Dogs on Show tile for webWe once again showcased our pure breed dogs and all facets that encumbers our hobby, with the annual ‘Dogs on Show’ event.  The weather held nicely and the event was supported by exhibitors and public alike.

The day began by honouring the dedication and legacy left by the passing of Mrs Frances Wickens, with the Public Relations Committee presenting a perpetual trophy for the Best In Toy Group. Frances’ family members were present to receive the award and say a few words. Those present were her husband Wally, daughters Marie and Cassandra, as well as son-in-law Terry and grandson Joshua.

A large gathering around Ring 1 saw the show officially opened by His Worship the Mayor of Penrith, Councillor John Thain. Mr Mayor was escorted around by Mr Phil Brown and he seemed to thoroughly enjoy his time with us, even having his photo taken with Penrith Council’s mascot, ‘Boomer’ (see pictured above).

 

Ask the breeder logo webThe Sydney Dog Lovers Show is fast approaching with many of our breeders and Affiliated Breed Clubs once again gearing up in readiness for the big two day event - August 5 and 6.  

Dogs NSW 'Ask the Breeders' talks have now been finalised into a timetable for each day and we are very excited to present these talks to the general public, educating them about purebred dogs and the benefits of purchasing a puppy through a Dogs NSW member.

Each talk will cover a brief description of the breed, including temperament, training and care requirements, what Dogs NSW breeders provide in ongoing care and support, questions to ask a breeder and what to ask of them, with time at the end to take questions as well as meet the breed. Please view the attached schedule for the two day event: Adobe Download

Members Education evening tileDOGS NSW presents an INAUGRAL Members & Friends Education Evening

ALL WELCOME

Thanks to our sponsors Merial – makers of Nexgard Spectra and PETPLAN – insuring pets health for a happy future.

You and your friends are invited on Tuesday 5th September, 2017 to the first Members and Friends Education evening to be held at the Bill Spilstead Complex, 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills.

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The ANKC Ltd Retrieving & Field Trial Hall of Fame pays homage to those PERSONS and DOGS that have made outstanding and significant contributions to the sports of Retrieving or Field Trials.

Ask the Breeder TileThe Sydney Dog Lovers Show is a fabulous event on the August calendar, which Dogs NSW supports every year.

As Dogs NSW and its members work closely with the organisers, they have kindly permitted Dogs NSW an extra stand, 'Ask the Breeder,' in order to promote our breeders and their purebred dogs.

The stand will be in close proximity to the Dogs NSW Information stand, however, we do need Dogs NSW members/ breeders and their dogs to come to the stand and talk to the attending public about their breed and the benefits of purchasing a purebred puppy through a Dogs NSW member.

Talks will be limited to a maximum of 15 minutes and should cover your own experience as a breeder, a brief description of your breed, including temperament, training and care requirements; what you provide in ongoing care, questions to ask a breeder and what you ask of them. At the conclusion, if there is time left over you can take questions as well as meet the breed sessions with your dog. Should you wish to do so, you can also bring along your own business cards or your breed club's details as handouts. We also ask that anyone who is speaking with the public, to please have their dog with them. A judging table will be provided for your dog to stand on.

Frances for webIt is with deep sadness that Dogs NSW informs the dog world of the passing of Frances Wickens on Thursday, 8th June 2017.

As we look back on the yesterdays that we shared with Francis, we remember her with gratitude:

 

 

 

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life

It turns what we have into enough; and more.

It turns denial into acceptance

It turns chaos into order

It turns confusion into clarity

Gratitude make sense of the past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow

And that is Frances’ legacy to us. Her vision, her passion and her remarkable aptitude to educate. Frances’s vision was that the Members and Judges should be educated and to that end she devoted the last 35 years of her life.

Mina CroppedThis evening is part of the 2017 Dogs NSW Royal Canin International Spring Fair event.

There are many myths about the nutritional requirements of dogs. This talk will address the feeding behaviours of dogs, including their digestive capability and nutritional needs for general health and wellbeing. This will follow into a discussion to uncover the truth behind some common myths surrounding nutrition.

Bio: Dr. Mina Magelakis graduated with honours from the University of Melbourne in 2011 and practiced for close to four years in a busy small animal hospital in the north eastern suburbs of Melbourne. During this time, she worked with a variety of small animals, including reptiles and specifically offered consultations in cat and dog behaviour under the mentorship of a renowned veterinary behaviourist.

Sydney Dog Lovers logo webTHE MOST REBARKABLE EVENT IN THE WORLD RETURNS AUGUST 5 & 6

Hundreds of hounds are bounding back to Sydney for the fourth annual Dog Lovers Show at the Hordern Pavilion and Royal Hall of Industries on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August, joining some of the biggest and most respected experts in the pet industry.

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The University of Adelaide has discovered a new strain of Canine Parvovirus here in Australia.

Notably, many dogs have been suffering symptoms of gastroenteritis of late. Some dogs have not responded to therapy so are hospitalised, given supportive fluids and intravenous medications to stop severe haemorrhagic diarrhoea.

The University of Adelaide has discovered a new strain of Canine Parvovirus here in Australia.The new strain, CPV-2c has been spreading around the world and has now been found within our borders.The signs that are typical of parvovirus are: vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy and often haemorrhaging from the anus, which can culminate in death.

Sydney University, School of Veterinary Science is also studying this problem. A new vaccine variant will possibly be formulated, but dogs that are currently vaccinated (in last 12 months) with the current vaccine are less at risk and should they contract the new strain, they are most likely to overcome it quickly with therapy.

Remember, young dogs are most at risk so ensure your puppies are properly covered. Parvovirus has a high mortality rate, hence we need to avoid spreading this virus where ever possible.

3 dog headsAnimal  Control  Officers, Council Rangers, Veterinary Nurses and indeed anyone interested in improving their ability identifying individual breeds of dogs, are invited to attend Dogs NSW two day nationally accredited workshops.

There are over 200 recognised breeds currently in Australia and a multitude of cross breeds, therefore identification can be difficult and at times impossible.

Dogs NSW is a strong supporter of the NSW Government changes to the Companion Animals Act. We believe in responsible dog ownership and we recognise that proper breed identification is an essential part of the current legislation.

We have developed the two day training program to assist councils in improving breed identification, particularly as state legislation requires that council staff identify those dogs that are on the restricted breeds list as well as crosses from restricted breeds. Also councils are required to identify dogs specifically used or kept for hunting purposes, as opposed to being a family pet.

Keeping you and your dog fitTile2Cooler months are ahead - the season for rest in the comforts of the indoors. But if you have a dog, hibernation is not an option.

Our canine companions need daily exercise to stay healthy and fit, which has many benefits for you, too! Fortunately, there’s a whole world of dog sports for you and your dog to enjoy during the winter months and all year round!

“Participating in dog sports means getting out and being active, and once you’re out and about with your dog, socialising and learning, the opportunities that can open to you with a well-trained dog, are enormous!” says Vicki Etherington OAM, a professional dog trainer and Board Member of Dogs NSW, the controlling body of purebred, pedigreed dog breeding and exhibiting in New South Wales.

North Sydney Council Logo webPosh pooches will be putting their best paw forward for a chance to win the title of ‘Best Dressed Doggie’ at North Sydney Council’s second Bradfield Bark later this month.

Just one of several competitions being held at the dogs’ day out in Bradfield Park on Sunday 28 May, prizes will also be awarded to the winners of the ‘Doggie & Owner Look-a-like Comp’, ‘Most Fabulous Doggie Senior’ and for the ‘Best Doggie Trick’.

There will also be several dog demonstrations throughout the day, including displays from Canines for Conservation, who sniff out weeds to protect Australian habitat and can detect endangered species. Other demonstrations include agility with the Manly and District Kennel and Dog Training Club and flyball with the Sydney Psychos Flyball Team. 

With a busy program of activities, there’s something to suit all ages, including a special guest appearance from a star of kids’ cartoon Paw Patrol, a giant dog jumping castle, doggie face painting, a Pawpaw-razzi photo booth, airbrush tattoos, Reverse Garbage craft workshops and an interactive mural.

The day will also be packed full of food, music and a variety of stalls for our fur residents and their human companions to enjoy.

 cover'Travelling with Pets on Australia’s East Coast'  is an invaluable guide that makes holidaying with your pet a breeze. Independently researched and collated, this newly updated 3rd edition explores the best pet-friendly accommodation (from 5-star hotels to campgrounds) between Far North Queensland and the Great Ocean Road, and now also features major inland towns.  

Author, Carla Francis is a devoted pet owner who can’t stand to leave her pet behind when she travels. “There’s nothing that can dampen a holiday high more than leaving your beloved furry friend behind, but with more pet-friendly guidebooks and apps than ever before, there's no reason why your pet can’t be part of the family getaway," says Carla.

Dogs on Show web‘Dogs on Show,’ is fast approaching, and as this event is our annual open day for the public, we would like as many members as possible to be involved.

The event highlights the advantages of owning a purebred dog, along with the many activities you can enjoy as a Dogs NSW member, so it is important to have as many breed clubs or breeds represented on the day, so that the public can see the incredible range of beautiful purebred dogs and get first hand advice from breeders.

Members can participate as part of the Championship Show, a demonstration, Agility, Obedience, Herding, Retrieving, Earthdog, Junior Handling, Drafting or Jack Russell Terrier Racing events, or even as a helper on the day. You might just like to come along and be part of the Pageant of Breeds, (as long as you are dressed up) as this is always a fun part of the day. There will also be some great prizes on offer for the winners of the Pageant of Breeds as well as the Breed Stands!

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.

Ask the Breeder TileThe Sydney Dog Lovers Show is a fabulous event on the August calendar, which Dogs NSW supports every year.

As Dogs NSW and its members work closely with the organisers, they have kindly permitted Dogs NSW an extra stand, 'Ask the Breeder,' in order to promote our breeders and their purebred dogs.

The stand will be in close proximity to the Dogs NSW Information stand, however, we do need Dogs NSW members/ breeders and their dogs to come to the stand and talk to the attending public about their breed and the benefits of purchasing a purebred puppy through a Dogs NSW member.

Talks will be limited to a maximum of 15 minutes and should cover your own experience as a breeder, a brief description of your breed, including temperament, training and care requirements; what you provide in ongoing care, questions to ask a breeder and what you ask of them. At the conclusion, if there is time left over you can take questions as well as meet the breed sessions with your dog. Should you wish to do so, you can also bring along your own business cards or your breed club's details as handouts. We also ask that anyone who is speaking with the public, to please have their dog with them. A judging table will be provided for your dog to stand on.

Responsible Pet Education Tile webThe New South Wales Government is looking for potential Pet Educators to join the Responsible Pet Ownership Program. Pet Educators and their dogs present to students from Pre-school through to Year 2 to promote the message of responsible pet ownership and dog safety in the community.

The Program is now calling for expressions of interest from enthusiastic people to fill some vacancies. If you enjoy talking to children, have the time, own a happy and healthy dog that resides with you and enjoys socialising with children of all ages, please consider this program.

You must:

• Own a fit and healthy dog(s) between the ages of 18 months and 8 years old.  All dogs participating in Living Safely With Pets are required to pass a suitability test

• Have a current driver’s licence and own a reliable car

• Be flexible with availability regarding days of the week

• Be eligible for an appropriate Working With Children Check in NSW.

Brian YorkThe PURINA PRO PLAN Sydney Royal Dog Show is set to be another exciting event for dog lovers!

The event, from April 6 to 19, will again welcome international judges and thousands of entries across Conformation, Agility, Obedience, Junior Handling and Sweepstakes classes, during the 14 days of competition – all vying for best in their breed and discipline.

This year, Dogs NSW will be running ‘Ask the Breeders’ forums, during which Dogs NSW members will speak to the public about their breed, the many benefits of purchasing puppies through a Dogs NSW breeder, and how to locate ethical and credible breeders of healthy dogs. This will be located next to the Dogs NSW Information stand.

GroundsThere seems to be some concern in regard to the reported Fungal infestation at the Grounds. This fungus is ONLY detrimental to plant and NOT to Man nor Beast!

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LeoThis is Leo. He is a 10 year old dog that developed severe Canine Cognitive Dysfunction in August 2015.  Leo’s symptoms included wall staring, pacing, disorientation, forgetting commands, and most worrying, aggression directed towards his family.

Leo’s family was devastated and were considering euthanasia due to the aggression, however, decided to participate in the Dogs+ Cells Clinical trial for dogs with Cognitive Dysfunction at the University of Sydney, Brain and Mind Centre.

Leo underwent a series of tests, and finally received a transplant of cells cultured in the laboratory to neural precursor cells that were grown from his own skin sample. The cells were transplanted directly into the hippocampal region of his brain by a long fine needle.  He was discharged from hospital the following day.

ANKC Logo Col art copyMembers, Clubs and other organisations please note that the Canine Research Foundation is seeking applications for research commencing in 2018 to be funded under the Foundation's Grants program for the year 2018.

The purpose of the Foundation is to provide funding for research directed at improving canine health. Canine health refers to research into disease and disease related processes, and/or the prevention of injury and/or disease.

Proposed research projects should be directed towards producing benefit in some aspect of canine health and must be conducted by an Australian University. Applications will close on 31 MAY, 2017.

Doty winner casualOn Saturday evening 28 January 2017, the Dogs NSW Complex Fundraising Committee and our major sponsor Royal Canin, hosted one of the premier events on the NSW Show Calendar – the NSW Show Dog, Puppy and Neuter of the Year. This event allows NSW exhibitors to celebrate their dog’s success from the previous year and catch up with friends and fellow exhibitors.

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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.

LabradorIn 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.

AVA Logo.jpg v2A group of veterinary scientists have launched a research project to try and bring canine parvovirus under control, a devastating disease that is currently hurting and killing puppies across Australia.

Commonly known as parvo, the disease is not new to Australia. Outbreaks continue to occur with the latest recorded in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.