Puggle Training: How Smart Is Your Puggle?

I have never done this before, and certainly never on Puggle Place. However, as the two-legged folk are fond of saying, there’s a first time for everything!

The reason for this deviation from the norm is quite simple:

Dognition is a very cool product! Use Dognition’s Interactive Tool to compare your dog’s personality traits with others!

Not only that, it’s inexpensive and a whole lot of fun. Dognition is an wonderfully fun training tool that will not only help you bond with your Puggle, it will stimulate your little one’s desire to learn through play.

I’d suggest the Monthly Toolkit + Membership. It’ll be the most fun you’ve ever had for less than the cost of a couple of bags of Purina One and a couple of chew toys!

Here is the Dognition Membership I recommend (there are others):

Monthly Toolkit + Membership

Recurring 1 Month Membership

Toolkit plus:

  • Monthly game and analysis
  • Tailored training tips and activities
  • 50% discount on additional dogs

Dogntition Games Measure 5 Dimensions

  • Empathy
  • Communication
  • Cunning
  • Memory
  • Reasoning

If you are wrestling with ways to raise and train a happy and healthy Puggle, you really can’t go wrong with Dognition. And, as I’ve already said, it’s about as much fun as you can have training your Puggle!

Puggle Puppies are Very Cute: TuffGuy at 10 Weeks

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Have an amazing day!

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Puggle Eye Care – And Everyday Thing!

“The eyes are dark in colour, very large, bold and prominent, globular in shape, soft and solicitous in expression, very lustrous, and when excited, full of fire.” Pugs – AKC and CKC Breed Standards

“Eyes large, set well apart-soft and houndlike–expression gentle and pleading; of a brown or hazel color.” Beagles – AKC Breed Standards

It should come as no big surprise to anyone that Puggles get their beautiful and expressive eyes from the Pug half of the family. However, there can also be little doubt that the Beagle half has something to do with that “expression gentle and pleading.”

Unfortunately, they’ve also inherited many of the problems Pugs, and Pug owners (and, by extension, Puggle owners), experience with their eyes.

Consequently, it is up to you, as a Puggle owner, to be extra-diligent when it comes to eye care!

Pugs, and now Puggles, may develop eye problems as they age. So, the first step in avoiding eye problems is an obvious one:

  • Proper Veterinary Care – And this may mean an annual visit to a veterinary ophthalmologist, especially as your little one ages. In fact, I’d recommend beginning this annual routine by no later than your Puggle’s 4th birthday, in “peoples’ years,” of course.

But don’t stress-out early!

Keep your Puggle’s eyes clean and healthy and the rather scary thought of serious eye problems may never become a reality.

Okay! Proper veterinary care should seem obvious, and no-doubt will to the majority of the Puggle owners who are taking the time to read this piece and watch the attached video, but if you don’t know what to watch for, even the best care in the world may not be enough until it’s too late to do much about.

So, here are some of the conditions you should watch for:

  • Cataracts (opacities in the lens of the eye)
  • Corneal ulcer (wound to the surface of the eye)
  • Distichiasis (
  • eyelashes grow from a part of the eyelid which does not normally produce hairs and the extra lashes rub on the surface of the eye and cause irritation)
  • Entropion (
  • abnormal inward rolling of the eyelid – check the lower corner of the bottom lid closest to the nose, where it’s most common)
  • Exposure keratopathy syndrome (
  • inability of the eyelids to close completely when the dog sleeps)
  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (Dry eye) (condition where one or both eyes do not produce a normal amount or type of tears)
  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) (retinal disease that causes blindness – slowly progressing disease – not painful)

Many of these conditions have the same constellation of symptoms, so make sure you follow the advice provided above and make proper veterinary and veterinary ophthalmological care an important part of your Puggle’s health care.

Note: If you notice excessive tearing, a change in habits in the evening or when the lights in your home are low or dimly lit, get your little one to a vet at once! If you notice your Puggle no longer climbs stairs with the same ease and aggressiveness he or she once did, or hesitates before stepping off the top step of a landing (if they will step off at all), or won’t make jumps onto the couch, porch, or steps like he or she once did, they may be exhibiting the first stages of PRA.

  • Night blindness
  • Depth perception problems
  • A shine in the eyes (caused by dilated pupils not responding to light as quickly) 

Causes: PRA is considered an inherited condition, but the mode of inheritance is different in each breed and there is no treatment for PRA, at present. If your Puggle develops PRA, all you can do is make sure their living space is safe, comfortable, and familiar. In doing so, you should be able to make the final years of your Puggle’s life as comfortable as possible.

If you have any questions, you can always leave a comment below and thanks for stopping by!


Professor Z and TuffGuy

Professor Jack Zajaros and His Shadow, TuffGuy


TuffGuy: Puggle Puppy to Puggle

by coachz10 on August 4, 2013

I’ve said this quite often but it bears repeating: Puggles are as social, loving, and intelligent as any breed of dog we’ve had the pleasure of owning.

That being said, Puggles can also be very stubborn!

Taken on the whole, TuffGuy—I’ll get into the history of his name at some point—has been an absolute pleasure.


TuffGuy is a Bull Mastiff trapped in a Puggle’s body!


Puggle Puppies are Very Cute: TuffGuy at 10 Weeks

Puggles are very cute puppies…and just as cute as adults!


Adult Puggles are Loving, Social, and Cute - Whiskers too!

TuffGuy at 6 Years Old – Whiskers and All!

If you have any questions about your Puggle, Pug/Puggle, Juggle (Jack Russell and Pug), or any of the other Pug-like designer breeds, please don’t hesitate to contact TuffGuy and I here.

Puggles, in all of their various incarnations, are amazing pets and companions…if raised and trained properly!

So, have fun with your little buddy and contact us anytime!

Jack Zajaros and TuffGuy
The Puggle Place
Lakewood, Ohio 44107


Training Your Puggle Begins Right Away 

Puggles are a Puzzlement!

Puggle puppies are amazingly complex, with powerful sense of family (pack dynamics) and their place in it. Interestingly, they are constantly testing and reaffirming their place in the pack and in your heart.

You are going to discover, early on, that Puggles are not easily left behind or caged, even for the night. Puggles frequently suffer from separation anxiety (to be covered soon). Puggles want to be next to, touching, engaged with, and, in a very literally sense, bound to their fellow members of the pack….you and your family.

Puggles and Proximity: Raising a Happy and Healthy Puggle

Our Puggle, TuffGuy, is always within arm's reach of at least one family member! His favorite spot during the day is in my office...on the recliner, of course!

Puggles want to fit in and they will bond with every family member in a unique way!

Ultimately, your Puggle will decide who he or she likes to sleep with, curl up next to, and “hang with.” Interestingly, there will be a hierarchy and, if the number one family member isn’t available, your Puggle’s number one, they’ll simply move down to number two and spend time with whomever is next.

Puggles will give all the love, loyalty, and attention you can handle consistently, constantly, and in rank order!

When TuffGuy was a puppy, he would travel through the night from one bed to the next, checking on everyone and getting to know everyone.

Let it happen!

Or, as the song goes: Let the love grow!

The bond created between you, your family, and your Puggle will improve your relationship with your puppy long term; and, it’ll make for a happy and healthy adult Puggle.

Finally, be consistently firm and positive with your newest family member.

Puggles will not back down! So don’t try to bully or intimidate; it doesn’t work. In fact, be excessively, even effusively positive whenever you have a success (i.e., housebreaking, training moment, etc.).

We will get into the actually training of your Puggle puppy next.

For now, learn to enjoy and love. Be consistent and be affirming. Reaffirm your approval and your love constantly…Puggles return love unconditionally!

Ultimately, this is not rocket science. However, raising and training a happy and healthy Puggle can and will test your resolve and your patience. Be positive in all things related to raising and training your Puggle puppy.

Puggle Training Note – Housebreaking (potty training) your Puggle:

Make sure you start taking your Puggle puppy out every hour or so; and, immediately before and soon after they eat or drink. Start this as soon as you get him or her home. Puggles are very smart and if you reinforce their successes with effusive praise and treats, they will get the idea and be housebroken in no time at all. Females faster than males…to be sure!

Good Luck and God Bless You and Your New Family Member in the New Year!

Jack and TuffGuy (friend, constant companion, and mascot)
The Ultimate Internet Image – A Full Service Inbound Marketing Consultancy
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
216-712-7004 (office)

NOTE: You may have noticed that I capitalize Puggle and Puggles. It’s a personal thing. I know it is grammatically incorrect to capitalize Puggle and Puggles. That said, TuffGuy is just too important in our family to be a small “p!” Okay?


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