When I got Ref over 7 years ago, I was so naive about pugs. I’d always wanted one but didn’t really know anything about them. Not a single thing. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I got a pug puppy.
I was in my mid-20’s and knew I wanted a pug. I got one for my birthday. I met Ref when he was just 2 weeks old. That gave me 6 weeks to learn what I needed to about raising a puppy. I researched what food and how much to give a puppy. I researched where a puppy should sleep. I researched when a puppy should get vaccinated, desexed and go to the vet. I bought everything I needed. I got a bed for inside, a kennel for outside, water bowl, food bowl, kibble, puppy milk, blankets, collars, leads, toys, pee pads and a pen. I totally thought I was ready to raise a puppy.
Turns out a pug puppy is not anything like all the puppy books and websites I read. A pug puppy is the total opposite. I worked it all out the hard way. I didn’t take Ref to puppy school. I taught him to sit and drop at home. I played with him so he’d like toys. I took him for walks. I fed him kibble 3 times a day. When I wasn’t at home with him, he was in the spare room in a pen lined with newspaper, pee pads and had toys, a bed, water and given treats when he went into the pen.
I had decided that no matter what, Ref would sleep in the spare room. He wasn’t to sleep in my room or in my bed. I persisted for 6 weeks of Ref crying every single night. What I didn’t get was that pugs craved human companionship all of the time. He hated being in the pen during the day too. I would give him his breakfast in a treat ball to keep him entertained and rewarded for going in the pen. Every time it was a struggle to get him in there. It broke my heart as I left the house. And he would hear me walking down the driveway and would cry until I got him out of the pen.
Everything changed when I ditched the pen for him. He was toilet trained so could roam the house and no longer cried when I left him. At night he slept with me. He would sleep through the night, no crying.
I wish I knew so much more about pugs before I got one. I would have done everything different. Whilst I was so naive about pugs, it was the best learning experience. I wouldn’t be the pug mum I am today if it wasn’t for getting Ref when I did. He changed my life. I didn’t give up on him. I craved him as much as he craved me. It doesn’t matter now that I was so naive about pugs cause now I am here sharing my experiences with you.
Were you as naive about pugs as I was when you got your first pug? Tell me your stories in the comments below!