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Now, either you have purchased a Puggle, been given a Puggle, inherited a Puggle or rescued a Puggle!

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Bond September 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm

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Alexis December 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Hi,
I’m having a hard time house breaking my puggle. For a while he was doing good and going outside. But he goes into cycles where he either he just pee’s outside and poops inside or vis versa. what did you do with tuff guy to house break him?

Thanks

my email is aholley2@emich.edu

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coachz10 December 24, 2011 at 8:58 am

Alexis,

I am so sorry I didn’t get right back to you. A day can seem like forever when housebreaking.

There really isn’t a simple answer. What worked for TuffGuy was a combination of praise (they love to please) and treats. They can be very stubborn little dogs but they are also very smart. The combination of praise and a treat (we used little pieces of hot dog – he loves them) did the trick. But you must be consistent and the reinforcement must be immediate and, as I said, praise must be a big part of it.

Make eye contact, rub his ears, and let him know he did good. He will get the message. You may have to keep the treats up for a while…so pick something you can afford. A couple of bits of hot dog won’t break you and it won’t hurt him either.

Good luck and happy holidays Alexis!

Remember:

Treat
Praise
Consistency

Take care!

John and TuffGuy

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Shane and Stephanie November 20, 2013 at 11:48 am

Found this page by accident and have to say thanks for all of the great information pertaining to Puggles. We have a 7 month old named Reagan Anne and she is a bundle of joy to be around. Your page has given us some great tips in dealing with a small dog. In the past we have had all large breed dogs. Thanks again.

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Lisa Gray December 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Hi Jack and TuffGuy. I came across your page when searching Google for information on how to house train my puggle. We got our puggle Mini back in October. She was still quite a young pup (still had puppy breathe) and was found as a stray in an area where my nephew hunts. I couldn’t bare to take her to the shelter and didn’t want to just give her away to a stranger, so we took her in. We also have a 4 year old Australian Shephard/Beagle mix and a 14 year old indoor cat. Adding Mini to the household has been quite stressful on us. She is very active, very forceful and very jealous. One of the issues we are having is that she will at times go to a spot in the house and pee. We let her out in the fenced yard quite often, so I don’t know why she would feel the need to pee in the house. Also, she is very aggressive with our other pets. When I correct her and tell her “No” when she is messing with our cat, she usually backs off. Not so much so with the other dog. They are constantly at each other. Abby, our other dog, will get Mini’s face or neck in her mouth playing around. I know she isn’t going to hurt Mini, but they both get to growling and playing hard and it is so loud and irritating. What suggestions would you have for these issues? By the way, Mini is being crated and stays in the crate at night and while we are at work. Other times, when we need a break from her. I have also tried using a muzzle, but that is mostly for barking problems. Thanks in advance for any advise you may have.

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coachz10 January 11, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Lisa,

Sorry for the delay and I hope I’m not too late!? Puggles are very social and can be jealous and territorial. We had a similar situation where we added a third male dog to the mix and we had issues with TuffGuy and “Spooky” but not Bart. Bart is an older Sheltie, very smart and willing to be second dog. Spooky was new to the group and it didn’t go well, especially because we were lied to (Spooky was half pitbull). The triadic effect occurs when you have 3 individuals A-B get along and B-C get along but A-C don’t. Often when you add the 3rd (C), it causes competition for time, attention, resources, space, etc. I know this happens with dogs, primates (Yup! Even humans), and other social animals but I’m not sure about interspecies units!?

However, in our household we had to make a decision and, because Spooky was the newcomer and part pit bull, we elected to find a good home for him. Males-male units are always tougher, especially until one finally asserts its dominance. With 3 males, all dogs, it was impossible…so we broke my daughters heart. She has recovered and she and TuffGuy are just about inseparable.

Females are generally less assertive and when there are just two it’s usually easy to get them to get used to each other and finally bond. You may have to watch them when they interact and, as long as they don’t get too rough, they will usually work it out. Another thing you can try is playing with the two of them together and give both equal attention. You can also walk them together. Feed them separately and give them separate toys, blankets, treats, sleeping areas, etc. Let them know that they have their autonomy and that they don’t have to compete for resources, attention, and affection and they should be fine.

The less you intervene, still making sure they’re safe, the better!

As for the peeing in the house:

Dogs have incredibly sensitive noses and Puggles have an olfactory sense on steroids thanks to their Beagle ancestry. If there has ever been an accident there, they will do back to it again and again until you treat the spot and train Mini. You have to be hypervigilant for a while and whenever Mini decides to head in the direction, head her off and take her outside. Then, when she has a successful even, lavish her with praise. She’ll get the idea and, once she feels more secure, she’s stop acting out.

If worse comes to worst, you may have to find a family without another dog. This should be a last resort because she’s already attached to you, but it would be better to have everyone happy then to have everyone, including Mini, miserable.

PetFoodDirect sells 2 collars that work wonders when all else fails (see below). One is sound and a vibration (no shock) and with the other there is a very minimal shock that isn’t inhumane, I’ve tried it on myself, but it is enough to stop the barking. TuffGuy was terrible when it came to barking and we were at our wits end! Heck, I don’t even use a choker chain and won’t allow a cage…but we didn’t want to lose him and we couldn’t continue on with his barking. So we invested less than $100 in the best bark collar we could find and the effect was immediate. It works extremely well and now we don’t even have to turn it on at all. He thinks it’s on so he doesn’t bark! It’s been a huge factor in our improved relationship and increased happiness with TuffGuy. I know I’m going to get backlash from some people about this but he was out of control at times and we loved him, it was the last resort. Now, we have a very well behaved Puggle who wears a color with a little box on it (mini St Bernard-like) and he is wonderful.

Remember, whenever she heads toward the pee spot, head her off! If you can put something there, do it…even if it’s only for a little while. And get the scent treated! Remember, she smells the dog and the pee when you’re smelling the cleaning fluid! And if your cat has ever sprayed or had an accident, that’s even worse. Every animal seeks to assert its dominance and mark out its territory. You have introduced a very social breed (Mini) into your pack and all she’s trying to do is figure out where she fits!

If I can be of further assistance, please contact me. Puggles can be amazing pets but they can be a challenge. Be firm, consistent, and loving and she’ll respond!

All the best in 2014!

Jack & TuffGuy


Intellipet No-Bark Dog Training Collar


Pet Tags Pro-Line No Bark Dog Collar

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Lisa Gray January 12, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Thank you for the reply. I will definitely work on these two suggestions, as I really don’t want to have to find her a new home. Like you said, she is used to us now. 🙂

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