Puppy Mills

Puppy Mills is a label used loosely to name a group of breeding facilities.  It includes Amish operations, “reputable” show breeders who have a behind the scenes operation to mass produce puppies, some large multi breed kennels, and amateur “backyard” breeders out to make a buck.

Some of these may be better than others but none are good.  The worst are a living hell, more for the parents of litter after litter with little care.  All are guilty the following to a greater or lesser degree:

  • Inadequate housing-some are only allotted a small crate they cant even stand in.
  •  Unsanitary conditions
  • No heat or ventilation for hot weather
  • lack of fresh water
  • little or no medical care
  • no genetic screening or care to prevent congenital problems
  • minimal care and immunizations for puppies before sale
  • lack of socialization

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Jealousy & Possessiveness

The jealous dog sees other people or pets as a rival for your attention and love. He tries to force himself in between you and someone else or another pet. He may challenge a spouse when they try to snuggle next to you on the couch or in bed. A jealous dog may attack another pet that gets too close to you. He’ll try to push another pet away so he can get your attention. He’s afraid of losing your love and attention. (quoted from canidae.com/blog/ Linda Cole)

Unfortunately, as with other non-accepted behavior, we have taught them it’s ok to act like that.  We even unwittingly reward their actions with attention, even if it is negative attention!    As long as there is a reinforcement for the behavior (sometimes the payoff is that he is allowed to do the behavior), the dog will continue the behavior. Removing the reward is the first step toward changing the behavior.

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Adopt vs. Shop

Adopt, don’t shop is a great motto to live by.  If you are not too fussy about breed, sex and age you will probably find the perfect dog or cat to be your companion for life at your local shelter.

Twenty five % of the dogs turned in at the shelter are purebreds.  If the selection at the shelter doesn’t suit you there are local rescues, Petfinder and Rescue Me to search.  Statistics show 23 million people are bringing pets home annually.  So-why are so many dying homeless and unwanted in shelters?  

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