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Why Pugs Like Hoarding Things

why pugs like hoarding things?Hi, guys thanks for all those lovely comments about the blog. I really appreciate all your support. Have you ever asked yourself why pugs like hoarding things?

We struggle in our house with the mysterious disappearance of socks,caps, shoes, pens and pencils, and a variety of other stuff. We’ve always suspected our little Pug might know more than she’s letting on, and it seems we may right. Who knows where this cap may have ended up if this sneaky pug wasn’t discovered in time.

Hoarding things is terribly cute until your little pug gets hold of your car keys or wallet.

Pugs Remind Us Of Ourselves

Pugs are amusing because they like to do things that help remind us of our selves. Just take a look into their eyes and you notice a mischievous streak, ready and waiting for you to take the bait.

One thing that my dog loves to do is to steal every thing she can and hide it.

So,If you doggy friend has a dog crate, it’s likely that many of these treasures are in there, but some things are really impossible to find. Even if your dog has lots of dog toys, he may still like to hoard things. Even when you “teach” him not to pick up things and hide them, she still will when you’re not paying attention.

The juries out on how smart dogs really are, but it’s generally agreed that they have a mental capacity of a 4 or 5 year old human. When it comes to hoarding things, it’s a wonderful game for them.

Pugs play this game, even when they know that they are not supposed to.

Pugs Taking Your Things For Safe Keeping


They like to be helpful. They are watching what you touch, where you go, what you do and so on. During the day, when you are busy with other things, they will take your things and “store” them for you. This is how they can be helpful and “bring” them back to you.

When Dales getting ready to clean the living room she will say ‘I’m cleaning up!” and Gizmo will dash off the couch and try to beat her to whatever toy is on the floor before she gets it. 

Pugs like to serve, and they believe that hoarding things is the right thing to do. They are putting things into safe keeping. They don’t feel that they are doing the wrong thing. Of course this also happens out of boredom to get a reaction.

Unfortunately bringing them back to you is not always high on their list of priorities.

With Pugs this is also part of the process of building a relationship with you. If you can teach you dog to put things where you can find them, or show you where they are, you may very well be making some progress.

Hoarding In The Wild


Hoarding food has roots in a dog’s most basic instincts.

In the wild, dogs weren’t sure to get a meal every day so when hunting was good it made perfect sense to hide away some extra. this way there would be food when hunting didn’t go so well. The most natural thing was to dig a hole and bury leftovers.

So what happens when any pug encounters a new object.The first thing going through her mind is whether they can eat it. This is closely followed with a quick glance to see if you’re watching. This is to check whether they will get yelled at for attempting to eat the object.  If all’s clear, then the sampling begins!

One Last Thing


Spend more time with your dog on other things like walks, outside “fetch” and other pursuits. Wear them out and transfer their interests. Get her concentrating on other things. He/She will slowly stop hoarding things.

I hope this post has been helpful and gone some way to explaining why pugs like hoarding things. If you have any stories that you would like to share I would love to hear them.

I’d love to know what you think about this issue.Let me know in the comments.Where do your pugs store their stolen treasures?

“My dogs have been the reason I have woken up every single day with a smile on my face. I am among the ranks of millions of people who appreciate the souls of dogs and know they are a gift of pure love and an example of all that is good.”  Jennifer Skiff, The Divinity of Dogs: True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man’s Best Friend



Richard S.

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Since I retired from business I have had the time to write. I have learned so much from these dogs over the years and count myself something of an expert when it comes to Pugs.These dogs and their owners deserve to have a voice.If you have anything interesting that you would like to share or any opinions about any of the content I have created on my site please speak up. I enjoy feedback in any form. I would love to connect. Simply leave your comment below and make sure you visit this site regularly as I am always adding new techniques and advice that I come across that I know you will find interesting.Anyways, I wish you everything of the best and thank you for dropping by and I hope you enjoy the blog. If you're a Pug lover like me I'm sure you will enjoy what I have to share. Cheers, Richard S.

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