Puggle puppies get their sweet, intelligent, and loving demeanors from their Pug and Beagle ancestors. But just like any other breed, Puggles can show signs of aggression to their family, other dogs, and strangers. Here are some key points to help get rid of those unwanted behaviors!
1. As a puppy, growling and nipping can be cute little behaviors, but the more you allow these behaviors to occur, the faster they can become habits and behaviors that are even harder to break. Most dogs show signs of aggression towards their owners to assert themselves as the alpha over their owner. You must let your dog know that you are the leader of the pack and what you say counts, not the other way around. When your Puggle puppy knows that you are the leader, he will feel more secure and aggression should decrease.
2. Feeding aggression is a very common problem that usually doesn’t start until puppies are a little older. However, no matter at what age your puppy begins to show signs of aggression with his food, toys, or treats, you need to show him that this is not acceptable. The alpha dog of the pack is always the first to eat and also controls who eats and when. Keep your puggle puppy in another room while he prepares his food so he doesn’t get bossy by jumping up or barking. When you’re ready, call him over to his feeding area and have him sit quietly for at least 5 seconds before giving him his food. This will show him that you are in control of the food supply, therefore you are alpha and deserve respect.
3. No matter what you do, you can’t let your Puggle puppy think his aggressive behavior is in any way acceptable. As soon as he shows signs of aggression, you should immediately tell him “no” in a loud, harsh tone so he knows these behaviors are not allowed.