Activities For Brugs

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Introduction

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).

Puppy School

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Any Day
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Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Leash
Activity description

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. 

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Choose a facility
Your Brug’s age can determine which facility is going to work for you. If they are under six months old, a puppy school is going to be the best option. Here, they can spend time with other dogs and learn from a young age what is and isn’t appropriate behavior. If they are older than six months, however, regular obedience training can be the next best thing.
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Learn the basics
Over the next eight or so weeks, you and your Brug can learn essential skills you both need for a manageable homelife. Given that Brugs can be quite stubborn, you may find they can be a little more challenging to train than other dogs. However, eventually, you can master sit, stay, and recall to make outings far more convenient.
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Dog socialization
Apart from essential skills, your Brug will also learn how to get on with other dogs – regardless of the territory. Because they can be possessive dogs, they must learn from a young age that you don’t belong to them and that anyone and any pet can approach their owner without the need for aggression. Such help from a puppy school can be beneficial for most of your pup’s life.
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Shake Hands

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Rainy Day
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Hard
5 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

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. 

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Engage
The first step is to engage your Brug, so they are interested in what you have to offer. Otherwise, you won’t be able to convince them to shake your hand. Put a treat into your hand and show it to your pooch before closing your hand into a fist.
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Paw at hand
Next, wave your closed fist around your dog’s nose, getting them interested in what you have and encouraging them to dig their paw into your fist. When your pooch touches your hand, use an energetic voice to tell your pup they’re a well-behaved dog, followed by a trigger word “shake” and reward them with the treat.
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Repeat
Put another treat in your hand, get them to paw at your fist to get the treat, use your trigger word, then give them the treat. Repeat this process over and over until your Brug begin to associate the word with the action. Eventually, you won’t need to encourage them with a treat in a closed fist to get their attention.
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Walk

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Harness
Activity description

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. 

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Choose a route
Brugs can lose interest quite quickly, and they need new experiences frequently. Cater to this need by compiling a list of different paths you can take for each walk. The variety is not only good for them but you as well, as you won’t tire of doing the same activity every day. You may like to walk through your neighborhood, a local walking track, park, or a bush walk. You can even arrange to walk with other people and their pets to benefit your Brug’s social behavior.
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Harness or leash
Because a Brug has Pug parentage, you may or may not find they suffer from breathing problems. If that’s the case, the less restriction you have around their neck, the better it is for them. Distribute the pull evenly with a harness, then clip your leash onto the harness which delivers pull to all four legs and the center – as opposed to the neck region.
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Walk
With your harness and leash on, it’s time to hit the road. Take your Brug for a half-hour walk, which should be enough to tire them out. You may like to include two trips in their day if they are a high-energy dog. It is also better to walk them early in the morning or later in the evening when the sun is not so intense, and there are fewer people around.
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Car Ride

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. 

Chew Toys

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! 

Conclusion

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.