Activities For Shugs

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Introduction

Shugs areĀ an adorable combination of the friendly, cheerful Pug and the bright and outgoing German Shepherd. This adorable designer breed had inherited the happy-go-lucky personality of the Pug with the active mind and muscles of the German Shepherd. Because of this, activities for Shugs should tire them out both physically and mentally. Luckily, having these dogs around for fun adventures and activities is a complete delight. Their unique appearance will surely turn heads on any trail, and they will happily greet any stranger who wants to be new friends. Though they can be cautious around other dogs, with proper socialization they will be happy to hang out.

Take a Hike

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Dog snacks
Water bottle
Doggy Waste Bags
Activity description
Hiking is one of the best activities for Shugs to keep them fit and entertained. If your dog has inherited the Pug's fantastic ability to put on weight, hiking can be a big help in keeping them trim and in shape. Hiking in nature also checks both the mental and physical boxes for these smart dogs. Hiking in new areas with many new smells and things to check out means your Shug needs to use all their senses to explore the new environment. Hiking on an elevated trail will also get their heart rate going, making sure they don't pack on excess pounds.
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Find a trail
The first step is to identify the best trail to take your Shug for their first hike. If your pup is a little out of shape or has inherited the Pug's short snout, pick an easy trail without too much elevation gain to start.as they get more fit, you can increase the length and difficulty of the trail. Look online for recommendations or check out a local trails book.
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Take it slow
When you get to the trailhead, your pup will be so excited to check out a new place and smell new scents. Take your time at first to see how your dog takes to hiking. Let them sniff and smell and take their time. This first hike will help you judge their fitness level, so don't push it too much. If you see your Shug breathing heavy or getting tired, slow down a little and give them a break.
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Work up to it
Each new hiking trip you take can be progressively harder as your dog improves in fitness and gets the hang of hiking. Look for new trails that have water available in summer months to keep them cool. Many trails can also be hiked in winter, but walking in snow or icy conditions will require more effort for both of you, so make sure to take it easy. Soon your Shug will be your best hiking buddy.
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Pug Club

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Any Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Poop bags
Activity description
Your Shug is an active dog with a strong need for socialization early on. What better way to let your dog play and meet new friends while learning about other's experiences than joining a local Pug Club. Just because your dog isn't a full Pug doesn't mean they will be excluded from these local groups. Your Shug still displays many of the signature Pug personality traits and will be happy to play and romp with other pups that look and act just like them. Weekly visits to Pug Club can help improve your dog's confidence and teach them how to behave with other dogs.
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Your local Pug Club
There are many local breed-specific dog clubs all over the country. Chances are there is a Pug Club near you where pug owners get together and let their dogs socialize while they chat about "Pug life." You can look for Facebook groups, ask at local dog stores, or look online to see if there is a club in your area. If there isn't one, you can always start it.
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Your first Pug gathering
Be prepared for your first Pug gathering. Many times these are held at a local off-leash dog park, but be sure to start with your pup on a leash until they get to the group of dogs. Depending on your dog, they may run right up to the other Pugs and never look back, or they may be shy and need to ease in a little. Let them adjust as they need to while you meet the other Pug parents.
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Attend regularly
Make Pub Club part of your weekly routine. Pugs and Pug mixes like your Shug love to be around other Pugs. In this group, you may see the Pug side of your dog really come out and shine. The other owners will be interested to learn more about your dog, and while you're talking, your Shug will be learning important social skills they can use with other dogs. Pug Club will be a win for both of you.
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Swimming

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Hot Day
Moderate
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Large kiddie pool
Water toys for dogs
Towel
Activity description
When the summer sun rises high in the sky and it feels like someone forgot to turn the oven off, it's time to beat the heat with a nice, cool kiddie pool. Playing in a pool is one of the most popular activities for Shugs during the hot summer months. These dogs love to get in the water and play. If you go all out, you can get a pool with a deeper and shallower side so your pup can swim and lounge at the same time. With all the adorable splashing going on, you'll forget all about the summer heat.
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Find a pool
Kiddie pools are excellent for dogs because they are small and contained and easy to move around the yard. Any old plastic pool is great for the dog, but you can go all out and find a pool that has a shallow end for lounging and a deeper end for swimming. You want to make sure your dog can comfortably stand in at least part of the pool and can get in and out easily. The size doesn't matter. Your Shug will be grateful for a cool place to play no matter what.
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Gentle introduction
Shugs like to check things out for themselves. Never throw your Shug into the pool without an introduction and when they aren't ready. They are naturally predetermined to like water, but some of them may need to ease into it and learn to be relaxed in the pool. Bring their toys into the water or sit with them in the kiddie pool and play to make them comfortable. Once they get the hang of it they will be happy and content and ready to jump right in the pool for a swim.
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Swim time
During the hottest days of the summer make the kiddie pool a part of your regular activities. Your Shug will appreciate each time you fill up the pool and let them splash or swim about. Invest in some fun pool toys that you can toss into the pool and let your pup pounce on and splash the water with. They are going to be so happy to have a break from the melting heat, and they will still get a great workout to keep them in good shape.
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Fetch

Shugs are feisty and funny and often have the German Shepherd's prey drive, which means playing fetch will be one of their favorite activities. It doesn't matter if it's a ball, a stick, or a frisbee, they will love to chase it down and bring it back.

Walk it Out

Simply going for a walk is an excellent way to increase their muscle tone and keep them strong and healthy. It's also a relaxing ritual for the both of you.

Conclusion

Your Shug is a funny, friendly, ball of energy and brings joy and love to every person they meet. To keep them in top shape and out of mischief, activities for Shugs need to tire them out and make them think as much as possible. Luckily, they are easy to please and love trying a variety of activities as long as they are with you. Make sure you get them outside to run or play at least once per day. Whether you sign up for a local Pug Club meet-up or plan a day out hiking, your Shug will always be excited to go.