News and updates

Resumption of DOGS NSW Events


At its meeting on 9th September 2020, the Board of Directors considered options for the resumption of DOGS NSW events and resolved as follows:-

THAT an All Breeds Championship Show is to be conducted within 21 days.

This Show will be conducted by DOGS NSW and will be held on Sunday 27 September 2020.  Entries from exhibitors will not be accepted (within 14 days of the date of the show), if they reside in one of the latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW. 

The COVID -19 case location list will change on a daily basis and can be accessed via the following link. To view scroll down to Areas and Suburbs with increased testing.     

THAT Breed Specialty Clubs be offered the opportunity to hold Specialty Shows as from 1 October 2020 with restrictions on times and ring allocations in order to deal with numbers in attendance.

THAT all Sporting Discipline events may commence immediately.

THAT Affiliate other activities. eg, All breeds shows, etc, commence form 1 October 2020 and that they be allowed to place restrictions on entries from exhibitors who reside in the current “hot spots” within 14 days of the date of the event.

Affiliates conducting these events must submit a COVID Plan to DOGS NSW Office via

Affiliates are advised that if they have submitted their draft Schedules to the Office for dates in September 2020, and they have not been paid for or approved, then these shows CANNOT proceed on those dates.


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No Members to attend DOGS NSW Board of Directors Meetings until further notice


Due to COVID restrictions, NO MEMBERS (with the exception of the Directors), are to be in attendance at today's Board of Directors Meeting. This will apply to future Board Meetings until Government Restrictions are raised and members notified of this decision.

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Further information regarding the Leptospirosis outbreak


A number of members have expressed further information regarding the Leptospirosis outbreak in Sydney, Dr Karen Hedberg BVSc has provided the following information to help understand and alleviate any concerns.....

The numbers affected by Leptospirosis continue to be very small. The total number affected in the previous year was 12 (fatalities). The exact numbers and areas affected this year has not changed in the last 6 days.

Areas affected in Sydney
The area affected in inner Sydney is the same as last year and includes Newtown, Erskineville, Darlinghurst, Glebe, Redfern - basically a 3 km radius around Surrey Hills. It is thought that with all the major building projects, including removing sections of railways, and other changes within the area has forced the rats to move into surrounding areas.

What is Leptospirosis?
Leptospirosis is a bacteria that can survive in various areas including flood waters, puddles, mud or other moist areas. In animals, it can survive in animal tissues and urine, with rats and mice being the major carriers.

How is it transmitted?
Leptospirosis is a very nasty bacterial disease generally spread by contamination of food and water sources by rats and mice urinating on these surfaces and materials while they feed. Infection can occur through open wounds and via mucous surfaces including the mouth, nose and eyes. Humans can also become infected through the same routes and Leptospirosis is considered a zoonotic disease. If you have a diagnosed infected dog, you should handle it carefully with gloves and do not let the dog lick your face. Transmission to humans from dogs rarely occurs, but it can occur.

Symptoms of infection can vary, with lethargy, vomiting, diarrhoea and blood in the urine being the most common. Treatment requires hospitalisation with vigorous fluid therapy, antibiotics and other medications to try an avoid massive kidney failure as the bacteria specifically targets the kidney tissue.

The prevention of this disease (apart from vaccination) is by having very good (and safe) rodent control and removing any extra sources of moisture - puddles, damp areas.
Food sources such as dry dog food should be kept in metal bins - rats and mice will eat through plastic and normal coverings of dog food bags. Keep surfaces clean, spray down working benches and kennels with normal disinfects daily.

Vaccination for Leptospirosis
Vaccination for Leptospirosis requires 2 vaccinations given 2 weeks apart of the C2i vaccine (which covers Leptospirosis and canine Corona virus). This vaccine once administered has a good uptake and will last for quite some time. Only dogs in the nominated areas need to be vaccinated, no other areas have been reported at this time. If you are in an area with a high rat infestation, vaccination for Leptospirosis should be considered.

Karen Hedberg BVSc.

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2020 RNSWCC Annual General Meeting


The Annual General Meeting of the Royal New South Wales Canine Council Limited will be held on Wednesday, 4 November 2020 in the Amenities Building of The Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs, 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills commencing at 7.30pm. 

As no NOTICES OF MOTION for the above meeting were received by the closing date, Proxy Voting is not required. 


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2020 RNSWCC Election Results


The results of the 2020 RNSWCC Elections are as follows:


  • Christina Rafton - 261 votes     ELECTED
  • Jonathon Nash - 95 votes
  • Angus McIlrath - 110 votes
  • Nellie Abela - 90 votes
  • Karen Hedberg BVSc - 301 votes     ELECTED


OBEDIENCE & TRACKING COMMITTEE (4 positions available)

  • Ron Probert  - 83 votes    ELECTED
  • Susan Turner - 91 votes    ELECTED
  • Vicki Etherington OAM - 62 votes 
  • Jan Probert - 69 votes    ELECTED
  • Louise Patterson - 74 votes    ELECTED
  • Suzanna Hutchins - 62 votes  
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Obedience Rules and Rally Rules - Effective 1 January 2021


As a result of the approval of EM#181 (March 2020 National Obedience & Tracking Committee meeting minutes) the following rules have been updated in accordance with these minutes and are now available from the ANKC website. 

• Rules for the conduct of Obedience Trials;
• Rules for the conduct of Rally Trials;
• Rally Signs: Novice, Advanced, Excellent, Master

The above documents have been marked as effective 1 January 2021 with the existing rules to be removed at the end of December.

Description of the Obedience titles can be found on Pages 1 and 2 of the rulebook.
Description of the Rally titles can be found on Page 6 of the rulebook. The Committee Chairperson, Raelee Hedger, has confirmed the only major change is to the RAE Title.

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DOGS NSW has registered the following trademarks


DOGS NSW has now registered the following Trademarks:-


Consequently, it should be noted that the use of the above names requires formal approval by the Royal NSW Canine Council (trading as DOGS NSW) prior to use in any form.

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At the recent Board of Directors meeting, held on Monday 20 July 2020, the Board resolved as follows, in respect of the future conduct of the proposed DOGS NSW All Breeds Championship Fundraising Show (originally scheduled for Sunday 19 July and rescheduled to Sunday 16 August 2020), along with “ALL” DOGS NSW sanctioned events:-

THAT the DOGS NSW All Breeds Championship Fundraiser Show proposed for 16 August 2020 not be held at this point in time, due to the fact that there is now 20 new COVID cases in regional New South Wales and, further, that the Show be postponed, until NSW Government Regulations advise that the COVID-19 situation has stabilised effectively enough that an All Breeds Show can be conducted in accordance with NSW Government public health regulations, to a date to be advised, and during this time any issues raised at today’s meeting be addressed. For those exhibitors wanting a refund, please email, otherwise entries can remain until a new date is announced.

THAT ALL DOGS NSW sanctioned events not be run at this point in time due to the fact that there are now 20 new COVID cases in regional NSW and that these events be postponed, until NSW Government Regulations advise that the COVID-19 situation has stabilised effectively enough that these events can be conducted in accordance with NSW Government public health regulations.

It should be noted that the above decision to postpone events does NOT include training.

THAT the Board allow affiliates, until further notice, to continue to send in Draft Schedules to the Office without payment but those Draft Schedules must be accompanied with a COVID-19 Safety Plan and will not be processed by the Office until such time as NSW Government Regulations advise that the COVID-19 situation has stabilised effectively enough that these events can be conducted in accordance with NSW Government public health regulations.

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Resignation & Appointment of RNSWCC Auditor


At its meeting on Wednesday 11 March 2020, the DOGS NSW Board of Directors resolved to accept the quotation from Morris Batzloff for the performance of the ROYAL NEW SOUTH WALES CANINE COUNCIL LIMITED (ACN 062 986 118) 2019/2020 Audit.

This decision was made in an effort to cut costs in all areas of the Company’s expenditure.

Details of the Outgoing Auditor (Vincents Chartered Accountants) are as follows:-
Vincents Chartered Accountants
GPO Box 680
Ph: 02 6274 3400

Details of Incoming Auditor (Morris Batzloff) are as follows:
Morris Batzloff Chartered Accountants
PO Box 1305
Ph: 07 3391 8222

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Postponement of DOGS NSW Championship Fundraising Show to Sunday, 16 August 2020



In consideration of the health and welfare of the Judges, Officials and Exhibitors, please be advised that in response to the escalating spread of coronavirus in the south western suburbs of Sydney, the Board of Directors has resolved to postpone the upcoming Show until Sunday, 16th August 2020.

We are hopeful that the current outbreak will quickly come under control, therefore entries shall remain open.

Further changes that may be required to the schedule will be advised as they become available.

Any exhibitor wishing to cancel their entry and receive a refund should email

For those who need to amend the class into which their exhibit is currently entered, can do so by emailing

DOGS NSW will be conducting a Fundraising Show to raise funds for a DOGS NSW indoor arena. The show will now take place at The Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs, 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills on Sunday, 16 August 2020 with judging commencing at 9.00am. There will be no setting up prior to 7.00am on the day of the Show.

The full schedule can be viewed here. Please click here to view the Ring Allocation Map of the grounds, together with Judges.

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