Week 4: Body Modification

**Warning, this is one of the most heated discussion you can get into with some pet owners, Unless stated “In my opinion or Personally” I am reporting what I found in my research and what I write in no way affects the way I feel about this topic**

Many breeds are unaffected by body modifications but also many are affected by this issue.  As there are so many breeds now a days to name all that apply would be a post in itself, I will name a few so you can get the idea; Rottweilers, Australian Shepard, Doberman, Pit bulls, etc. 

Body modifications are those such as ear cropping and pinning, tail docking and declawing are a common practice among breeders that need to uphold a certain “standard” for specific breeds. These modifications are generally used for superficial pleasure rather than enhancing the life of the animal. 

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Tail Docking. A dog’s tail is a continuation of their spine. When severed the muscles and bone are torn off, causing immense pain to the animal. The argument to this is that this process is done as a puppy so if the puppy doesn’t remember does it matter. 

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Ear Cropping and Pinning. Dogs ears are a sensitive and necessary part that makes them dogs. The purpose of their ears is to keep dirt from floating into the ear canal which can cause listening/sound problems and even infections to lose hearing all together. Dogs are able to move their ears independently for a good reason. Why take that away and make them,appear more aggressive then they actually are?

Every dog is beautiful in their own NATURAL way, love them for who they are and not what they look like. 

Thanks for reading dog lovers. Have a great week!

As the Spring season approaches please check out Scarves for Paws for new attire and Jewelry coming soon!

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