Potty training your dog Puppy mill dogs spend almost all of their time indoors in wire cages, and aren’t even housebroken, so they become used to urinating and defecating in their den, something most dogs would normally avoid. According to the ASPCA, “Because puppy mill operators often fail to apply proper husbandry practices that would remove sick dogs from their breeding pools, puppies from puppy mills are prone to congenital and hereditary conditions.” Health problems on puppy mills can include:Author: Michelle Neff.
Pet stores have typically been the most notorious venders of puppy mill puppies. However, to increase profits, puppy mills have turned to the Internet to hasten sales to unscrupulous buyers. Many people who have paid these charges have found that the dog is sick on arrival or does not portray the normal characteristics of the breed.Author: Joseph S. Enoch. When discussing the large number of sick and dying animals attributed to puppy mills, one breeder casually commented, “When you have livestock, you have deadstock.” Another puppy mill operator described the unfortunate victims of his greed as, “It’s an animal.
Remember that a dog who grew to adulthood in a puppy mill may never have been out of his cage or kennel before being rescued. Usually, when we housetrain a puppy, we leverage dogs’ preference not to eliminate when they can’t move away from their urine and feces. Puppy mill dogs generally sit in filthy cages all day and are abused and malnourished. Many do not know basic skills, such as potty-training. Housebreaking a puppy mill dog may be a bit frustrating and require a lot of patience, but using the right approach combined with the proper techniques makes it possible.
Animals in puppy mills are treated like cash crops They are confined to squalid, overcrowded cages with minimal shelter from extreme weather and no choice but to sit and sleep in their own excrement. Animals suffer from malnutrition or starvation due to inadequate or unsanitary food and water. Sadly, the adult breeding dogs left behind at the puppy mills are viewed as livestock and are treated with the bare minimum of care. These adult dogs are never let out of their cages, they receive little-to-no veterinary care, and (unless they are rescued) they will die in the very cages they lived their lives in.