Does she look like she wanted to have this litter?
There’s a whole section of my mind devoted to ideas of the now-I’ve-seen-everything variety. The newest arrival to that part of my brain is the chastity belt for dogs. Its real name is PABS (Pet Anti Breeding System) and the purpose is to prevent an accidental breeding of a female in heat. Accidental breedings have happened on occasion to the dogs of some of the most responsible people I know, so I recognize the need for a plan to prevent such events.
Dexter Blanch invented PABS as an alternative to neutering and spaying, which he does generally support. Still, he points out that when an animal is not surgically treated to prevent breeding because of health concerns, an unwillingness by the people to do it because it makes them “squeamish” or because they plan to breed the female later in life, PABS is an option.
I don’t personally know of anyone who has tried this “chastity belt” on a dog, so I’m curious to hear from anyone who has. And for anyone else, what do you think of this device?
Karen B. London, PhD, is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer whose clinical work over the last 17 years has focused on the evaluation and treatment of serious behavioral problems in dogs, especially aggression. Karen has been writing the behavior column for The Bark since 2012 and wrote The Bark’s training column and various other articles for eight years before that. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, and teaches a tropical field biology course in Costa Rica. Karen writes an animal column, The London Zoo, which appear in The Arizona Daily Sun and is the author of five books on canine training and behavior. She is working on her next book, which she expects to be published in 2017.