Responsible Pug Ownership
By: Pug Dog for Sale in Massachusetts, MA
What does it mean to be a responsible Pug owner? For starters, it means getting a Pug for the right reasons. Pugs are meant to be our companions and to share our lives with us. The right reasons to get a Pug are to help him become all that he can be, to properly feed and exercise him and to spend quality time socializing and training him. But there are many wrong reasons to get a Pug. Some of these include as a means of protection or to be a hobby breeder. When Pugs are purchased as a means of protection, most people think this means keeping them away from other dogs and people to make them more protective. By doing this, your Pug is not getting the socialization that he requires and as a result ends up fearful, aggressive, and destructive. What invariably happens is the Pug bites someone and ends up getting euthanized. Reputable breeders generally breed their Pugs as a profession. They have studied genetic lines and ensure that their puppies are healthy and of good temperament. Breeding Pugs is often very expensive, and most hobby breeders are not ready for what they are getting themselves into. It is best to leave breeding to the professionals.
Responsible Pug ownership begins BEFORE you get your Pug. Make sure to properly research which type of dog is right for you. Make sure to discuss with your family who will be responsible for caring for your Pug. Talk with your veterinarian about what kinds of costs you must consider throughout your Pug's life. Make the commitment that your Pug will be cared for by you for the duration of his life. By doing your homework before you even bring your Pug home, you are ensuring that you and your Pug will be a good match, you know what to expect financially, and that your Pug will have a forever home.
Responsible Pug ownership means properly socializing your Pug. Young Pug puppies need to be exposed to a variety of other dogs, people, and sensations to help them learn to not be afraid of new situations. Pug puppies also require a lot of time and training. Responsible Pug owners understand that the demands of puppy hood will be many. Puppies need to be housebroken, a task which often requires a lot of time and patience. They need to learn basic commands and manners and you need to learn how to properly communicate with them.
Responsible Pug ownership means taking your Pug to the veterinarian for regular healthy pet checkups. Usually at this time, your Pug will be vaccinated as well. All good owners know that dogs need to be vaccinated on schedule to help protect them, the public, and other dogs that they come into contact with. Your Pug will also need to be tested for intestinal parasites periodically. Responsible owners know that by preventing and treating parasites they are keeping their Pug healthy and protecting their families as most parasites can be transmitted to humans. Another facet of good Pug ownership is knowing when your Pug is ill. It is your responsibility to keep your Pug in optimum health.
When you take your Pug for a walk or to the dog park, pick up after him when he goes to the bathroom. Not only is this common courtesy, but fecal matter can be harmful to humans or other dogs. If you do not have a fenced in yard, always keep your Pug on leash. Not only are there laws in many states requiring you to do so, this will also ensure that your Pug will not get loose and bite a person or another dog, or dart in to traffic and get injured or killed.
Spend as much quality time with your Pug as possible. If you happen to have an employer that allows it, take your Pug to work with you. Go jogging with your Pug. Find a sport like agility, flyball, or sledding that you can do with your Pug. Participate in community events such as dog jogs and dog fests. All of these things will enhance your relationship and are a factor in responsible Pug ownership.
Common sense, proper socialization, training, and spending good time with your Pug are all a part of responsible Pug ownership. By displaying these traits, you can help others learn about how to be good dog owners.
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