Aggressive Pug Dogs

Aggressive Pugs: Put an End to Pug Conflicts!

Aggressive Pugs: Put an End to Pug Conflicts!

Pugs are sweet. Many call them their babies. Phrases like aggressive Pugs or Pug fighting seems like oxymoron. Pugs are so friendly, and the most lovable, easy-going dog on the planet, the idea of them fighting or being aggressive just seems absurd! That’s what I thought until I got these two females.

Pugs do fight more than we want to admit. Fortunately, underneath that bad behavior is still a sweet Pug baby.

So, the success rate of getting them to stop them fighting is high. And they will go back to being your sweet, lovable Pugs as were meant to be. 

Are The Pug Dogs Playing or Fighting?

Pug puppies and even Pug dogs can get pretty rough and tumble. Some say Pug puppies can be aggressive.

When they are very, very young, they spend most of the time that they are awake, wrestling with their littermates. Playing like this at a young age is a good thing, and part of their social development. In the play, they are learning good manners with each other, when they should bite or nip each other and when they shouldn’t. Mom and their littermates teach them to not to be aggressive Pugs.


Behaviors That Say They Are Having Fun

  1. Your Pug is just acting silly. She’s jumping back and forth in a bouncy movement.
  2. Front end down and back end up in the air. Sometimes your Pug baby will slap her front legs on the floor repeatedly.
  3. There are no winners or losers. One minute Mimi is chasing Lulu, and the next minute, Lulu has turned around and is after Mimi. They are not being aggressive Pugs.
  4. The larger or stronger dog may self-handicap. He may put himself at a disadvantage like lying down, rolling over, or letting the Pug puppy walk on him.
  5. Play-growling can sound very serious. Growling is loud and exaggerated, but not aggressive.
  6. They mouth each other’s faces. Their mouths may be wide open while attempting to growl, but no one is clamping down on the other one. This is not aggressive Pug behavior.
  7. They keep going back for more. Even if the Pug “loses” that round and ends up on his back, he goes right back at it.
  8. They have a wide-open mouth and a big goofy grin.

Behaviors That Tell You This Is Not a Game and Your Pug is Being Aggressive



  1. Your Pug is giving the low warning growl, often with her mouth closed.
  2. There is no bouncing; no taking turns, just one Pug going in to make the strike.
  3. The hackles stand up on her back.  
  4. Her body is stiff. Has your Pug ever turned into pure muscle? She may be on the verge of becoming an aggressive Pug.
  5. There are no big funny smiles or bouncing up and down.
  6. One Pug dog has disengaged and trying to get away from the other.
  7. Pugs with flat back ears and curled lips tell you they are not playing. They are being aggressive Pugs.
  8. The “loser” decides to leave the area and does not want to go back for more.

Why You May have an Aggressive Pug

Lack of Socialization and Training

Although socialization and training are two entirely different things, I believe they go hand in hand (or paw in paw).

Socializing your Pug or Pug puppy dog at the dog park may or may not be the best thing for her.

It is best to socialize your Pug in a dog training class.

Generally speaking, everyone has their entire focus on their dogs. The dogs are well-behaved or at least kept in check until they become well-behaved. There is no room for aggressive Pugs in dog training classes.

It is best to talk to some dog trainers to see if they incorporate proper socialization into their lessons, such as owners taking turns walking up to other owners while both dogs remain on leash. It is a good way for all dogs to get close to each other while respecting boundaries.

Taking your Pug dog or puppy to the dog park has a lot of variables that you cannot control. First, there is your puppy’s temperament and experience with other dogs. If your Pug dog is the lone Pug at home and never been around other dogs, it may be overwhelming for him to go to the dog park on a busy Saturday.

Bullying at the Dog Park

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Bullying can take place, and other owners may not understand how traumatizing it can be for a small Pug. The first time I took Mimi to a dog park, she was very young and also the lone Pug in the house at that time. There was a Pug meetup at the dog park, so I thought this would be a great time to introduce her to other dogs. Only friendly Pugs were going to be there.

Mimi was timid with the other dogs, and the other Pugs quickly picked up on this. Before I knew it, about 5 to 6 Pugs were chasing Mimi around. She was scared, with her ears pulled back. Some of the owners half-heartedly called their aggressive Pugs away, although the Pug dogs did not comply. I don’t think the owners were trying to be irresponsible, but it just takes a while to register that Pug dogs, the warmest, friendliest, loving dogs on the planet can be aggressive Pugs or bullies.

Immediately, I picked Mimi up and got her to settle down in my arms. I attempted to put her back down on the ground, but I could see she was scared, and that was it for her that day.

Fortunately, we did go to this group when she was older, and there were no long-lasting adverse effects. But there can be. A Pug can become traumatized and always be afraid of other dogs.

Trauma in Pug Dogs

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If you’ve ever known a person that has PTSD, talking about it or “getting back in the saddle” does not make the feelings/thoughts go away.

It has affected their nervous system and, once triggered, can not talk themselves out of the emotional reactions.

The same goes for our Pug dogs. Taking them back to the dog park after an event like that is okay sometimes. Sometimes not. If your Pug has been traumatized by aggressive Pugs or other dogs, they may be triggered by being there. Helping your Pug dog work through trauma can be a long process that requires a lot of patience on your part.

Later I got Mimi and Lulu involved in training that built their confidence around other dogs, and no bullying was allowed. There certainly wasn’t any aggressive Pugs there.

Rough Play is  Not Normal

If there is an aggressive untrained dog that you bring your Pug puppy into, there’s a good chance that they will grow up to show signs of aggression. The message is that this rough behavior is a standard way to act with other dogs. Likewise, your Pug starts giving harsh treatment to other dogs.

Monitor the situation, and don’t let the aggressive dog get rough with your Pug. If the owner of the other dog won’t intervene when their dog is aggressive, get a new room-mate, boyfriend, husband, or whoever it is. Raise your standards and keep your Pug safe and sweet.

Otherwise, your Pug may think this is normal and act this way with other dogs. Or your Pug may be traumatized and out of their fear response, become aggressive with other dogs. Their fear may push them into a place where they think all dogs are aggressive. 

Increased Activity and Excitement in the Environment

As I’ve already mentioned, playing can turn into fighting. When Pugs or any dogs get overly excited, they may forget the social rules and fights starts.

Another time of increased excitement is territorial barking. When two dogs see something on the other side of their fence or the mailman comes to the door, they may redirect the Pug aggression onto the other. These situations can trigger even the sweetest Pug to bite.

It is crucial if there is something on the other side of the fence that is causing your Pug dogs distress to bring him inside.

Have you ever seen dogs “fence fight?”

They run up and down the fence between them for hours barking at each other. Bring your Pug inside if this happens.

Firstly, our Pugs can not tolerate that type of heavy breathing for long periods. And it is not good for our Pugs (or anyone) to be left in a high distress situation for long periods of time. It triggers adrenaline and puts them in “fight mode.” This may promote aggression in your Pug.

As already mentioned, dog parks can offer a lot of excitement in the environment. Also, other dogs may be protective of their ball or owner. If your Pug happily runs up to someone’s owner, the other dog’s territorial instincts may be engaged. He may aggressively approach your Pug dog or puppy. Uncrowded dog parks are better times to take your Pug, whether he is territorial and possessive or a sweet Baby Pug.

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Family vacations are a lot of fun. Family, friends, and their dogs that you and your Pug have not seen in a while can be stressful for your Pug.  Keep an eye on the dogs while you’re having a good time.  Make sure your Pug and all the dogs are safe, and no one needs a break.  Be certain no dogs are showing beginning signs of aggression. You may be navigating your relationships, getting reacquainted with relatives and friends. The dogs may be figuring out their relationships with a lot of instincts about territory and protecting their owners. This could result in aggressive Pugs.

Anxiety & Fear – Not Calm

If Pugs are not appropriately socialized, other dogs, children, people, and noises may make them fearful or anxious.

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Their fear response can result in their own aggression. Their fear response can look like barking, growling, lunging, and nipping.

Generally, Pugs are friendly and loving, but I think we’ve all seen Pug dogs pulling on their leashes, wildly barking at another dog. Given the opportunity to reach that other dog, they may become aggressive.

Change in Routine

We all like routine, even our Pug dogs. It tells us the world is a safe place, and we can expect what is going to occur next. If your Pug’s routine changes, such as you are no longer able to walk your Pug dog in the morning or you have to work later than usual, so he gets his dinner later. This give build stress.

We all like routine, even our Pug dogs. It tells us the world is a safe place, and we can expect what is going to occur next. If your Pug’s routine changes, such as you are no longer able to walk your Pug dog in the morning or you have to work later than usual, so he gets his dinner later. This give build stress.

Escalation of Stress

Too many stressors may result in your Pug dog snapping “out of the blue.” Of course, it’s not out of the blue.  The stress has built up over time.

It’s like when you are driving to work and get a flat tire. You get that taken care of, get to work, and spill coffee on yourself before the meeting.

There is too much going on at work, so we skip lunch. And it goes on like this until we get home and our child asks us to help him with his homework. The next thing you know, a lecture is coming out of your mouth about how it’s his homework, not yours.

This is how it can go with our Pug dogs also.

Their owner skips their morning walk because she is in a hurry to get to work. The Fed-Ex person drops off a package and knocks on the door. Then the child comes home, brings friends over, and they’re all jumping around on his bed. That night there is a thunderstorm, and your Pug dog hides behind the couch.

You try to console her, but she’s had too much. She ends up growling at you and backs up. She is exhibiting aggressive behavior.

You conclude that your Pug dog is afraid of the thunderstorm, which is true. But throughout the day, many events increased her stress level, which you are not aware of. It’s our responsibility to help our Pug babies manage their stress levels throughout the day and keep them on their routines, the best that we can.

Pug Dogs Love Food, Bones, Toys, Sleeping Areas

Dogs live in social groups, and if you have multiple dogs in the home, this hierarchy does exist and can change throughout the day or situation.

Even our Pug babies engage in “ritualized aggression.” This is when one Pug gives a low growl or raises her hackles to tell the other, “I’m not kidding. This is my bone!”

These subtle signals reduce a lot of conflict. I often see my little Lulu get a toy, and when Mimi comes over, she rotates her butt into Mimi’s face. Not exactly what you might call an aggressive move, but she is letting her know, using the least amount of energy that she can, that it is her toy.

Here are some resources that your Pug dog may feel he or she needs to protect:


Although Mimi and Lulu never had any fights over food, I put Lulu in her playpen when they eat. Before Lulu ate in her playpen, I would put both food bowls down on opposite sides of the room. They would start eating, and Mimi would run over towards Lulu to get her food. About halfway over, I believe Mimi realized that she just left her own bowl unattended and would go back. Unfortunately, the temptation of Lulu’s food (a limited resource) was too much for Mimi, and she would go back and forth the entire meal, although there was never any conflict.

That seemed like a rather stressful meal for Mimi, so I began putting Lulu in her playpen. Now there are no running back and forth problems. 


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Toys are also a limited resource. Sometimes I buy a new toy, and it becomes the prized item. Both will do anything to get their teeth on that toy. Pug dogs may just play back and forth with the toy, but you never know. Watch for aggression.


Sleeping areas can be a problem. Sometimes there is a favorite bed or blanket that is the coveted position. Generally speaking, I go to bed about 20 minutes before the time I actually want to go to sleep. It is the same routine. Everyone has to get settled in. However, I feel like it is more than just getting comfortable. It has to do with who gets the prime spot with Mom that night.

There is a lot of walking around, walking on top of me, and switching positions. Finally, everyone is settled in and feels content with their spot.

There have been nights of Mimi’s growling before they both find their place for the night.


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Bones are considered a high-value resource. I am speaking about the high-value bully stick or deer antler. Even dogs that get along great may show some signs of aggression when these are around.


Attention from Mom or Dad can feel like something a Pug needs to protect and get more of. Coming home from work can be a time to look for aggressive behavior. Do your Pugs greet you equally, or is one always pushing the other out of the way? Does one stare at the other Pug baby when you are giving her attention? Believe it or not, this is aggressive Pug behavior.

We have an unusual situation in our house. When I give Mimi attention and kisses, if Lulu is nearby, she can not enjoy it. She will cut her eyes toward Lulu and tense up as if to say, “Don’t even think about coming over here!” Of course, the love fest is usually short-lived because Mimi needs to make her stand, rather than simply enjoying the attention. Comment below if this happens in your house. Maybe it’s not so unusual.

Changes in the Grumble

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Your Pug grumble has a ranking order, although it may be more challenging to see with Pugs as compared to Pitbulls. The higher-ranking Pug tolerates the lower-ranking members. Let’s say there is a treat involved, and the lower-ranking member will withdrawal.

That action reinforces that the higher-ranking Pug dog is at the top.

When a higher-ranking Pug starts to become old and weak, a younger dog may step in. There are displays the younger-ranking dog will engage in to get the older higher-ranking dog to back down. It may be a form of mild aggression.

The older Pug dog may get hurt as she is now weaker, may have medical issues. The senior Pug may have cognitive deficits and no longer reads the other dog’s signals, facial expressions, and posturing, thus not realizing a fight is about to ensue If the senior dog does not back down, it can lead to a conflict.

And those aches and pains of the older dog may lead her to be more aggressive. Sometimes dogs will strike out early in an attempt to get other dogs away. Getting romped on by Pug puppies or younger Pugs can be painful to an older Pug with stiff joints.

However, the older dog may want to give up her top position and automatically defer. It’s kind of like going into retirement. You’ve been the supervisor of your company, and you’re just tired of directing people what to do, allocating resources, and setting limits.

A mid-day afternoon nap followed by a cocktail sound much more pleasant.

New Pug to the Grumble

A new Pug added to the grumble makes changes in the social group.  In such a scenario, the dogs will require some adjustments. The new Pug must find his place in the social hierarchy of the Pug grumble. He may be a confident and assertive dog who is well aware of the other Pug’s signals. Or he may be a Pug puppy without a care in the world, jumping all over everyone, oblivious to the signs the other Pug dogs are giving to respect their boundaries.

If the new Pug is too assertive or the new Pug puppy is too carefree, there could be scuffles until everyone understands their place.


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Owners can inadvertently fuel the fire of Pug problems. The owner may give too much attention to the new Pug baby in the grumble, making others jealous.

The owner may intervene by trying to protect a lower-ranking dog. We should never let things escalate into a fight, but a low growl that says, “Back off, I’m tired” is appropriate. The Pug needs to learn to back off. If the owner intervenes by defending the lower-ranking Pug and correcting the higher-ranking Pug, this could escalate problems to aggressive Pug behaviors.

We all do this type of behavior. It’s 9:00 at night and bedtime for the kids. All of a sudden, they’re not tired, they want to play and goof around. They may even want to goof around with you (anything so they don’t have to go to bed).

We give them a low growl, “It’s bedtime. You have school tomorrow.”

These fights occur most often between dogs of nearly equal ability and motivation and often, but not always, dogs of the same sex, and seem to be most severe between female dogs.

Same-Sex Pug Aggression

Some breeds are more likely to engage in same-sex aggression than others. These are Pit Bulls, Boxers, Rottweilers, and Malamutes.  If you own two female or two male dogs, fighting is not unusual at all. Protective behavior or aggressiveness are not standard Pug traits.  Therefore, there is a decreased likeliness for behavioral conflicts, but any breed may have this problem

In nature, back in the day when wild Pugs roamed the land in grumbles, foraging for kibbles on their own, two males or two females of the same age would not be in the same social group. Once they matured, they leave the group to form groups of their own.

Also, in the Pug pack, there were two separate hierarchies; one for males and one for females. So it was possible to have two “top dogs.” 

Now with domesticated Pugs in household grumbles, they must work out their ranking and anxieties as they reach maturity, rather than striking out on their own to form their own grumble.

Getting your Pug dog spayed or neutered is always a good idea to avoid any “oops” pregnancies. It is also vital as hormonal changes in males and females can lead to same-sex Pug aggression or fighting.

Dogs become socially mature between the ages of 12 to 36 months. Hormonal changes during heat cycles and pregnancy can increase the likelihood of fights, even between sweet Pug.

What About Two Female Pug Dogs?

We often think about males being more aggressive than females, whether we’re talking about Pugs or humans.

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However, when two females are close in age, there is a lot of competition. When puppies, it’s all love-love and play. Once they start to mature (if you’re a female, didn’t you hate Middle School?), there is a lot of competition.

These fights occur, especially if the owner is around.

Fights may occur over who gets in or out of the door first. I have to be very aware when I let my two females inside. There have been numerous times when I have had to tell everyone to calm down, going through the door.

There can be squabbles over toys, food, treats, or the primo sleep location in bed. I do believe if I weren’t in the bed, those bedtime problems would not occur.

How to Prevent a Fight with Aggressive Pugs

It is always better to prevent a fight, rather than try to break one up. Even two Pug babies can get pretty out of control.

Train and Socialize Your Pug Dogs

Having a Pug or Pugs is a tremendous responsibility and commitment. You must be willing to dedicate time and money to show your Pug baby the world and teach them how to live in it peacefully. Many people get Pugs because they are so easy going and lovable.

However, our Pug dogs still need to learn to socialize with others. As I pointed out earlier in this article, a training arena may be the best place for that. If your Pug does not have problems with aggression, a proper training group will keep him safe while learning to navigate the world of dog socialization.

And on the off chance your Pug dog is aggressive, regardless of the reason, we need to step in with socialization and proper training. Your Pug needs to be involved with different people, dogs, children, noises, other things, so if any problem arises, you can teach your Pug dog how to respond to it differently if she is aggressive or timid.

Basic obedience training will help your Pug to listen to you better. Therefore, if your Pug is in a potentially volatile situation, you will be able to call him out of the situation or change his focus.

Recognize Signals of Possible Fights

One of the best ways to prevent fights is to pay attention and recognize subtle signs of conflict. Being watchful gives you an early on chance to separate the Pug dogs quickly and calm everyone down.

Pay extra attention while at dog parks and other events where there are numerous dogs and people.

Look for signals if there is a high-value item, such as a favorite toy or chew bone. Treats can lead to aggressiveness in Pugs.

Watch for signals when they are having their extra rambunctious playtime.

How to Prevent Play Time with Pug Dogs from Turning Into a Full-Blown Dog Fight

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  1. Pay attention when your Pugs are playing.
  2. You don’t need to stare at them the entire time, but glance up to see if those growls are play growls or teeth snarling growls.
  3. Also, if it has ever turned into a real fight, what happened just before it occurred. I know with Mimi and Lulu whenever Mimi’s ears perk up ever so slightly, she’s had enough and is going to go after Lulu. When I see the ears perk up, that’s when I intervene. Mimi has been an aggressive Pug, especially after 9 pm at night when she’s tired.
  4. Look for the signs such as flat back ears, hackles standing up, and uneven winner and loser outcomes. If one Pug is always running and trying to get away, it is time to intervene.
  5. Intervene in a way that catches their attention, but is not aggressive. Yelling just adds to the arousal level and may increase the probability they will fight.
  6. I have trained my Pugs to look at me when I say, “Right Mimi” or “Right Lulu.” If they are not all pumped up on adrenaline, they will stop and look. That spit second lets me redirect them or call them to come to me.
  7. I also use a spray bottle. I used to use a long stream of water and spray it directly on them. Somewhere along the line, Lulu chewed on the end, and it only shoots a mist. So, I walk over and either just shake the bottle or shoot the mist. They stop and shake off.

Keep Pug Dogs out of Stressful Situations

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Don’t let your dog’s fence fight. If your Pugs are outside and running back and forth with the dog on the other side of the fence, they may turn to their Pug pal on their side and direct their hostility on him.

Give your Pugs some alone time is a family gathering or party with a lot of activity.

If kids are rambunctiously running around, keep an eye on your Pugs. They may become overly excited, and a switch may flip that the kids are fighting, not playing. This in turn could create aggressiveness in your Pugs.

You may notice that dogs rarely fight when then is no human in the room or area.

Avoid dog parks if you have a dog that has a possessive demeanor. Not every dog is right for the dog park. Unfortunately, not everyone at a dog park has the same consideration, and even a docile dog can become involved in a fight.

Don’t Have All Males or Females, Especially Around the Same Age

If you want to have two dogs, a female and a male is a much better combination. Even with this combination, they should be a few years apart. Like I said before, rarely are two dogs around the same age in a pack in the wild. Their wiring is for packs where males and females of different ages coexist.

If you do have two females, the situation is not impossible. I think you have a better chance of creating natural harmony with Pugs as our Pugs are breed to be companion, loving dogs, as opposed to hunters, guardians, or aggressive types.


Make sure there is a “no fight” policy with two females. Intervene if something looks like more than a minor squabble. You may need to spend more time in training sessions in a group setting.

If you own two females or males and they are prone to fighting, never leave them alone together. They should be in separate rooms or crated. In our family, when I leave for work or the store, Lulu goes to her playpen. Lulu doesn’t see her playpen as punishment or confinement.  When I come out of my bedroom, dressed in work clothes, she runs into her playpen area. She has water, some toys, and a blanket. There are 8-24″ wide panels. A playpen is a relatively inexpensive way to keep your dogs separated when you’re gone and happy. Separate will stop any aggressiveness with Pugs.

Spay and Neuter Your Pug Dogs

Spaying and neutering may help your Pug dogs, but there are no guarantees. It might not overcome their need to form a rank, and if two females don’t back down, they need a lot of help from you.

As always, spaying and neutering your Pug dogs for other reasons is still a good idea.

High-Value Items: Food, Toys, Bones, Treats

We all have items that we protect more dearly, whether it’s our Grandmother’s locket or that box of Godiva chocolates we just received as a gift. Same for Pugs.

It could be their favorite toy, chew bones, high-value bones, like bully bones, treats, or their food bowl. They are more likely to be hyper-alert just as you are when some little kid tries to grab a handful of your Godiva chocolates.

Feed your Pugs separately. I think this is always a good idea with Pugs. Most pugs, not all, are chowhounds. They love their dinner and breakfast. They will manipulate you any way they can to get that breakfast early, whether it be waking you up at 3:00 am and telling you it’s breakfast time or pushing you for that early walk because they know they get dinner after it.

They love their food and are going to be more possessive than other dogs. Having two Pugs around food can lead to aggressive Pugs.

Although it may not break out into a fight, it certainly isn’t fun for them to be stressed out, looking at their mate to see if she’s coming over to try and grab a morsel.

Once finished, pick up their food bowls, clean them, and put them away.

The sight of the other getting near their food bowl can be a trigger to defend what is rightfully theirs.

Pug Dogs May Also Become Highly Possessive of Toys & Treats

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Bones and chew toys are other, highly desired items. Most dogs will hoard and become extremely possessive of bones and chew toys.

If you need to take a bone away and are concerned your Pug dog is so possessive, he may nip you, distract him with something else and then remove it. I’ve never had this happen, but I’m sure it’s possible with even the sweetest of Pug babies.

You can throw a treat in the other direction or change their mindset by holding up the leash and saying, “Let’s go for a walk.”

Of course, you better take him for a walk now as that would be a cruel trick.

Stopping the Fight If It’s Already Started

What happens if a fight does break out with your Pug angels?

Do not attempt to separate the aggressive Pugs by grabbing them.  I have never known a Pug baby to bite anyone, but it could happen.

Make a loud noise, spray them with water, or shake a plastic bag toward them to distract them

You don’t need much to distract Pugs dogs. Usually, I can get away with just shaking my water bottle near my Pugs, and they stop immediately. They shake as if they’re wet from water, although there was not a drop of water. Overall, they are lovers, not aggressive fighters, so something like this should break them up. If more is needed, grab a baby gate or broom and put it between them.

Make sure your loud noise is not you yelling. Your excitement can add to their excitement, escalating the entire situation, and make them more aggressive. The loud noise could be an air horn, door slam, or hitting a spoon on a pan lid.

Generally, one loud, startling noise. Not a lot of yelling that is stimulating. I generally knock on the door or wall as if somone is coming over.  They stop and look at the door.

Once separated, put your Pug dogs in separate rooms. Wait until everyone’s heartbeat (including yours) has gone back to the normal baseline.

One More Thing If You Think You’ve Tried Everything

Let’s say you take your dog to training, you are ever watchful, and you fear nothing will stop these Pug babies from fighting.

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Ask your Veterinary for a referral to a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB). These are specialists that have received their Master’s degree in animal behavior. They will assess and evaluate what triggers the fights, who starts the fights, assesses their environment, and much more. These are not trainers. They are concerned with animals who are having behavior problems and set up programs to address and correct the issues.

If this does not work, you will want to talk to your CAAB about dividing your home so your dogs can live separately or re-homing your Pug dog. If the dogs still live in a constant state of arousal even though they are separated, re-homing might be the best solution for the Pug dog, although heartbreaking for you. I have never heard of a Pug being re-homed due to aggressiveness.

Work with your Veterinary and your Behaviorist to find the right option for your Pug.

Hopefully, you will never have to take this route as Pugs are such a gentle breed, but if it does happen, you want to be sure to do what is in the best interest of your Pug dog.


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Pug babies are the sweetest, so if you’re ever in a situation with aggressive Pugs, you can be optimistic about the outcome. Although you can be hopeful, this does not mean it will be easy. Most likely, you will need to involve your Pug dog in group training and keep a watchful eye on their behaviors. Often they will exhibit a signal, sometimes slight, that they are getting annoyed or possessive and are about to lash out on another dog.

Get your Pug dog spayed or neutered. Bringing another Pug into the grumble can take some thought on your part regarding sex and age of the new member.

These are all life skills we teach our Pugs that do last a lifetime, and as an added bonus, we get to spend more time with our Pugs when training!

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