Buying a puppy isn’t something that can be considered a big deal. There are many dog breeding firms that specialize in “making” puppies and as long as you have the cash, you only pay the quoted price and the puppy of your choice gets to be yours. The firms which own commercial breeding facilities for dogs and selling the resulting puppies have somehow gained popularity and consequently, it may not be a huge deal to hear homeowners talking about having bought their puppies from certain “puppy mills”. Puppy mills, the commercial dog breeding facilities, are becoming a controversy because they raise many questions about health safety, animal social happiness and overall well-being of the dogs they handle.
Puppy mills are notorious for inhumane treatment of dogs
Some puppy mills have earned the notoriety of keeping dogs under crowded and unsanitary conditions without having regard for healthy veterinary care, feeding or animal socialization. In some instances, for puppy mills to maximize their profits, dog breeding happens at any possible opportunity without giving female dogs adequate recovery time between their litters. In some mills, dogs are often confined to cages having wire flooring and that exposes them to injuries.
Confining dogs to cages without giving them adequate time to socialize makes them develop aggressive behaviors, anxiety and inability to get on along with their new owners. Again, let’s not forget about parasites infection and diseases that can emerge if many dogs are mostly confined to cages. Consequently, dogs kept at puppy mills facilities often shows signs of fatigue and hardly do they show signs of happiness which any dog buyer would expect to get in return.
Many puppy mills have little regard for the breed quality of the puppies they produce
Many prospective dog buyers are often serious about the quality of any puppy breed they get and the sad fact is that many puppy mills are mostly after profits and thereby have little regards to the quality of breeds they produce. The practice in many mills is that dogs are bred without extensively looking into details the kind of breed they may give. If you are specific about a puppy breed you would want to own; then a puppy mill may not be the best pick for you.
Instead, it is better to consult dog breeding professionals who have a proven competence with regard to the quality of the breeds they produce if at all you would want to be a proud owner of healthy dogs. That statement shouldn’t mean that all puppy mills have a questionable record with regard to the quality of puppy breeds they produce. However, chances of getting a healthy, well-fed and nicely bred puppy often diminishes when mills are consulted instead of individual dog breeders.
Can you find it Ok to own a puppy that has been deprived most of its basic needs just because its owner wants to make some profits by selling it? Should puppy mills be banned?
The fight against animal cruelty is something that should unanimously bring us together. It is an open truth that many puppy mills can’t provide the right conditions that can enable dogs breed and live harmoniously as their natural behaviors dictate. Any cent that goes to puppy mills only encourages cruelty to animals.
Only insist on buying dogs that are humanely handled and the “licenses” from puppy mills isn’t a proof of humane animal treatment. Say no to puppy mills. If you want to own a dog, only deal with a reputable dog breeder who is driven by the passion for making dogs happy and not solely rely on them as a profit making business.