Candace Croney, director of Purdue University’s Center for Animal Welfare Science, was motivated to lead research that resulted in new, higher standards for the treatment of commercially bred dogs not just because she is a scientist.
is a dog owner and wants the best for her pet as well as all dogs.
knows that federally mandated minimum standards breeders must meet are just
that - the minimum.
guiding question has been is minimum standard good enough? Do we really want
that?” Croney said. “Dogs deserve better than that. We can raise the bar. I
would think all dog owners want that. The public wants it, too.”
research by Croney and others at the Center for Animal Welfare Science over the
past three years resulted in a new national certification program that sets
rigorous standards for the care of dogs and puppies by professional breeders.
Care Certified was announced Tue., Aug. 2 in Las Vegas during a national conference of the
pet care industry.
voluntary program has been pilot-tested with 16 professional breeders since
early 2015. Croney said every breeder in the pilot has shown improvement in the
care of their dogs.
said no other program sets standards as comprehensive as those provided by
Canine Care Certified. The program exceeds other canine welfare programs and
state and federal laws that often provide only a minimum level of standards and
do not fully address areas such as dogs’ behavioral needs, such as
breeders seeking certification under Canine Care Certified must meet the
criteria and pass a third-party audit of their operation. Other voluntary
programs do not have substantive measurement and evaluation provisions.
More information about the Center for
Animal Welfare Science is at http://vet.purdue.edu/CAWS/.