When you hear the word ‘puppy mill’ what do you picture? Do you picture a way off acreage with cages and cages of sad, neglected puppies? Do you picture an old dilapidated farmhouse with a terrible stench and mean people? The phrase ‘puppy mill’ leaves the impression that it’s some sort of large operation with tons of dogs and puppies. When in fact, it’s the opposite in many situations.
Her is Webster’s dictionary definition of a puppy mill: ‘a commercial farming operation in which purebred dogs are raised in large numbers’. Webster’s does give the impression it’s a farming industry and something you would not see in the city. However the new ‘modern online’ dictionary states the definition of a puppy mill: ‘a And in today’s society this is a lot more accurate.
Misconceptions of a puppy mill
The days of such ‘businesses’ being located on acreages far away from the public eye are long gone. Most puppy mills are literally right next door to you. They’re in well-to-do areas and basement suites or garages in your own neighborhood. So what about that friend or acquaintance you have that breeds dogs? Do they offer proper veterinary care and breed good tempered dogs? Did a veterinarian check the dog they want to breed? Were the breeding parents behavior tested? How many litters a year are they having? And what about the puppies? Are both their mental and physical health needs being met? Make no mistake, if any of those are a no, they are a puppy mill. It’s a business, those poor dogs are simply inventory. There’s no love, no matter what they say.
To love a dog means to respect them as well. Remember, when a dog is bred too often without proper nutrition or veterinarian care, it’s called a puppy mill! There’s no respect for puppy mill dogs or puppies. Please do not support this industry. It’s a horrible industry and it needs to stop! And the only way to stop it is to not support it in the first place. If you want to buy a puppy please buy one from a reputable breeder. To help find one read this blog post: tips on how to pick a reputable breeder.
Written by Brenda McBurnie, Certified Dog Trainer and Natural Nutrition
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