Breeding Gone Wrong



Dog breeding has a tendency to go bad. This is Sally; she is an 11-month-old white Golden Retriever puppy. She is very silly and playful. Apparently Sally had previously attacked her owner when trying to get a bone from her. Her owner soon became frightened and uncertain due to Sally’s aggression, and apparently this is not the first time that this has happened. It is not normal for a dog as young as Sally is to show that amount of aggression towards her owner. The owner called a dog trainer to see if she could help. The trainer recommended that Sally’s owner make an appointment with a vet that specializes in animal behavior at the University of Minnesota. In order to do that, the owner must complete a lot of paperwork for this appointment stating what behavior is concerning them and to describe in detail what situations have occurred to make them feel uncertain. During these appointments, the whole family and their other pets are required to go as well. Their appointment took up to four hours, it is a extensive process. The advice she received was that Sally should be euthanized. They don’t usually recommend this but the fact that Sally was showing such aggression at such a young age and that it was unpredictable concerned the veterinarian. You wouldn’t know what triggered the aggression and you wouldn’t be able to tell when exactly it would occur. You cannot have a dog with major aggression issues especially with two young children in the house. The aggression was not a result of how Sally’s owners raised her; they were actually really great pet parents. Sally’s aggression and her behavior was a result in her genetics. Her behavior couldn’t be fixed through behavior modification. She was too dangerous to be around and it would be very likely that she would get more aggressive and seriously hurt someone in the future. They tried talking to the breeder about Sally’s situation but they had no luck. The breeder refused to take Sally back and continued to blame Sally’s owners for her aggression. They tried to find someone that would take Sally but they had no other options left. So they took her to the dog park for one last time. They were heart broken while watching her run around, enjoying herself. She had no idea that this was going to be one of her last moments on this earth. It is way too soon for a family to have to say goodbye. This is exactly why breeding needs to stop. This innocent animal has to be euthanized because of behavioral problems that are beyond its control. We have to keep in mind that breeding is a business. They care about the money not necessarily the animal they are breeding.

2 Comments on Breeding Gone Wrong

  1. Cecilia Knaub
    October 9, 2015 at 10:31 am (5 years ago)

    We’ve adopted all of our pets from local shelters, and I could not agree more with your warnings. For someone to treat something that cute that horribly is deeply troubling.

  2. slq5019
    October 9, 2015 at 9:53 am (5 years ago)

    As a dog owner and lover myself this post was heartbreaking. It is so sad to see innocent animals be subjected to things like this for characteristics that are out of their control. I agree that something needs to be done, and unethical breeders need to start putting animal quality of life above profit!

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