Sample Management Paper on Too Many Puppies

Too Many Puppies

Part 1: Problem Statement.

Currently, I have a problem with maintaining my twenty two puppies. They are too many to be well taken care of in terms cleanliness, food supply, veterinary care, and space for accommodation. The systematic approach will be used to effectively solve the problem.

Part two: Identifying Problem Owners and Stakeholders

Within the last year, the Red Nose Pit Bull female gave birth to a total of twenty two puppies with a litter of 10 puppies during the first reproductive cycle and 12 puppies in the second cycle. Maintaining all of them has become problematic due to inadequate resources. Firstly, there is limited space to accommodate the puppies, which inhibits them from actively playing, running, and sleeping. Secondly, there is a high likelihood of disease contractions that may be expensive to treat and control. Thirdly, providing the daily needs like food is costly, which may ultimately lead to malnutrition and sickness. Finally, taking care of the puppies is extremely tiresome and requires total attention to ensure their well-being. Therefore, to solve the problem, I will consider one of the following choices; sell all the puppies except one, take them to Animal Adoption Agency, such as Cumberland County Animal Control, and put them up for adoption, give the puppies to relatives and friends, and stop or limit the breeding of my dog.

Part 3: Determining the causes

According to Butterfield (2017), symptoms are the indicators of an existing problem while causes are the triggers of the problem.

Problem: Not able to properly maintain the puppies.


They are too many.


The dog produced large sizes of litters, with the first litter having 10 puppies while the second had 12 puppies.


There was no controlled breeding.

Cause-and-effect Diagram




Lack of funds                       untimely breeding



Lack of enough space    failure to control breeding   lack of artificial insemination tools.



Part 4: Potential Risks 

Risks associated with improper management of puppies include; contraction of diseases, malnutrition, deaths, spread of bugs, as well as dirty environment. Given that the puppies are too many, meeting their daily needs, including accessing veterinary services becomes too expensive, thus high rate of infections and sickness that leads to deaths eventually. Similarly, due to overwhelming tasks of attending to the puppies, some duties like cleaning the environment might be neglected, consequently contributing to breeding of bugs. The risks can be managed through getting rid of the excess puppies in order to properly manage the sustainable ones.

Part 5: Data Collection and Analysis

Conducting interviews in the neighborhood is important. Neighbors can share their experiences and provide ideas on how to effectively solve the problem. Equally, studying statistics is vital in selecting the right solution. Statistics may contain reliable information on how to deal with excess puppies as well as strategies of preventing recurrence of the problem.

Part 6: Evaluation of Options

Goal based evaluation method measures if the aim of the solution has been achieved (Pearce, 2016). The method assists in establishing operative processes while doing away with the ineffective ones. Selling all the puppies except one, taking them to an animal adoption agency, or giving them to relatives or friends, are temporary solutions since the bitch; Red Nose Pit Bull will continually give birth to more litters of puppies, thus recreating the problem. Therefore, selling excess puppies and limiting breeding will successfully solve the problem and prevent future recurrence.

Part 7: Implementation of the Solution

In order to execute the plan accurately, supervision and monitoring must be conducted (Butterfield, 2017). Once the excess puppies have been sold, the bitch must be observed keenly and restrained from breeding with other dogs. After determining its fertile period, an expert can conduct Artificial Insemination and provide care till it gives birth.

Part 8: Problems encountered during the Process

It was challenging to get buyers as most people owned puppies. Additionally, determining the fertile period of the dog was difficult.


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