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

Every year, amongst our canine friends, hero dogs emerge that have unique stories or have made outstanding accomplishments. 

This may be in helping people, bravery or transforming lives in adversity. They may be pet dogs, assistance dogs, therapy, defence, service or rescue dogs. The common factor is that these remarkable dogs and humans transform and enrich each other’s lives. This could be through a lifesaving event, community service, therapy or emotional comfort or other innovative services.

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 Purina Pro Plan Sydney Royal Dog Show, Best In Show day on 28 March 2016.


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This year, thanks to the generosity of our Exhibitors, Judges, Stewards and support workers, the Dalwood Committee are pleased to be able to donate $12,000.00 to the Dalwood Children’s Home Charity, a most worthy cause. Kerry Gwynne from the Dalwood Spilstead Service attended our Sunday Show to receive the donation and spoke about their work at the Service.

The Dalwood Shows are held to raise much needed funds for the Dalwood Spilstead Volunteer Home Support Service. This service provides early years intervention and support services. Children from vulnerable or stressed families are at risk of emotional, attention, language, learning and behavioural problems, due to poor attachment and stimulation in the early years. The service consists of a team of trained and professionally supervised volunteers providing weekly home visiting services for families who are in need of additional social support. These volunteers visit for two hours per week, provide personal support and assist families with a wide range of home or parenting tasks.

Tile. John ForbesIt is with deep sadness that Dogs NSW informs the dog world of the passing of John Forbes on Friday 27th November 2015.

John was born in South Africa and came from a show family, who were involved in Rhodesian Ridgebacks in the early 1950s. He immigrated to Australia in 1972 and decided within the year, that he had to have a dog, so he bought an Old English Sheepdog, thus commencing his show career within Australia in 1973. In the same year he also inherited his first Basenji, and it was then that the breed took over his life, breeding over 100 Champion Basenjis, both in Australia and overseas.

Tile.SmokyAt 10.30am on Tuesday, 17 November 2015, the RSPCA’s most prestigious animal bravery award was bestowed upon Smoky, a tiny Yorkshire Terrier who served in New Guinea and the Philippines during World War II. This honour was awarded at the RSPCA Queensland’s Wacol Campus. Smoky not only performed numerous acts of bravery in the field, but she also became what was probably the first post-traumatic stress canine.

The RSPCA Australia Purple Cross Award was established in 1993 to recognise the deeds of animals who have shown outstanding service to humans, particularly where they have demonstrated exceptional courage by risking their own safety or life to save a person from injury or death. Since its inception, only nine animals have been awarded the prestigious award.

Tile. Sydney Dog Lovers ShowThe 2016 Sydney Dog Lovers Show is happening again on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th August at the Royal Hall of Industries & Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park.  It is now one of the largest events in the world dedicated to Dogs and the Breed Showcase is the most popular feature at the show.

Bookings are now open for DOGS NSW Breed Clubs to take part free of charge including your carpet, back & side walls, signage, power, lighting and 2 car parking spots per day!

Web. Junior National TileWhat a night!  The Australian Junior Handler Final was held on Saturday night, 31st October 2015 and, as it was New South Wales’ turn to host the Australian finals, the Dogs NSW Junior Handler Working Party made it a night to remember!

The Committee wanted to make the finals a special night for our State winners and decided to have an official dinner for the finalists, scheduling the judging after the dinner. It was a bold move, as all the other Australian Finals had been held at dog shows. However, as this event is an important part of the show calendar, with the winner going on to represent Australia at Crufts, we felt it must be special.

I was amazed at the response we received, from both the general show fraternity and with sponsorship. The State winners went home with a large quantity of prizes, donated by sponsors and Dogs NSW, who hosted the event. Special thanks must go to Advance, who have sponsored this event for as long as I can remember.

B W paintingIn an Anzac Day special feature, which appeared in April 2015's edition of Dogs NSW magazine, we first included the wonderful story of 'Smoky,' a pint sized Yorkshire Terrier, who became Australia's first Therapy Dog for Australian and American troops. However, to refresh your memory of what a remarkable little dog Smoky was, together with his friend Corporal William (Bill) Wynne, we are repeating her story, in short, in the November issue of Dogs NSW magazine.

Sharen McLachlan, who painted the original Smoky portrait, has been commissioned by the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation (AWAMO), to paint a second version of Smoky's memorial. This painting will be auctioned off to the highest bidder and only Dogs NSW members will be eligible to bid.


Tile Purple Cross Competition'Smoky the War Dog' has  been nominated for the British Dickens Medal, the equivalent to the human Victoria Cross. However, the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation has been campaigning to get Smoky recognised here, in her birth place Queensland, Australia, for the Purple Cross, due to her courageous military service and work as a therapy dog.

The Purple Cross is an award, established in 1993, to recognise the deeds of animals that have shown outstanding bravery and fortitude in the service of humans.

SBA Precious Metals have produced a series of 'war dog' collectable coins, one of which is of Smoky and they have kindly offered Smoky coins as prize giveaways for our members for Remembrance Day. Details of the competition follow.

Tile NRMAIn the past 12 months National Roads & Motorists’ Association (NRMA) patrols across NSW and the ACT have rescued almost 2,500 young children accidently locked in cars, a 16 per cent increase over the last four years.

There has also been an 88 per cent increase of pets accidently locked in cars over the same period with more than 1,500 rescues in the past 12 months.

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Most people are unaware that, as well as the traditional commemorative red poppy, that there are also white poppies - symbolising peace, and purple poppies - remembering animals that died during conflicts.

To commemorate all the animal deeds and sacrifices in war, Australian War Animal Memorials (AWAMO) has issued a purple poppy, which can be worn alongside the traditional red one, as a reminder that both humans and animals have and continue to serve.

Website Tile. Junior NationalsWhen: Saturday, 31st October 2015

Venue: Dogs NSW Grounds, 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills NSW

Time: Celebration Gala Dinner at 7pm. National Final at 8pm.

The National Final will be judged under lights in Ring 1.

Please come and join us to support our talented Junior Handlers from around Australia!

SmallTile RNSWCCTHE RNSWCC Annual General Meeting of Dogs NSW Members, is to be held on Wednesday 4 November 2015 at 7.30pm in the Amenities Building, The Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs, 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills.

SmallTile Cars and CaninesThis is a study conducted by the University of Sydney, to explore the ways people are mobile with their dogs in the Sydney area and looks at how transport is moderating the health promoting aspects of companion animal ownership.

Tile MasterchopsA unique event, Masterchops is a forum dedicated to connecting the world-wide canine community with an inspiring lineup of canine health and nutrition experts to ever reach Australia. MasterChops is a forum dedicated to connecting the world-wide canine community, all in the spirit of learning. The event promises to challenge existing notions and philosophies about animal health and to start a conversation about the role that food plays in preventing and treating disease.
To be held in the heart of Victoria, Australia at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, on Saturday November 14, MasterChops will also be available worldwide via live online pay-per-view.

Tile. Educate dont restrictA recent spike in dog attacks has Woollahra Council and pet experts urging people to take more responsibility for their pets.

Dogs NSW member and award winning dog trainer, Vicki Etherington OAM was recently interviewed by reporter Robbie Patterson for the Wentworth Courier and said that most people do the right thing but some owners needed to be more aware of their dog's behaviour.

Tile. Uni of TasmaniaResearchers at the University of Tasmania are seeking to ‘capture’ the voices of breeders of purebred dogs.

This survey, will ask you to provide answers to a number of questions primarily focusing around your breeding practices and objectives as an Australian dog breeder.

It seeks information on such things as why you breed, what motivates you to breed, how you advertise your puppies, the costs of breeding, your views on the rights and obligations as breeders, health tests you perform and the responsibility you take for the puppies you produce.

Peter NordstromIt is with great sadness that Dogs NSW advises its members of the passing of Peter Nordstrom, aged 94, on Saturday, 5th September, 2015. Peter was a respected All Breeds Judge and an Honorary Life Member of Dogs NSW.

Tile.Future VetsFuture Vet Kids Camp inspires children to make an impact in the lives of animals and their environment.

January 2016 Camp Early Bird Registrations Open Now!

Future Vet Kids Camp in Sydney encourages not only responsible pet ownership and the profession of veterinary medicine, but also a love and appreciation of animals of all kinds and their ecosystems.

Future Vet Kids Camp offers a safe, comfortable environment that explores and nurtures the human animal bond all under the supervision of highly qualified, enthusiastic instructors and specialised animal handlers.

ThinkstockPhotos-464770053webPuppies are inclined to chew and bark, but left uncorrected these can become problem habits.

There’s no question dog owners love their pets. But sometimes, they wonder why their furry friends are fond of chewing things in the house to pieces and barking incessantly to no end, especially as puppies. Indeed, puppies are a lot like human babies that lack experience about the world. Much of how they behave is based on instinct. If you fail to handle these hard-wired impulses correctly, a puppy could develop problem behaviours.

Jordan Walker reports on how to tame your puppy's mouth-y impulses.

Tile.RNSWCCThe final counts for Dogs NSW Board of Directors Elections for the Metropolitan Region and the Obedience and Tracking Committee Elections took place on 8 August, 2015.

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All Championship shows within New South Wales must hold Junior Handler events and the winners of these events are then invited to the Annual Final, held at the Junior Kennel Club of NSW each year. This year's event, being the 13th Annual Final held since the competition began, was particularly exciting for all Junior Handlers, as the entry was one of the biggest for a number of years.

See pictured this year's State Finalist, Kaitlyn Anderson. Congratulations Kaitlyn!

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Dogs NSW members are invited to participate in research being conducted by the Psychology Department at Macquarie University in order to gain information about the attachment /relationship we have with our pets.

The thesis is entitled “Exploring Human Attachment to Companion Animals”.

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Dogs NSW welcomes the NSW Government Inquiry into Companion Animal Breeding Practices.

Our primary aim is the welfare of all dogs and we believe this inquiry will help resolve the many issues associated with the breeding practices of puppy factories.

Tile.Junior Handler WinnerReminder to all NSW Junior Handlers that our ‘big event’ for the year, the 2015 Dogs NSW State Junior Handler Finals, is fast approaching! 

To qualify, you must have won a first place in a Dogs NSW Junior Handler event since last year’s State Final. The deadline for entry forms is 20th July 2015, via post or email. 

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Tile.State Obedience titlesThe NSW Obedience State Titles, hosted by The Obedience and Tracking Committee, are being held on Monday the 5th of October 2015 at the German Shepherd Dog League Grounds, The Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs, Orchard Hills.

To assist in making this day a success The Obedience and Tracking Committee are requesting your Club to sponsor a ring of your choice, or to sponsor first, second or third place in the ring of your choice.  All rings CCD, Novice, two Open, two Utility, a Utility Excellent, Rally O Novice, Advanced A & B and Excellent A & B are open to sponsorship as well as the Retrieving Ability Test for Gundogs in both Novice and Open Classes.