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Commercial Dog Breeders

These materials were developed by the Center for Food Security and Public Health in collaboration with USDA APHIS Animal Care to provide information about licensing and regulatory requirements for Commercial Dog Breeders.

The materials describe the prelicensing process and requirements for maintaining a license under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and regulations and best practices in animal care and husbandry for commercial facilities.

The materials consist of a series of PowerPoint presentations with speaker notes.

Presentation 1: Introduction to APHIS Animal Care and the Regulatory Process


Presentation 2: The Licensing Process


Presentation 3: Maintaining Your License


Presentation 4: Program of Veterinary Care


Presentation 5: Exercise


Presentation 6: Socialization


Presentation 7: Identification


Presentation 8: Housing Part 1 (General Overview)


Presentation 9: Housing Part 2


Presentation 10: Husbandry Standards


Presentation 11: Transportation and Minimum Age Requirements


Presentation 12: Brokers and Auctions

Contact Information

For more information regarding this content, please contact Jeramy D. Higgins, Training Specialist, Center for Animal Welfare at

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