Puppy mills are establishments that breed animals for the sole purpose of profiting. Puppy mills are often inhumane.
Nyla is from a puppy mill. I was unaware of the conditions that she was truly in. She was not socialized at all, and was left in a cage. We brought her home at 8 weeks, but she had already passed her initial impression stage.
Puppy mills can range from breeding 10 to 1,000 different breeds in one place. Female dogs are bred as soon as they are ready without time to recover. Just for the profit.
The dogs are loving in unsanitary conditions that bring along a lot of health problems. Nyla has anxiety with people and other dogs. Sierra, on the other hand doesn’t. She is very friendly. This shows you how the upbringing of your puppy is very important. As soon as they are born they are watching and learning.
Don’t Be Fooled
Many dogs that are sold online often come from puppy mills. Just because they have papers, or they are a registered breed doesn’t mean much.
Purchasing a dog from a puppy mill could mean you are getting a dog with severe shyness, aggression, or anxiety. I love my Nyla Beans to death but please believe me when I say she is hard to train. She is the sweetest and I wish she had a better upbringing.
What Could You Do?
Stop the purchasing of animals from puppy mills. Adopt from shelters or a responsible breeder. In the end, those dogs from the puppy mill may even end up in the shelter one day.
We don’t want to encourage the behavior. Now if they were in fine living conditions with socialization and human contact, that’s different. But until then, puppy mills are deemed inhumane.