to resist not just the trip but the Pugs.

Why the Gentle Leader Method Works So Much Better?

The most critical step in redirecting your dog’s behaviors towards the other dogs is by offering leadership. Besides using various obedience commands to restrain your dog as they get aggressive, you can also use the Gentle leader technique. Here you teach your pup what you want them to do. Even as you walk them, gently hold the leash. Any training at this point should be sans pain or punishment. Remember, the pain will often add stress, which you should avoid at all costs. Dog trainers say physical pain causes more stress to a canine who is already stressing because of the new entrant. It can then make any efforts at accepting the Pug backfire.

Although it can be challenging to have your dog learn to live with the Pugs, you should also understand that dog training never stops. Today, they are ferociously resisting other dog breeds. Tomorrow may be another thing altogether. It’s up to you to take the cue and provide the necessary leadership so that your dog does as you want, including adapting to non-discriminative behaviors.