Even though a Brug is a small toy breed, it’s important not to mistake them for a meek and mild dog. Instead, this Pug and Brussels Griffon-cross is a self-assured, confident, and sassy breed that will give you a run for your money. They are full of zest for life, prefer to have you all to themselves, and need proper socialization to make sure they get on with other dogs and even people they don’t know. Most of all, they need full mental and physical stimulation to ensure they are happy and healthy. Stuck for ideas? Here are a few options to get you on the right foot (or paw).
When you bring your Brug home as a puppy, the first thing you need to do is get on the phone to a puppy training facility. The sooner you can learn about how to care for and train your Brug, the better it will be for you (and them) as they mature. Left to their own devices, a Brug is disobedient and domineering with little time or patience for other dogs and people. This all-weather activity may not be all that affordable, but with a regular difficulty level and manageable timeframe, it’s something you will find is more beneficial than not. You also only need to take a leash and a treat. Most puppy school training courses run for one hour per week for up to eight weeks.
If you’re looking for a challenging rainy-day activity that will keep you and your Brug busy for the next two or so weeks, then why not teach your furry friend how to shake hands? Even though you only have to set aside five minutes around twice per day, you may find it’s an activity that carries on for days or weeks until they master it. It stimulates their mind, offers them the opportunity to earn treats, and costs nothing either. The best part is, once your Brug learns how to shake hands, they can become the life of any party. Here’s how to do it.
If you want to appeal to your dog’s mental and physical senses, then a walk is a way to achieve it. They get the physical activity they require, but they also get to see, smell, and experience everything around them. If the walk itself doesn’t tire your Brug out, then the new environment will. Taking your Brug for a walk is a free and straightforward sunny day activity. It only takes up 30 minutes of your time, while also requiring the use of a leash and doggy waste bag. It might not seem like the most exciting activity for your Brug, but it ends up offering the best bang for your buck. What’s more, your pup is going to have a grand time.
Brugs like to be doing something at every waking moment, and they prefer to do it with you. Unfortunately, not everyone can spend every minute with their dog, which brings about the need for alternative entertainment. Chew toys can be that. Provide your Brug with a basket full of toys to which they can help themselves. You will not have to worry about them chewing your shoes now!
If you get nervous about leaving your Brug home alone – because they don’t follow instructions all that well – then take them with you in the car. Invest in a car safety harness, clip them in, and bring them for any short journey you are making. However, leave your Brug at home if you plan on being in a store for quite some time, or it’s a hot day.
A Brug is a sassy, independent dog that prefers to have one owner all to themselves. While you can train this behavior out to a degree, it’s a good idea to be aware of it before you adopt one. When you do bring a Brug home, however, you will grow to love all their quirks and funny traits. They are intelligent, aim to please, and will be your best buddy for life. This pawsitively delightful breed is one you will want to entertain all day long.