Farmed puppies are ‘almost wild’

SMH; RACHEL BROWNE; June 6, 2010

DOGS produced on puppy farms can become aggressive later in life and attack humans.

Dogs NSW, which represents professional registered breeders, said puppy farming is

not just an animal welfare issue, but a public safety concern.

”If a consumer buys a dog from a puppy farm, they don’t know what they’re getting until the animal grows up,” said a spokesman,

Peter Higgins. ”That cute little puppy could grow up to be Cujo. It’s a case of buyer beware. You have no idea what you are getting in terms of size and temperament.”

Pups raised in cramped conditions miss the critical socialisation period – between three and 17 weeks of age.

”These places are overcrowded, they are unsanitary, the dogs are not socialised so they don’t know how to behave,” Dr Higgins said.

”The puppies have very little contact with humans and often the interaction they do have is negative. They are almost like wild dogs.”

Poorly socialised dogs often display aggression to other dogs and humans.

”When people talk about dog attacks you have to think about what has caused it,” Dr Higgins said.

”Often the first human contact these dogs have is when they are sold and they go home with a family. Then the dog goes out and attacks someone and more often than not is surrendered and put down.”

The NSW Dog Attack Register shows that 666 attacks occurred in the first quarter of 2010, up from 470 in the previous quarter.

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Filed under Breeders, Pet shops, Puppy Mills

2 responses to “Farmed puppies are ‘almost wild’

  1. Jan

    I agree Dr. Higgins we have a lot of these puppys & older dogs come to our obedience club…..we do have a lot of problems with them socializing….but after weeks even months of training with the people who are responsible owners & keep coming back we can see some changes in the dogs…..but it is hard work…..we are not the dog whisperer but we always put time in when we know that they are a rescue dog or from a pound…..yes we have to blame the “deed not the breed” once again it comes back to people who don’t care how they treat these animals or what the dogs outcome in later years will be…..

  2. Lisa J Ryan

    Yes I agree with Dr Peter Higgin’s comments too. I am a registered breeder who breeds once in a blue moon and who is actively involved in rescue and rehoming. My question is that given Dr Higgin’s acceptance that the critical socialisation period for puppies is 3-17 weeks, why does the Code of Ethics I am bound by, through a kennel council I pay a membership fee to for the privilege of being able to show my dogs, breed responsibly and register my dogs, also allow registered breeders to sell puppies through accredited PIAA pet stores which have puppies locked up in cages during this same critical period with puppies being exposed to a range of ailments or contagious diseases being brought in by puppies sold in pet stores who have been bred on these vile puppy farms.

    Puppy farming is not just an environment, it is a behaviour. Would Dr Higgins consider a registered breeder breeding 8. 9, 10, 11 litters a year a puppy farmer ?

    Are we setting the standard as responsible registered breeders or are we swimming in the same murky water with the rest of them. Can’t have it both ways Dr Higgins. For me personally, I don’t want to swim in the same murky water and I want to be part of a body who actively and progressively sets the standard for the benefit of dogs, not just when it is politically well timed to join the bandwagon.

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