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Napoleon complex or puppy antics?

April 3rd, 2010, 03:30 PM
We just got our perfect pug puppy a week ago. He is 10.5 weeks old and quite amazing. I have noticed a behaviour that I would like to address.

1) He has been separated from his littermates for just over a week now. Whenever he sees another dog he is ready to start emulating "scrappy doo"- jumping, nipping, bouncing, barking, small little excited growls (hes of course being held back on lead at this point).

Im sure this is normal as he is excited and on lead, I am however concerned as to what happens once he is officially allowed to go to dog runs. A pug has poor defenses against other dogs and if he acts this way Im not sure that it is safe to say that he will be welcomed or not inspire an aggressive response.

Does someone with a smaller dog have any experience with this. He is just so tiny, yet confident. To me it seems unwise to let him go to a dog run when he is older, but I do want to see him properly socialised.

N.B. Lucky us , our neighbours pug and lab play with him daily, but they are just so kind and accepting to him that Im not sure he is learning boundaries.

Any helpful hints are much appreciated.

April 3rd, 2010, 04:01 PM
Do you know of any other adult, non-aggressive, and used to puppies sorta dogs? Ones that wouldn't be so tolerant so as to teach him what's an appropriate greeting/play?

We're extremely fortunate that all our adults easily correct puppies without hurting them. They only need to show them once or twice and the pups learn quickly.

I also know of a trainer in Brossard who brings his adults to classes and his female referees the puppy students. She does as much training as the humans do :cool:.

April 3rd, 2010, 04:05 PM
You need to make sure he has had all of his puppy shots before you let him near another dog you don't know.

Yes, it is puppy behaviour and yes, you want your puppy to be socialized. A good puppy kindergarten is excellent for this - you have people there paying attention to their puppies (which you don't have at the dog park) and you know that all the puppies are up to date on their vaccines (again, something not guaranteed at the dog park).

April 3rd, 2010, 06:36 PM
Yah I wouldn't be letting him around dog you don't know. Some people don't vaccinate their dogs and therefore can transfer nasty things to your pup, but definitely socialize him with dogs you do know, or ask the owner if their dog is fully vaccinated (if they don't look creepy).

All that puppy craziness is normal, our border collie puppy did the same thing until one day a cocker spaniel didn't like her jumping in it's face and nipped her, that was the last time she ever did that to a dog, she learnt her lesson. It's just extended socialization continuing on from her littermates.

April 3rd, 2010, 08:13 PM
Yes, you do have to be very careful with with dogs he plays with/meets. Some dogs can seriously hurt a puppy which can create all sorts of future problems (fear aggression with other dogs for example). We had a foster puppy a couple of years ago who's original owner took her to a dog park when she was just 7-8 weeks old. She was seriously injured when an adult dog bit her head/neck and shook her.

Just something to keep in mind when taking her around strange dogs. Have you looked into any puppy classes in your area yet?

April 6th, 2010, 06:49 AM
Thanks, I may try a basic class just for the sake of socialisation. It's a good solution. Will look for a simple class in the Montreal area post vaccine.(+ 2 weeks of course).