By Dexter Blanch
As responsible dog owners & breeders, avoiding unwanted litters should be a top priority. If you are dedicated to preserving the quality and purity of your breed, you will need to take a number of precautionary measures to ensure that your champion dam does not end up being bred by an unsuitable mate. Unfortunately, accidents are not always easy to prevent. When a female dog is in season, the male drive is so strong, he may attempt to chew through kennels, dig through fences and leap over barriers to reach her. Accidental breeding causes a number of problems for both you and your dogs: 1. It pollutes bloodlines. There is one motto every responsible breeder strives to live by, “Breed to improve.” This means that every litter should be an attempt to make the breed better. If your dam is accidentally bred by an inferior sire, genetic defects can creep into the bloodlines. 2. It puts a strain on your budget. Caring for puppies is always expensive. If you have a top-of-the-line litter, you will be able to sell the puppies for a higher price. This helps balance out your investment. However, if you are left with 8 or 9 mixed breed puppies, their value decreases dramatically, putting additional strain on your already tight budget. 3. It hurts your reputation. Every breeder wants a stellar reputation. No doubt you want to be recognized as a top breeder in your industry or local area. A few accidental litters can damage your reputation for good. Traditionally there has only been two ways to prevent accidental breeding: 1. Spay/Neuter: Most experts urge pet owners to spay or neuter their dog. While this definitely has its advantages, there are several disadvantages as well. In the first place, as a breeder, you cannot fix every animal on the premises and expect to have a successful operation. It is simply not possible. You need breeding stock. Some pet owners may recognize the potential of their female dog and wish to breed her a few years down the road. Still others may be concerned with the health risks associated with spaying or neutering. While research has uncovered many benefits, a number of risks have also surfaced. Spayed females are three times more likely to develop hypothyroidism and twice as susceptible to urinary tract tumors. Spaying also increases the risk of bone cancer, urinary tract infections and obesity. For males, the situation is even grimmer. Neutering quadruples the risk of prostate cancer, triples the risk of obesity & hypothyroidism and doubles the likelihood of urinary tract cancer. 2. Confinement. If you decide to keep your female dog in tact, there will be times when you will have to exercise precautionary measures to prevent her from getting bred. Most female dogs go into heat twice a year. These heat cycles generally last a total of 21 days. However, the female is most likely to get bred during the second week of her heat cycle. In order to protect your dog, you may have to keep her confined in a pen or kennel. This may cause your dog to feel depressed and neglected. She may also suffer from lack of exercise and socialization. None of this is physically or physiologically healthy. Until recently, there simply were no other options to protecting a female dog in season. However, thanks to a recent invention, this age-old problem has a solution.
Introducing the Pet Anti-Breeding System A remarkable product has been developed to help prevent unwanted and accidental breeding without having to spay or neuter your dog or keep her confined. It is called thePABS™ system or pet chastity belt. The belt slips between your dog’s hindquarters and is securely held in place by a six point buckle system and waist strap. Made from light-weight polypropylene mesh material, this product is extremely comfortable and easy to wash. It comes with an environmentally-friendly sanitary pad, which will prevent any stains from leaking onto your carpet or furniture. A rear end flap can be adjusted so as not to interfere with your pets natural bodily functions. Regardless of the method you choose, it is essential to prevent accidental breeding in your kennel or backyard. Responsible breeding practices are an important aspect of caring for God’s creatures.