One crucial topic to research when considering your next dog is how likely that breed is to bark.
For some, it doesn’t matter, but most prefer a dog that won’t upset the neighbours.
One very popular pup that has nestled its way into our hearts is the Pug. This charismatic, flat-nosed breed can be an ideal candidate for small housing or apartments.
In this article, we explore how much Pugs bark to help determine if they are the right fit for you.
So, what about the Pug and their barking tendencies?
Do Pugs Bark?
Pugs are not a breed that tends to bark. They aren’t like your herding breeds such as Shetland Sheepdogs or Australian Shepherds that are known for letting their owners know what they think. Pugs are quite the opposite.
Usually a curious and laid-back dog, they keep their voices to themselves. But don’t let this fool you. Pugs do bark more than you’d think.
When a Pug barks, it is usually the result of an overly-excited romp or something that has disturbed them. But as with any dog, they will occasionally bark.
How Much Do Pugs Bark?
It is important to consider that every animal has its own tendencies. One Pug may be an unusually frequent barker while the other never makes a peep. Overall, this breed seldom barks.
A survey was conducted among Pug owners to see how many of their dogs barked excessively. It was found that 65 percent of them agreed that their Pug did not bark or howl a lot, while only a mere 35 percent said “Yes”. These owners then commented on why their dog barked. Nearly all of them had the same reasons for why their dog barked.
Why Would a Pug Bark?
Pugs are not known for being talented watchdogs as they are a friendly breed. This does not mean, however, that they are not protective over their owners, barking when an intruder seems to make an entrance. This can be a knock on the door, or a car pulling up in the driveway.
Another reason for a Pug barking is when they are playing. When they make noise, it generally manifests in small “yips” or yodeling sounds. This can be a great quality for those looking to have a small dog that isn’t yappy. A Pug that becomes over-excited with a good play session might be inclined to tell you what fun they’re having.
In addition to warning us to strangers or getting excited, dogs will also communicate with us when they want certain things such as a walk or dinner. A Pug is no exception to this. Although they might be a rather quiet animal, they may still tell us when we’ve served dinner too late. But don’t worry. There are ways to get a Pug, or any dog for that matter, to stop barking.
How Do I Reduce Any Unwanted Barking?
There are a variety of ways to stop your dog from barking. But first, it is best to identify why they are barking.
If a Pug, or any dog, is barking at the doorbell ringing or a car that parked near your house, they want to warn you of possible intruders. For some dogs, it works to acknowledge the barking with an “okay, thank you” and then let them settle. Make sure to give them a treat for displaying manners. If they choose to continue barking, do not reward them. Instead, put them in another room for about 30 seconds. With enough repetition, your dog will soon understand what is expected.
For dogs that decide to bark excessively out of boredom, you might want to consider the exercise needs of your pet. Think about taking them on more walks or buying toys that provide mental stimulation.
You can also teach your dog how to be polite on cue. Below is a step-by-step guide for teaching this helpful manner.
- Sit in front of your dog and say their name, followed by the word “quiet”. Most dogs will look at you for further direction, being still while they wait.
- While your dog gives you their attention, reward your dog for the moment of silence, even if it is for a few seconds.
- If your dog starts barking right away, put the treat under their nose and say “quiet” again, giving them the treat when they are silent.
- Repeat these steps until your dog stays silent for ten to fifteen seconds.
- Now practice distance, doing the same process but from a few feet away.
- Slowly increase the distance until you can tell them to be quiet from across the room.
- Now work on longer periods of time, waiting a little longer to reward.
- Once they have it down, phase out treats but make sure to reward them with a positive phrase such as “good dog!” or a toy.
For those who prefer a dog who does not “yap”, perhaps the Pug is for you. Although they are a dog that usually does not bark, they can be protective over their family. Just like with any breed of dog, it is important to remember that barking is not something that can be avoided. It is how they communicate after all. Some Pugs may bark occasionally, but the breed is rather quiet.