Do you know the difference between a breeder doing things responsibly for their breed, their breeding dogs, and their puppies and those that are in it strictly for the money?

For this episode I’ve enlisted Behaviour Consultant, Professional Dog Trainer and Golden Retriever breeder, Barbara Walmer, from Good As Gold Training in Calgary to help you choose a responsible dog breeder.

It’s our hope that after having listened to this episode, people will have no doubt in their minds whether or not they’re purchasing their puppy from a puppy mill or backyard breeder, or whether their dog has been bred and cared for responsibly.

Barbara’s qualifications include:

  • CPDT-KSA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge and Skills Assessed)
  • CBCC-KA (Certified Behaviour Consultant Canine-Knowledge Assessed)
  • KPA CTP (Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner)
  • ACDBC (Associate Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant)
  • FFCP (Fear-Free Certified Professional)
  • Member of APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers)
  • Member of CCPDT (Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers)
  • Member of IAABC (International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants)


  • The one thing all really good breeders do.
  • What type of environment is best for your puppy to be raised in.
  • Why it’s so important your puppy doesn’t leave their mom prematurely.
  • Why it’s a good thing if your breeder requires a signed contract.
  • Why breeders should also be great matchmakers.
  • Where to start your search for a good breeder.
  • What questions you should ask a potential breeder and the answers you want to hear.
  • The cool things temperament testing can tell you about your pup.

Although the focus of the episode is on finding a reputable breeder, our discussion goes off topic a little and we discuss why someone might want a purebred dog. I feel like it’s only fair to mention that purebred rescues exist as well, so it is possible to both rescue and have a purebred dog although it’s still unlikely you’ll know their lineage or medical history.

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