A breeder’s practices have a huge impact on the health, temperament, and well-being of your pup.
Good Dog was invented to help puppy buyers find and buy a puppy without the worry and fear of if they were getting a happy & healthy puppy.
The Good Dog Organization
In order for a Breeder to become a part of The Good Dog organization, breeders must go through several interviews and have all of their breeding dogs health tested. Test results must be sent to Good Dog. Must also have Orthopedic Foundation for Animals certifications and or Penn Hip results for all of their breeding dogs. Must also meet proper housing requirements for your breeding dogs and puppies. Training protocols and puppy enrichment practices in place.
Getting a new dog can be an exciting, scary, confusing and fulfilling process all at once. When you’re considering the possibility of bringing a dog into your family, you’re really considering one of the biggest commitments you can possibly make. Because it’s such a major life decision, you should expect the source of where you’re getting a dog to put in as much time and effort as you do.
The relationship between a dog breeder and a (potential) dog owner is one entirely built on trust. And unfortunately, we’ve heard way too many stories of what happens when that fundamental trust is broken. People who gave up on getting a dog because they couldn’t find a source they felt comfortable with. Difficult decisions when a new puppy turned out to have serious problems or need prohibitively expensive medical care.
At Good Dog, we’re working to apply standards and create transparency throughout the entire process of getting a dog in order to build and maintain that trustworthy relationship. We’ve worked with experts to develop detailed standards that ensure the breeders on our platform are committed to the well-being of their animals.
Why is it so Important?
A reputable breeder will often already have had the parent dogs checked for any hereditary diseases, or other health conditions, before selecting them for breeding. These breeders will also ensure any vaccinations or other early-life health care needs are taken care of, something that unethical breeders won’t do for you.
A puppy from a responsible source will also be socialized for better behavior early on. From playing with enrichment toys focused on different areas of development to being around other dogs and humans, puppies from these breeders are fully prepared to have a smoother transition into your home.
Getting a dog from a responsible source is the best way to ensure your best chances at a long and happy life with your dog.
There are four areas in particular in which responsible breeders make a huge difference: health, costs, behavior and animal welfare. So be very picky about which breeder you choose to buy your next puppy from. Ask the Breeder questions about how and where the puppy is being raised for the first 8 weeks, ask if they are a Good Dog member and if their parent dogs are health tested and have their Orthopedic Foundation for Animals certification. These things matter!