May people think that their chug puppy’s sole form of communication is barking. However, chug pups can communicate in many other ways such as facial expressions, body postures and gestures. When and how a dog performs these type of actions also needs to be taken into consideration. For example, a chug puppy that barks more at night may have excess energy, which means they may be sleeping too much during the day.
Here are a few common ways small dogs try to communicate:
- Growling and Standing Up Tall – Small toy dogs have a tendency to do this when they are trying to protect their owner or let larger dogs know that they do not feel threatened.
- Crouching and Laying Ears Flat – This is a sign of submission in small dogs such as chugs. They will often do this when they are scorned, especially if you tower over them to pick them up before they finish going potty in the house.
- Putting a Paw Over Another Dog’s Shoulders – this is usually an invitation to play with another dog and is a playful expression of dominance.
- Pawing at The Neck – Your chug puppy may do this when you come home. It may seem like he is deliberatley trying to scratch you, but it is in fact an expression of affection.
As an owner of a new chug puppy, you will begin to understand what these actions mean more and more over time.