I saw this really cute puppy in the pet store!

It’s believed that up to 90% of pups sold in pet stores come from “puppy mills”. Most of us have heard the term “puppy mill” but few really understand what they are or the risk you take in bringing a pup into your home from one. Those who know would never be able to do it.

In a puppy mill, the dogs are only there to be bred until they can’t be bred anymore, then are disposed of. They get minimal if any vetrinary care, as little food as possible and still keep them able to reproduce, they live in cages, or boxes, and often are never let out to even learn to walk or feel the ground beneath their feet. They get no love, no training, and many slowly lose their minds.

When you buy a pup out of a pet store, you’re likely to be paying a premium price for a pup that’s already sick, has no idea what it means to be part of a family, and often will have to be put down at a young age due to medical or behavioral problems. It’s not the pups fault… they never had a chance. All the love in the world can’t make up for what they were denied, but in the end they will pay the price over and over again.

Although puppy mills are illegal, there are many and the only way to stop the practice is to quit giving them a reason to continue. If no one would buy their pups, they’d close their doors once and for all. They are only in it for the money, so hit them in the pocketbook to let your opinion of them be known.

If you love dogs, and seriously want to buy one, please buy from a reputable breeder or shelter. Search out someone who truly cares about their dogs and is willing to let you see the conditions they live under. Meet the parent dogs to get a feel for their personality and temperament. Ask questions until you’re convinced you’re getting exactly what you want, and that the breeder knows what they’re talking about. If you have any reservations or concerns, move on to a different one. Ask for a vet reference. Ask for proof of puppy shots, health exams, and don’t worry that you might offend. Anyone on the up and up will be glad that you care enough to find out and will give that same consideration to the puppy once you take it home.

If you see puppies in a pet store, say a prayer for them as you keep walking away. Buying here only gives the puppy mill another reason to breed again.

Why do pups cost so much?

Breeding dogs sounds simple.
You put a male with a female when the time is right, let them do their thing and then rake in the cash when the pups come. Simple, right?

WRONG
First of all, you don’t breed “just any” male or female. They have to be good quality dogs that fit the standards of their breed(s). They have to be healthy, fit, and able to reproduce.
They have to have the right kind of temperament and personality because in breeding them, you’re hopefully making more like them. If they’re shy, aggressive, fearful, or psycho, there’s a good chance at least some of their offspring will be too.
So you spend time learning what to look for.
Then you spend time (and money) looking, researching, and finally buying dogs that fit the criteria.
Naturally the best dogs don’t come cheap, but are the ones you need to do it right.$$
So you buy pups and you raise them for a year or 2 hoping you’ve got the ones you need and others will want.
In the meantime you have to feed them, groom them, give them shots, heartworm preventative, worming, and regular vet care.$$
If something goes wrong, you have to afford emergency vet care. $$
You have to train them to be obedient, gentle, loving and well mannered dogs.
They must not only become part of your family and accept all your friends and family, they must trust you to be with them when they whelp. They must allow you to hold their pups, and carry away any sick pup that needs special care without wanting to take your face off. In order to accomplish this, you must spend countless hours with them.

Once they are expecting, you must be even more vigilant of them.
Their food needs increase. $$
They need a safe, warm, dry place to give birth, so you must buy, build or have one built for you. Again with the $$
They need a pen to keep the pups in and other animals out. More $$

When the pups finally arrive, you have to take them to your vet for a checkup and to have their dew claws removed on the 3rd day. $$
Mom is likely eating twice her usual amount of food right now to keep up with nursing the litter and gets beef liver to keep her own strength up. $$
The pups need to be wormed every other week and to have their 1st round of shots before they ever sell. $$
The pups need to be handled, socialized, and fed well once they start to be weaned from their mom. You spend hours and many dollars just doing what needs to be done.

You’ve spent a couple of years preparing the parents.
By the time the first one is able to be sold, you’ve invested 4 months in just this one litter.
If you got even $1 an hr, no one would be able to afford your pups.
If you break even you feel it was a success!

What was the question again?