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Raw chicken linked to paralysis in dogs


As pet ownership increases across the world, our furry (as well as feathered and scaly) friends have become firmly established members of the family.

Wanting the best for our pets, we often offer special treats, and chicken necks are a favourite in many families – often considered a ‘healthy’ option. But vets are warning raw chicken, particularly chicken necks, can lead to a debilitating and potentially fatal form of paralysis in dogs.

A new study, led by the University of Melbourne’s U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital, found the consumption of raw chicken meat increases the risk of dogs developing a paralysing condition called acute polyradiculoneuritis (APN) by more than 70 times.

Dr Matthias le Chevoir, chief investigator on the project, says the cause of APN in dogs has baffled the veterinary community for a long time.

“It is a rare but very debilitating condition where the dog’s hind legs first become weak. It can then progress to affect the front legs, neck, head and face. Some dogs may die from the disease if their chest becomes paralysed,” he says. “Most dogs eventually recover without treatment but it may take up to six months or more in some cases.

Please click here to read more of this article, which appears in Australian Food News, 19 December 2018

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Additional Clause - DOGS NSW Regulations Part III - 2019/2020 Conformation Judges Education Program


At the recent Board of Directors meeting, the following was resolved;

 DOGS NSW Regulations Part III-2019/2020 Conformation Judges Education Program

 THAT Regulations Part III-2019/2020 Conformation Judges Education Program be amended by the inclusion of an additional clause, numbered 10.12, as follows:-

 10.12        A Trainee must not travel to of from a Practical Examination with an Assessor/s who has been engaged to assess the Group for which the Trainee will be undertaking a Practical Examination.

AND that the current Clause 10.12 to 10.15 be renumbered accordingly.

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Closing Time for Entries


The DOGS NSW Board of Directors resolved that all Clubs must accept entries up until 12.00 midnight on the advised closing date unless otherwise specified in the relevant Draft Schedule and advertisements.

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Improvements to Booking Process at DOGS NSW Orchard Hills


What are the improvements?

As some of you may be aware, DOGS NSW has been working on a new online bookings system available 24/7.

Since July this year, over 40 Club Officials participated in extensive testing and trialling of a fully automated booking system for Meeting Rooms, areas throughout the Complex, i.e. Earthdog, Show Rings, Equipment, Function Tables, Catering, Camping and Temperament Tests. Members and Affiliates can now make bookings 24/7 on their mobile device, or computer, which will well and truly bring DOGS NSW into the 21st Century!

Bookings can now all be confirmed and managed online, a confirmation will be emailed, and a text message will be sent to you immediately. This is a great improvement on the current process of filling in forms and sending them to the Office and then having to wait for confirmation that that area is available.

Why did we make the change?

The Board of Directors is constantly trying to find new ways to improve services for our Members. This new system brings DOGS NSW closer into line with modern day offerings by most Organisations. The system gives ownership of bookings back to Members and Affiliates, who can now confirm and reserve if show rings are available at the time of their meetings, rather than further follow up with the Office. Bookings for camping and Temperament Tests require immediate payment, however, bookings for Show Rings and all other areas can be reserved with an invoice being sent to the Clubs 60 days prior to the event / booking date. The system is fully automated and will send you reminders to pay before your event date, i.e. at time of booking, 60 days prior to the event, then 45 days, then 30 days, then the final at 15 days. If you do not make payment 15 days from the event, your booking will automatically be cancelled.

You will receive your first invoice when you book, then the next one sixty (60) days prior to the event so you will have time to organise payment through your normal approval procedures. Once booked, you will receive an email and SMS confirmation.

How to pay

You can pay by Credit Card by clicking the link on the “pay now” button under the invoice total, or by direct deposit into DOGS NSW Bank Account. Please be sure to include the booking number as the reference, i.e. CVWR-181218. Although not preferred, cheques are still acceptable when mailed in as long as you include a copy of your booking or booking reference number.

What you need to do

The Office Staff have been busy loading all the permanent bookings for 2019, i.e. Easter and October Long weekends. We understand that some Clubs have been issued letters confirming that they have a permanent booking for each year, however, we do request that you go onto the website and make your bookings for 2020 and beyond, to ensure they are locked in and you are able to manage them in the future.

If you would like to make a booking, go to our website where you can find the bookings section at the top of the page, or go to

Please make sure that you use the same email address and mobile number in your bookings i.e. if different members of your Club make bookings on behalf of your Organisation, they should use the same email address and phone number.

We are here to help

If you are having difficulty, or require assistance, send us an email in the first instance to and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

DOGS NSW would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Members and Clubs who volunteered their time to assist with the testing. Your input and feedback has been invaluable and made many improvements to the system to get it where it is today.

To assist you in working out booking dates for Easter in future years, click on this link to down load a copy of the Extended Show Date Table 2018 - 2026.pdf

To check if your 2019 booking is in the system, you can download the Bookings in System.xlsx

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Judges Contracts




Please be advised that, effective immediately, as soon as a Club receives a signed Judges Contract, a copy must be provided to the DOGS NSW Office.

Judges Contracts should be provided to the DOGS NSW Office at the time the contract is signed and should not wait until the Club lodges its Draft Schedule.

Contracts can be posted to the DOGS NSW Office or emailed to

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Proposed Off-Leash Dog Area - JJ Kelly Park, Wollongong Deadline for Member Comments


Wollongong City Council is proposing to use a significant part of J J Kelly Park as an Off-Leash Dog Area. As the deadline for comment is drawing near, i.e. Monday 10th December 2018, it is important that the message is made public for affected members to comment ASAP.

Please refer to following link:  for all further information.

Plus  highlights the affected area of J J Kelly Park in Council’s proposal.

The close of engagement for public comment is on the 10th December 2018.

As DOGS NSW Directors Russell Britten and Rob Harbin have been provided with all the information regarding this matter, they should be in a position to address questions raised by members in their area. There contact details are as follows:

Russell Britten
Phone: 02 4228 8527
Mobile: 0428 427 500

Rob Harbin
Mobile: 0402 256 686

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Amendment to DOGS NSW Regulation


Regulations Part II-Show, Section 13: Application for Entry of an Exhibit, Clause 13.2, which reads as follows:-

13.2      A dog shall be entered and exhibited under its full name including:-

(13) prefix;
(13) words, letters or symbols;
(13) registered number; and
(13) date of birth.

Be amended to read:

13.2      A dog shall be entered and exhibited under its full name including:-

(i) prefix;
(ii) words, letters or symbols;
(iii) registered number; and
(iv) date of birth.

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Notice is hereby given that the next meeting of National Breed Councils will be held on Saturday, 27 July 2019 commencing at 10.00 a.m. at:

Dogs Victoria Bulla Exhibition Centre
Calabria Club
5 Uniting Lane
BULLA  Victoria  3428

National Breed Councils are invited to submit agenda items for this meeting to the ANKC Administrator, by no later than COB 3 June 2019 to allow sufficient time for the agenda to be promulgated prior to the meeting.

National Breed Councils are invited to send two representatives to attend the meeting. The names of your representatives are to be submitted to the ANKC Administrator, by no later than COB 12 July 2019.

Only those delegates confirmed by their respective National Breed Council will be permitted entry to the meeting.

T Barry
ANKC Ltd Administrator

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Digital Signatures


At its recent meeting, the DOGS NSW Board of Directors resolved the following:-

THAT DOGS NSW accepts digital signatures from its members, when required.

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Amendments to the DOGS NSW Regulations


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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