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Dogs in the Park St Ives - March 24


DOGS NSW members are encouraged to join in the fun this weekend at this free community event for all ages at St Ives Showground on Sunday, 24 March from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Location: Dog Ring Arena @ St Ives Showground, 450 Mona Vale Road, St Ives NSW. Entry via Mona Vale Road.

What’s On: Dog Breed stalls, DOGS NSW stand, Dogs on leashes welcome, Dog Competitions, Dog Rescues , Dog breed stalls, food stalls , vet talks and much more.

Instagram Pooches between 10.00am to 1.00pm, Industry Suppliers and Demonstrations, Pet Retailers, Golden Bone Races, Agility fit.

Click here for the flyer and more information.

#dogsintheparknsw to find other locations for Dogs in the Park events.


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DOGS NSW 2018 Show Dog, Puppy & Neuter of the Year



DOGS NSW members are invited to attend the 2018 DOGS NSW Show Dog, Puppy and Neuter of the Year, held at The Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs at 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills on Saturday 6 April, 2019 at 6.00pm. The theme for the evening will be Glitz & Glamour.

There will be 9 Mystery Judges.

To qualify for each of SHOW DOG, PUPPY or NEUTER OF THE YEAR:

•  Qualifying wins are at ANY Championship Show in NSW from 1 January to 31 December 2018 
•  All owners of dogs must be financial members of their controlling body, with at least one being a financial member of DOGS NSW and reside in NSW
•  Your Show Dog must have been awarded a Best in Show 
•  Your Puppy must have been awarded a Baby, Minor or Puppy in Show & be over 6 months of age on 6 April 2019 
•  Your Neuter Dog must have been awarded a Best Neuter in Show

Other Enquiries & Extreme Weather Mobile – 0408 414 361.

For further information, click here to view the Show Schedule.

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Dogs on Show - 15 June 2019



An Open Day showcasing a Variety of Fun & Family Dog Sports. Located at The Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs, 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills, the event is open all day from 9.00am and has FREE Admission.

Win a $250 Visa Card and get your FREE sample bag!

Bring your dog, bring your family and have FUN!

The event will feature a Championship Dog Show, colourful Pageant of Breeds and demonstrations including Obedience, Agility, Drafting, Dances with Dogs, Fun with Junior Handlers, Herding, Retrieving and Earthdog trials and the new grooming competition. Dog lovers will also get to watch fast and furious Flyball and Lure Coursing in action!

Besides a showcase of dog product/services stands, ‘Dogs on Show’ will also have many breed clubs in attendance and a DOGS NSW Information stand to provide the public expert advice on all the (ANKC) Australian National Kennel Council’s recognised breeds of dog.

This will be a fabulous day out for the dog enthusiast, or simply a fun FREE day out for the entire family. There is something for everyone, so why not come along and enjoy in the festivities. 

Click here to view the poster.   Click here to view the banner.

Applications are now open for Affiliated Clubs and Vendors to attend DOGS NSW Open Day Show:

Click here for a club application.

Click here for a vendor application & casual vendor's form, or contact DOGS NSW on 9834 0217 for further information.

‘DOGS ON SHOW’ is proudly sponsored by Royal Canin. 

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DOGS NSW Herding Judges Training & Assessment Scheme 2019


To be eligible to enter the scheme the applicant must:

a. Have been a member of Dogs NSW for a total period of not less than five [5] years
b. Be over 18 years of ages
c. Be physically capable of Judging in accorance with the rules
d. Be approved by Dogs NSW

To be eligible to Judge Herding Test classes the applicant must have:
a. Trained and trialled a dog to a Pre-Trial Test title
b. Acted as a Scribe and Stock Handler a minimum of three times in the previous 12 months

To be eligible to judge Herding Trial classes the applicant must have:
a. Met the eligibiity criteria to Judge Herding Test level
b. Acted as Scribe and Stock Handler for a minimum of three Herding Trials on the course applied for (ie, A and/or B and/or C) in the previous 12 months
c. Trained and trialled a dog at Started level or above (preferably in the course applied for)

Applicants who do not yet meet all the stock handling and scribing criteria may be considered if they commit to and meet the relevant criteria in 2019.

Please address each of the above criteria on a separate sheet and attach it to this application form along with any other involvement in the sport that supports your application. Please include the Herding Judges Training Scheme Record of Practical Experience form.

Click here for the full application form.

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ANKC Press Release - Belgian Shepherd Dog Survey Results


A survey was conducted by ANKC Ltd last year to ascertain the feedback from all breeders of registered Belgian Shepherd Dogs in relation to amendments to Regulations Part 6 – The Register & Registration Clause 9.17. The response received indicated support for the regulations to be amended.

As this was an amendment to current regulations, the result of the survey was referred to the ANKC Board of Directors for consideration at their February 2019 Special Board meeting where it was endorsed.

The following amended regulations are effective from 1 July 2019:

9.17 Belgian Shepherd Dog (Groenendael); Belgian Shepherd Dog (Laekenois); Belgian Shepherd Dog (Malinois) & Belgian Shepherd Dog (Tervueren).
9.17.1. Judged separately with each variety receiving separate Challenge Certificates.
9.17.2. Inter variety breeding is conducted as per FCI Breeding Recommendation outlined in 9.17.4 
9.17.3. Each individual progeny registered as per “coat/colour” type.
9.17.4 Traditionally acceptable breeding combinations as recommended Oct 2016 by Royal Society St Hubert, Belgium.
1. Groenendael x Tervueren 
2. Malinois x Tervueren
3. Laekenois x Malinois.

FCI recommends - Avoid breeding long coated to wire coated or risk of untypical coat texture.

Tracey Barry
20 March 2019

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Mamre Road Upgrade to go ahead!



On Friday, February 8, the NSW Premier, The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP together with Local Member for Mulgoa, The Hon.Tanya Davies MP announced $220 million to upgrade the first stage of Mamre Road!

Last year Tanya Davies called on the Federal Government, with a petition that had over 2000 signatures, to urgently upgrade Mamre Road.

“Every day that Mamre Road is not upgraded more lives are at risk. Today I am proud to announce that through our advocacy the NSW Government will step in and upgrade Mamre Road.” Tanya Davies announced.

“This announcement will see the first stage of Mamre Road upgraded between the M4 and Erskine Park Road, which means Solander Dr, Luddenham Road and McIntyre Avenue will be upgraded, so people from St Clair can safely turn on to Mamre Road!”

“This is a huge win for our community! I couldn’t have done it without you all!”

Up to 65,000 Western Sydney road users a day will benefit from upgrades to Mamre and Mulgoa roads, reducing congestion and increasing safety.

The $480 million investment by the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government will slash travel times and improve safety for motorists.

Please click on the link to read Tanya Davies official announcement:

Image: NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian (centred front right), Local Member for Mulgoa, Hon. Tanya Davies MP (centred front left) with members of the local community.

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New library has arrived!



Our long awaited Library has arrived at Orchard Hills.
It is a modular building, which arrived in three sections and is complete with built in shelving, ready to finally display the many books and items collected over the years.

The building will be known as The DOGS NSW Research and Education Centre. The central reading room will be available for Health Seminars and similar events, which do not require dogs in the building. Bookings from specialty club for events, will be considered by the Committee with a display featured for the relevant breeds.

For further enquiries and bookings please contact DOGS NSW Library and Archives Committee at

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DOGS NSW Dances with Dogs Judges Training Scheme - Expressions of Interest


DOGS NSW are now accepting Expressions of Interest to the DOGS NSW Dancing with Dogs Judges Training Scheme DANCES WITH DOGS JUDGES TRAINING SCHEME

ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION - Dances With Dogs Judges Training Scheme

To be eligible for admission to the Dances With Dogs Judges Training Scheme, unless the State/Territory Control otherwise approves on the basis of demonstrated exceptional circumstances, an applicant must:

(a) be a resident of the relevant State/Territory;
(b) be a minimum of 18 years of age;
(c) have been a member of the relevant State/Territory Control for a minimum of one year and be a current financial member;
(d) have experience in related Club or training activities, whether in DWD or another ANKC discipline;
(e) have personally trained competed with and achieved a minimum of two qualifying certificates for a dog in Novice Class in either DWD Freestyle or Heelwork to Music.
(f) commit to contributing to DOGS NSW DWD education of members through instructing voluntarily at DOGS NSW DWD workshops.
(g) commit to assisting in the running of DOGS NSW DWD competitions - eg stewarding, music checks, set up, score collation, card writing.
(h) Candidates should provide evidence of the above criteria and outline how they have or are promoting DWD, apart from their own participation in competition (e.g assistance at competitions, workshops etc)"
(i) application to and acceptance by the relevant Canine Control and payment of the relevant Canine Judges’ fee.

Closing date for applications will be Friday 8 March 2019.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted in writing, for the attention of the Dances With Dogs Committee, to the DOGS NSW Office, PO Box 632, St Marys NSW 1790, or by email to

The Theory Examinations and the Practical Examination will be held on a date to be advised. Successful candidates will be required to attend regular training sessions held by the Dances With Dogs Judges Working Party.

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Win one of 5 Family Movie Passes to see 'A Dog's Way Home'!


Based on the popular book by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Way Home chronicles the heart-warming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home. after she is separated from her beloved human.

To go into the draw to Win a Family Pass valued at $80, please email your Name, Address, Contact number as well as your DOGS NSW membership number to:
by February 27, 2019. Winners will be notified by phone.

Click on the link to view the trailer:

Release date: February 28
Legal line: ©2018 CTMG. All Rights Reserved.

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Looking after your dog in the Heat and Extreme Weather and Safety Guidelines


With the extreme weather conditions and soaring temperatures in NSW, please ensure that you always look after your dogs, at home, whilst at shows, on holiday and travelling. Please follow DOGS NSW guidelines, as set in our regulations. There are also helpful links below to assist, with articles on Heat Stress and Hydration.

(Part II – Show, Section 19)

Clubs conducting events should:

• Ensure that fresh water is easily available for exhibitors and dogs, ie, provide the location of taps – there should be several taps available at large shows.
• Ideally, provide some child wading pools pre-filled with water in shady areas so that distressed dogs can be rapidly cooled.
• Provide shade for exhibitors and dogs in the assembly areas.
• Ensure Judges are aware that exhibitors and dogs can be directed to leave the ring for shelter and then come back into the ring for the final selection (ie, large class, Group or General Specials).
• Provide towels or similar covers to be placed on the examination tables.
• Provide regular announcements about the dangers of dogs being left in cars, trailers and closed tents (heat exhaustion).
• Postpone the luncheon break until after the conclusion of the show or trial.
• Postpone or cancel scheduled events which do not form part of the main competition (eg, Junior Handler heats, demonstrations, etc).
• Consider future scheduling of your show as an evening event.

Exhibitors should:

• Obtain advice from their veterinary surgeon as to their dog’s fitness/good health to be comfortable and well hydrated throughout the day.
• Bring suitable shade for protection from the sun and sufficient supplies to ensure that their dog is comfortable and well hydrated throughout the day.
• If they cannot keep their dog comfortable at a show or trial, leave the event.

Click here to view the full regulations.

Click here to view the article on Hydration.

Click here to view the article on Heat Stress by Dr Karen Hedberg BVSc.

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