3 Things My Puppy Farm Breeding Pug Missed Out On

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Every day I watch my puppy farm breeding pug go through her day without being able to do certain things every pug should know how to do. It’s quite often the little “common sense” things too. But because she grew up in a puppy farm and didn’t have the loving owners to teach her the world, there are just things she doesn’t get. I’m so grateful she was rescued and I got to adopt her and teach her how to pug but I wanted to share how she is different so here are 3 things my puppy farm breeding pug missed out on growing up.

Knowing How to Self Regulate Body Heat

This is the number one thing I notice on a regular basis that Serina can’t do. She really feels the cold in winter and the heat in summer more so than Ref. But the difference between them is Ref knows how to keep himself cool, Serina doesn’t. She didn’t get a chance to learn how to do it cause she would have been locked up in a cage with minimal room in the puppy farm. In winter where she loves to snuggle and sleep under the blanket, I often wake up cause she is overheating and won’t move. She doesn’t get that if she gets hot where she is, she can move to another spot where she can cool down. So I have to do it for her. I have to move her so she is no longer under the blanket, so she can cool down. I pull the covers back so she can stop panting. And in summer when she likes to snuggle in the bean bag, I have to physically move her when she pants cause otherwise she’ll just stay there and continue to overheat herself. I wish she knew what to do to cool herself down.

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Socialisation with Other Dogs

Serina is easily annoyed by other dogs. She does pretty well most of the time and loves going up to other dogs to say hello. But she gets annoyed quickly and will snap at them if she doesn’t want them around her anymore. She is social but on her terms. Growing up in a puppy farm so she can pop out puppies for a horrible humans profit meant she didn’t get to learn how to be around other dogs. She didn’t get to learn how to greet a dog the normal way. I’ve never seen a dog who barely says hello to a another dog without sniffing their butt. It’s just a dog thing. But it’s really not that often that Serina greets a dog by sniffing their butt. She sniffs their ears. And she gives them a really good sniff. But she doesn’t know any different. How could she?

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How to Play

Serina was robbed of the chance to learn how to play. How to play with toys. How to play with humans. How to play with dogs. She just doesn’t get it. It’s one thing to have a pug not like to play with toys, I have one of those in Ref, but not know how to play with humans or dogs is something else. Even though Ref doesn’t like to play with toys, he loves to playing chasing, mostly with me but also with other dogs. Quite often Ref will try to play with Serina but she just doesn’t know how. She’ll get annoyed and snap at Ref, who sadly doesn’t get that she isn’t playing with him but telling him to buzz off. The most playful Serina gets is rolling around on her back whether it’s on the floor, in the dog bed, on the big bed or in the grass. That’s honestly it. She doesn’t even get how to push a ball around so treats come out of it. It makes me sad sometimes but she makes up for it in other ways.

Serina might not know how to do these things, but she does know how to love. She has learnt how to be affectionate. She has learnt how to snuggle. She has learnt how to pug. And she does it well. She overcame her puppy farm breeding pug days to become a loving and sweet rescue pug.

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Kristy Beck

Kristy Beck

Owner & Content Producer at The Pug Diary
Kristy is the founder and editor of The Pug Diary, a photographer and pug mum extraordinaire to Ref + Serina. Kristy has combined her passion for photography with the love of pugs to bring you all of her knowledge of pugs and more to you through The Pug Diary.
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