I’ve been going over and over this post in my head for the last few days. I wanted to write something that would be informative without scaring the pants off anyone. Over the last few months I have had many discussions with people and discovered that puppy farming isn’t as well known about as I thought. If it’s not well known then we can’t fix it right?
You might be wondering what puppy mills have to do with dog training. Well, animals bred in such poor conditions WILL develop behaviour problems. In the time that I have been training, I have come across a few of these puppies. A lot of training and behaviour work goes into these pups to rehabilitate them. It is heartbreaking and costly for everyone involved.
Take 2 minutes to read this below and please do your research before you get your next puppy.
What is a puppy farm?-
Definition supplied by the RSPCA website below:
“A puppy farm (also known as a puppy factory or puppy mill) is defined as: an intensive dog breeding facility that is operated under inadequate conditions that fail to meet the dogs’ behavioural, social and/or physiological needs. Puppy farms are usually large-scale commercial operations, but inadequate conditions may also exist in small volume breeding establishments which may or may not be run for profit.
The main problems associated with puppy farms include: over-breeding (too many litters per female), in-breeding (mating close relatives), minimal or no veterinary care, poor hygiene, inadequate and crowded housing conditions and high mortality rates. Breeding animals may never be allowed out of their cage to exercise, play, have companionship or to urinate or defacate.
Puppies born in puppy farms often have long-term health and/or behavioural problems as a result of the conditions they are bred in, poor maternal nutrition and a lack of adequate socialisation during the crucial first few weeks of life.
Puppies from puppy farms are sold through the internet, newspaper ads, pet shops or sometimes at the puppy farm itself. Puppy farms may also use a house as a ‘shop front’ to sell their animals from so you don’t get to see the poor conditions they breed dogs in.”
So what can you do to help?
Don’t buy your puppy from a pet shop, over the internet or from the newspaper. Search for a reputable breeder to get your next puppy or head to your local pound or rescue agency. If there is no demand for puppy mill puppies, then there will be no supply.