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The Dog Federation of Wisconsin (DFOW) is the unified voice of those who value the love of a good dog. We work to educate the public and law makers on responsible dog ownership, the threat animal rights poses to animal ownership and we work on canine legislation at the federal, state and local levels.

It is our goal to ensure that the people of Wisconsin continue to enjoy their right to own dogs. We believe that our citizens - and future generations - should have the right to choose where they wish to purchase their dog and the freedom to make their own decision as to whether or not to breed it.

  • Do you know what the current animal ordinance in your community says?
  • What would you do if your favorite dog breed were banned in your community?
  • Do you know where to watch for upcoming legislative proposals?

The Dog Federation of Wisconsin is here to help. Explore our website and learn what you can do to protect your rights as a dog owner.


What's New?

2/11/2019 - Mark your calendar and enter DFOW's 2019 CGC / CGCA / Trick Dog class & testing fund raiser to be held on March 3rd.

6/24/2018 - Don't miss our AKC Trick Dog fundraiser! Earn an award while benefitting DFOW.

6/23/2017 - Press Release: Governor Walker signs legislation to change procedure for law enforcement dog if they bite a person.

1/6/2016 - A public hearing is scheduled on January 13th for AB-487. See the Alerts page for details.

1/27/2015 - Fitchburg, Wisconsin to consider BSL language in proposed changes to Animal Control Ordinance. Proposed changes include: Fencing requirements after 1st incident; Increased penalties/fines; More stringent consequences for violations; Prohibiting dangerous breeds. Mayor Pfaff supports changes. Proposed changes will be referred to Council in February.

11/3/2012 - Important article for all animal owners Rescue Raids: Confiscation Racket. Humane groups team with animal control to seize and sell valuable animals; in-depth investigation, legal advice, resources, information provided by

5/4/2011 - The DFOW Foundation announces a new project, Comfort Companions, to help those in need by Keeping Pets & Families Together. Learn about this unique approach to reducing the homeless pet problem.

9/15/2010 - AKC designed poster, "In the Balance", emphasizes the importance of electing pro-pet, pro-pet owner, pro-pet breeder candidates. Get your copy by clicking on the image or visiting our Brochures page.

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