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Pugs Good Choice For A Watchdog

Through the course of time, dogs have been used to alert their owners to signs of impending danger.  Some breeds make better watchdogs than others, this article takes an in-depth look at where a Pug may fall along these lines.  We will explore how Pugs are alert, stubborn and friendly and believe it or not, all these qualities will factor into whether or not you decide a Pug would make a good watchdog for your family.

Sound the Alarm!

Everyone who owns a dog wants it to let us know if there is something suspicious going on around our home.  Pugs will let you know of any activity by barking at the first sign of something going on.  They will respond vocally to the presence of strangers or odd noises.  They are quite protective of their owners, which is a great quality to have in a watchdog.  Their size is not imposing which makes them non-threatening, but they are great at letting you know when something odd is going on.

A Stubborn Disposition:

Pugs have a bit of a stubborn streak which can make them a big harder to train at times.  If you intend on training your Pug to become a watchdog and develop skills in this area, you might run into difficulty.  Aside from being stubborn, they tend to become distracted by repetitive training exercises which can also be taken as a sign of being headstrong and stubborn.  It all depends on what you are seeking in a guard dog.

Friendly Dogs?

You might not think of friendly as a desired attribute when you are trying to choose a guard dog, but that will of course depend on your situation.  A dog that barks excessively at both family and strangers is about as useful as one who gives the silent treatment.  You want your dog to understand the difference between an intruder and someone getting out of bed to get a midnight snack.  Pugs do bond well with their families and even other pets, so that should not be a problem.  Another positive fact is that Pugs love children.  The ability to differentiate between a friendly and unfriendly person is a genuine asset.  This means that these intelligent dogs will not be alerting you to a false alarm.

Throughout history, watchdogs have often put themselves in the middle of perilous situations so the danger could be avoided.  A Pug has many qualities that may effect its role as a watchdog.  These qualities are alertness, willingness to please and friendliness.  Chances are people who own pugs will always know when there is a stranger at the front door.
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