What should your Pug be for Halloween?

What should your pug be on Halloween? Halloween costume ideas for Pugs

Cool Costumes for Pugs for Halloween

Do you like to celebrate holidays and occasions with your Pug like I do? What should your Pug be for Halloween this year? We are off to the Pugoween Fundraiser for PugALug Pug Rescue at PawsWay on Sunday with Kilo the Rescue Pug so we definitely needed some inspiration.

See photos from the Pugalug Pugoween Party HERE.

I am sure political costumes will be popular this year, especially in the US, and who could forget Fishstick the Pug on the red carpet as Donald Trump with his lovely bride Lottie at Woofstock filming Backseat Barkers.


Movie characters like Star Wars, Minions, Ghost Busters, Batman, and Disney Princesses are always popular. Kilo doesn’t mind his Super Pug, Bat Pug or Minion Costumes too much. Which do you think he should wear?

Kilo as Darth Vader (costume bought at PetSmart)

“Give yourself to the Dark Side”. Kilo


Kilo the Pug dressed as Darth Vader for Halloween
Kilo as Darth Vader

Kilo the Pug as Batman and Superman

Superpug versus Batpug

Kilo the Pug as an Adorable MinionTongue out tuesday kilo dressed as minion

What should your Pug be for Halloween? Check out more comfortable Halloween Costumes For Kilo the Pug including DIY

Kilo Bond

Shaken not stirred.

Kilo the Pug Black Tie formal wear like James Bond


pugs halloween costumes

Ash Ketchum from Pokemon

kilo in his pokemon gear


pugs halloween costumes


TH Devil Kilo

Canadian Mountie


Tom Cruise in Risky Business

Kilo Pug ready to rock

Keep Your Dog Safe and Happy on Halloween

Halloween is actually very stressful for Kilo the Pug.

Kilo hates strangers coming to the door so he is crated in the basement with Kongs and chews or sits on my knee on a leash. I would never take him trick or treating as he would be terrified.

  • Always choose pet clothing that is safe and comfortable for your dog to wear. Make sure your dog can easily stand, sit, lie down, walk, and use the bathroom at any time while in costume. Always double check f there are things sewn onto the outfit, your pet may try to eat them and can get really sick. If your pet doesn’t like getting dressed up, don’t force him or her. Kilo the pug is not a fan of putting his paws through tight sleeves or wearing much so he often just has loose soft things or a simple bandana or collar or harness or vest instead.

Stay safe this Halloween by making sure your dog doesn’t escape or ingest anything dangerous like chocolate or candy, decorations, or costume pieces. Always contact a vet or the ASPCA Hotline immediately if they do. Halloween is the second most common time for dogs to get lost after July 4th and a common time for poisoning to occur.

Foods You Should Never Share With Your Dog Kilo sits on couch with bowl full of chips watching Blue Jays Game

  • Don’t leave your pet unsupervised or in a high traffic area.
  • I bet we see a few Blue Jays costumes in Toronto as well. Just be careful with the Halloween treats and chips LOLDo not leave snacks within reach. Kilo will steal chips and chocolates, wrapper and all.
  • Make sure your dog can’t get out the front door while handing out candy.  Think about crating them or relaxing with them somewhere quiet.
  • Make sure tags are up-to-date, detailed and on.
  • Keep them on a leash during Halloween!

What Do You Think Kilo The Pug Should Go As? What’s your Pug going to be this year?

Here is a video we did of 99 Cute Halloween Pet Costumes on Talent Hounds featuring lots of pugs of course.

Share your photos and costume ideas with us in the comments below, by e-mail and on Kilo’s Facebook Page so we can add your dog in the Talent Hounds gallery which we will be updating daily.

15 Foods You Should NEVER Feed Your Pug

Infographic Top 15 Worst foods to Feed your dog pug

The Top 15 Worst Foods to Give a Pug

It can be so tempting to give your adorable pug some scraps while you’re cooking or eating. Pugs are famously devoted dogs that will rarely leave your side, and that’s no different in the kitchen or at the dining table. In fact, Kilo is even more interested in food than me – he is obsessed. He tries to jump on my lap while I am eating or looks up with big brown eyes pleading. I confess, we bond over toast and peanut butter in the morning, and I occasionally share certain other tasty treats with him too…

While many fruits and veggies or peanut butter or grilled lean chicken and beef are generally OK snacks to give Kilo, there are certain people foods that you should never share with your pug.

15 Human Foods That Can Be Toxic For Dogs

1. Alcohol


Beer, liquor, wine, and foods containing alcohol should all be avoided. Alcohol has the same effect on a dog’s liver and brain that it has on humans and it takes far less to do damage. The smaller the dog, the greater the effect, which is why this is a big no-no for pugs.

Symptoms may reportedly include vomiting, diarrhea, central nervous system depression, problems with coordination, difficulty breathing, coma and death.

2. Avocado

There is some debate about the risks and benefits of small quantities of certain avocados from different areas; however many contain a substance called persin. It’s found in the leaves, seed, and bark, as well as in the fruit. So we think it’s probably better to avoid the risk at home.

3. Chocolate


We had only been fostering Kilo for a few weeks when he stole a whole box of dark chocolate brownies. I had to rush him to my vet where they induced vomiting and gave him charcoal. A very traumatic expensive experience but he still loves the smell of chocolate and regularly tries to climb up on the dining table to see if anyone dropped chocolate wrappers or crumbs.

Kilo the Pug Happy tongue out smile

Chocolate contains very toxic substances called methylxanthines like theobromine, which are stimulants and stop a dog’s metabolic process. They are in all kinds of chocolate, even white. The most dangerous kinds, though, are dark chocolate, chocolate mulch, and unsweetened baking chocolate.

Eating it, even just licking the icing bowl, can cause a dog to vomit, have diarrhea, and be excessively thirsty. It can also cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and death.

We are not experts in canine health, but we’ve chosen to use Carob as a substitute for chocolate.


4. Caffeine


Caffeinated products all contain substances called methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds, the fruit of the plant used to make coffee, and in the nuts of an extract used in some sodas. When ingested by pets, methylxanthines can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and even death.

Symptoms of caffeine poisoning can reportedly include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, and fits. In addition to tea and coffee – including beans and grounds – caffeine can be found in cocoa, chocolate, colas, and stimulant drinks such as Red Bull. It’s also in some cold medicines and pain killers.

5. Cooked Bones

Dogs love bones, and pugs are no exception! But make sure they’re always raw, as a cooked bone can be a choking hazard. Some bones can splinter and cause obstructions or lacerations in your pug’s digestive system. Raw bones are an important part of a raw diet and certain commercially prepared cooked bones should be safe, so consult your vet or a trusted source on specific bones. Always avoid cooked chicken bones and other bones leftover from cooking.

6. Fat Trimmings

Fat trimmed from meat, both cooked and uncooked, can cause pancreatitis. Meat is an important part of your pug’s diet, but make sure to limit the fat content if you are preparing it yourself. Consult your vet for more information on what kind of meat content your specific pug may need.

7. Grapes and Raisins

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Many people do not realize that grapes and raisins can be toxic to dogs. In fact, we were at an event last week and someone served grapes for kids and a dog ended up ingesting some. Luckily his parents saw and knew the dangers and took him to the emergency vet where they induced vomiting.  Although it is apparently not entirely clear why, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure. Just a small amount can make a dog ill, especially a small breed like a pug. Repeated vomiting is an early sign. Within a day, a dog may become lethargic and depressed.

8. Macadamia Nuts

Dogs shouldn’t eat macadamia nuts or foods with them because they can be fatal. As few as six raw or roasted macadamias can make them ill. Symptoms of poisoning may include muscle tremors, weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters, depression, vomiting, elevated body temperature, and rapid heart rate. Eating chocolate with the nuts will make symptoms worse, possibly leading to death. Signs usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion and can last approximately 12 to 48 hours.

9. Onions, Garlic, Chives


Like onions, leeks, and chives, garlic is part of the Allium family, and it is five times more toxic to dogs than the rest of the Allium plants. Onions and garlic in all forms – powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated – can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. That can happen even with the onion powder found in some baby food or spaghetti sauce. A tiny dose is probably OK, but eating a large quantity just once or eating even smaller amounts regularly can cause poisoning. Symptoms of anemia include weakness, vomiting, little interest in food, dullness, breathlessness, pale gums, elevated heart rate, and collapsing. Poisoning from garlic and onions may have delayed symptoms, so if you think your dog may have eaten some, monitor him or her for a few days, not just right after consumption.

Toxicity is normally diagnosed through history, clinical signs, and microscopic confirmation of Heinz Bodies. I called my vet and the ASPCA hotline when my little thief Kilo ate onions and they weighed his risks based on age, size, quantity and time passed. He ended up being fine but gave us quite a scare.

Read about our Onion Scare with Kilo the Pug when he stole an onion quiche.

10. Cherry, Persimmon, Peach, and Plum Seeds or Pits

The problem with these fruits is the seeds or pits, and sometimes stems too. The seeds from persimmons can cause inflammation of the small intestine in dogs. They can also cause intestinal obstruction. Obstruction is also a possibility if a dog eats the pit from a peach or plum. Plus cherry, peach, and plum pits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to both humans and dogs. The difference is humans know not to eat them, and dogs don’t! The flesh of these fruits is fine for your pug, but make sure to store them out of reach.

11. Raw Eggs


There are dog owners who feed their pets raw diets and tout the benefits of raw eggs for their dogs. But there can be two possible problems with giving your dog raw eggs: The first is the possibility of food poisoning from bacteria like Salmonella or E. coli. The second is that an enzyme in raw eggs interferes with the absorption of a particular B vitamin. This can cause skin problems as well as problems with your dog’s coat if she’s been eating any substantial quantity of them for a long time. Cooked eggs in moderation are OK!

12. Raw Fish


Salmon, trout, shad, or sturgeon can contain a parasite that causes “fish disease” or “salmon poisoning disease.” If not treated, the disease can be fatal within two weeks. The first signs of illness are vomiting, fever, and big lymph nodes. Thoroughly cooking the fish will kill the parasite and protect your dog. Cooked fish like salmon can be an excellent source of protein, good fats and amino acids.

13. Salt and Salty Snack Foods

Large amounts of salt can produce excessive thirst and urination, or even sodium ion poisoning in pets. Signs that your pet may have eaten too many salty foods include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, seizures, and even death. As such, we encourage you to avoid feeding salt-heavy snacks like potato chips, pretzels, and salted popcorn to your pets. While not recommended, giving your pug salt can be a way to induce vomiting if he’s eaten something even more toxic.

Before it’s baked, bread dough needs to rise, and that’s exactly what it would do in your dog’s stomach if she ate it. As it swells inside, the dough can stretch a dog’s abdomen and cause severe pain. In addition, when the yeast ferments the dough to make it rise, it makes alcohol that can lead to alcohol poisoning.


Xylitol is used as a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods, and toothpaste. It can cause insulin release in most species, which can lead to liver failure. The increase in insulin leads to hypoglycemia (lowered sugar levels). Initial signs of toxicosis include vomiting, lethargy, and loss of coordination. Signs can progress to seizures. Elevated liver enzymes and liver failure may be seen within a few days.

Candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods, and some diet foods and peanut butters may be sweetened with xylitol. Always read the label before giving your pug processed food.

In Case of Emergencies

It’s a great idea to always keep the numbers of your local vet, the closest emergency clinic, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Centre – at (888) 426-4435 – handy and accessible in case of an emergency. If you think your dog has gotten into something toxic, call for emergency help right away.

How To House Train Your Pug

How To House Train Your Pug with Kilo the Pug

Toilet Training Your Peeing Pug

Pugs are notorious pee bandits and may poop inside too, as in Kilo’s case. They have small bladders and are quite low to the ground so, in my experience, they are often not that keen on going outside in the snow or rain.

When we first started fostering Kilo the Pug, he was not really trained to go outside and he liked to pee every two hours and mark anytime. He may have been encouraged to pee on a bathmat or a pee pad in one of his four previous homes and he had only been neutered a few weeks earlier by the rescue. He stealthily peed on white bed covers, on pale bathmats, on the white carpet, and on pee pads.

My first stop was to the vet, who checked his blood and urine for any health issues. He seemed fine.

Next stop was to consult experts, including trainer and founder of Who’s Walking Who Dog Training Centres, Gillian Ridgeway.

In summary, she suggested:

  • Proper supervision
  • Consistency
  • Choose a designated spot or spots
  • Give positive feedback – reward good behaviours but do NOT punish
  • Accident avoidance – give plenty of opportunities to go

After two years of hard work and routine, Kilo is pretty good now, especially if the weather is OK. Initially, we went out every two hours for a quick walk, but now he can hold it for a bit longer if needed. He pees pretty well on command outside and he lets me know if he needs to go. We still have the occasional accident or rebellion if I do not take him out enough, but otherwise, he is on a good schedule.

Kilo Pug earthday on grass

How To House Train A Pug

Signals Your Pug Is Giving You That It’s Time For Potty

If you notice your pug doing these things, you should take him or her outside or to your designated spot as soon as you can!

  • Circling
  • Sniffing the floor/ scratching the floor/ looking for a private place to pee (like behind furniture or, in our case, in a bathroom or bedroom)
  • Going back to a place where he or she has previously gone to the bathroom
  • Going to and sniffing the door
  • Vocalizing, whining, or barking

Crate Training Your Pug

The majority of pugs naturally keep their crate area clean, so crate training can be a good way to stop accidents and marking, especially at night.

When choosing a crate, make sure it is a comfortable size, one that is large enough to spread out in but not too large. Kilo’s has a memory foam base then a little comfy dog bed he likes to curl up in in the back half. He has a few toys and treasures and always gets rewarded when he goes to bed. He has grown to really LOVE his crate to sleep in at night or if he is stressed. The only issue is he now guards the treasures he has hidden in there so I can not reach in if he is there. He complains loudly on the very rare occasions that I lock him in during the day when we are home (eg. for a repairman or visitor) as he feels he is missing out on action, but takes himself off to bed at night.

When you leave for a few hours or put them to bed in the evening, the crate can be a comforting safe haven for your pug. I find it is the best way to keep Kilo the Pug out of trouble when not under my watchful eye or at night.

Bladder Capacity

A good rule of thumb for crating your puppy during the day is one hour for every month of life, plus one. This means if your pug is three months old, most pugs can be left for four hours. Overnight is different, as they are less active. Most pugs can sleep in their crate about seven to eight hours at night. The bladder of your pug will develop as he matures.

Kilo the pug on the toilet

Choose A Designated Potty Spot and Stick To It

Pick a spot and stick to it: puppies and pugs need routine. First thing in the morning, let your pug out of his crate and get him quickly into the back yard or street for a walk. Keep him moving and then praise him when he eliminates. This is not the time to shoo him out and go back to your business. You must supervise! You need to know what is coming out, and how often to keep your schedule working.

Then take him to the same spot on a regular schedule.

I also have pee pads strategically located in places where Kilo the Pug likes to pee, like our bathrooms, just in case he has to go and I am out or don’t see the signs or it is raining heavily and he really won’t relax outside. He uses them very occasionally now.

Reward Good Behaviours

Give your pugs lots of encouragement and rewards (like treats and petting) every time they get a behavior right.

Your pug will learn what is expected of them and what behaviors won’t get rewarded.

I used to say or ask “Pee Pee” and or “Poo Poo” over and over walking and then reward him with “Yes Pee Pee” and treats and pats when he went. My husband found it rather funny seeing me walking up and down the street saying “Pee Pee” then celebrating each time. Kilo now knows both “Pee Pee” and “Poo Poo” and goes mostly when asked, every few hours. He likes my approval and has his routine. We play a quick game when we get back inside as he always has a burst of energy after a walk and potty and likes to Zoom and Play.

I also reward him if he uses the pee pads, even if later. He seems to connect.

Keep to a Schedule and Avoid Accidents

Keep to a regular feeding and potty break schedule right from when you first bring your pug home.

Most pugs and puppies spend much of their days sleeping. But they need to head outside for urination after each nap, especially when younger or senior. Start to watch your puppy or your pug’s natural play and sleep times to know when he needs to be let out.

Provide lots of opportunities for your pug to eliminate outdoors and not indoors.

What To Do When You Find “An Accident”

If you do happen to come across an “accident”, do NOT blame your pug. Some “accidents” may be your fault for leaving your pug too long, or breaking the routine.

Do not scold, use violence or punish your pug. Your dog won’t make the connection and will only learn to fear you.

Kilo the Pug peed on the white mat
Oops Kilo

Instead, learn from your mistakes. We all let down our guard sometimes, so just try to do better next time. Clean the area with a product specific to this use. But be cautious of products containing ammonia – they smell a bit like urine and may attract the dog to eliminate there again. Luckily for me, bath mats can go in the wash so we don’t worry.

What To Do If You Catch Your Pug Mid-Accident

Interrupt him and take him quickly outside to the proper place. If he eliminates outside, praise him. Remember supervision and positive reinforcement!

You can use an indoor tether or leash to keep him from wandering away, but be sure to always supervise.

I even thought about teaching Kilo to use a toilet after seeing one at a pet expo. It’s a fun trick but not ideal for daily use as he jumped into a toilet that did not have a cat seat. Luckily I was right there (he is my velcro pug so he follows me into the bathroom).

Housetraining your pug will require the entire family to be consistent, and for everyone to be patient while he or she learns what you expect. Most pugs do want to do the right thing most of the time, especially for rewards!

Share your potty training tips below.

Easy Cute Homemade Dog-Friendly Cupcake Pugs


Have a Pug Pawty with Homemade Pug Cakes

Kilo the Pug and I share a love of food. So what better way to party or pawty together than with dog-friendly cupcake pugs from our new Dog Licks Recipe Series over at Talent Hounds.  Pug-themed Cupcakes or Pupcakes make the best Treats Ever for a Greedy Pug like Kilo or for a pug lover like me!

We started with this simple vanilla cupcake that looks like a mixed pug using fondant and carob and we will be doing more recipes that look like fawn pugs and black pugs.

Dog Licks dog friendly pupcake pugs wet ingredients for cupcakes

Cupcake Base

  • 2cups flour  (I used plain white flour but rice flour should work well if you need gluten free)
  • a pinch of salt (you can leave out but may leave cake a little flat)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter softened (we tested using a tablespoon of butter, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of natural Greek Yoghurt as I had run out of butter, plus less fat)
  •  1/2 cup sugar (if for kids and you want sweeter, you can add more sugar)
  • 2eggs
  • 1cup milkDog Licks dog friendly pupcake pugs dry ingredients


Dog Licks pup cake pug easy recipes decorating

  • White Fondant – we bought a little box of ready made after checking ingredients were OK for Kilo (confectioners sugar, water, gelatin unflavored, glucose, cornstarch and glycerine)
  • blueberries
  • strawberry

Dog Safe Faux “Chocolate” Icing

White Icing

  • 1 tablespoon of low-fat plain cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of low-fat plain Greek yoghurt

Some cupcake recipes include vanilla but most vanilla extract includes alcohol which is not good for dogs so we left it out.



  1. Preheat the oven to 375f or 150c;
  2.  Lay out cups in baking tinDog Licks dog friendly pupcake pugs tray of cupcake tins
  3. Cream butter and sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  5. Add flour mixed with baking powder and salt alternating with milk. Beat well until smooth.

Dog Licks dog friendly pupcake pugs cupcake batter       6. Divide evenly among cups and bake for 17-18 minutes or until a light golden colour on top. The smaller ones cooked faster so you could take them out early.Dog Licks dog friendly pupcake pugs pouring the batter into the tray

  1. Let cool in pans.Dog Licks dog friendly pupcake pugs baked cupcakes on tray


Dog Licks dog friendly pupcake pugs baked pug cakes

  1. Roll out fondant 2 cm thick.
  2. Cut out 1 heart shape, 2 teardrop shapes, and 1 large circle from the fondant. Set aside.
  3. “Frost” the cupcake with dog-safe white Icing or peanut butter to secure the fondant (and for taste)
  4. Lay the circle shape over the cupcake.Easy Recipe Dog Licks cupcake pugs fondant
  5. Frost one side of the heart and lay upside down on the bottom half of the face.
  6. Frost one side of the teardrop shapes and place them as the pug’s ears.
  7. Lightly spread some carob paste onto the ears and the muzzle.Dog licks easy cupcake pug recipe carob
  8. Stick on two blueberries for eyes and one for the nose using peanut butter.Dog Licks easy cupcake pug recipe final
  9. Cut a small tongue using half a strawberry and place on the cupcake using peanut butter.
  10. Enjoy!

easy pug cake recipe

We love Pugs and Kilo sure loved his Dog-Friendly Cupcake Pug.

These easy cute cupcakes are perfect for dog and kid birthday parties or celebrations.

Do you make treats for your Pug or celebrate birthdays together?  Let us know in the comments.

Disclaimer:  Please note that I am just having fun with these Dog Licks Recipes, making food that looks like cute pups and that my dog, my kids and I can enjoy. I am not an expert, a chef, a vet or a nutritionist, so it’s advisable to consult with your own authority when trying new foods, and also to ensure that your dog’s or your child’s diet is balanced and appropriate & includes all of the nutrients that are necessary for good health.

Also please watch for allergies or adverse reactions, especially if using products like peanut butter which can be deadly, and never give your dog chocolate, onions, grapes, xylitol or raisins ( if you have any questions contact your Vet or the ASPCA hotline).

How to Stop Your Pug From Jumping Up

How to stop your pug from jumping up- Kilo says hello politely

How to Stop Your Pug From Jumping Up

Does Your Puppy Like To Jump Up On People?

When your Kilo spins in circles and jumps up to greet me when I walk in the door, it is a friendly, flattering gesture. Pugs are very social creatures. Jumping, spinning, nipping, rubbing, licking and bouncing are how they show affection and get attention.

My baby is so excited to see me and looks adorable doing backflips and celebrating my return. He shows just how important I am to him and how much he misses me when I am out. I confess, I love it, especially as the rest of the family tend to give less enthusiastic greetings now.

Kilo dancing

Kilo is small and does not jump up aggressively, he just tries to get closer to my face.  However, while an enthusiastic greeting from Kilo may be very cute to me, it is usually much less cute to others. It can be frightening for young children, people with allergies, strangers scared of dogs and elderly. It can damage clothing and ladder stockings. Jumping up uninvited is generally not a desirable behaviour in dogs. It is a good idea to stop your pug from jumping up and teach them a more appropriate way to greet people and get attention.

Gillian Ridgeway, head trainer of Who’s Walking Who Dog Training Centres  shares her expert tips on how to stop your pug from jumping up on people and how to say “hi” politely!

Teaching Your Pug How To Properly Say “Hello”

The first trick when you’re trying to train your pug not to jump up on people is to make sure that your puppy doesn’t jump up on you. Oops. Fail.

If your pug starts to jump up on you, stand still, don’t look at your dog, and bring your hands and arms up to your chest so that your dog won’t lick them or paw at them. Once you’ve done this, calmly wait until your dog stops jumping up then reward them.

Do not reward jumping up on you with attention or treats.

Provide and Reward An Alternative

The best solution to the jumping up problem is providing your dog with an alternative satisfying method of greeting you at their level.

One option is a strong sit-stay cue as this can refocus and calm your dog down. They can’t jump up if they are seated and they get eye contact. Once your dog is calm, then kneel down and give him a warm hug and kiss and reward for the good behaviour.

Susie and Kilo Pug hug

In my case with Kilo, we run over to the couch and I ask him up for a Pug Hug. He jumps onto my knee and we give each other a big hug and lots of kisses and back rubs. My daughter does the same and we all get a lot of pleasure from this. In my husband’s case, he gets down at Kilo’s level and goes “hi little guy” and gives him some good pats and back rubs. Sometimes he even picks him up for a hug.

Never let anyone else allow your puppy to jump up on them! Most feel, “It’s OK, he’s so cute, I don’t mind if he jumps on me”.  If your pug jumps up, immediately intervene, put your pup in a sit, praise the puppy then scold the person!

While your pug is in a sit, let the person then greet him and give positive reinforcement. This helps your puppy to understand that a calm greeting will get a reward. In my case, I have to be careful as Kilo is reactive to certain strangers. I let him smell the person’s feet and legs,  then let them drop him a treat but not pat him. Eventually, when he is calm and comfortable and associates them with a treat, he can choose to go to them and say hi politely if they are seated and comfortable too. A strange hand coming down to pat him or even someone trying to make eye contact and get too close too fast at his level can scare him and cause a nasty reaction.

I have seen other people pushing their dogs away and saying no sternly but I am not sure this would be as effective as the reward based method long-term with Kilo, and it certainly would not be as fun for me.

Be Positive and Consistent

  • Get down to their level to give affection and attention.
  • Do not reward a puppy for jumping up.
  • Do not allow other people to let your pug jump on them.
  • Do not give in!  Do not give up! Practice and a positive attitude is essential!

Does Your Pug Jump Up On People? Share Tips And Stories In The Comments Below.