We’ve all been waiting for it and it is finally here – a national dog breeder certification program called Canine Care Certified.
This new national, voluntary program was developed after three years of research at Purdue University’s Center for Animal Welfare Science and was peer-reviewed by animal scientists and canine welfare experts from major academic institutions to ensure consumers that the puppies they want are bred and raised in a responsible and humane environment.
The Pet Leadership Council (PLC), a proactive voice for the pet industry, supports Canine Care Certified and its rigorous, science-based standards for professional breeders.
Bob Vetere, PLC Chairman, said, “Dog breeding operations have to be accountable for the physical and mental needs of the dogs and ensure that they receive appropriate housing, shelter, staffing, nutrition, socialization, sanitation, exercise, and veterinary care.”
This program requires mandatory compliance of the below standards:
Five Pillars of Care
- Physical Health
- Behavioral Health
- Breeding Life and Retirement
- Caretaker Expectations
The Pet Leadership Council encourages the entire industry to support the high standards of animal care and welfare developed at Purdue University, which were incorporated into the Canine Care Certified program since they promote transparent and responsible breeding practices.
For more information on the program or to get certified, visit the website.