Activities For Pugs

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Introduction

With a memorable flat and wrinkled face, round head and square body, the Pug is one of the most distinct-looking dog breeds today. Aside from their comical face, however, Pugs are also known to have a cheerful personality and a great sense of humor, qualities which help their popularity among dog lovers. Despite what their grumpy face might show, they are actually laughing on the inside and always live for some fun. The breed was first developed to serve as companions for the Chinese nobility. Today, they still do what they were meant to and serve their original purpose as a top house pet and overall companion to their family.

Play "Pug-of-war"

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Any Day
Free
Easy
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Old towel or rope toy
Activity description

Just like most dogs, Pugs need a fair amount of physical and mental stimulation to keep them healthy and content. Additionally, they need to engage in entertaining activities; otherwise, they will end up trying to beat boredom by themselves, which usually results in destructive behavior. One of the easiest ways to provide your Pug with both physical and mental exercise is by playing “Pug-of-war”. This game is a simple yet fun way for your dog to let off some steam. It also satisfies their inherent urge to pull on things. But, most importantly, this game allows you to spend some time with your pooch, thereby strengthening your relationship. 

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Find an item to tug
To be able to play the game, you would obviously need an item that your dog can tug. This refers to something that you do not mind being chewed up by your dog. A rope toy is popularly used for this game but if you don’t have one, you can also settle for an old towel.
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Play with your Pug
When you have the item for tugging, grab one end of it and call out your dog’s attention. You should be able to get your pooch to bite on the other end of the item. Once your dog has a good hold of the item, gently pull it towards you. The objective is to get your Pug to pull the item and keep any destructive behavior at bay. Always remember to let your dog “win” every once in a while. Furthermore, if your Pug starts to show some signs of aggression, end the game right away.
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Photo Shoot

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Camera
Costumes
Activity description

Photos are an effective way to preserve special moments and memories, especially ones spent with your pooch. Having a photo shoot session with your Pug is an amusing indoor activity. What’s good about this activity is that you and your Pug are both relaxed and little effort is needed. You can even make things more fun by going over-the-top and dressing your dog up in various costumes or creating different props to use for the shoot. Not only is this a good bonding moment, it is also a way for you to document your dog’s life through the years, especially if your Pug is still a puppy.  

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Look for inspiration
When doing a photo shoot with your dog as your subject, you would naturally want the photos to come out as creative as possible. You can always look for inspiration from other dog photos. Social media sites such as Instagram are full of creative pet shots where you can take ideas from.
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Start shooting
As soon as you decide on a theme or costume, set up the props and dress up your Pug as needed. Then, prepare your camera or mobile phone and get your dog ready. Lighting is key in photography so make sure that your subject gets as much natural light as possible. Also, take multiple photos; the more shots there are, the more chances of capturing a photo that satisfies your expectations.
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Doggy Treats

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Cookie Cuttter
Dog-safe Baking Ingredients
Activity description

If there is one thing that dogs love more than anything, it’s probably eating. All dogs, especially a Pug, would love to enjoy munching on some good ol’ doggy treats. However, instead of giving your dog some pre-packaged treats from the store, why not make things more special and create your own? Making treats on your own benefits both you and your pooch – you get to discover new recipes and try out your skills in the kitchen while your dog gets to be your official taste tester. Making treats can also serve as a bonding time for the two of you within the comforts of your own home. 

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Choose a recipe
Thanks to the age of the internet, you can find just about anything you need online, including a whole bunch of doggy treat recipes. These recipes have many variations – some are made using the oven; as well, there are other no-bake options. Choose the recipes that you would like to try and make.
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Buy the ingredients
When you have chosen the recipe, the next step would be to acquire the ingredients. If you do not have the ingredients in your kitchen, go to the store and buy whatever else you need. You might want to look for a dog-friendly grocery or an outdoor market so that you can bring your Pug with you while shopping.
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Make some treats
After you have all the ingredients you need, all that is left to do is to start making those treats. Follow the procedures provided in the recipe and prepare the ingredients as instructed. Every once in a while, let your dog have a taste or lick off the spoon. When your treats are ready, give your official taster a sample of your creation.
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Go for a Short Stroll

It is always recommended for owners to regularly take their dogs on walks. However, for the Pug in particular, brief strolls are ideal. This is largely because of the Pugs inability to withstand heat. When taking your Pug for a walk, make sure to keep it short and to have some water in case your dog needs it. 

Snuggle on the Sofa

Pugs have a reputation for being one of the “laziest” dog breeds around. This does not necessarily mean that they don’t like to move, it’s more of them being content with doing nothing. If you want to have a lazy day with your Pug, pop in a movie, grab some popcorn and watch on the couch while your pooch snuggles with you. Pugs always appreciate time spent with their owners. 

Conclusion

If you are looking for a dog that loves to make you laugh, enjoys companionship and needs minimal exercise, then look no further than the Pug. This breed is low-maintenance; Pugs are willing to play and take a short walk but they are also perfectly happy to just lounge around the house and cuddle with their owners.