Less than 10 percent of the breeder partners who enter the company's review process are accepted into the network.
PuppySpot's proprietary standards go significantly above and beyond federal and state regulations. Check out some of the protocols and requirements within our comprehensive standards manual.Learn More
PuppySpot's Scientific Advisory Board, comprised of experts in veterinary medicine, animal sciences and dog welfare, enhances PuppySpot's standards with substantive, science-based standards of practice.Learn More
PuppySpot uses a data-driven system to evaluate tens of thousands of breeders across the nation, thoroughly screening them to create an exclusive network of breeder partners committed to dog welfare.Learn More
PuppySpot has set a new industry benchmark with proprietary standards that go significantly above and beyond federal and state regulations. We've outlined below the categories we look at as well as just a few examples of protocols and requirements within our robust, comprehensive standards manual.
The PuppySpot Scientific Advisory Board's mandate is to continuously enhance PuppySpot's
industry-leading standards with substantive, in-depth, science-based standards of practice for the
company and its tens of thousands of breeder partners. The Board members' expertise spans fields
relevant to ensuring the physical, emotional and long-term health of breeding dogs and puppies
placed through PuppySpot's exclusive network of responsible breeders.
The Board is committed to constantly improving, refining and clarifying our standards to ensure they guarantee animal welfare. Using their wide range of professional expertise, the Board members scrutinize PuppySpot's requirements to ensure the physical and psychological health of all dogs in our exclusive network. Through PuppySpot's ongoing commitment to the wellbeing of dogs, utilizing the Board, we are raising the bar for canine welfare together.
PuppySpot is honored to have the assistance and expertise of its Chairman and current Board members:
Dr. John J. Goldberg PhD, is the founder of Science Based Strategies, a Washington, DC based food, agriculture and environmental policy consulting firm, and Partner at The Normandy Group, LLC, a government relations firm. Prior to his move to the private sector, Dr. Goldberg served 22 years as Senior Scientist on the House Committee on Agriculture in the United States Congress. In this role, Dr. Goldberg was the principal policy advisor to seven Chairmen and was responsible for numerous titles and subtitles of the last four farm bills. Dr. Goldberg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Rutgers University, and a Master of Science and Doctorate in Animal and Food Sciences, and Microbiology from the University of Vermont.
Dr. Raymond Anthony, PhD, of the University of Alaska Anchorage is a Professor of Philosophy, specializing in environmental, food, animal and agricultural ethics. Dr. Anthony also serves as Ethics Advisor for the American Veterinary Medical Association's Animal Welfare Committee and Panels on Euthanasia, Humane Slaughter and Depopulation. Based in Alaska, he has a PhD and master's degree from Purdue University, and a bachelor's degree in psychology and philosophy from Millikin University.
Dr. Ron DeHaven, DVM and President of DeHaven Veterinary Solutions, is the top official at the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), he was responsible for administering the Animal Welfare Act, protecting and promoting American agriculture, and carrying out wildlife damage management activities. Based in Maryland, Dr. DeHaven received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Purdue University, and has a master's degree in business administration from Millsaps College.
Dr. Peter Kirsten, DVM, served nearly 30 years in the USDA APHIS as a Supervisory Animal Care Specialist and a Veterinary Medical Officer. Prior to his work at the USDA, he spent more than a decade providing direct care to animals. Based in Michigan, Dr. Kirsten graduated from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
During Kenneth Vail's 42 years of service in the USDA's Office of the General Counsel, including 30 years as a Senior Executive Assistant General Counsel, he advised senior departmental officials on all legal work involving animal welfare. Mr. Vail graduated from the University of Florida and Stetson University College of Law.
Based in Ohio, Dr. Aaron Wise graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and has a master's degree in Animal Sciences. Dr. Wise studied under Dr. Joe Hogan and Dr. Larry Smith with a focus on mastitis research. He has also contributed to studies on canine disease.
Of the nine pillars of standards governing PuppySpot's breeders, three of those categories are dedicated solely to breeder vetting. Our deep focus and attention to detail in this area help to ensure we maintain the most exclusive network of the nation's most responsible breeders.
Minimum of 1.5 years of experience in canine breeding and a minimum of two litters.
A background check of each breeder's history, including available public records, and any contact the breeder has had with animal control agencies.
Must be knowledgeable of and in compliance with all federal, state and local licensing requirements.
There is a formal process for breeder application that requires paperwork, interviews, provision of living environment photos or videos and independent verification of data to ensure a breeder's high level of experience through pre-screening and ongoing review of ownership, operational history, field visits, criminal background checks, facility review, compliance evaluation, government and humanitarian data base review and veterinarian information.
PuppySpot is licensed and inspected by the USDA. While we do not breed dogs ourselves, we have identified and work with a select network of breeders nationwide. Each of these breeder partners is thoroughly screened prior to receiving authorization to join the PuppySpot network.
To ensure that a breeder is knowledgeable of and in compliance with all licensing requirements at every level and uses the USDA Animal Care Blue Book and USDA licensing requirements as key reference points for establishing best practices, the PuppySpot Scientific Advisory Board set standards that are above and beyond anything set by the government.