Pugs are a rewarding family pet for many reasons. These cute dogs contain so many great things in a little package, including an irresistible face, cuddly body, and sweet, lap dog demeanor. Having a pug means you are never without a loving companion.
But there are common stereotypes about the barking behavior of small dogs. Like other dogs in the toy category of dogs, like a chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier, or Pomeranian, pugs are often subjected to this common question: “Do pugs bark a lot?”
Unlike other dogs similar to pugs, these adorable dogs are not considered to be particularly prone to barking. Pugs are commonly understood as quiet dogs, aside from the trademark snoring imparted by their brachycephalic faces.
It may be that your pug is barking more than is typical for its breed. This can happen and is often easily reversible.
How Often Do Pugs Bark?
Pugs are typically considered to be a very quiet breed of dog. Pugs are known to rarely bark and are not a good decision if you are looking for a guard dog. Pugs can be territorial around their home and humans, but these dogs are very rarely aggressive.
Not only do pugs bark infrequently, many pug owners have reported strange bark sounds, like a yodel instead of a normal dog bark. Luckily, the volume of a pug’s bark is also reported as being less annoying than other toy breeds, with a quieter and less shrill bark coming from a pug.
Why is My Pug Barking?
Puppies typically begin to start barking at the two or three week milestone. This occurs around the same time as the puppy’s ears and eyes start to open. Every breed is different, however, and some puppies may not vocalize until they are four months old.
There are several natural reasons why your pug may be barking. Pugs, like many other dogs, react to stimuli through barking, often before doing other reactions like running or wagging their tail.
Pugs may react to noises coming from the television, mistaking them for happening in real life. Sounds like a doorbell or other barking dogs coming from a commercial or TV show can prompt your pug to briefly bark.
If they are home alone, pugs may occasionally bark as a reaction to what is happening outside the home. If a person walks by or the mail carrier drops off a package, the pug left alone inside may react with barking.
However, it is rare for pugs to exhibit separation anxiety through prolonged barking. Many dogs, pugs included, can experience separation anxiety when their humans leave them home alone. This can manifest as property destruction, urinating or defecating indoors, or constant barking.
Pugs are little dogs that are full of character. That means they may use their barking to communicate a myriad of things to you. Consider if your pug is trying to “talk” to you if your pug is barking more than you think is normal.
Pugs may bark if they are hungry to encourage you to fill their food bowls. Pugs also are very happy, excitable, and social creatures who love the attention of their humans, so if they are feeling particularly attention-starved, they may bark to get a reaction from you.
Even though pugs are not known for being the most athletic dog breed, they still need physical and mental stimulation to keep them entertained. A bored dog can resort to destructive behavior, so it’s best to play with your pug regularly to keep them busy and happy.
Try to achieve about 30 minutes of physical activity with your pug every day. Taking a walk or playing with a favorite toy are great choices to avoid boredom. Because these dogs are less athletic, consider breaking the 30 minutes up in two increments of fifteen minutes or less.
How to Prevent Pugs from Barking
Pugs are intelligent dogs and are receptive to proper dog training if the dog owner is committed to a positive training regimen for their pug. It is helpful to start training a dog when they are young puppies, but you can train a pug at any age to achieve the behavior you want.
The first step in training is to establish a verbal or body language command to indicate you disapprove of the barking behavior. It is vital to not only discourage barking but also to encourage no-barking behavior with your pug.
Create a Stimulating Environment
One way you can do this is by using two humans to build an environment that would stimulate your pug to bark. For example, if your pug constantly barks when it hears people walking by, stage a person walking by to entice your pug to bark.
If your pug starts to bark, discipline the pug with the verbal command or body language you have established or are trying to establish. Wait for the pug to settle down and try again.
Continue with the stimulating action and wait until it elicits no barking from the pug. You should always reward the pug with treats or praise if it does not bark.
Consult a Professional
Another option to help quell your dog’s instinct to bark is to hire a professional dog trainer or attend dog obedience classes. A professional dog trainer will help build a foundation for your dog so you can reinforce the desired behaviors at home with excellent results.
Dog obedience classes are another great option for pet owners to reinforce the proper behaviors. These classes are great not only because they help teach the dog, but your pug will get to socialize with other dogs. Socialization is important for healthy, well-balanced dogs.
Dog obedience classes also require the dog owner to be learning and reinforcing the learned behaviors alongside the dog. This provides an intense bonding experience that is so valuable not only to the dog owner but the dog as well.
In Summary – Do Pugs Bark A Lot?
Pugs are a great family pet for their low probability of troublesome barking. Pugs are naturally quiet dogs that can consistently answer the question, “do pugs bark a lot” with a resounding, “no!”
If your pug barks more than you would like it to, there are many great options to train the proper behaviors in your pug. Look into professional dog trainers or obedience classes, or set up a training environment at home to encourage your pug to bark less.
About the author
Rachael is the co-founder and editor at Pug Facts. Owner of one elderly Pug, she’s dedicated to helping other Pug owners create healthy, happy, lives with their furry best friends.