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Invitation To attend a Presidents & Secretaries Meeting


Invitation to attend a Presidents & Secretaries Meeting (Metropolitan Region)

Wednesday 18 October 2023
Amenities Building, The Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs, 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills, commencing at 5.30pm

The Board of Directors has resolved that a Presidents & Secretaries Meeting for Metropolitan Affiliates be arranged so that discussion can be held on any matters that may be relevant to DOGS NSW Affiliates’ administration and to DOGS NSW Regulations.

Affiliates are invited to submit items that they would like to place on the Agenda relating to their administration, DOGS NSW Regulations, and to open up discussion on issues of concern and/or interest.

Submission of items for the proposed Agenda for this meeting should be forwarded to the Office by email to and should be received NO LATER than COB on Friday 15 September 2023 along with the names of your Club’s Representatives (limit of 2).

Proposed Agenda items should clearly identify the issue and be accompanied by a short explanation or rationale.

Subject to time constraints, as many as possible of the Agenda items received will be included on the Agenda.

Once finalised, the Agenda for this meeting will be distributed via email to all those Metropolitan Affiliates who have a current email address on file.

If you do not have a current email on file please contact the Office to provide an email contact for your Club.  This will also assist the Office to distribute any important information to your Club in the future.

Thank you.


Lynette Brown                                                                                
DOGS NSW President                                                                      

Christina Rafton
DOGS NSW Senior Vice President

Anthony Khamis                                                                                
Operations Manager     

Virginia Gagan-Wilson                                                                 
Company Secretary

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From DOGS NSW Disputes Assessment Panel


At its recent meeting, the Board accepted a recommendation from DOGS NSW Disputes Assessment Panel that members be reminded that intemperate, abusive, or offensive comments made verbally at shows/events, by telephone or in person, by online posts (anonymously or otherwise) to any person, may constitute a breach of the Rules of DOGS NSW, resulting in disciplinary action against that member and their ongoing membership.

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Hilltops Shire - Draft Policy keeping of Domestic Animals


At a recent Hilltops Council meeting the council introduced a Draft Policy for the keeping of Domestic Animals. There is currently a 28-day consultation period. Members who live in the Hilltops Shire should read and be aware of this policy and provide feedback to the Council in the appropriate time frame.

The email address for submissions is:

Please click here to read and/or download the Drafts Policy.

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A Reminder to All Members from the Grounds Committee - Setting Up for Shows


A firm reminder to all exhibitors setting up for shows, that setting up equipment and gazebos is NOT PERMITTED prior to 2.00pm on Fridays.

Exhibitors are also reminded to please remove their rubbish after the event and ensure that all tent and/or gazebo pegs or stakes are removed from the ground after use. Not only will you need the pegs for your next set up but leaving them can severely damage mowers and equipment if they are nor seen.

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French Bulldog Club Media Release: Vet Costs


French Bulldog Club Media Release regarding health costs for French Bulldogs can be found here.

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Approval of 2023 National Show - Shetland Sheepdog Club of Queensland Inc

Dogs Australia advise, for your information, the following Restricted to Breed Trials which will be included with the 2024 National Championship Show, to be held by the Shetland Sheepdog Club of Queensland Inc:
  • Rally on Tuesday 13 August 2024
  • Obedience on Tuesday 13 August 2024
  • Tricks on Tuesday 13 August 2024
  • Scent Work on Wednesday 14 August 2024
  • Agility on Wednesday 14 August 2024
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Regulations Part 6 - The Register & Registration - Updated


Please note Regulations Part 6 – The Register & Registration has been updated in accordance with 5.15 of the February 2023 Special Board meeting minutes.

The amendment to the Regulations relates to a new clause, numbered 8.17.2, covering Juvenile Laryngeal Paralysis Polyneuropathy (JLPP) in Rottweilers which reads:-

8.17.2  Effective from 01/01/23 ALL Rottweilers be tested for JUVENILE LARYNGEAL PARALYSIS POLYNEUROPATHY (JLPP) prior to being mated and only Clear to Clear or Clear to Carrier be permitted. The exception to this is Frozen Semen whereby a sample can be taken from left over semen when a bitch is inseminated and then sent off for testing; in these cases the bitch must be a Clear on the chance the sire may be a Carrier. Certificate to be provided by the Laboratory carrying out testing eg: Laboklin, OFA, Orivet. Samples must be taken by a Vet or a Certified Collector. 
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Amended DOGS NSW Regulations


At its recent meeting, the Board resolved to amend DOGS NSW Regulations as follows:-

  • Part II-Show, Clause 19.1.2(f) – AMENDED to include Scent Work
  • Part XIII-Code of Ethics, Clauses 2 & 2.1 – AMENDED to allow for recording of compliance reviews/inspections

Please click here to read the fully amended Regulations.

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DOG LOVERS FESTIVAL - Saturday & Sunday 26 & 27 August 2023


The Dog Lovers Festival is on again at the Sydney Showground on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August.  As a DOGS NSW member, we strongly encourage to take part in their highly popular Breed Showcase as we have again negotiated an opportunity to exhibit free of charge to promote your breed in front of 25,000+ dog lovers, many of whom are actively looking for their next pooch. 

The Breed Showcase is a great opportunity for visitors to see, compare and meet a wide range of breeds and provides all the information households need when considering the right dog for them.
No other event in Australia can provide your Breed Club with direct access to such a large and highly targeted audience and the organisers have made some exciting new improvements to make it a smoother, more valuable opportunity for Breed Clubs at the 2023 event. If you are not part of a club and would like to still promote your breed at the event, please feel free to contact the organisers and apply. 

What’s new for the Breed Showcase in 2023?
  Digitally printed custom signage with images and information about your breed to promote your beautiful breed.
  Dedicated rest area (2 metres x 1 metres) built into your stand for your dogs to rest privately.
•  Furniture package including table, chairs and tablecloth.
•  Plus, you will still get all the other great inclusions already offered to members including dedicated website listing, your carpet, walls, lighting, fascia signage and power plus the opportunity to present on the Ask-A-Breeder Stage and take part in Pat-A-Pooch.

Click here to download the detailed Breed Showcase Prospectus for full details.  

Limited stands are now available to Breed Clubs and these will be allocated on first in best-dressed basis so BOOK NOW! 

Click here to submit your application to exhibit.

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Dogs Australia Regulations Part 5 - Conformation Show - Updated


Please note Dogs Australia have updated their Regulations Part 5 – Conformation Show. Amendments have been made to the following sections:

Item 5.11 – amendment to existing Section 9 relating to the rules for the conduct of FCI/CACIB Shows.

Item 5.12 – addition of New Section 9A relating to the rules for the conduct of FCI – Asia, Africa and Oceania Section (AAOS) A2O Shows.

Item 5.16 – removal of Clause 2.4.2 which read:
“2.4.2  Catalogues are not to be made available prior to one hour before the advertised start time of a conformation show. Royal shows and cluster shows catalogues may be released one hour prior to the first day or first show.”

These amendments are effective from 1 July 2023.
To read the updated Regulations Part 5 please click here.

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