Training a Chihuahua Pug Mix and Puggle Information – Very Boistrous Behavior

by patty
(ontario)

I have just brought home an 8 month old Chihuahua Pug mix. I also have a 2 year old puggle. I’m not sure of the best way to get them to settle. They constantly go at each other, it’s playful but too rough and noisy for indoors and I worry that they might hurt each other, especially their protruding eyes.

They are definitely getting enough exercise and attention. There does seem to be competition especially around toys. Should the younger one have some time out in a crate ? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Our Response

Hi thanks for your question – your little Chihuahua Pug mix is at the age where he or she is going to be really testing the boundaries. A crate is always a great way to keep a young puppy or dog under close supervision – however it is never a good idea to start using the crate as a punishment tool as your pooch will soon start to associate the crate with bad experiences. However, having said this crate training is a great way to supervise your little puppy and also give your older dog some chance to have some time alone. Below we have listed some of the behavior and things that you should expect from a puppy aged around 8 up to 9 months of age.

1. A puppy at this age is basically a stroppy teenager – you can expect all kinds of problems at this age.

2. Your puppy will have severe mood changes as his or her hormones rage out of control.

3. You may see your puppy go from being happy and playful to very moody and even display aggressive behavior – basically your dog is going through the natural changes that are associated with puberty.

4. Your puppy may also be teething which will cause pain and discomfort to a growing puppy – take this in to account when you see a moody puppy.

5. Your puppy will also be very strong willed and will test you as the pack leader. Start by distracting your puppy when he or she is exhibiting naughty behavior. For example if your puppy starts to get over exuberant then distract him and divert his attention to something else. Say ‘No’ and use another toy to divert his attention.

6. If your puppy shows any aggressive behavior or becomes submissive and even anxious don’t instantly jump to his attention as this may only reinforce the behavior. Reinforce positive behavior and ignore negative behavior – constant obedience training is very important as you puppy may be trying to become top dog – your older dog will soon put him or her in its place. Always keep close supervision on both your dogs during play time as you don’t want any accidents.