Most pet stores, (but not all) get their puppies from puppy mills or puppy farms. And just in case you don't know what puppy mills are...
They are commercial dog breeding facilities that operate under poor and substandard conditions regarding the well-being of the animal. i.e. They don't care one bit for any of the dogs in their care. They only keep them to breed over and over again, purely for profit.
The horrific breeding conditions of puppy mills produce unhealthy puppies that are poorly socialized to other dogs and humans. Nonetheless, these dog breeding prisons know the unwittingly consumer won't be able to resist the cute puppy in a pet shop window or website and so, they breed more! Females are bred every heat cycle so more and more money can be made.
PLEASE... Don't buy your new Miniature Schnauzer puppy from a pet store! And if you find this hard to believe, search the internet for "Puppy Mill Photos" and see for yourself.
Now do you want to buy a puppy from a pet store?
Pet supermarkets know once you come inside the shop all they need to do is get you to hold a sweet, cuddly little puppy in your arms. The puppy will undoubtedly shower you with kisses and you will fall in love. At that point, it will be way too difficult for you to hand them the puppy back to be placed once ago into the small wire cage. And so, you buy the puppy!
Hopefully, you go home with the puppy you’ve always wanted. But if you have problems... then what?
Pet shops are not trained to handle questions on problems that you may experience with your new puppy. At best, they may have some type of guarantee to take back the puppy, within a certain time limit, and that is if the reason meets one of their contract conditions.
But even if they are willing to do so, most than likely you have already bonded with your new puppy and wouldn't want to return her for anything in the world, and the pet stores know that, too.
So, you are left dealing with the problems on your own.
If you are still considering purchasing a puppy from a retail store, my best advice is to have a list of questions ready to ask them:
If they cannot answer these questions, I strongly suggest you not purchase your new puppy from them. Again, do your homework. DO NOT buy your new puppy on impulse. You may regret it!
Please read the Human Society's article: Pet Shop - Double Talk
The main reason not to buy a puppy from a pet shop is you will be helping the fight the cause to close down these inhumane dog breeding facilities, like puppy mills. But as long as people keep buying from them, and they make money, they will continue to breed this way. And here are 5 more reasons not to buy from them:
"Never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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