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In Punjab, dog breeding is a waste, study finds | Chandigarh News

CHANDIGARH: Although breeding and selling dogs is a business venture in Punjab, very few dog owners know about good dog breeding practices, according to a study published in the Indian Journal of Animal Reproduction.
The majority of owners, who participated in the study, lacked knowledge on key elements such as the number of times a male dog can be used as a stallion in heat, care during pregnancy and care of new puppies. -born.
The study conducted by Dr. Yerramareddy Roopa with the assistance of Dr. Rajesh Kasrija from Department of Veterinary Training and Animal Husbandry Extension, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, highlighted the need for improve the dog owner’s knowledge of best breeding practices.
No less than 100 dog owners from urban and rural areas were randomly selected from across the state. The study found that 70 owners in urban areas and 50 in rural areas crossed paths with their dog several times. No less than 60 owners in urban areas and 55 in rural areas begin crossing their dogs from the age of 2 years.
It is important to wean puppies from their mothers at the appropriate age because puppies that are weaned early become more aggressive than others. The study found that 30 urban owners and 20 rural owners were weaning their young at the appropriate age. Only 30 urban owners and 5 in rural areas opted for the sterilization of their canines. As many as 70 urban and 95 rural dog owners weren’t even aware of the dogs’ breed-specific traits.
Only 5 rural dog owners knew the number of times a male dog can be used as a male in heat or on mating day, while only a few dog owners knew about complications during pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and causes of pregnancy loss. .
“Breeding is an art as much as a science because it requires skills and knowledge. However, the study found that only 26.4% of dog owners in urban areas and 14.6% in rural areas knew what was right,” said Dr. Rajesh Kasrija. The study spoke of the need to organize extension programs to improve their knowledge.
Wildlife activist Dr Sandeep Jain, who is an Honorary Animal Welfare Officer of the State of Punjab, endorsed the findings of the study. He said the farming activity in Punjab was unregulated and the authorities needed to address the issue. “Very few owners have knowledge about basic dog health and hygiene,” he added.
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