Everyone loves reading the Social Pug Profile interviews with pugs from the social media scene. Well now it is time to put the pug parents in the spotlight to answer some questions about what it is like to own a pug in the Pug Parent Profile. Get to know the humans behind the pugs you love and pick up a tip or two for life with your pug. This week we are getting to know the human of Ernest, Danny.
Where do you live? On the Northern Beaches of Sydney
How many pugs do you own? Just the one… for now…
What are their names? Ernest
Is your current pug/s your first? Yes, he’s our first Pug
Do you think your pugs personality matches yours?
Ernest is definitely a ‘like father, like son’ Pug. He is happy being out and about, down at the beach, or out for a weekend breakfast, but also equally happy just sitting on the couch relaxing!
What did you expect a pug to be like before you got one?
A barrel full of laughs. Something that Ernest hasn’t disappointed with. I knew they had fantastic characters and charisma to them, but I did not realise just how much – in a good way!
What was different to your expectation once you got a pug?
I knew they would shed hair, but wow. If we kept all the hair over the past 2.5 years, we’d probably have another 25 pugs with us!
What would be your number 1 tip for new pug parents?
Train them, feed them quality food, and give them love. In return, you’ll have endless memories, and a Pug that absolutely adores you. We were lucky to have the best trainer in the world – Amy from Amy’s Puppy Preschool, who assisted us in training Ernest for just about everything. It’s a massive help having him crate trained, toilet trained, plus the usual sit, stay, and recall – not to mention the extra little tricks, and trained to various every day sounds that dogs usually react to. Also with the food, Pugs love food, and Ernest is no different. They’ll do just about anything for it. Leave out the commercial ‘treats’. Go raw, or better yet, give them veggies as their treat. Ernest LOVES carrots, broccoli, apple, mango, sweet potato, banana etc. Give them the healthy stuff, and not the fatty ‘treats’ and they will be a lot healthier! Finally – just love them. They are so dependable on you, and just want to be with you all the time. There is no point getting a Pug and just leaving them behind a closed door. They want to be by your side. Always.
What do you hate most about having a pug?
There is nothing to hate. Honestly. If you are thinking about getting a Pug, you obviously already know about them, and love them for who they are. Your privacy will go out the window though! They’ll be at your bedside, sitting at the toilet door, and following you just about everywhere.
What do you love most about having a pug?
Loyalty. They’re the most beautiful and loyal dogs. They are fantastic with kids of all ages, they love being out and about, and are equally happy relaxing at home. Ernest in particular loves a swim in the pool or in the ocean. You cannot get him out of the water!
What has been your biggest fear about owning a pug?
No real big fears. They can be renowned for having health problems. However, these can be easily eradicated if you take care of them, and look after them.
Have you experienced any of the typical pug health problems? If so, how have you overcome them? If not, what precautions have you taken to prevent health problems?
Ernest is well known at his local vets – Allambie Vets. However, only on 1 occasion has this been for a typical pug health problem. Ernest had his Braccy operation at the same time as his desexing. This was a preventative method as opposed to needing it done. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise. His breathing has always been a lot better – especially when he’s active in the water or on a walk/run. As previously mentioned, we really focus on giving Ernie the good food, as opposed to the junk. This keeps his weight down, and keeps him healthy. As a result of his love of carrots, his teeth have always been great, and giving him raw food and veggies, ensures his weight and vitals are always where they should be!
Why did you choose to start a social media account for your pug/s?
We didn’t actually plan on doing this. His trainer, Amy, asked when she first met him. I at first thought she was joking, but soon after, his was signed up. It’s a great way to keep photos and memories of your pug, as well as building connections in other avenues. Ernest has been fortunate to have had opportunities in various photoshoots and other media opportunities. He loves being in front of the camera. He knows that he gets treats in return!
Where can we follow your pugs adventures?
You can find Ernest on Instagram – @ernest_pug
I hope you enjoyed getting to meet the human of Ernest and picked up a tip or two about owning a pug.