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Amendments to the DOGS NSW Regulations

26-11-2018

Regulations Part XII-Interpretations-Show Committee

THAT Regulations Part XII-Interpretations-Show Committee be amended to include the following Clause after the first paragraph so that it reads:-

 

"Show Committee" 
(for the purposes of Regulations Part II–Show, Section 14.10 only) 

means a Committee consisting of any three Show Officials of the event, excluding officiating Judges, and at any inquiry meeting convened under that Section, shall require all three to be present in person. (09/11)

The DOGS NSW Representative shall attend and observe any inquiry held at a Recognised Show in relation to an Aggressive Dog Incident for the purposes of reporting only.  The Representative should not be asked for advice by any party to the inquiry. (11/18)

Deleted (12/13)

The Show Committee shall elect one of its three Members to act as Chairman of any meeting. (09/11)

 If any member of the Show Committee is interested in any way, personally, or through family, or ownership of animals involved, in any matter before the Show Committee, that member must stand down and be replaced by a different person from the Affiliate or Agricultural Association, as appropriate. (10/97)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amendment to the DOGS NSW Regulations

26-11-2018

Regulations Part X-Affiliates Bodes, Clause (c)(iii)(A)

THAT Regulations Part X-Affiliated Bodies, Clause 1.3:  Affiliation with DOGS NSW, Clause (c)(iii)(A), which currently reads as follows:-

(c)       its application is in writing signed by its Secretary for the time being addressed to and lodged with the DOGS NSW Secretary and is accompanied by:-

           (iii)      a certificate signed by its President and Secretary stating that the applicant has,
                      in the case of:-

                     (A)      a specialist club, at least ten (10) financial members each of whom is:-
                               (i)    a financial member of DOGS NSW or another State member Body and
                               (ii)   the owner of a specimen of the breed registered on an ANKC Ltd
                                      National Register in respect of which the club is a specialist or semi group
                                      club. (07/16)

Be amended to read:-

(c)       its application is in writing signed by its Secretary for the time being addressed to and
           lodged with the DOGS NSW Secretary and is accompanied by:-

           (iii)      a certificate signed by its President and Secretary stating that the applicant has,
                      in the case of:-
                     (A)    a specialist club or semi group club, at least ten (10) financial members each
                             of whom is:-
                             (i)     a financial member of DOGS NSW or another State member Body and
                             (ii)    the owner of a specimen of the breed registered on an ANKC Ltd National
                                     Register in respect of which the club is a specialist or semi group club.
                                     (07/16)

AND

THAT an additional Clause, numbered (C) be included to read:-

                     (C)    a group club, at least ten (10) financial members each of whom is:-
                              (i)      a financial member of DOGS NSW or another State member Body and
                              (ii)     the owner of a specimen of a breed, registered on an ANKC Ltd National
                                        Register, from the group which the club represents. (11/18)

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Statement On The Future Of The Anatolian Shepherd Dog In Australia

16-11-2018

In June 2018, at the request of the Turkish Kennel Club, Kopek Irklari ve Kinoloji Federasyonu (KIF) the General Committee of the FCI, in relation to FCI Breed Standard 331 Anatolian Shepherd Dog, approved a change in the breed name to Kangal, and a new Standard.

Having regard to the disruption caused in Australia in 1998, by the separation of Anatolians and Kangals, ANKC Ltd sought further information from KIF expressing the concern that the change would have a deleterious effect on some owners of Anatolians who would be angry at again having to change their breed name and not being able to breed any of their dogs who did not conform to the new standard, the following response was received from the President of KIF, Umit Ozkanal.

“they do not have to be angry. We have just corrected a very big mistake!. Turkey is a very big country and there are at least 5 different shepherd dogs. There is no breed called Anatolian here in Turkey. Those who have dogs away from the standard will not breed their dogs officially since there is no breed called like that. They still keep their beloved dogs but no breeding under Kangal please”  

In August 2018 ANKC Ltd advised that any member who wished to change from Anatolian Shepherd Dog to Kangal Shepherd Dog should contact their relevant Member Body office with full details of the dog they wish to change by 12th October 2018, which was just prior to the ANKC Board Meeting,
when there would be a review of the number of dogs still registered as Anatolian Shepherd Dogs.

This announcement resulted in a large amount of correspondence to ANKC Ltd and it became apparent that whatever decision the Directors made on the future of Anatolians in Australia it would not be unanimously accepted. The submissions from both sides of the argument were very impassioned and indicated the breeding expertise and large amount of money that has been invested in developing the Anatolian breed in Australia. Despite the ANKC Ltd even handed approach in giving all Anatolian breeders the opportunity to voice their opinion we received threats of legal action if a decision was made that disenfranchised certain breeders, the following statements illustrate the divide amongst breeders.

“We believe that it would be highly disrespectful to KIF to disregard their wishes regarding Anatolian Shepherds and it would be convoluted to adopt, for example, the AKC Anatolian Shepherd Dog Standard. The parties opposed to having their dogs not listed as Kangal are those whose dogs don’t comply with the new standard, in particular, in terms of colour”

“The new breed standard from FCI/Turkey is not in keeping with 2018 community standards for the breeding of healthy and sound working / farm dogs, as the new standard decimates the gene pool and falls into the 'poor kennel club breed decision' rhetoric of pedigree dogs exposed - culling healthy dogs from the gene pool based on modern arbitrary show 'ideals'.”

All correspondence was considered by the Directors and the National Breed Standards Coordination Group, and prior to discussion at the ANKC Ltd Board Meeting it was reviewed by Member Bodies. Comments were received from people claiming to be Anatolian breeders who were not financial members of any ANKC Member Body or were not recorded as having ever registered a litter with ANKC Ltd.

In determining how many members would be affected by their decision the Directors noted that in Australia there were only five (5) current Financial ANKC Ltd Anatolian Shepherd breeders.

At the Board Meeting held on 13th/14th October 2018

It was resolved that ANKC Ltd adopt the National Breed Standards Coordination Group recommendation to retain both breeds with Kangal Shepherd Dogs to use the current FCI standard and the Anatolian Shepherd Dogs to use the Kennel Club (UK) standard. Anatolian Shepherd Dogs which meet the requirements of the Kangal Shepherd Dog have until 31 December 2018 to transfer to the Kangal Shepherd Dog register.

Current breeders and owners are the Guardians of the breed and must be vigilant to ensure that only Anatolian Shepherd Dogs which meet the requirements of the Kangal Shepherd Dog Standard are accepted as Kangals, recent Facebook Postings give cause for concern that some people owning Anatolians who have not applied to be re classified as Kangals are promoting them as such whilst not meeting the requirements, concerns should be reported to the relevant Member Body.

ANKC has received a number of inquiries as to the eligibility of Anatolians and Kangals with pedigrees from organisations other than the FCI, to provide answers to these queries ANKC will need to consult with the FCI, KIF the AKC and the Kennel Club, this process will obviously take some months, if before definitive answers can be provided, any of the detailed scenarios arise they will be considered by ANKC on an individual basis after consultation with the relevant Kennel Club to authenticate the dogs Pedigree.

At the time of this Statement 14/10/2018 there are only 4 (four) Kangals registered with the ANKC.

Hugh Gent OAM

President & Chairman of the Board of Directors

November 2018

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Briefing for new Tracking and Track & Search Rules

16-11-2018

The Obedience & Tracking Committee would like to invite all interested parties to a Seminar on the changes to the Tracking and Track & Search Rules, which become effective in January 2019.

The Seminar will be held on Friday 1 February 2019 at 7:30pm in the Amenities Building.

Speakers will include Mrs Deborah Lamprecht, a Tracking and Track & Search Judge from Queensland.

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Obedience & Tracking Judges Committee - Judges Training Scheme 2019

02-11-2018

The Obedience & Tracking Judges Committee will be conducting a Judges Training Scheme in 2019.

Closing date for applications will be COB Friday 1st February 2019

The Theory Night – Introduction to the Course will be held on Thursday 14th March 2019 at 7.00pm. (Please note all metropolitan candidates are required to attend this session. Country candidates, who are not able to attend, must provide bona fide apologies).

The Theory Examination will be held on Friday 24th May 2019.

Successful candidates will be required to attend regular training sessions held by The Obedience & Tracking Judges Committee on the second Thursday of each month.

The Practical Examination will be held on Friday 1st November 2019.

Courses to be held are: CCD, CCD/Novice, Novice, Open, UD, UDX, Rally O, Tracking and Endurance.

Application forms can be obtained from the DOGS NSW Office. Applications will not be received for both Obedience and Rally Obedience Judges Licenses

Download the Criteria For Admission To The Obedience And Tracking Judges Training Scheme

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Agility Rule Review Process

02-11-2018

ANKC Ltd have announced that the process for potential rule changes for ANKC Ltd Agility for 2021 are to commence now.

The potential changes are to affect the rules governing Agility Rules, Agility Games Rules and Agility Guidelines for Judges, relevant documents can be found in the files section.

The timetable is as follows:

  • Monday 31 December 2018 – approved revised closing date for rule change proposals from members of DOGS NSW.
  • Thursday 28 February 2019 – closing date for proposed changes to be submitted by each state representative to the ANKC Ltd Administrator.
  • June/July 2019 – ANKC Ltd Administrator to distribute copies of all proposals received to all Member Bodies.
  • August 2020 – National Committee Meeting
  • November 2020 – New rules made available.
  • 1 January 2021 – New rules effective

So what do you need to do?

If you have a suggestion for a rule change.

  • Read the current rules to ensure that you understand what the current rules is
  • Make a written proposal for the change
  • Provide a rational for your change.
  • Please send it through to Ms Frankie Moore (frmoore@live.com.au) to collate.

How to make a proposal

In a Microsoft Word Document, copy and paste the current rule, then put (NSW) at the start of your new proposal, if there is a deletion then put a strike through it, if there is additional information to be added the underline this. The changes should be in blue and then your rationale should be in red.

Example:

4.4 Vetting

Exhibits may be required to be inspected or vetted.

4.4 Vetting

(NSW) Exhibits may will be required to be inspected or vetted by a veterinarian.

RATIONALE The health and wellbeing of dogs is paramount and ensuring that dogs are vetted or inspected by a trained veterinarian prior to completing will reduce the number of injuries sustained.

If you are unsure where the rule change may occur then please title your rule change accordingly: for example “Not for Competition run” would fall under “9. DESCRIPTION OF TRIAL for AGILITY/JUMPING” (Refer to Games rules for Games)

All information and files are available at www.agilitynsw.com.au

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Amendments to Show Regulations

01-11-2018

DOGS NSW Regulations Part II-Show, Section 14: Disqualification from Exhibition, Clause 14.10(h), which currently reads:

14.10 (Revised 12/12)

(h) Within 2 calendar months of receipt of the report referred to in (g) the Board of Directors shall consider the report and if satisfied that the dog is likely to constitute a danger to persons, other dogs or property at any Show, may for such period as the Board of Directors consider appropriate:-

(i) suspend or disqualify or otherwise debar the dog from being an exhibit,

(ii) impose conditions in relation to the exhibition of that dog at a Show,

(iii) direct that the dog is not to be bred with,

(iv) direct that the dog not be transferred within the register, or (06/16)

(v) cancel the registration of the dog,

(vi) impose a requirement that the dog undertake a temperament test in accordance with Part I of the Regulations (Section 20) and impose any such conditions relating thereto.

Should the Board of Directors make a determination that the dog is not likely to constitute a danger as described above, the Board may resolve to immediately end any suspension that was imposed in accordance with (f)(ii).

Be amended to read

14.10 (Revised 12/12)

(h) Within 2 calendar months of receipt of the report referred to in (g) the Board of Directors shall consider the report and if satisfied that the dog is likely to constitute a danger to persons, other dogs or property at any Show, taking into consideration the responsibility of the handler or of any individual involved, may for such period as the Board of Directors consider appropriate (10/18):-

(i) suspend or disqualify or otherwise debar the dog from being an exhibit,

(ii) impose conditions in relation to the exhibition of that dog at a Show,

(iii) direct that the dog is not to be bred with,

(iv) direct that the dog not be transferred within the register, or (06/16)

(v) cancel the registration of the dog,

(vi) impose a requirement that the dog undertake a temperament test in accordance with Part I of the Regulations (Section 20) and impose any such conditions relating thereto.

(vii) record a breach of Clause 14.10 (10/18):-

(a) It is the obligation of each owner, exhibitor and handler at a show to take all such steps as may be necessary to ensure that any dog under that person’s care or control or for which that person is responsible does not behave in an aggressive manner.

1st Offence: Reprimand Letter

2nd Offence: $100.00

3rd Offence: Matter referred to Inquiry (10/18)

(viii) Require the owner/handler or other persons concerned to complete an examination based on the DOGS NSW Regulations Part XIII-Code of Ethics and DOGS NSW Regulations as set by the Members Education Committee. (10/18)

Should the Board of Directors make a determination that the dog is not likely to constitute a danger as described above, the Board may resolve to immediately end any suspension that was imposed in accordance with (f)(ii).

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Entering shows via the SHOW DOGS NSW online entry portal

29-10-2018

DOGS NSW is very pleased to announce that there have been some exciting enhancements to SHOW DOGS NSW which will make your show entry experience the easiest it has ever been.

Exhibitors now have a choice of starting their entry process by entering one dog in multiple shows or entering multiple dogs in one show, whichever suits your entry batch the best.

Exhibitors now also have very easy access to change classes entered or even remove an exhibit from a show which will automatically generate a refund of your entry fees to the Credit Card you used to pay.

Entering

Once you have successfully logged in, you will now see the below options to enter:

  1. Enter a dog in multiple Shows
  2. Enter by Show – this option allows multiple dogs entered into a Show

Show Dogs NSW

Changing classes and removing from show

Exhibitors now have direct access to change classes or remove an exhibit from a show.

Once logged in, navigate to Reports then Event Entries. Here you will need to select the Club and then the appropriate Show for which you wish to make a change. You will see the below icons next to any dog you have entered.

EditEdit Classes – Just Click and change!!

DeleteRemove from Show (this will then trigger a refund) – Just click and cancel. It is that easy.

We are sure that you will all appreciate these advancements.

SHOW DOGS NSW is the only online entry system linked directly to the ANKC Ltd database saving you from registering either your dog or owner details. They are there already, waiting for you to enter your next show. We sincerely hope that you enjoy your new show entry experiences.

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ACES Monthly Eye Certification Clinics

23-10-2018

A supported service to DOGS NSW Members

DOGS NSW Members – please note the dates for Eye Certification Clinics conducted under AVA-ANKC Australian Canine Eye Scheme (ACES) Rules, for the balance of this year. Each monthly Eye Clinic will operate from the SECRETARIES HUT on DOGS NSW Grounds at Orchard Hills (on the concourse overlooking the show rings, behind the main Admin Block). from 4.00pm to 7.00pm.

Each monthly Eye Clinic will operate from the SECRETARIES HUT on Dogs NSW Grounds at Orchard Hills (on the concourse overlooking the show rings, behind the main Admin Block).

Thursday, 7 February (4.00pm to 7.00pm)
Thursday, 7 March (4.00pm to 7.00pm)
Thursday, 11 April (4.00pm to 7.00pm)
Thursday, 9 May (4.00pm to 7.00pm)
Thursday, 13 June (4.00pm to 7.00pm)
Thursday, 11 July (4.00pm to 7.00pm)

These dates are all confirmed, barring unforeseen circumstances that may necessitate a change, if so this will be advised in good time, depending on Meeting Room availability.

Usually we aim to do the LITTERS FIRST aiming to minimise the exposure of any 8-week-old pups whose initial vaccination response status remains uncertain, to adult dogs coming in from different regions and kennelling situations. To date we have had no issues with litters being exposed to undue health risks, and I will continue to handle them separately.

Scale of Fees applicable at these Clinics – these are flat rates on offer to all Dogs NSW Members, so long as they comply with my reasonable requests to have their paperwork in order and Microchip records readily available, also that their dogs are well disciplined and used to close handling, so that we can get through 20 - 25 dogs in the time available.

Adult ACES Certificates: for the first and second dog under the same ownership and booked at the same time: $100 each, incl. GST and the current AVA processing fee.

Adult ACES Certificates: for three or more dogs under the same ownership and booked at the same time: $90 each, incl. GST and the current AVA processing fee.

Litter rates: usually $60 to $65 per puppy depending on the size of the litter and age at which they are presented, but with a minimum charge of $220 to cover the appointment set up / reporting costs – even for a litter of just one or two.

In those breeds where a once-only Gonioscopy Test is required (usually at 18-24 months and always in addition to a current ACES Adult Exam), the flat rate Gonioscopy Test Fee is $70 per adult – additional to the applicable ACES exam fee, depending on numbers. I generally limit the number of Gonioscopy exams to four, done at the end of the session.

All requests should be emailed to: bfrob01@gmail.com

Breed Clubs please note: If your members support the idea of a stand-alone ACES Clinic (e.g. in conjunction with a Heart Clinic or approved DNA Test sample collection), separate arrangements may be agreed to, if you book the venue and organise the appointments.

For further information on ACES Eye Certification at Orchard Hills and also in regional areas from time to time, go to the Facebook Group page ACES Eye Clinic - Dogs NSW Members

Finally, I want to record my thanks to Dr Rob Zammit and the staff at Vineyard Veterinary Hospital, who have allowed me to conduct limited-availability ACES Clinics for Dogs NSW Members during the last eight months. This allowed me to keep up with urgent requests a bit closer to home and has made things much easier to manage during my rehabilitation.

Bruce Robertson
AVA-ANKC ACES Panellist (NSW)

Dr Bruce Robertson BVSc Cert.V.Ophthal (RCVS) FANZCVS (Ophthalmology)
Veterinary Eye Specialist (Sydney, ret.)

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Amendments to the Regulations

17-10-2018

At the October 2018 Board of Directors Meeting, amendments to the following DOGS NSW Regulations were made;

Part II - Show, Section 12: Exhibit, Clause 12.17

Part II - Show, Section 12: Exhibit, Clause 12.23

Part XIII - Code of Ethics, Clause 28

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