Certification Process

The simple purpose of The Puppy Project is to give the public the possibility of purchasing a high quality puppy from a breeder who is dedicated to the breed, passionate about the breed, and responsible in their breeding methods. How can we do that?

There’s really only one way, and that’s with a certification program. The program that’s been developed by The Veterinary Council for Breed Stewardship. VETcbs ScreenshotLGEThis group is an ad hoc group of veterinary professionals who are concerned about the pet industry. They’re tired of seeing sick puppies purchased in pet stores or online, by people who really wanted to find a good breeder and couldn’t. They’re horrified by the very idea of hundreds of thousands of dogs and puppies living lives of quiet desperation in small, filthy cages, with no human companionship nor love, and with no hope.

It’s the hope of the Veterinary Council for Breed Stewardship that by offering a safer way for the public to purchase high quality puppies, eventually the puppy mills will become a thing of past.

This certification process is entirely voluntary (but all the breeders you see on our website subscribe to). It  includes the following requirements:

  1. Education

  2. Inspection

  3. Following vaccination and deworming protocols (established by the American Animal Hospital Association)

  4. Record Keeping

  5. Accepting the responsibility of taking back puppies you sell at any point in their lifetimes (at no charge to you)

To give you an idea what sorts of things are included in our educational program, a brief synopsis is below:

  • Responsible Dog Breeding, General
  • Husbandry
  • Sanitation and pest control
  • Grooming, bathing, dentistry, veterinary examination
  • Specific housing measures for dams and pups
  • Quarantine contingencies
  • Handling, socialization with conspecifics, adults and kids, cats
  • General Canine Behavioral Interpretation
  • Transportation: Safety and stress considerations, paperwork and regulations for interstate
  • Environmental emergency contingency plans: contact info for care-givers, vet and back
  • Environmental enrichment: recognition of stereopathies, boredom, frustration and ways
  • Genetics
  • Reproduction
  • Neonatal Care and First Aid
  • Nutrition
  • Role of veterinarian in preventative medicine vs. do-it-yourself
  • Vaccination and deworming protocols
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal and External Parasites
  • Euthanasia
  • Record Keeping

If you’re up for the challenge, sign up by clicking the link in the orange box below.


Change the World! Become a CERTIFIED Breeder

Get Certified! Place your puppies in great homes. Help stop puppy mills. What could be better?