Puppy Mill Dog Behavior Problems

It seems like every time I turn around I’m seeing another story about a puppy mill that is been raided and the dogs taken away from the owners.  The authorities didn’t come in just because it was a puppy mill, they came in because the dogs are usually living in deplorable conditions and with health issues.  If you are one of the kind souls that would like to adopt one of these puppy mill dogs there are some things that you need to consider before doing that.

I think the first thing to keep in mind is the fact that no matter what the age of the dog they’re not going to be house trained.  These dogs are usually kept in wire cages or pens and allowed to do their business right where they walk and sleep.  Most of the time their cages are not even cleaned routinely, so the dogs live in their filth.  So any puppy that comes from a puppy mill is going to have to be retrained not to do its business in its crate.

Another important thing to consider is the lack of socialization.  Socialization for a puppy happens from birth to 20 weeks old.  If your puppy is not socialized during this period it may never be socialized.  Most puppies and adult dogs that come from puppy mills have had no socialization.  In fact many of them have never seen anything but their cage and the dogs that live next to them.  That means these dogs can be fearful of people and new places.

Quite often as a trainer I see some of these puppy mill puppies that don’t even know how to play.  They don’t know what a ball is or any type a toy for that matter.  Most of these puppies and dogs don’t even feel comfortable playing with other dogs because sometimes they’ve been in solitary confinement for long periods of time and simply used as breeders.

If you are a patient person who would like to rehabilitate one of these puppy mill puppies or dogs, then this may be the perfect avenue for you.  However keep in mind that you’re not going to have an outgoing dog that you will be able to take on outings, to the park, etc.

So again if patience is something that you have lots of and you feel that nurturing need then a puppy mill puppy or dog may be the perfect companion for you.

Mark Mansfield
 

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