Our Goal in Creating Standards:

The public is clamoring for opportunity to purchase a high quality puppy from a responsible dog breeder, and NOT a Puppy Mill or irresponsible breeder. To that end, we’ve created certain requirements that we believe will make it easier for the potential pet owners to find YOU…. wherever they may be.

Our current certification requirements include (but is not limited to) :

  1. Video Education
  2. Inspection of facility or home
  3. Using our Medical Forms
  4. Accepting and implementing our vaccine and deworming schedules
  5. Accepting and agreeing to our long term return policy
  6. Agreeing to legal terms

First, you should start watching the following videos and responding correctly to the questions posed after each video. You will probably know much of the material already. That’s OK. Remember that “irresponsible breeders” won’t even want to spend their time and bother with this, and that, in itself, will differentiate YOU from THEM.

In addition to the educational part of the certification process, there are also other “Standards of Care” that you will need to abide by. These include the following (and may be added to or changed in the future):

 

Vaccination Schedule:

You have two options. One is to follow the American Animal Hospital Association’s recommendations. The other is to follow Dr. Jean Dodds recommendations.

These schedules go up until 16 weeks of age. Your responsibility for following this schedule ends when you sell your puppy, and whatever age that is.

AAHA Schedule:

  • DA2PP (Canine Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus) with Modified Live Vaccine:
  1. Puppies should be vaccinated every 3–4 wk between the ages of 6 and 16 wk (e.g., at 6, 10, and 14 wk, or 8, 12, and 16 wk). To minimize the risk of maternal antibody interference with vaccination, the final dose of the initial series should be administered between 14 and 16 wk of age, regardless of the product used.
  2. We believe most breeders would prefer to vaccinate at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age, and that’s perfectly acceptable, presuming the mother is up to date on her vaccines.
  • Rabies with a Killed Vaccine:
  1. Administer a single dose of Rabies 1 yr (killed) not earlier than 12 wk of age or as required by state, provincial, and/or local requirements. Many states require a licensed veterinarian to do this.
  2. Administer a single dose of Rabies 3 yr (killed) not earlier than 12 wk of age or as required by state, provincial, and/or local requirements. Many states require a licensed veterinarian to do this. (even if a 3 year vaccine is used, it still requires that the next vaccine be in ONE year)
  • Kennel Cough (Bordetella Bronchiseptica):  There are different vaccines available, with different routes of administration
  1. Bordetella Bronchiseptica (inactivated-cellular antigen extract):  For parenteral subcutaneous injection administration only.
    1. First dose at 8 weeks,  second dose at 12 weeks of age
  2. Bordetella Bronchiseptica (live avirulent bacteria) For Intranasal administration only.
    1.  A single dose should be administered in conjunction with 1 of the core vaccine doses. Note: The initial Intranasal dose may be administered to dogs as young as 3–4 wk of age (depending on manufacturer) when exposure risk is considered to be high
  3. Bronchi-Shield ORAL is labeled to be given to puppies 8 weeks of age or older. One dose given in the buccal pocket is sufficient. (see this video for instructions “How to Administer the Oral Kennel Cough Vaccine)
  •  Canine influenza vaccine (killed virus)
  • Highly recommended but not required. Due to severity of the disease and the contagiousness of it, we highly recommend you use this vaccine to protect yourselves and your dogs. It is, however, not required, and not considered a “core” vaccine.

Dr. Dodds Schedule:

Dr. Dodds says: The following vaccine protocol is offered for those dogs where minimal vaccinations are advisable or desirable. The schedule is one I recommend and should not be interpreted to mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be less satisfactory. It’s a matter of professional judgment and choice.

  • Canine Distemper and Parvovirus) with Modified Live Vaccine: (available as Nobivac DPV)
  1. Puppies should be vaccinated at 9-10 weeks for the first time.
  2. Second vaccination should be at 14 weeks
  3. A last (optional) vaccination should be at 16-18 weeks
  • Rabies with a Killed Vaccine: (use a thimerosol (mercury)-free vaccine, and give 3-4 weeks apart from distemper/parvovirus booster)
  1. Administer a single dose of Rabies 1 yr (killed)at 20 weeks of age or as required by state, provincial, and/or local requirements. Many states require a licensed veterinarian to do this.
  2. Administer a single dose of Rabies 3 yr (killed) not earlier than 12 wk of age or as required by state, provincial, and/or local requirements. Many states require a licensed veterinarian to do this. (even if a 3 year vaccine is used, it still requires that the next vaccine be in ONE year)
  • Kennel Cough (Bordetella Bronchiseptica):  There are different vaccines available, with different routes of administration (Although these are not officially part of Dr Dodds protocols, they will be required nonetheless for Puppy Project breeders)
  1. Bordetella Bronchiseptica (inactivated-cellular antigen extract):  For parenteral subcutaneous injection administration only.
    1. First dose at 8 weeks,  second dose at 12 weeks of age
  2. Bordetella Bronchiseptica (live avirulent bacteria) For Intranasal administration only.
    1.  A single dose should be administered in conjunction with 1 of the core vaccine doses. Note: The initial Intranasal dose may be administered to dogs as young as 3–4 wk of age (depending on manufacturer) when exposure risk is considered to be high
  3. Bronchi-Shield ORAL is labeled to be given to puppies 8 weeks of age or older.
    1. One dose given in the buccal pocket is sufficient. (see this video for instructions “How to Administer the Oral Kennel Cough Vaccine)

Dewormings and Prevention

  • Heartworm Preventive: Every breeding bitch should be on Heartworm preventive medication. There are many choices (Heartgard, Interceptor, Iverheart, Revolution, Sentinel, etc.) We have no particular preference for any of them, but we will be able to sell any participating breeders the medication at greatly reduced prices.
  • Fenbendazole (Panacur): Every puppy should have this mixed in with an individual portion of food (according to the weight of the puppy) for five days in a row every three weeks beginning at 8 weeks of age. This will cover Roundworms, Hookworms, Whipworms and Giardia.
  • Fecal Parasite Analysis: At the last vet exam before pick up or delivery of the puppy, a complete Fecal Parasite Analysis must be sent to the laboratory, and it must include an exam for Giardia. At that point in time, we expect it to be negative if you’ve followed protocols. A Giardia test that is Elisa Positive but has no cysts is considered negative.

Record Keeping and Microchipping

When the Veterinary Council for Breed Stewardship was surveyed, Record Keeping was the most requested and considered the most important attribute of a responsible breeder. This is what really sets apart “professional” breeders from those who dabble.

There are two ways to have the puppies records accurate.

  1. One is to let the veterinarian do all the work, including all vaccines, dewormings, and micro-chipping.
  2. The other is to have you, the breeder do it.

However, for the sake of transparency, we require that every puppy receive a microchip. We will be able to provide these to all participating breeders at greatly reduced prices. You can do it yourself, or ask your veterinarian to do it for you. Please understand that the only way records can be accurate is if they’re attached to a micro-chipped puppy.

So if you do the vaccines and dewormings according to our standards, all your puppies should be sold disease and parasite free. But you must keep accurate records, including putting the labels from the bottles of vaccines on the medical records. The serial numbers are traceable and must be visible.

If your veterinarian will be doing the work, then the puppies need to be micro-chipped at the time of the first vaccinations, so we can be sure the records are dead on accurate.

Individual Records: Each dog and each puppy must have their own individual record that records all pertinent details of their lives while they’re in your care. These include:

  1. Genealogy: As far back as you may have the information
  2. Nutrition, Heartworm prevention, and vaccine history for the mother of the puppy
  3. OFA testings of the mother (documentation attached)
  4. Date of Birth (with any pertinent medical issues dealing with the birth)
  5. Date of Whelping
  6. Date the puppy was completely switched off milk onto food (and which food)
  7. Vaccinations (with the label of the vaccine on the record)
  8. Dewormings (with the name and dose of the medication used)
  9. Any pertinent medical issues (hypoglycemia, upper respiratory infections, veterinary visits, etc)

You can download the Puppy Project Medical Form by clicking on this image:

Medical-Form

Facility Inspection:

Of course, this will be required, to make sure we’re not certifying and breeders that have poor quality facilities.

Long Term Return Policy:

Our breeders agree to accept returns on any puppy sold for the entire life of the dog. This is not a financial return, but an assurance that if something should happen in the customers life where they can no longer keep their dog (divorce, change of location, etc), then the breeder who sold them the dog will accept the dog back for either re-homing or to be kept by the breeder.

There will be no charge to the breeder for this service. It is the financial responsibility of the customer to deliver the dog to the breeder

Education and Testing

This will also help differentiate YOU from less committed, less dedicated breeders. All the information in the videos provided should be relevant and interesting for you, as a professional breeder. We also believe that less professional breeders will not be interested enough to put the time in to watch these videos, even though each video is less than five minutes long, in general.

Other videos, perhaps more relevant to the Puppy Project, and created especially for our needs, will follow.

Certification Videos

Husbandry

Medicine

Behavior

Cleaning Agents Basic Disease Transmission General Canine Behavioral Interpretation
Cleaning and Disinfecting  Anatomical Directions and Species Protective Instincts and Fear Biting
Cleaning Cages- Rooms and Floors  Anal Gland Expression Behavior Interpretations and Observations
Basic Grooming Techniques  Basic Eye And Ear Care  Interpreting Aggressive Behavior
Bathing and Dipping  Demodectic Mange   Understanding Canine Conflicts
 Bathing- Grooming and Nail Trimming  Sarcoptic Mange How Dogs Communicate
 Safety in the Kennel  Rabies Chewing Behaviors
Using and Mixing Chemicals Ear Problems  Observing Canine Ear Carriage
 Good Lifting Mechanics for Dogs  Heat Stroke  Observing Canine Eyes and Gaze
Restraining Dogs Heartworm Disease  Observing the Canine Mouth
Kennel Maintenance Heartworm Prevention  Observing Canine Tail Carriage
 Animal Feeding Medical Terminology: Using Prefixes   Introduction to Animal Learning
Dry- Canned and Semi-moist Pet Foods Medical Terminology: Using Root Words
How Often to Feed a Pet  Medical Terminology: Using Suffixes
Essential Components of Pet Foods  Medications
The Importance of the Proper Environment Nursing Care
Nutrition Vaccines
Puppy Basics Lyme Disease
Medicating Your Dog Parvovirus
Occupational Safety: Injury Topical Drug Administration
Flea and Tick Control Oral Drug Administration
Fire Safety Plan

We realize there’s some work involved here. But the payoff is well worth it!

  • Better prices for the puppies you sell.
  • Improve your breed (more money helps with that as well).
  • Differentiating yourself from less responsible breeders.
  • Ending the scourge of Puppy Mills.

If you’d like to continue on with the certification process, click this button and we’ll get the ball rolling.