While growing up, I (Cherokee) had the best big brother in the whole wide world! Not even John Boy Walton could hold a candle to my brother. Dogs & children to this day, LOVE my brother Doug. Well, h…

While growing up, I (Cherokee) had the best big brother in the whole wide world! Not even John Boy Walton could hold a candle to my brother. Dogs & children to this day, LOVE my brother Doug. Well, he come to visit us earlier to help Mike put in a new electrical box, and he was trying to get Shini to come to him, and of course she was shy, so I pick her up & place her in my brothers lap & he started talking to her & petting her at the same time & she went BALISTIC on him!! It was like watching a dog that was in a horrific dog fight, that is how mad she was. Mike & I were shocked & immediately took her  and calmed her down & crated her during the visit w/brother. we could tell it hurt my brother, as like I said, chilren & animals always take to him. But what I guess I am wanting to know is, is this normal?? I thought pugs loved everyone. The only thing is, is that Shini is very protective over Mike & I, but never have we witnessed this kind of behavior from her. What could be going on? We are very concerned. Any input would be greatly appreciated. We are thanking God, that this was my 6ft.6 brother & not a little child she attacked.

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Comment by Mike and Cherokee Compton on December 29, 2011 at 10:06am

That is interesting kristen, will try that method w/my plant watering bottle & treats from visitors as well.

Comment by kristen vaughn on December 29, 2011 at 9:59am
As far as socializing my girls go to petco where I work and petsmart often. We take them to visit family (individually of course) every chance we get. They all 4 ride in the car with my husband to pick me up from work 3 times a week. We treat them like our children and they go with us every where that is pet friendly. As far as the barking at strangers and visitors there was an episode of "its me our the dog" about that. They spent hours having people come to the door and using treats as rewards teaching then not to bark. It worked. I personally dont mind them barking at the door because it does help deter burglars (at least once) but they calm down after the visitor loves on them. As far as the carrying on once the person is there I just flat out dont tolerate it. When they are being bad they get one warning (in my case its "do you want hot spots?") if that doesn't stop them they get squirted with a water bottle (yes I spray them in the face area but its just water). Works wonders.
Comment by Mike and Cherokee Compton on December 29, 2011 at 7:36am

Interesting Wee Woman. Thats the way Shini acts, and come to think of it, she isn't socialized alot. But what we feel is enough, except w/other dogs. We have an elderly friend, who got a dog about a yr. ago. She was here last week visiting & suggested for us to bring Shini down to her place (a mile or so away) to let her dog (who is very socialized) & Shini play. So that is in order. The times we have been to the dog park so far there have been no other dogs there. She LOVES my youngest son (22), but he stops by frequently and plays w/her almost the whole time he is here. The new neighbors on the one side of us, left for the holidays and they stpped over before pulling out, to give us their number & ask us to watch their home while they were gone, well Mike answered the door & could not even hear the gentleman at all. So instead of asking him in, Mike goes outside so he can hear him because Shini does NOT quit barking if someone comes to the door or comes to visit, unless we crate her in another room. They probably think we are horribe neighbors for not inviting them in LOL. And probably wonder why our dog does not mind when we say shoosh. We are working on so many new rules and she is doing fantastic w/them, EXCEPT the barking at people who come to the house. We do not even have the first clue as to how to go about making her stop this. But perhaps one day when we get to know the new neighbors better, we can then explain, what it is like owning a pug LOL.

Comment by Helena Brown on December 29, 2011 at 6:13am

I have just read the other comments, and I think we are all on the same page. We have a six year old niece who was terrified of little Hektor, he was 8 weeks old at the time. My Sister in Law was all for getting the two of them introduced, but I put my foot down. It took a good number of years. Hektor was good, he would not go near her unless she made the approach and then he was slightly off hand. Now Hektor has a human Girlfriend next door, who is very dog friendly, so he plays like a puppy with her. Our Jennifer got to know how to deal with Hektor through Rachel and they are all bosom buddies now. It does take time and every dog is different.

Comment by Helena Brown on December 29, 2011 at 6:07am

When we had our old boy Henry, he barked at anyone in the house. He had not been properly socialised with Humans when he was young. He got on fine with other dogs, but took forever  to respond to Humans. With time he got a bit better with people he met often like our respective Mothers, hr adored my Great Aunt, but he took years and years to stop barking at my Brother in Law.

Pugs are quite strong in the guarding habit, Hektor will make to attack single men outside the house, nothing to do with me he simply started this. I have now to watch who is in the vicinity and put him on the leash. Drives me potty. 

All I can suggest with The Grand Duchess is that your Brother tries the old treat trick and let her come to him. One or two treats and she may become his pest friend (not a mistype).

Comment by Mike and Cherokee Compton on December 24, 2011 at 3:07pm

Thank you Di. Shini is the same way as Linus. She just acts like she doesn't want anyone here but us. Today my dear (elderly) lady friend that I haven't seen for a bit, stopped by & I had to end up crating Shini in another room so as my friend & I could hear each other talk. LOL! Mike went outside while ago & she saw him out the window & runs to me sounding like she is litterally & humanly crying LOL, This is a normal routine here if he or I go out the door. Like separation anxiety.

Comment by Di's spoiled kids on December 24, 2011 at 6:55am

Cherokee, Linus is not happy when people come to our house either, he just stands and barks at them with the hair on his back standing up.  I just tell him to knock it off and leave it at that, within about 10 minutes he is fine.  He is very unsure of strangers.  Give Shini a little time, I think she will adjust.  Most pugs are very friendly, but I am sure as with my Lulu, some are just not real trusting.  Lulu could not be around little children, as a neighbor child did something to her when she was young, and she never got over it.  I new this, and kept her clear of very young children.  Funny thing was she was fine with like a 10 year old, but a 7year old or younger she was not.

Good luck with her, and just give her time, I am sure it will pass with time.

Comment by Mike and Cherokee Compton on December 22, 2011 at 5:34pm

Thank you Pug Chick, I believe you both are right. What you both have said, makes good sense. Thanks again.


Comment by Pug Chick on December 22, 2011 at 4:45pm

Hi Cher I agree with Kristen.  I think the fact that you put Shini in his lap instead of letting her slowly make friends at her own pace was probably the issue.  All dogs even pugs have different personalities and quirks.  I really don't think she would ever hurt a child or anyone she just didn't like being forced on him...sorry :(  Some of our friends have this little dog, I can't remember the breed right now but it is so cute and I want to love it so much and for whatever reason it is terrified of me.  It literally cowers at the sight of me...lol  I have never done anything to this dog...lol  If they are holding it and I sit down next to them the dog looks the other way and starts shaking.  It does hurt my feelings a bit but everyone gets a good laugh about it because they know how much I love dogs and this little one wants nothing to do with me.  So I have just come to grips with the fact that for whatever reason this dogs hates me and is scared of me.  Oh well can't please everybody...lol  I wouldn't worry about Shini just let her make up her own mind about people in her own time.

Comment by kristen vaughn on December 22, 2011 at 3:37pm
In my experience pugs are VERY opinionated :) they all have quirks. It's up to us humble humans to recognize them and adjust accordingly

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