Club News & Updates

Attention: Club / Show Secretaries - Complaints received at a Show

Club/Show Secretaries please note that when a complaint is received at a show, the complainant is required to complete the DOGS NSW Complaint Lodgement Form.

The form should be completed in accordance with DOGS NSW Complaints Procedure, which accompanies the complaint form referred to above, and MUST specifically state the Regulation they allege the member is in breach of.  The complaint should also be accompanied by the DOGS NSW Representative Report and the marked catalogue (if relevant).

Your attention is also drawn to the requirements for submitting a complaint received at a show which are detailed in DOGS NSW Regulations Part II-Show, Clauses 16.4 to 16.6, which read as follows:-
16.4    A complaint alleging a breach of Regulation 16.1 shall be made to the Show Secretary at the show, shall be in writing and, if not made by an official of the Show, shall be accompanied by a lodgement fee of $150 payable to DOGS NSW. (05/11)
16.5    The Show Secretary shall, within 7 days of receipt of a complaint referred to in Regulation 16.4 or becoming aware of a contravention of Regulation 16.1, forward details thereof to the DOGS NSW Secretary, together with all documents received together with the applicable lodgement fee. (05/11)
16.6    A complaint not lodged in accordance with Clauses 16.4 and 16.5 will not be accepted by DOGS NSW unless received within 14 days of the event giving rise to the complaint and accompanied by a late fee of $100, in addition to the applicable lodgement fee of $150. The DOGS NSW Secretary may waive either or both of the original lodgement fee and the late fee upon receipt of a reasonable and acceptable explanation. (05/11)

The full Regulations in relation to complaints at a show can be found under DOGS NSW Regulations Part II-Show, Section 16:  Misconduct, by clicking here.

National Show/Restricted Trial - German Shepherd Dog League NSW Inc - CHANGE OF VENUE


Attention: Club/Show Secretaries - Complaints received at a Show
Please note a change of venue for the National Show/Restricted Obedience Trial to be held by the German Shepherd Dog League NSW Inc on 3 to 5 June 2022, will now take place at the Hawkesbury Showgrounds, Racecourse Road, Clarendon, New South Wales. This venue is instead of DOGS NSW Showgrounds at Orchard Hills, which is currently unsuitable due to ongoing weather conditions.

Attention: Exhibitors/Club Secretaries - Changes for Easter


Please click the following links to view a spreadsheet with the recent changes to all the Shows/Trials at DOGS NSW Grounds which have been affected by the recent closure, due to wet weather:

This is colour coded, so, to assist in your search:

  • Red is cancelled
  • Yellow is postponing, pending DOGS NSW Show Committee
  • Green is not advised of any changes.

If your Club have not advised the office of your change of venue, this needs to be done as soon as possible. If you have notified the office but have not yet received approval, these will be sent once approval has been given by the Show Committee and the calendar will be updated accordingly.


Immediate Closure of Orchard Hills Grounds & Scheduled Easter Shows


The severe weather over the last few days has again flooded the DOGS NSW grounds at Orchard Hills and there is more rain predicted over the next 7 days. As the grounds are unsafe for use, regrettably, we have had to close the grounds, which will impact shows scheduled over Easter, including camping bookings.

If you are entered into a Show that was scheduled to be held at Orchard Hills, please contact the Club holding the show for further information, as they may have moved, postponed, or cancelled their show.

The Office is open and bookings for meeting rooms are not affected at this stage. Unfortunately, general exercising of dogs on the grounds is currently not permitted.

Entry to Luddenham Road, from Mamre Road is currently closed, due to flooding over the road and access to the Office is only available, at present, via Elizabeth Drive.

DOGS NSW apologises for any inconvenience.





Your attention is drawn to DOGS NSW Regulation Part II-Show, Clause 4.2, and the need to comply with same when planning shows.  There was a temporary relaxation of the rule due to COVID related issues and the need to recommence shows, however, from 1 March 2022, Clause 4.2, which reads as follows, will be enforced:-


4.2     Except as otherwise from time to time determined by the Board of Directors, either generally or in any specific case, an application for the approval of a Show shall be lodged with the DOGS NSW Secretary at least four (4) calendar months before the commencing day of such show.


Additionally, Clauses 4.2A and 4.3, which read as follows, also refer:-


4.2A  No approval will be given to an application for a show which has not been lodged, or does not fully comply with the requirement of Regulation 4.1, at least three (3) months before the proposed commencing day of the show without the approval of the Board of Directors.


The Board, at its discretion, may impose a fine in addition to any other fees incurred.


4.3     A date which has been fixed for the holding of a Recognised Show and which has been approved by the Board of Directors shall not be altered without the consent of the Board of Directors provided that such date shall not be postponed for more than one (1) month and any cancellation must be notified in writing to DOGS NSW. 




The DOGS NSW Executive Committee has resolved that, due to the recent extreme weather and flooding of the German Shepherd Dog League area, those grounds will be closed until further notice.
The Wollongong Dog Sports Club Agility Trial on Friday night and the DOGS NSW Agility Committee Fundraiser Agility Trial on the Saturday have been cancelled.  Any rescheduling of these events will be advised in due course.
DOGS NSW apologises for the inconvenience, however, member and dog safety is considered paramount.

Requirements of NSW Government Guidelines for COVID Safe Plans


The DOGS NSW Show Committee would like to remind all Club and Committee Secretaries that the current NSW Government Guidelines still stand until further notice.

The requirements are that Clubs and Committees must provide a current COVID Safe Plan plus a COVID Checklist for Secretaries, which outlines the requirements of Gate QR Check-ins and checking current vaccination status, ie, Clubs must provide a full roster of all persons checking the QR and double vaccination status at the gate. No Exemptions.

These forms can be found by clicking