Neither is wrong, however, irresponsible and unethical sellers on both sides create not only a divided population but also many dogs without homes. If we ignore these "breeders" they'll keep breeding irresponsibly and if we ignore these "rescues" they'll keep selling dogs to unfit homes for a profit. As long as we ignore/allow these poor practices, dogs will suffer. Especially whatever breed is in the hot seat at that particular moment.
A ethical breeder will start creating healthy puppies before they're even born by creating the best and healthiest conditions for the mother. They carefully screen potential owners, choose which dogs go to which homes based off of what the owner is looking for, help start the socialization period off right by getting puppies used to different safe environments, people, animals, and other novel sights, sounds, and textures. Ethical breeders choose which dogs they breed carefully and don't use dogs with health or behavioural issues. Does this mean some of the puppies won't have them, of course not, genetics aren't magic, but it helps bring more well balanced, healthy dogs into the genetic pool. Plus if a responsibly bred dog does end up with issues a ethical breeder will take a dog back, at anytime.
A responsible rescue will do similar things. However, many cannot give backgrounds on health and often do not even know one parents temperaments. Amazing rescues instead use decompression periods to get info on the dogs before putting them up for adoption (and work with reputable trainers if needed), they never lie about the dogs temperaments, they do detailed home checks, are always available to answer questions, and have foster periods with potential owners.
Getting a rescue to say you rescued or particular breed, because you saw it on social media is ignorant and often leads to heartbreak when the dog isn't what was imagined. Dogs are family and family takes work. So make sure you do your research on where your dog is coming from and choose wisely so you aren't adding to overpopulated shelters and a deeper divide between those who adopt and those who shop.
I was sitting down with my good friend @Taiha.lee the other day and I mentioned my daily practise of opening my heart & expressing gratitude with my dogs on walks, and she suggested I share the what and why of my routine. .
I think as humans we ask a lot of dogs, so it’s extra important to let them know they are loved and appreciated for who they are. .
I believe it’s beneficial to affirm to the dogs in our lives that the behaviours we ask them to perform in order to keep them safe and thrive in our human world is NOT the same as us telling them they are bad or inherently wrong in any way. .
It must be difficult at times for our dogs to exist and succeed in our world, and I’m sure sometimes they feel like they can do anything right to please us hoomans! (What, DON’T eat the couch??? 🤪).
And at the end of the day, who doesn’t get a boost from being told they are wonderful, perfect and amazing just as they are??? 💕