I have two pugs, one is a recent one year old addition to our family. My older one has always been a little squirrely, barking at all sorts of things from the comfort of his own home. Usually he is very well behaved in public. I took them for a walk yesterday at our rail trail, and we didn't make it three minutes before their completely unruly behavior brought us back to the car. They were ferociously barking at and charging other dogs and people. This is so unlike them! Any suggestions on how to break this?

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Sounds to me like you have gone from one dog to a pack and they are feeding off one another. If the oldest one has always been a well behaved then obviously it is the new addition to blame. I would suggest that if possible you take them out singly for a bit or if you can acquire some help with them both. Keep them on leash until you have got some training for the new one, once they both know you are in control there is a good chance everything will be fine. Trouble with multiple dogs is they do what dog packs do.

I really need to know what to do too along these lines! I adopted my Chi Chi in November, and she is almost 2. She was fairly shy and unsocialized last year, but lately has gotten badly behaved, charging and barking at people she doesn't know, particularly men, but now women too (never kids). This is difficult as I go to visit my mom at her nursing home most days, and dogs are allowed, but I am worried that Chi Chi's behavior will make her unwelcome.


I was told at my local natural pet food store to drop treats as soon as people show up to associate strangers with good things but I haven't had a lot of success. Lately I have been pulling her very close to me and hold her lead straight up if someone approaches suddenly that she doesn't know.

I need advice too!

Firstly try not to send the message that this is someone who she needs to be afraid off, if you are holding thr leash tightly then that is what she will think. If you have some friends who could meet you with treats for her, hopefully someone she does not know or ask some of the other dog walkers if they would give her treats, normally find people are only too happy to help. If you are friendly with the people in the nursing home, try the same thing. If she associates good thing with meeting new people it should help. It is one of the problems with unsocialised dogs, that they are tense around new situations. I had one who was very nervous round people and I did not have the knowledge then that I have now and he was always not too good with people, got on great with other dogs though.

The dog store is right in it's way about dropping treats and you could start off that way, but try and eventually get her to recognise why she is getting the treats. Does she like fusses made of her with people she knows? Most Pugs are people dogs bit it is hard when they have had a rotten start. I hope I have been a wee bit of help.


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