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    So many dogs are surrendered and often put down in pounds, shelters, vets etc, in your opinion what is the cause of this and what should be done to stop it??

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    To many people get dogs based on looks, then when they realize they need training they can't, won't do it. And give up. Or sometimes when the animal gets medical injuries they think oh well someone else will pick up the slack.

    Not to sure on how to stop this.. Even if you in force desexing in none registered breeders dogs there is always going to be people who just do whatever they want and keep on breeding pups. Maybe registered breeders should desex there pups unless otherwise given permission off a HIGHER AUTHORITY meaning people should have to get a licence or the ok to breed. If this makes sense?
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    BYB's and Puppy farmers who continue to pump out puppies without taking any further responsibility for their futures. Uneducated potential owners, who buy a puppy on a whim and find that owning a dog is too much to handle.

    I would suggest bringing in perhaps a course that you have to complete before being able to own a dog, compulsory basic obedience and puppy classes. Tighter regulations for puppy farmers, any breeder really. Make it compulsory that the breeders details are added to micro-chip so they are responsible for any of their litters/puppies that end up in the pound.

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    The track record for legislating common sense is not good.
    Compulsory micro chipping has merit but then some dogs never see the inside of a vet surgery.

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    Ian Dunbar made a video that sums it up nicely.

    http://www.dogstardaily.com/video-cc.../field_video_0

    Who Killed These Dogs? | Dog Star Daily

    Excuses I've read in here - some are better than others...

    Can't keep the dog because:

    * Having a baby or had a baby and don't have time for the dog any more, or think the dog is unsafe or unclean with the baby.
    * moving somewhere dogs not allowed. (would you move somewhere children not allowed?)
    * destructo dog / naughty dog / escapee dog / dog barking and annoying the neighbours
    * change in health / moving to nursing home or grandma died / too feeble/frail to manage dog now
    * divorce / relationship split - moving to crisis care / back to parent's place - no dogs allowed.
    * new dog doesn't get along with (attacks) the old dogs.
    * dog has attacked person / child / livestock and needs to find a new home (this is perhaps the worst).

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    I believe most people need to own a dog because of the symbiotic link between dogs and humans. My opinion isn't backed up by scientific research as far as I know, but dogs have been with us ever since the dawn of human civilization, and I believe this has instilled a very strong urge for us to be around them. It was very beneficial to our survival to be around dogs, and it continues to be to this day.

    There are several factors which contribute to the huge numbers of unwanted dogs, which I believe are tied to this urge to own a dog.

    * Not everyone is responsible or committed enough to own a dog, so people buy them and then get rid of them.
    * A modern lifestyle can be unconducive to dog ownership where a primitive nomadic lifestyle is not.
    * Due to capitalism, dogs are now consumer products like phones, computers, and furniture - which leads to a lot of product wastage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuri_89 View Post
    BYB's and Puppy farmers who continue to pump out puppies without taking any further responsibility for their futures. Uneducated potential owners, who buy a puppy on a whim and find that owning a dog is too much to handle.

    I would suggest bringing in perhaps a course that you have to complete before being able to own a dog, compulsory basic obedience and puppy classes. Tighter regulations for puppy farmers, any breeder really. Make it compulsory that the breeders details are added to micro-chip so they are responsible for any of their litters/puppies that end up in the pound.
    + 1 for this

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    I think that it has always been bad, and dont doubt it always will be bad.
    But i wonder, gen x n all that. If we now have to sanitise our hands after any contact with surfaces, with that hand solution that mum's are carrying in bags everywhere, surely a dog would be too dirty for that sort. So i think the germ free brigade are about to tip the scales even further.

    People get fed up with dogs not living up to their fantasy of the dog. Like it should of just morphed into that dog they remember in their childhood, without them having to do much at all. Shame life's not like that eh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mosh View Post
    I believe most people need to own a dog because of the symbiotic link between dogs and humans. My opinion isn't backed up by scientific research as far as I know, but dogs have been with us ever since the dawn of human civilization, and I believe this has instilled a very strong urge for us to be around them. It was very beneficial to our survival to be around dogs, and it continues to be to this day.

    There are several factors which contribute to the huge numbers of unwanted dogs, which I believe are tied to this urge to own a dog.

    * Not everyone is responsible or committed enough to own a dog, so people buy them and then get rid of them.
    * A modern lifestyle can be unconducive to dog ownership where a primitive nomadic lifestyle is not.
    * Due to capitalism, dogs are now consumer products like phones, computers, and furniture - which leads to a lot of product wastage.
    I am probably guilty of one of these with cleo, But in the end i just wanted what would make her a more happier dog and i was thinking about it for a long time before i actually decided, Does that count?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelpielover View Post
    I am probably guilty of one of these with cleo, But in the end i just wanted what would make her a more happier dog and i was thinking about it for a long time before i actually decided, Does that count?
    If you rehomed her yourself, there is nothing wrong with that and you did the right thing. It is good to rehome an unsuitable dog provided you're sure about the dog's future. If you abandoned her to a shelter, I hate to sound harsh but I can't help ease your conscience I'm afraid. I've worked with shelters and rescue orgs and it is not easy to rehome a second-hand dog. If you did abandon her to a shelter maybe you can regain some karma by doing a bit of volunteer work or something.
    Last edited by Mosh; 07-25-2012 at 02:37 PM.

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