Dogs benefit children in more ways than one

Growing up with pets has many benefits for children. Besides the emotional and physical health benefits, companion animals share unconditional love and teach life lessons about empathy, confidence and responsibility. Pets enrich and improve the lives of many children, particularly those with special needs.

Dogs NSW, the controlling body of purebred, pedigreed dog breeding and exhibiting, marks National Kids and Pets Day on April 26th to celebrate the special bond shared between children and their dogs, and remind parents about the importance of safety where dogs and children are concerned.

“Dogs are an important part of the family, and it’s important for kids and dogs to learn to be good companions to each other,” said Lyn Brown, Dogs NSW President.

Research shows that growing up with a pet can bring social, emotional and educational benefits to children and adolescents, giving them greater self-esteem, less loneliness and enhanced social skills¹. Reading to dogs can also boost reading skills in children and help with emotional and social skill development².

Heartworm Awareness Month webApril is Heartworm Awareness Month!

Given the recent wet weather and expected rise in the number of mosquitos, Dogs NSW reminds dog lovers about the higher risk of heartworm infection in dogs.

Heartworm is a deadly blood parasite that is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito. Watch out for signs of heartworm including mild persistent cough, reluctance to exercise, listlessness or depression, decreased appetite and weight loss.

If there’s one place where you’ll find Australia’s finest purebred pedigree dogs, well-behaved and primed to perfection, it’s the PURINA PRO PLAN Sydney Royal Dog Show held 6 to19 April at Sydney Olympic Park!

Sponsored by PURINA PRO PLAN, the Sydney Royal Dog Show is supported by Dogs NSW, the controlling body of pure bred dog breeding and exhibiting in NSW, and is the biggest and most prestigious canine competition in the country. The event is a popular part of the Sydney Royal Easter Show, the largest event in the Southern Hemisphere organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW.BIS 2739x1826 1454678

"This year, the PURINA PRO PLAN Sydney Royal Dog Show is expected to attract thousands of entries across Conformation, Agility, Obedience, Junior Handling and Sweepstakes classes during the 14 days of competition, all vying to be crowned best in their breed and discipline," said Brian Crump, Dogs NSW spokesperson.

“The PURINA PRO PLAN Sydney Royal Dog Show showcases excellence in the dog world, setting the competitive benchmark for canine competitions nationally,” said Mr Crump. “The show also recognises the important role of Australian National Kennel Council-registered breeders in developing quality, sound, healthy puppies for Australian families, and promotes public understanding of the place of domestic animals in our community.”

There are many reasons to celebrate the magic and unconditional love of puppies. Just one cute wiggle, and they’ve got you wrapped around their little paws!

PuppiesDogs NSW has a few ideas to help you mark National Puppy Day on March 23:

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Dogs NSW is turning up the heat on leaving kids and dogs in hot cars, as the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts warmer than average temperatures for the next three months.

It takes only 10 minutes for the inside of a car to skyrocket by 20 degrees¹! Imagine the deadly heat inside your car when the temperature hits 40+ degrees outside, like in many parts of NSW this summer.

Dogs NSW reminds families that a child left in a parked car in warm temperatures can very quickly become distressed, dehydrated and can die from organ failure. Dogs can’t sweat to cool themselves so they can develop heat stroke and die very quickly in hot conditions.

Labrador Cabal Canine Candids Barbara KilworthIn an estimated canine population of 4.8 million nationally and 52% of all owned dogs being pure bred*, there’s one breed Australians are still barking mad for – the loveable, family-friendly Labrador Retriever!

But these large dogs may not be ‘top dog’ for long, as smaller breeds are increasing in popularity.

According to registration figures of Dogs NSW, the controlling body of pure bred dog breeding and exhibiting in NSW, and Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC), Labradors have been the most popular breed for many years, but smaller canines such as the French Bulldog and Miniature Schnauzer are slowly wagging their tails to the top.

Dogs NSW Junior Handlers Jorja Cummings left and Abby Sanderson with Pug puppies Photo by Debbie Meagher 2Coverage of ANKC's 'Love is Blind - But it doesn't have to be' Campaign in the Media

http://www.petsmagazine.com.au/2017/01/25/responsible-pet-breeding-ownership-ankc/

Capture 1Please view the coverage of Dogs NSW / Royal Canin 'Dog of the Year' event by Channel 7 Sunrise show, plus winning dog SUP.CH. Calivale Katch Me If U Kan ET. and owner Katrina Santas in the studio.

 

Click Here to view the Channel 7 Sunrise Coverage

Talking PetsDid you know that some popular breeds of dogs such as Pugs and French Bulldogs are suffering serious health conditions because they are bred to look a certain way?

The Australian National Kennel Council has launched a breeder education movement in line with the RSPCA and Australian Veterinary Association’s joint initiative ‘Love is Blind’ to raise awareness of what we can do to prevent these problems.

The ANKC's President Hugh Gent joins Dr Jo and David to talk about this wonderful initiative.

Check out the Australia Day interview on Talking Pets radio with ANKC President, Hugh Gent

Click Here to view the Talking Pets Interview with Hugh Gent