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Mamre Road Upgrade to go ahead!



On Friday, February 8, the NSW Premier, The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP together with Local Member for Mulgoa, The Hon.Tanya Davies MP announced $220 million to upgrade the first stage of Mamre Road!

Last year Tanya Davies called on the Federal Government, with a petition that had over 2000 signatures, to urgently upgrade Mamre Road.

“Every day that Mamre Road is not upgraded more lives are at risk. Today I am proud to announce that through our advocacy the NSW Government will step in and upgrade Mamre Road.” Tanya Davies announced.

“This announcement will see the first stage of Mamre Road upgraded between the M4 and Erskine Park Road, which means Solander Dr, Luddenham Road and McIntyre Avenue will be upgraded, so people from St Clair can safely turn on to Mamre Road!”

“This is a huge win for our community! I couldn’t have done it without you all!”

Up to 65,000 Western Sydney road users a day will benefit from upgrades to Mamre and Mulgoa roads, reducing congestion and increasing safety.

The $480 million investment by the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government will slash travel times and improve safety for motorists.

Please click on the link to read Tanya Davies official announcement:

Image: NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian (centred front right), Local Member for Mulgoa, Hon. Tanya Davies MP (centred front left) with members of the local community.

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New library has arrived!



Our long awaited Library has arrived at Orchard Hills.
It is a modular building, which arrived in three sections and is complete with built in shelving, ready to finally display the many books and items collected over the years.

The building will be known as The DOGS NSW Research and Education Centre. The central reading room will be available for Health Seminars and similar events, which do not require dogs in the building. Bookings from specialty club for events, will be considered by the Committee with a display featured for the relevant breeds.

For further enquiries and bookings please contact DOGS NSW Library and Archives Committee at

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DOGS NSW Dances with Dogs Judges Training Scheme - Expressions of Interest


DOGS NSW are now accepting Expressions of Interest to the DOGS NSW Dancing with Dogs Judges Training Scheme DANCES WITH DOGS JUDGES TRAINING SCHEME

ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION - Dances With Dogs Judges Training Scheme

To be eligible for admission to the Dances With Dogs Judges Training Scheme, unless the State/Territory Control otherwise approves on the basis of demonstrated exceptional circumstances, an applicant must:

(a) be a resident of the relevant State/Territory;
(b) be a minimum of 18 years of age;
(c) have been a member of the relevant State/Territory Control for a minimum of one year and be a current financial member;
(d) have experience in related Club or training activities, whether in DWD or another ANKC discipline;
(e) have personally trained competed with and achieved a minimum of two qualifying certificates for a dog in Novice Class in either DWD Freestyle or Heelwork to Music.
(f) commit to contributing to DOGS NSW DWD education of members through instructing voluntarily at DOGS NSW DWD workshops.
(g) commit to assisting in the running of DOGS NSW DWD competitions - eg stewarding, music checks, set up, score collation, card writing.
(h) Candidates should provide evidence of the above criteria and outline how they have or are promoting DWD, apart from their own participation in competition (e.g assistance at competitions, workshops etc)"
(i) application to and acceptance by the relevant Canine Control and payment of the relevant Canine Judges’ fee.

Closing date for applications will be Friday 8 March 2019.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted in writing, for the attention of the Dances With Dogs Committee, to the DOGS NSW Office, PO Box 632, St Marys NSW 1790, or by email to

The Theory Examinations and the Practical Examination will be held on a date to be advised. Successful candidates will be required to attend regular training sessions held by the Dances With Dogs Judges Working Party.

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Win one of 5 Family Movie Passes to see 'A Dog's Way Home'!


Based on the popular book by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Way Home chronicles the heart-warming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home. after she is separated from her beloved human.

To go into the draw to Win a Family Pass valued at $80, please email your Name, Address, Contact number as well as your DOGS NSW membership number to:
by February 27, 2019. Winners will be notified by phone.

Click on the link to view the trailer:

Release date: February 28
Legal line: ©2018 CTMG. All Rights Reserved.

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Looking after your dog in the Heat and Extreme Weather and Safety Guidelines


With the extreme weather conditions and soaring temperatures in NSW, please ensure that you always look after your dogs, at home, whilst at shows, on holiday and travelling. Please follow DOGS NSW guidelines, as set in our regulations. There are also helpful links below to assist, with articles on Heat Stress and Hydration.

(Part II – Show, Section 19)

Clubs conducting events should:

• Ensure that fresh water is easily available for exhibitors and dogs, ie, provide the location of taps – there should be several taps available at large shows.
• Ideally, provide some child wading pools pre-filled with water in shady areas so that distressed dogs can be rapidly cooled.
• Provide shade for exhibitors and dogs in the assembly areas.
• Ensure Judges are aware that exhibitors and dogs can be directed to leave the ring for shelter and then come back into the ring for the final selection (ie, large class, Group or General Specials).
• Provide towels or similar covers to be placed on the examination tables.
• Provide regular announcements about the dangers of dogs being left in cars, trailers and closed tents (heat exhaustion).
• Postpone the luncheon break until after the conclusion of the show or trial.
• Postpone or cancel scheduled events which do not form part of the main competition (eg, Junior Handler heats, demonstrations, etc).
• Consider future scheduling of your show as an evening event.

Exhibitors should:

• Obtain advice from their veterinary surgeon as to their dog’s fitness/good health to be comfortable and well hydrated throughout the day.
• Bring suitable shade for protection from the sun and sufficient supplies to ensure that their dog is comfortable and well hydrated throughout the day.
• If they cannot keep their dog comfortable at a show or trial, leave the event.

Click here to view the full regulations.

Click here to view the article on Hydration.

Click here to view the article on Heat Stress by Dr Karen Hedberg BVSc.

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Entering the Australia Day Show - Entries close January 22


Entries to the DOGS NSW Library & Archives Australia Day show will be closing on Tuesday 22 January at 9.30am sharp.

Click here to enter now.

DOGS NSW members are invited to attend the Australia Day All Breeds Championship Show
at The Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs at 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills on Saturday, 26 January 2019.

Judging commences 8.00am with Sweepstakes, Breed Classes to follow and Junior Handlers during lunch. Refreshments will be available.

Come and celebrate our Australian heritage!

Activities on the day include:
• Official Opening
• Fancy Dress Competition for Children and Adults
• Prize for Best Dressed Gazebo with Australian Theme
• Best of Breed Trophies for Australian Breeds
• Visit our display of books on dogs by Australian Authors.

Other Enquiries & Extreme Weather Mobile – 0427 980 136

Click her to view the Show Schedule.

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DOGS NSW invites Affiliates to utilise the services of SHOW DOGS NSW!


Below are just some of the benefits of utilising SHOW DOGS NSW for your Club’s Show/s:

1. SHOW DOGS NSW is the only online entry system linked to the ANKC Database.
2. Accurate entry information resulting in the correct ownership, animal details, titles, etc displaying in the catalogue.
3. $50.00 discount off your Club’s Draft Show Schedule (All Breeds Shows) for the first time you use the system.
4. 50c rebate on each online entry.

If your club would like to utilise the SHOW DOGS NSW online entry system, simply make a note on your Draft Show Schedule, where it asks for name of online provider.

For further information, please contact the DOGS NSW office on
(02) 9834 3022 or email

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2019 National Retrieving & Field Trial Hall of Fame - CALL FOR NOMINATIONS


Please see below information regarding the 2019 National Retrieving & Field Trial Hall of Fame, along with nomination forms.

Once completed please return to the DOGS NSW Office.

Nominations are required to be submitted prior to COB 31 May 2019.


2019 National Retrieving & Field Trial Hall of Fame

Outstanding Gundogs

Prominent Persons

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RAS Canine Hero Awards


The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Canine Hero Awards is a celebration of man’s best friend.

So often our dogs are more than just our companions, they turn out to be unheralded heroes and lifesavers and the RAS wants them to gain the recognition they deserve.

Some canines display an incredible act of bravery in an instinctive moment, others transform a human life in adversity through their training and dedication to their human companion.
They may not be able to tell us their incredible stories, but you can.

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Canine Hero Awards' aim is to acknowledge and reward these deserving dogs at a presentation to be held at the ADVANCE™ Sydney Royal Dog Show, Best In Show day on 22 April 2019. 2019 will see the fourth year of competition awarded in two categories:

1. AAR Service Dog Award
Open to any dog that through a single act or over a period of time that has displayed exemplary commitment to a service or government organisation.

2. AAR Companion Dog Award
Open to any dog in private ownership that, through a single act or over a period of time, has displayed in an exceptional way the human-animal bond.

Judges from The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW will select finalists and the ultimate winners who will be invited to attend the ADVANCE™ Sydney Royal Dog Show, Best In Show day on 22 April 2019 to receive their award.

The Awards are open to residents of NSW, Australia at the time of entry and own the nominated dog or are the authorised agent of the owner of the nominated dog.
All entries must meet the criteria on the Entry Form of the following categories:

1. AAR Service Dog
2. AAR Companion Dog

Entries must include a completed and signed Awards Entry form, photograph and narrative description. (to receive an application form, please contact the Dog Coordinator on (02) 9704 1007.

Applications will be judged and the winners will be contacted the first week of the Royal. Winners will be invited to attend ADVANCE™ Sydney Royal Dog Show as part of the Sydney Royal Easter Show to receive their awards on Monday 22 April 2019 (please note travel and accommodation is not provided for winners).

The winners, their stories and photos will be featured in the Dog News Australia paper and the DOGS NSW Magazine.

$1500 cash prize to the winner of each category sponsored by the Australian Animal Registry (AAR).

How to enter the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Canine Heroes Awards:
Please complete the Awards Entry Form and forward to the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW with a high resolution picture of you/the dog.

Entries can be submitted by;
1. Completing the entry form
2. Emailing your entry to (photo attached)
3. Post the entry to: (photo attached)
Canine Hero Awards
Locked bag 4317
Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127
4. Closing Date: Friday 1st February 2019

For further information regarding the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Canine Hero Awards, please contact Rebecca Cavallo at or on 02 9704 1007.

Photo (left to right): Dr Robert Zammit BVSc, Sgt Duncan Abernethy with Koda (2018 AAR Service Dog Award Winner), presenter Police Superintendant Stephen Blackmore.

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Office Closure- Christmas & New Year Period


DOGS NSW Office will be closed from 5.00pm (phone lines will close at 4.00pm) on Friday 21 December 2018 and
re-open at 8.30am on Tuesday 8 January 2019.

The lead up to Christmas is traditionally a high demand period for the processing of applications.
DOGS NSW cannot guarantee a quick turnaround for applications being processed prior to the Christmas Closure.
To avoid disappointment, please ensure you submit any urgent applications to the Office in a sufficient time frame.


Note: The online system will not be in operation during the above period.

Members are also advised that the Complex/Grounds will also be CLOSED on the following days:
Monday 24, Tuesday 25, Wednesday 26 December 2018 and Tuesday 1 January 2019.

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