Confessions of a Pug Mum: I Have Demanding Pugs

Confessions of a Pug Mum: I Have Demanding Pugs |

The one thing that amazes me about pugs is that they are just like 2 year old toddlers their entire life. The biggest part that gets me is how demanding pugs are. Like seriously, they are just as demanding as my 2 year old niece who calls out Kristy louder and louder until I’m in front of her to see what she wants.

Demanding Pugs Want Attention All. The. Time

No jokes. They want your undivided attention 100%, no 200% of the time. There is no quiet or alone time. Not even when you have a relaxing bath, take a shower or go to the toilet. At all times, you must be in their line of sight otherwise they may tear doors down to get to you. Well maybe not tear them down, but definitely scratch the crap out of them until they are let into the same room as you. Once Serina had fully settled in and become totally obsessed with me, I had to start leaving the bathroom door adjar enough for her to walk in and out of the bathroom whilst I’m in the shower. If she can’t freely come into the bathroom, she will scratch the door continuously until it is opened for her. Sure I could put the extensive time into training her to stop doing it or I could just leave the door open enough that it stays intact.

Confessions of a Pug Mum: I Have Demanding Pugs |

Let’s not forget meal time

They say dogs have no sense of time. I beg to differ. Both Ref and Serina know exactly when the clock reaches 6pm every night. This means that I need to be in the kitchen preparing dinner, even if it takes me an hour to feed them. And let’s not even start on weekends. They know the difference between a work day and a day off. And since I have Tuesdays off during the week, they know the difference to my day off during the week and the weekend. 100% guaranteed that Saturday morning they are 90% sure it’s bone day, even if it’s not. Then if they don’t get their bone on a Saturday, they are 110% sure Sunday is bone day and are even way more excited then on Saturday. Bone day is their favourite day of the week and they know it happens on the weekend. They demand it happens on the weekend and if it doesn’t happen, I am the worst pug mum ever as I see the disappointment on their little faces. See, just like toddlers.

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Now there is bedtime

I think bedtime is just as a demanding time of day as mealtime. Serina often sits in the lounge room staring at me from about 7:30pm because she wants to go to bed. And she can’t go to bed alone, I have to go with her. She usually caves in and curls up on the lounge with me but she has been known to wait it out and stare at me from the floor for a couple of hours until I get up for bed. Ref is my little princess and he requires me to carry him outside to the toilet before bed otherwise he will not go. Then it is an absolute must that my mum carries him to bed. They have their spots in the bed and Ref cannot go to sleep anywhere but against my chest, preferably curled up in my arms. The demanding pugs don’t stop there either. There is the gentle tap from Ref during the night when he wants to get back under the blanket and I have to lift it up for him. Then there is Serina. She has taken being a demanding pug to a whole new level for me. At some point during the night, she will move from the pillow to under the blanket. Quite often, she will start panting during the night but won’t move to cool herself down so I have to pull the blanket back to cool her down. When she starts getting cold, she digs at the bed to let me know to pull the blanket back over her. She has even started digging at the bed when she is under the blanket. Turns out she wants cuddles when she does that. I put my arm around her and she stops. Demanding much?

Most people don’t realise how demanding pugs are. I know I certainly did not know. But I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love my demanding pugs like a mother loves her demanding toddler. How demanding is your pug? Tell us a story in the comments below.

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Kristy Beck

Kristy Beck

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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.


  1. Avatar Amanda on July 9, 2018 at 8:15 am how true. My pugs know its dinner time at 3pm..if not there’s rosie whom will start pulling and dragging me to the kitchen by my clothes. Poor chellbell looks on in disgust. When there is visitors or a phone call..that’s another thing…pug mum cannot be on the phone..rosie will he and get into everything even jumping into the coffee table..oh what’s that mum has to carry the garbage bag out…we will howl like there’s no tomorrow in unison till she comes back.

  2. Avatar Charles Wood on July 10, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    We had a purebred pug named Bruno. He was a character. And an addiction. We have two boys now. A Chug & a Puggle. Their pug half is definitely dominant. Why we’re so attracted to such needy demanding babys is beyond me. We couldn’t love them more.

  3. Avatar Candice on March 21, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Your article has me and my husband over here cracking up because you have just described out lives with our Three pure breed pugs. Judy (black pug), Chunk (Silver Fawn) and Ruby (apricot fawn) all certainly know food time and will sit at the fridge as if they have a internal Clock. The blanket and gentle tap has us rolling because our pugs also do the same thing in the night. I can never Poo alone EVER and i have one or two permanently fixed to my hip while doing anything in the in needing holding like a toddler. They cry and whine and Judy even cries Real tears they well up and drip from her face. Like shaking little dog syndrome (haha) Did I mention I also have 5 children…16 to 6 years so they always get love cuddles and attention but Mama is always the most in demand! We wouldn’t have it any other way! Pugs are where its at in our family!

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on April 5, 2019 at 8:11 pm

      I’m glad you got a good laugh from the article. Pugs are like 2 year old toddlers and there is never a dull moment.

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