Participating in Canine Care Certified!
Little Wonders Puppy Emporium is proud to participate in Canine Care Certified! We here at Little Wonders Puppy Emporium are passionate about puppies and want to be sure that our breeders go above and beyond when it comes to breeding and caring for these pups. Canine Care Certified is the top available canine welfare program. The program was established to set forth “rigorous, science-based, expert-reviewed standards for physical and behavioral welfare in areas such as nutrition, veterinary care, housing, handling, and exercise,” according to CanineCareCertified.org.
Canine Care Certified began in 2013 with Dr. Candace Croney, Ph.D., who studied at the Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science. Dr. Croney spent years studying breeding community guidelines and practices and created Canine Care Certified Standards of Care to establish high standards in the community. These standards were written and tested by breeders, veterinary and animal science experts, state regulators and animal welfare organizations. After years of dedication, Canine Care Certified is an exceptionally trustworthy program.
Some of the breeders we work with here at Little Wonders Puppy Emporium are open to Canine Care Certified. This program has five pillars of care that breeders must meet for certification. These five pillars are physical health, behavioral health, environment, breeding life and retirement, and caretaker expectations. For physical health, it is required that breeders may only have alterations or surgeries performed on their puppies by a veterinarian. Breeders must also create comprehensive physical health plans for each puppy, including preventative care, treatments, genetic and health screenings, regular dental care and grooming. The behavioral health pillar requests that breeders create behavioral wellness plans, both for preventative and treatment, in addition to practicing exercise and socialization. The next pillar, environment, requires breeders to provide “enriched, high-quality spaces with access to the outdoors and multiple flooring surfaces.” The breeding life and retirement pillar explains that adult dogs owned by the breeder may not be sold for research and that the breeders must follow established limits for retirement and rehoming. The final pillar, the caretaker expectations pillar, asks that breeders participate in continuing education, use low-stress handling procedures, and be transparent and compliant with stakeholders.
Participating in Canine Care Certified is something we here at Little Wonders Puppy Emporium are enthusiastic about. Learn more about our puppies and our services by visiting us at 15 Main Street in Sayville, New York, today!