Euthanasia due to “bad behavior” is the main cause of death for young dogs
It's no secret that people often get rid of "bad" dogs - give them away, often without thinking about carefully selecting new owners, throw them out into the street or put them to sleep. Unfortunately, this is a global problem. Moreover, the results of a recent study (Boyd, Jarvis, McGreevy, 2018) were shocking: “bad behavior” and euthanasia as a result of this “diagnosis” are the main cause of death of dogs under the age of 3 years.
The results of the study indicate that 33.7% of deaths in dogs under the age of 3 years are euthanasia due to behavior problems. And this is the most common cause of death for young dogs. For comparison: death from diseases of the gastrointestinal tract makes up 14.5% of all cases. The most common cause of euthanasia was called such a behavior problem as aggression.
But are dogs guilty of being “bad”? The reason for “bad” behavior is not the “harmfulness” and “dominance” of dogs, but more often (and this is emphasized in the article by scientists) - poor living conditions, as well as cruel methods of upbringing and training that the owners use (physical punishment, etc.). P.)
That is, people are to blame, but they are paying, moreover, life - alas, dogs. This is sad.
To ensure that the statistics are not so terrifying, it is extremely important to educate and train dogs with humane methods in order to prevent behavior problems or correctly correct them, and not bring the dog to the veterinary clinic “on the last journey” or not to leave it to die slowly on the street.
The results of the study can be found here: Mortality resulting from undesirable behaviors in dogs aged under three years attending primary-care veterinary practices in England. Animal Welfare, Volume 27, Number 3, 1 August 2018, pp. 251-262 (12)