We have two pugs, mother and son, which we adopted through a pug rescue organisation. Mother is 6.5yrs and Jet her son is 4.5yrs.
I think they have come to us with a fair bit of baggage behind them. They don't really seek human companionship, rather whatever they can get their mouths into when inside. They scoff their food in 10 seconds (well, just over 10 seconds LOL) and fight over food if one finishes before the other. I think they've possibly not been fed properly at their previous home.
They're very unusual for pugs, I've had them for over 40yrs now and know their characters inside and out.
Jet is the one I worry about. He has a fixation for shadows and chases them *all day long*. He's on guard for them, waiting and concentrating till he sees one. Even flying birds and butterflies shadows are targets for him. All day.
The reason I worry is that this is so obsessive. It doesn't look as though he's actually enjoying the chase, rather he's just so tensed up and on guard the whole day. He's skinny from never relaxing like pugs love to do, and also I think, from nervous tension.
Does anybody have any ideas on how to treat this behaviour? Even just to understand it would be a bonus.
Thank you for any input.