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How to Groom a Pug: 14 Tips & Tricks


May 8, 2023
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wiping pug with towel after shower

The Pug is one of the most beloved dog breeds, known for their playful and affectionate personality and face full of wrinkles. However, a Pug requires regular grooming to stay healthy and happy. Keep reading as we provide you with plenty of tips and tricks on grooming Pugs so you can be better informed.


The 14 Tips & Tricks to Groom a Pug

1. Brush Your Pug’s Coat Regularly

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Pugs have short coats but tend to shed frequently. Weekly brushing will help reduce the amount of loose fur around the house.

2. Bathe Your Pug Occasionally

Most experts recommend bathing your Pug about once per month to help keep their fur looking its best. Be sure to use a dog-friendly shampoo and rinse thoroughly to avoid skin irritation.

3. Clean Your Pug’s Wrinkles

Their wrinkles are partly why the Pug is so popular, but dirt and debris can collect between the folds, leading to skin infections. Use a damp cloth or specialized wipes to clean between their wrinkles to avoid problems.

4. Trim Your Pug’s Nails

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Long nails can be uncomfortable for your Pug and can also cause damage to your furniture or flooring. Trim their nails every few weeks, especially if you hear them clicking on the floor; be careful not to cut the quick, which is the blood vessel in the nail.

5. Brush Your Pug’s Teeth

Dental hygiene is important for all dogs, including Pugs, and some experts say that it affects more than 80% of dogs over the age of 3.1 Use a dog-friendly toothbrush and toothpaste to brush their teeth regularly. Start when they are still a puppy to help get them into a routine.

6. Clean Your Pug’s Ears

Pugs have floppy ears, so they are prone to ear infections. Check their ears regularly for signs of redness, odor, or discharge. You can clean their ears with a cotton ball and a gentle dog-safe ear cleaner.

7. Keep Your Pug’s Eyes Clean

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Pugs have bulging eyes that are susceptible to injury and infection. Regularly check for any signs of discharge or irritation. Use a damp cloth to clean around their eyes and to help prevent dirt from building up and reduce the risk of a blocked tear duct.

8. Use Flea-and-Tick Prevention

Fleas and ticks can irritate your pet’s skin and spread disease, so use the flea-and-tick prevention medication that your vet recommends. These medications also usually prevent heartworm, which comes from mosquito bites.

9. Check Your Pug for Skin Issues

Pugs are prone to skin allergies and rashes, so check their skin regularly for signs of redness, bumps, or itchiness. When they have a skin issue, you may also notice them scratching more than usual.

10. Take Your Pug to the Groomer

If you’re uncomfortable grooming your Pug yourself or don’t know how, take them to a professional groomer who can provide a full grooming service, including a bath, nail trim, and ear cleaning. They may even be able to help train you in these techniques.

11. Provide High-Quality Dog Food

A Pug’s diet can affect their skin, coat condition, and overall health. Feed your Pug high-quality dog food—with real meat, like chicken or turkey, listed as the first ingredient—that meets their nutritional needs according to their age and weight. Avoid foods that contain artificial colors and preservatives.

12. Exercise Your Pug Regularly

Pugs can be prone to obesity because they spend most of their time in the house, so it’s important to provide them with regular exercise to keep them healthy. A daily walk or playtime in the backyard can help keep your Pug in shape and will prevent them from becoming bored, which can lead to behaviors like excessive licking or skin chewing.

13. Keep Your Pug Cool

Pugs can overheat easily, especially in hot weather or after too much physical activity or excitement. Provide them with plenty of water and shade, and avoid exercising your Pug during the hottest parts of the day.

14. Groom Your Pug’s Coat for Special Occasions

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Pugs love extra attention, and if you want your Pug to look extra sharp for an event, consider using a dog-specific blow dryer to give their coat extra shine and volume.

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A Pug requires regular maintenance to keep them healthy and happy, and while the grooming process may seem overwhelming at first, it will quickly become routine for you and your pet. Weekly brushing will help keep the coat looking nice, and be sure to clean the face, ears, and eyes regularly and brush their teeth as often as possible. Starting when your Pug is still a puppy will help ensure that they will be comfortable with the process as adults.

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