Even well-socialized pugs can benefit from regular play dates with other dogs, ideally other pugs. This is especially true if your pug is an only dog. And playing with other dogs isn't just fun and games. It's also a great way for your pug to learn proper dog etiquette from older, more experienced dogs. A play group is a good place for you to meet and talk to other dog owners and share information about behavior, health, and nutrition. It's nice to have a support group you can count on when you have questions about or problems with your dog.
Play Group Ideas
To find or set up a pug play group, talk to people in your neighborhood or training class who might be interested in getting together on a weekly or monthly basis. You can also find like-minded pug owners in your area by posting a suggestion for a dog play group on a pug e-mail list or asking the local pug club to print your request in its newsletter or on the Web site. Pick a date, time, and place that's convenient for most of the people interested, and send out an e-mail reminder a week beforehand. Some play groups even arrange an occasional speaker, such as a veterinarian, to speak on such topics as new vaccination protocols or raw diets. Play groups can also form spontaneously at dog parks or when a couple of pug lovers decide to get together on the spur of the moment with their dogs.
These socialized dogs are able to lie comfortably with each other.
Dog Park Etiquette
Rules and manners make life better for everyone, dogs and humans. Here are some guidelines to keeping things civil and healthy on play dates or at dog parks:
Dogs should be friendly and well trained.
Keep your dog on leash until you're sure of his behavior.
Pick up your dog's waste and dispose of it appropriately.
Don't let rough play get out of hand.
Make your apologies and take your dog home if he behaves aggressively or starts a fight.
If your female pug isn't spayed, leave her at home when she's in heat.
Bring water for your dog.
Be sure your pug is fully vaccinated before taking him to a dog park.