Dogs NSW Logo BlueNearly 22,000 dog lovers attended and watched Dogs NSW members' meeting live-streamed online on Monday night, 18 December 2017 - to address serious concerns over the proposed new anti-puppy farm legislation threatening the future of ethical dog breeding and ownership.

Wednesday, 20 December, a small delegation representing Dogs NSW met with Minister Niall Blair to discuss the Draft Guidelines and Standards, POCTA for Breeding Dogs and Cats.

Logo1Plus  the results from the Pet Hydration Survey, conducted by PetSafe® Brand Australia

In a recent survey conducted December 2017 by PetSafe® Brand Australia it was found that 39%(1) of Australians are unaware of what the signs of heat exhaustion or dehydration are for their beloved pet; yet it can be one of the most deadly conditions through the Australian summer.

International pet product expert PetSafe® have partnered with NSW Veterinarian,       Dr. Claire Stevens to release 7 simple steps on how to keep your pet cool and hydrated this summer.

This summer is predicted to be one of the worst on record for Australia so being Hydration Wise is vital to the health and wellbeing of your pet.

Guide Dogs logo NSW ACTCelebrate the 60 year history of Guide Dogs at the 60 Tails – 60 Years of Guide Dogs exhibition this January at The Concourse Art Space in Chatswood.

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A meeting of information and question & answer night on the review of the Guidelines and Standards relating to POCTA

Monday 18 December 2017 commencing at 7.30 pm in the Amenities Building

Please email attendance to   by Friday, 15 December at 3.00pm. Any information or questions that members would like raised on the night, will also need to be emailed by Friday 15 December at 3.00pm.

AABB logo whiteThe Australian Animal Blood Bank is the only licensed and registered canine blood bank in Australia. The canine donors are pet owned dogs within the community, who come and donate blood every 3 months. The AABB is essentially the Red Cross for dogs.

 The AABB are confronted at the moment with insufficient blood to supply Veterinarians for the Christmas and New Year period and are seeking owners of calm, large breed dogs that would be interested in having their dogs participate in their program.

PetSafe® Brand Raises Awareness of Pet Hydration this summer with Nationwide Campaign

Pet Hydration logoDecember, 2017: A recent survey (1) conducted by pet product expert, PetSafe® Brand Australia found that Australian pet owners show a surprising lack of awareness when it comes to their pet's hydration and are happy to let them drink puddle, river or gutter water, or even from the backyard pool.

edit image webAussies love their pets and money seems to be no object when it comes to their health. New research reveals 54 per cent of pet owners have, or would consider, pet insurance. Even without insurance, 50 per cent would spend more than $1000 on treatment and recovery if their pet had an accident or was diagnosed with a serious illness and 34 per cent would spend more than $2000.

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Summer is a great time to be out and about with your dog; swimming, taking long walks, exploring parks, camping and more. However, Dogs NSW warns the hot weather also brings unexpected dangers that can be deadly for our four-legged friends!

Pet owners need to protect their pets from many summer threats, such as bushfires, snake and tick bites, sunburn, thunderstorms, heat stress and dehydration, said veterinarian Dr Karen Hedberg BVSc.

Dr Hedberg is spokesperson for Dogs NSW, the peak body in New South Wales responsible for promoting breeding, showing, trialling, obedience and other canine-related activities, and the ownership of temperamentally and physically sound purebred dogs across the state. She is also a Dogs NSW registered breeder and chair of the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) Canine Health and Wellbeing Committee.

Dog with bookNow, in the supposed information era, there is much mis-information about dogs, and yet there is so much to learn.

“While ever I work with dogs I learn something new about them – everyday!” Dr Robert Zammit.

Consequently, we have embarked on the presentation of a series of seminars, gathering experts in the field of canine science, be it behaviour, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and the host of other headings under the husbandry and science of this species.

No Dog Should Die tileAustralia's leading emergency veterinarians issue a strong warning to dog owners as official paralysis tick season commences. 

1 November 2017: As Australia’s peak paralysis tick season officially starts, some of Australia’s leading emergency veterinarians have an urgent warning message for dog owners – protect your pet against tick paralysis, a preventable disease, now, or face the deadly consequences.  

Director and Veterinary Specialist at The Animal Emergency Service in Queensland, Dr Rob Webster comments: “Tick paralysis is a preventable disease. When we lose dogs, a terrible outcome for all involved, we are losing dogs that could have been saved by administering a long-lasting paralysis tick treatment.”  “Once the paralysis from a tick bite has taken hold, even the very best we can do using tick anti-serum and supportive care is going to save 8 out of 10 patients. This leaves a large number of dog owners in the dreadful position where they essentially watch their dog die from a preventable disease.”

DiggerOn Saturday, 28th October 2017 at West Croydon RSL in South Australia, a long awaited dog memorial was unveiled, in honour of the heroic efforts of a dark brown and white bulldog called 'Digger.'

This memorial was possible through the fine efforts of AWAMO, the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation, and very appropriately timed, as it coincided with the recent opening of the Animal War Memorial at Pozieres France in July this year (also organised by AWAMO and their supporters): the site where Digger was wounded.

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Like many other Dogs NSW members, breeder Lesley Shirley and her English Setter do fantastic work teaching kids about safety around dogs and responsible pet ownership, as part of the NSW Government's Living Safely with Pets program.

Dog with bookNow, in the supposed information era, there is much mis-information about dogs, and yet there is so much to learn.

“While ever I work with dogs I learn something new about them – everyday!” Dr Robert Zammit.

Consequently, we have embarked on the presentation of a series of seminars, gathering experts in the field of canine science, be it behaviour, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and the host of other headings under the husbandry and science of this species.

Dogs NSW E sticker Kids Dogs Die in Hot Cars girl dog 2Dogs NSW, the controlling body of purebred, pedigreed dog breeding and exhibiting in New South Wales, is turning up the heat on leaving kids and dogs in hot cars, as the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts record high temperatures over the coming months.

group webAustralia' Favourite veterinary-inspired school holiday program for young pet lovers is now taking registrations for its 2018 camp. The program also includes a presentation by Dogs NSW on breed identification!

Future Vet Kids Camp is a fun, educational 5-day program offered during January in Sydney.

Applications also open for the PetSure Scholarship for 2 deserving kids!

Logo Transparent 2 Spring FairFor the first time in three years we had very little rain leading up to the weekend but the grounds were presented in very good order and the weather over the weekend was excellent, with the exhibitors, Judges, sponsors, and vendors ensuring that the 2017 Spring Fair was most successful.

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Pets are important members of the family for most Australians, but what would happen to your pet if you were unable to care for it?

Therapy dog tileHe asks no questions, he passes no judgement and offers no advice, but a Newcastle therapist is making his mark in the Hunter by helping people with post-traumatic stress and depression talk about the tough stuff.

Bushfire preparation

Are you and your pets ready for the fire season? With 80% of New South Wales covered by grasslands, the warmer months ahead bring an increased risk of fires and threaten the lives of humans and their animals.

Dogs NSW urges dog owners to attend their local NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Get Ready Weekend event this weekend (Sept 16 & 17) to prepare themselves, their properties and their pets for the fire season.

Ask the breeder logo webFor members of the public wanting to know more about purebred dogs and about to choose a breed of dog to suit their lifestyle, what better place than the 'Ask the Breeders' stand at the recent Sydney Dog Lovers Show, on the weekend of August 5 and 6. Crowds flocked to the Moore Park show all weekend and the 'Ask the Breeders' stand was a very popular destination, with great crowd attendance at all of the talks over both days.

Spring Fair logo5,000 dogs and 8 international judges to attend premier championship event.

Royal NSW Canine Council International Spring Fair to open on Saturday, September 1, by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales.

More than 5,000 purebred dogs are preparing to compete in one of New South Wales’ premier dog show events – the International Spring Fair - held at Orchard Hills from Aug 31 to Sept 3.

Dogs deserve the title ‘Man’s Best Friend’ for many reasons. They make wonderful companion animals, offering their humans unconditional love and many benefits to their physical and mental health.

shutterstock 11824288 webAs the peak body for all purebred dogs in NSW, Dogs NSW celebrates and honours these amazing and loyal four-legged companions on National Dog Day on August 26.

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80 per cent of dogs have some degree of periodontal disease by three years of age,  and despite dental disease being highly common amongst dogs, most pet owners are unaware of the warning signs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    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).