The behaviour of dogs is one of the things that many owners take into account when buying or adopting one.
Some canines tend to be friendly and attached to their loved ones, while others are more distant and may show aggression towards certain people and animals.
Many people worry that their new dog may have biting tendencies. While some dog breeds bite, many others do not exhibit this type of behaviour.
Pugs are animals that have a good temperament and a friendly and affectionate personality. Despite this, they may feel the urge to bite when they are puppies or due to a particular trigger.
If we don’t control this kind of behaviour in time, they might think that biting everything they come across is a good thing.
Before preventing this bad behaviour in Pugs, it is important to know the reasons why they may tend to bite.
Why Does a Pug Bite?
There are a wide variety of reasons why Pugs feel the urge to bite. We will explain some of them below:
Pugs can feel sad, stressed, and frustrated for a wide variety of reasons that we must perfectly know if we want to prevent them from displaying erratic behaviour.
The most common causes of frustration in Pugs are:
- Changes in routine and schedule
- Lack of attention
- Animal abuse
Pugs are small animals that, like other dog breeds, can get scared in different situations. When a dog of this type gets scared, it is normal for it to become disoriented and not know what is happening. This situation can lead a Pug to bite and display aggressive behaviours.
A Pug can be easily frightened, especially when it is surprised while sleeping or resting.
In fact, biting is a behaviour that Pugs show as a natural response to defend themselves from danger or what causes them fear.
It is normal for any dog in its puppy stage to bite. It is a natural instinct that they present during the first months of their life but then gradually disappears as they are socialised.
Properly socialising and educating a Pug from an early age is the best way for them to develop excellent behaviours in the future.
However, if we do not provide these canines with enough socialisation, they will likely bite other people or animals for the rest of their lives without knowing that this is bad.
Pug Traumatic Experiences
If you have adopted an adult Pug, it is possible that it has had negative experiences in the past. The previous owner of your new pet may have paid little attention to it or abused and hit it.
Whatever the case, the canine could develop aggressive behaviour towards anyone, including its new owner (you).
If your new Pug has biting tendencies, you have to make sure it’s not due to some traumatic experience in the past; otherwise, you’ll have to work hard to correct its behaviour. In these cases, it is best to hire a dog trainer who specializes specifically in these situations.
Pug Teething Process
This is one of the most common reasons all dog breeds bite as puppies. Pugs may frequently bite during the teething process in order to relieve the pain or discomfort they feel when their teeth are coming in.
You will notice that your Pug will want to bite everything it sees until it finishes teething. However, you can’t let your pet chew on anything during this stage as it will be more difficult to avoid this behaviour later on.
That is the best time to teach your Pug not to bite even though it will do so in order to reduce pain in its gums and teeth.
The best we can do is buy some special toys made of soft materials and allow your pet to chew on them only a few times a day. We might also choose to place some ice cubes on its gums to soothe its pain.
What Can I Do So That My Pug Does Not Bite?
- Avoid punishing or hitting your Pug when it bites at all costs, as this will only worsen its behaviour.
- Buy chew toys, so your Pug doesn’t feel the need to bite your hands.
- Squeal when your Pug bites you. That will make your pet feel guilty as it will think that it has hurt you. These dogs are loving and loyal, and the last thing in this world they want is to hurt their owners.
- Train your Pug from an early age to avoid this type of behaviour. Socialise it and educate it properly. In this way, it will learn to behave correctly not only with loved ones but also with strangers and other animals.
- If your dog bites you, ignore it completely. Eventually, your Pug will stop biting since you are not paying attention to the action it is performing.