LAFAYETTE, Ind. (May 29, 2016) — A Purdue University center and commercial dog breeders from an Indiana town that has a large Amish population are working to create breeding standards meant to improve dogs’ well-being.
The (Lafayette) Journal & Courier (http://on.jconline.com/1s5XwCw ) reports the director of Purdue’s Center for Animal Welfare Science and researchers have started a pilot program to review how facilities are operated and whether dogs’ health can be made better through certain changes.
Animal center director Candace Croney says the program that has both Amish and non-Amish breeders will be used to come up with voluntary management and care standards.
Suggestions for best practices have included socializing with other dogs and humans more, as well as more exercise.