The Dog Lovers Show is set to again transform the Hordern Pavilion and Royal Hall of Industries into a haven for dog lovers as it bounds back into Sydney on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August this year.

The show will play host to over 30 DOGS NSW Breed Clubs, hundreds of stalls offering all the latest and greatest gear for your pooch, free presentations from celebrity dog experts, free vet, grooming and training demonstrations and most importantly, the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with literally hundreds of beautiful dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds!

Tile.ANKC LOGOMembers please note that the 2016 Judges Renewal fees are now due. The renewal form is published currently in the June and July Gazettes and alternatively you can download the form here.

Ambajaye Bull Dust N Tales EDITThe sport of Obedience is one that is both challenging and rewarding, plus the relationship you and your dog build as you progress through the levels, will surprise and motivate you. It takes time and energy, but it makes it worth the effort when it shows how smart our canine friends can be, and when you can also develop as a trainer and partner to your dog. If you know Dressage in the horse world, Obedience in the dog world is very similar; as accuracy and precision are both highly sought.

Recently in May 2016,  at the Greater Western Club Trial, Ambajaye Bull Dust N Tales became the 1st Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog in NSW to be awarded a Utility Dog title.  The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a working dog, quite different to the Australian Cattle Dog in its temperament, body shape and looks.  The Australian Stumpy is not as popular, or has a large breed following, and achievement like this is not just for the handler but for the breed. We are very proud and excited for the breed to be recognised in this way. The “Stumpy” is quirky, loyal and full of personality. To find out more about the breed and its heritage contact The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog Club of NSW.

5244Once again Dogs on Show, the annual spectacular showcase for Dogs NSW, was a great success and a great hit with the public.

A momentous occasion for the Royal NSW Canine Council, as we welcomed our Patron, the Governor of NSW, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) and Mrs Linda Hurley to our Complex to officially open the Show.

His Excellency and Mrs Hurley thoroughly enjoyed their day, and spent time watching the Pageant of Breeds and the Working Dog and Hound Group judging. They had their photo taken with a number of breeds, including George, the British Bulldog. An avid apiarist, His Excellency knows all about being an exhibitor as his honey was entered for the 2016 Royal Easter Show.

Our local MP Tanya Davies, a great supporter of Dogs NSW, also joined us for the opening.

5312So many Dogs NSW activities and attractions were featured for the public and our visitors this year. As well as the Championship dog show, the Junior Handlers, Jack Russell Terrier racing, Agility, Retrieving and Earthdog demonstrations, Dancing with Dogs and our Dogs NSW Performance Team kept everyone entertained. In addition we also had K9 Nosetime® and K9 Scent Scramble™ demonstrations as well as Children's Safety with Dogs talks, presented by the NSW Government's Responsible Pet Education Program. All events were enthusiastically supported by the many hundreds of people who attended the day.

Tile.NSW Pet RegistryFrom July 4, breeders will be able to use the digital Pet Registry to update their details and transfer pets to new owners from the convenience of their digital device.

The NSW Pet Registry will make it easier for breeders to register their litters. If you’re a breeder or pet owner you will be able to create an online profile on the new Pet Registry (www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au) from 4 July 2016. A breeder profile is the same as other pet owners, but you will also receive a Breeder ID number, which can be used to quickly add multiple animals to the register when they’re micro-chipped.

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.

TileCountless lives have been saved by the donation of blood, but did you know that this is also true in the veterinary world?

“Blood donor dogs and cats are very important and a much needed contribution in the veterinary world,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “As this is World Blood Donor Week, we ask the Australian public to give thanks to the countless companion animals, who are helping save lives with the donation of blood.”

For many emergency and trauma departments in veterinary hospitals across Australia, donor blood products are vital in helping those animals most in need. The only problem? Not many pet owners are aware of the demand.

Dogs on Show no copyHis Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd) will be officially opening 'Dogs on Show', Dogs NSW Public Open Day on Saturday, 11 June 2016 at 12.30pm.

Dogs NSW have extended a free invitation to the public to attend this event through the media, to witness all the fun sports and activities you can enjoy with your canine friend, plus the advantages of owning a purebred dog. 

The event will showcase a Championship Dog Show, plus demonstrations in Agility, Obedience, Earthdog, Dances with Dogs, Junior Handling, Retrieving, K9 Nosetime® and K9 Scent ScrambleTM. There will also be Jack Russell Terrier racing, Herding trials plus a colourful Pageant of Breeds.

Tile badgesIf you think your Dogs NSW membership has reached 25 or 50 years or you would just like to check your membership's longevity, please call Dogs NSW on (02) 9834 3022 or email and a member of staff will check our database.

IMG 2445Few people stay in a position for any great length of time these days, however Dogs NSW staff member, Linda Bonney is an exception. Linda commenced working with Dogs NSW in 1996 and Friday, 13th May marked her 20 year anniversary with our organisation. To celebrate her employment's longevity, a presentation in front of her colleagues and Dogs NSW Directors was arranged on Board Day, Wednesday 12th May, along with a small afternoon tea.

TrialfestQueensland State Trials Obedience Sub-Committee will be running Obedience and Rally-O trials, sponsored by Royal Canin, on Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th June, 2016.

Both Fundraising events will take place at Dogs Queensland Sports Grounds, with a morning and afternoon Obedience Trial on the Saturday and the Rally-O Trial on the Sunday. Entries close for both on June 10, 2016.

Tile. picture onlyWithout dishonouring human endeavours the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation (AWAMO) sent through a request to the local Government Pozières in France, for the recognition of animals that served alongside our AIF soldiers throughout the European region in WWI. AWAMO believe the ideal location for this plaque is at Pozières.

In response to AWAMO's request, the Government Pozières have offered a plot of land, which will be Australia's official war animal memorial for all WWI war animal veterans.

Images 1Orange Regional Gallery has launched a major exhibition on the theme of dogs in Australian art. It features around 80 artworks borrowed from public and private collections throughout the country.

The exhibition runs from 9th April until 3rd July 2016. Entry is free.  

This major exhibition explores the diverse ways in which the dog has been represented in Australian art from colonial times until the present, revealing much about our deep bond with this animal and about ourselves. Best in Show includes over 70 important works by some of our nation’s most well-known artists including: Augustus Earle, Benjamin Duterreau, William Dobell, Rupert Bunny, Frank Hinder, Eric Thake, Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Lin Onus, Elisabeth Cummings, Jon Cattapan, Tim Storrier, Davida Allen, Louise Hearman, Noel McKenna, Rosslynd Piggott, McLean Edwards, Fiona Hall and Reg Mombassa.

The Parramatta & Districts All Breeds Kennel Club Inc, 'Winter Classic' All Breeds Championship show to be held on Sunday 19th June 2016 has a change of venue.

The new venue is The German Shepherd Dog area at The Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs, 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills NSW.

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To commemorate all the animal deeds and sacrifices in war, the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation (AWAMO) has issued a purple poppy, which can be worn alongside the red poppy on Anzac Day, April 25. This also serves as a reminder that both humans and animals have and continue to serve.

Poppies costs $4.00 and the Enamel Pins $10.00, with all funds raised from donations and the sales of purple poppies going to AWAMO, to be used to establishing memorials around Australia and overseas in places like France and Gallipoli.  

These memorials are to recognise the sacrifice animals have made in the aid or comfort of defence personnel. Animals continue to serve in places like Afghanistan, where explosive detection dogs and their handlers work the frontline and animals have helped soldiers cope with post-traumatic stress.

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Responding to the announcement by the NSW Minister for Primary Industries that the Government will move to ensure buyers of puppies and dogs will be easily able to trace back to the original breeder, Dogs NSW President Elizabeth Gunter said; “Traceability is the aim, with stringent identification a key requirement of the new Companion Animal Breeding Standards just released by the Government."

"Dogs NSW supports this aim.  Dogs NSW members and its registered breeders are already required to adhere to a stringent code of ethics and practice, and we welcome these new standards for everyone who wants to breed dogs in NSW."

ANKC AVAThe AVA and ANKC Ltd jointly established the Canine Hip and Elbow dysplasia scheme in January 2000 and since that time the AVA has been responsible for administering the scheme from its Canberra office.

The AVA has now decided to cease participation in the scheme and ANKC Ltd will become the sole manager of the scheme, once the transfer takes place. The transition of administrative functions will occur over the next few months and is expected to be completed by the end of April, 2016.

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In November 2016 Melbourne-based publisher, Affirm Press will publish a book of true stories about dogs for national distribution.


They are accepting submissions until April 2016 and would love to read your dog story. The story can be happy, sad, proud, ridiculous or embarrassing! Stories should be up to 400 words, preferably with a print quality picture.

Tile. Dogs NSW guessing compThis month at the Purina Sydney Royal Dog Show, Dogs NSW Information Stand will be selling tickets to win a Doggie Hamper valued at  $850. One of these hampers will be won each day at the show, so don't forget to come and get your tickets.  Tickets are only $2 each or 3 for $5.00.

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On Saturday evening, 23 January 2016, 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.

Over the past ten years this event has grown in popularity and become a ‘must do’ for many NSW exhibitors, enabling them to celebrate their dog’s success from the previous year and catch up with friends and fellow exhibitors. The large numbers the event has attracted created its own set of problems, so this year the Committee listened to the exhibitors' voices and restricted the entry to a maximum number that they hoped would still make for an exciting night, but also for one that would finish in a timely fashion.

Free Microchipping DayPenrith City Council will have a Free Microchipping Day on Saturday, 5 March 2016, between 10am and 2pm at Jamison Park, Jamison Road, Penrith.

This service is available for both dogs and cats.

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The NSW Government are looking for potential Pet Educators and their dogs to 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.

Quarantine Bookings made easyIt’s just become more convenient to make a booking to bring a dog, cat or horse into the country: you can now go online to book them into the Australian Government’s new state-of-the-art Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility.

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Head of the PEQ Build, Dr Colin Grant, said the new online booking system was just one way working with the department was becoming easier.

Christmas Show minus copy tileWith a super entry of over 1100, and over 100 children booked in to meet Santa, the PR Committee's 2015 Dogs NSW Christmas Show was again a great success. Although it was a warm day, by the time the show commenced the temperature was comfortable and in fact the evening became quite chilly.

Fourteen Judges officiated once again, with John Comerford heading the panel and awarding Best In Show to the Non Sporting Group winner, M & L Boyd / J Fould’s Standard Poodle  Ch. Picardy PS I Love You, and Runner Up to the Utility Group winner, B Thompson / A Hobday’s Boxer Sup Ch Chizack Catweazle (Imp NZL).

Congratulations to all the winners.

Tile.Australia Day Celebration scaresIt’s no surprise to many pet loving homes that Australia Day fireworks celebrations are simply a headache to their beloved pets. As the skies light up around the nation, many dogs and cats will be overcome with fear and anxiety.

Australia Day is one of the biggest events on the Aussie calendar, but it’s important that people consider their pets during this time of year.

Many dogs and cats go missing during celebrations. Fireworks are one of the main culprits alongside gates and doors being accidentally left open.

It’s not uncommon to have a dog or cat who is simply terrified of the loud bangs caused by fireworks. This can lead to unfamiliar behaviour in your animal and may cause much stress for owners and pets.