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. We are getting this new series underway with the human of Wynstan and Doug, Lauren.
Name: Lauren Tweedie
Where do you live? Sydney, Australia
How many pugs do you own? I have 2 boys.
What are their names? Wynstan and Doug
Is your current pug/s your first?
Yes, and my first dogs as an adult.
Do you think your pugs personality matches yours?
If that was the case, you would have to say I have a split personality!! Wynstan and Doug are complete opposites. Wynstan is loud, overexcitable, cheeky, hyperactive, naughty and at times pushy. Douggie is sweet, quiet, snuggly, affectionate, loves his naps and a complete velcro pug.
What did you expect a pug to be like before you got one?
I expected pugs to be like Douggie, I was completely unprepared for Wynstan!!
I also expected them to hate water, to not exercise much, to hate the car and to be stubborn with training. I was worried about them being hard to look after with the grooming and wrinkle cleaning.
What was different to your expectation once you got a pug?
Wynstan breaks all the expectations of every website and forum I read in preparation for the puglife. I constantly ask him if he has a “slow down” switch!
Wynstan and Douggie love the water, but can’t swim very well! At pug meets I have to be in the water with them so they don’t sink while the other pug parents just laugh from up the beach! They run zoomies multiple times per day, love the car, and are easy to train because they are treat motivated. Starting at puppy age helped with training them that brushing, nails, and wrinkle cleans equals treats!
What would be your number 1 tip for new pug parents?
It’s hard to have a number 1 tip! Touch their feet and wrinkle daily, with a treat as a reward – it pays off! Know that all pugs are different, be prepared for the extremes in personalities. Get an app like Sound Proof Puppy Training and use it daily – it will help with scary fireworks and thunder. Exercise them daily – even just a game of fetch or tug-o-war will help keep them trim. Most of all – don’t give into the puppy eyes at the dinner table!! Once you feed them when they are begging it is months and months of untraining that behaviour!!
What do you hate most about having a pug?
The shedding. There isn’t even a close second. The hair gets EVERYWHERE!!!
What do you love most about having a pug?
The excitement and love when you come back from being out of their sight for 2 minutes. They are definitely called velcro dogs for a reason.
Why did you choose to start a social media account for your pugs?
My love of pugs started with social media. I also wanted to be part of pug meet ups, and social media was a great way to keep up with those groups. The boys have so many friends, and I’ve made quite a few friends because of them too!
Where can we follow your pugs adventures?
On Instagram – @wyndougs_pug_life
I hope you enjoyed getting to meet the human of Wynstan & Doug and picked up a tip or two about owning a pug.