There are few things better than the companionship and loyalty that a dog offers. Except maybe the wet-nosed, wide-eyed, wiggly-bottomed exuberance of a puppy.
Yet, like all good things, puppies don't last. If you're considering getting a puppy, remember that dogs live for an [url=https://www.caninejournal.com/life-expectancy-of-dogs/]average of 15 years[/url]. That's a long term commitment.
Being a responsible pet owner starts from day one. Read on to find out why you should avoid buying pet store puppies at all costs.
[b]1. A Pet Store Puppy Is Not a Rescue[/b]
If you've done your homework before you start looking at [url=https://www.mynextpup.com/puppies-for-sale-8-questions-to-think-about-before-buying-a-puppy/]puppies for sale[/url], you may have decided that the right thing to do is to find a rescue puppy.
Now, while it may seem that you're saving that puppy in the window from its caged existence in a pet store, you may be doing more harm than good.
When you head to the pet store to buy puppies, you're unwittingly supporting the industry that put them, and thousands like them, in those cages. Here's why.
[b]2. You're Supporting Puppy Mills[/b]
Reputable puppy breeders usually have a waiting list for their puppies. There is no way they would ever sell them at a pet store. When you buy puppies from these dealers, you're creating a demand for their product.
In case you don't already know what a [url=https://www.humanesociety.org/all-our-fights/stopping-puppy-mills]puppy mill [/url]is, it's exactly what it sounds like - a dog factory. Adult female dogs live in horribly cramped conditions where their only purpose is to give birth to more puppies, year after year.
In these places, dogs have become commodities. They will never know the comfort of companionship or the joy of playing outside.
Very often, they're denied any medical attention as they age. When their breeding years are up, they're simply discarded.
Does that sound like something you want to encourage? If not, when you feel the temptation to enter a pet store to buy puppies, keep walking.
[b]3. You Don't Know Their History[/b]
The pet store owner may tell you that their dogs come from a licensed breeder. There are two reasons why this is not a good reason to buy a puppy from them.
Firstly, the USDA licensing standards aren't very strict. According to their rules, it's okay for a dog to live in a cage that is six inches wider than itself.
Secondly, pet store owners do not take the time to inspect the places that their puppies come from. They're motivated by profit alone and do not have the dog's welfare at heart. After all, a pet store cage is no better than a puppy mill cage after all.
[b]4. They May Have Genetic Weaknesses[/b]
Puppy mills have one goal and that's to produce as many puppies as they can as quickly as they can. They don't care if they continue to breed dogs with genetic weaknesses such as hip dysplasia.
When you end up with one of their puppies, you could be in for a lifetime of veterinary bills and heartache.
[b]5. Destruction of Breed Standards[/b]
In this way, thousands of sub-standard dogs reach the market every year. These incorrect breeding practices degrade centuries of careful animal husbandry.
They also mean that certain breeds have become synonymous with genetic problems (e.g. the German Shepherd and hip dysplasia). No respectable breeder would ever knowingly perpetuate a flaw in their dogs.
[b]6. Unexpected Behavioral Issues[/b]
When you visit a legitimate breeder, you'll encounter someone who is passionate about the welfare and future of their puppies. These people have spent vast amounts of time and money to try and perfect their chosen breed.
They know their dogs and have purchased their breeding stock from carefully selected parents. They are willing to vouch for the temperament and health of every puppy they sell.
Breeding dogs is a source of income for them, but that comes second to their love of the animals in their care. They will not tarnish their standing in the dog breeding society by selling you a dog with any behavioral or health problems.
Puppies that have lived their entire lives in confinement, without any positive human experiences are an entirely different thing. It is not unreasonable to expect these abused and neglected youngsters to have serious trust and insecurity issues.
[b]7. A Puppy Is Not an Item[/b]
Pet store owners will often provide you with a warranty that entitles you to return the puppy if you're unsatisfied with it. There is no happy ending for a puppy that you return to the pet store. Euthanasia is the obvious option since they're damaged goods.
On the other hand, a reputable breeder will guide you through any teething problems. If you can't cope with the dog they sold you, chances are they'll take it back and rehome it with the next approved home on their list.
[b]8. Pet Store Puppies Are More Expensive[/b]
Let's face it, pedigreed dogs are expensive, but you get a high-quality animal for the price. A pet store will sell you a dog for as much as they can get.
They're likely to sell you a sub-standard dog for the same price as a champion.
[b]9. Unforeseen Health Problems[/b]
The dark past of your pet store puppy could quickly catch up with it, and you. Without a record of their vaccinations or genetic makeup, you could be in for a long and costly relationship with your vet.
If the worst goes wrong, have you thought about how you're going to tell your child that their treasured playmate is going to be PTS?
[b]10. House Training Could Be More Difficult[/b]
When a puppy has lived in a confined space all its life, it can't make a distinction between its sleeping area and its toilet area. To them, it's the same thing.
It's very difficult to get caged animals out of the habit of defecating inside since inside is all they know.
[b]Do the Right Thing[/b]
Every year, around [url=https://www.aspca.org/animal-homelessness/shelter-intake-and-surrender/pet-statistics]3 million homeless dogs[/url] make their way to animal shelters in the USA. Many of them are puppies.
Like pet store puppies, you won't be able to glean much information about the past history of these pups. Unlike pet store animals, you'll know that they've experienced kindness and had access to excellent veterinary care while in the shelter.
When you adopt a dog from a shelter, the money you pay goes towards supporting others like them, not into the bank account of an uncaring puppy mill. If you love dogs, adopting instead of shopping is the least you can do.
If you're not ready to welcome a puppy into your home just yet, there are other ways to [url=https://www.givology.org/~jonh1a2/blog/680622/]help to improve their lives[/url] too.
Help to make the world a better place. There are so many ways to [url=https://www.givology.org/get-involved/]get involved[/url] in making a difference in the world and today is a good time to start.
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