Dog barking is one of the biggest concerns people have when bringing this type of animal home, especially if they live in areas with neighbours around.
Of course, all dog breeds bark, and Pugs are no exception. However, keep in mind that some can bark more frequently and forcefully than others, so it is something that we must consider when choosing a breed of dog.
In the specific case of Pugs, these canines bark but are not considered excessive barkers. In fact, this is one of the main advantages that many people see in these animals.
Pugs are calm dogs that will only bark to communicate. It should be noted that their barks are not as powerful as that of other breeds.
Why Would a Pug Bark?
As we have said, Pugs are animals that bark little, but that does not mean that they cannot constantly bark in certain situations. A number of reasons can trigger excessive barking in dogs:
All dogs love to play and have fun with their loved ones, and Pugs are no exception. These canines love to spend time with their owners and play with them for as long as possible.
In fact, these dogs are mischievous and need to expend all their energy to stay calm for the rest of the day. A lot of stored energy in their bodies could lead them to cause disasters in your house.
When a dog of this type becomes bored because it does not receive any form of entertainment during the day, it is normal for it to develop destructive behaviours, including excessive barking.
Pugs Need for Attention
As you know, Pugs are family animals that need to spend a lot of time with their loved ones and receive enough attention from them.
A Pug needs to spend enough time with its owner to feel loved. If you don’t give them enough attention, they may start barking loudly to demand it.
Sometimes they may do this because they are hungry or want to go out into the backyard to urinate or defecate.
Pug Joy and Happiness
A Pug tends to bark when it is happy about something. That may be:
- When you have given it its favourite treat or food.
- When you play with it.
- When you take it for a walk in the park.
- When you return home after working for hours.
The fear and insecurity that a Pug can experience in some situations trigger a series of barks that can be irritating and annoying to people who are nearby.
There are many things that can scare a Pug, and some of them are:
- Electric storms
- The sound of a motorcycle or other types of vehicles
- Strangers near your home
Pug Health Problems
When a person feels bad, he can easily tell a family member or a doctor. However, when a dog is in pain or sick, it cannot communicate it to us through words. For that reason, they use barking as a way to communicate the discomfort they are feeling.
Do Pugs Bark Since They Are Born?
No! Generally, this dog breed begins to bark and make other sounds at 2 to 3 weeks of age. That’s because after that period of time, the Pug begins to open its eyes and its ears begin to work properly.
Obviously, each Pug is different from another, so it is possible that some take longer to start vocalizing.
How to Make a Pug Stop Barking?
Remember that Pugs are not usually excessive barkers, but as we have already mentioned, there are some reasons why these dogs feel the need to bark.
It is important to know the ways to stop these dogs from barking excessively. The best of them is training.
Training is the best way for a dog, regardless of breed, to have exemplary behaviour. It is necessary to provide this training to a Pug when it is a puppy since it is at this stage that it will be able to learn more quickly.
You can use various types of training to make your Pug understand when to bark and when not to. One of the most efficient methods is to use the “Silence” command in a firm tone of voice.
Obviously, you must say that word when your dog is barking. Repeat the command as many times as necessary until your Pug stops barking. Right after that, reward it with a treat and praise.
You must repeat this process as many times as necessary for several days until your Pug fully obeys the command.
Another effective way to stop your Pug from barking is to distract it. You can use games or physical exercises to entertain your pet when it starts barking.
Here are some tips to help you train your Pug
- Avoid physically and verbally punishing your Pug.
- Always use positive reinforcement.
- Be patient and consistent during training.