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Breeder Notification Initiative (Regulation 20.1.13)

Monday, 20 June 2022

Dogs Victoria is pleased to announce a new initiative aimed at helping Breeders avoid breaching Regulation 20.1.13 -

A member shall not breed a bitch causing it to whelp more than twice in eighteen months without the prior approval of Dogs Victoria.

Dogs Victoria CE, Jason Eggleton, said, “Dogs Victoria is passionate about promoting best practice in breeding purebred dogs and wants to foster and encourage excellence in animal welfare across all aspects of the organisation. 

As an Applicable Organisation, we are committed to ensuring our members are fully aware of their responsibilities as breeders.

Statistics show us that the vast majority of Dogs Victoria breeders only whelp a litter every couple of years; however, we understand that there may be valid reasons for a breeder to choose to breed a bitch at consecutive seasons. Our Breeder Notification Initiative aims to proactively provide the breeder with the information they need to stay compliant.”

Developed in conjunction with Dogs Victoria's Breeder Committee and Compliance and Member Services teams, the new initiative will be incorporated into Dogs Victoria’s Litter Registration process.  

When a litter is registered, a Breeder Notification letter will be returned with the pedigree papers providing a list of all of the dam's litters recorded to date (regardless of who the breeder of each litter was). It will also provide some simple guidance about her eligibility to be bred at her next season.

Where there is a chance of the next litter potentially breaching the regulation, the Breeder Notification letter will provide a ‘do not breed again before’ date for the breeder, making it easier for the breeder if they are considering a future litter.

Chair of the Dogs Victoria Breeder Committee, Greg Browne, has long considered this an area where Dogs Victoria needed to become more proactive and has welcomed the changes. “Rather than simply fining breeders and referring them to Compliance after the event, we wanted to be able to provide some guidance and clarity for breeders who are faced with a bitch in season, unsure if they can breed her safely’ he said.

Manager – Community Liaison and Compliance, Sean Orr, explained that breaches of this regulation are one of the most common 'Breeder Breaches’ handled by the Dogs Victoria compliance team. 

All compliance cases, including breeder breaches, have to be reported to Animal Welfare Victoria as part of Dogs Victoria's ongoing Applicable Organisation reporting requirements, so any initiative aimed at reducing the number of occurrences can only help strengthen Dogs Victoria's position as a peak body.”

Of course, the recommendation in the majority of cases is for any breeding female who has whelped back-to-back litters to be given at least one season off before being bred again. This gives her body time to fully recover from the physiological demands of pregnancy, nursing two litters, and for depleted nutrients to be replaced. It also gives the breeder time to evaluate the outcomes of the litters before deciding whether or not she should be bred again.  

The rollout of this new initiative will begin in the coming weeks.

    


Important Notice for Dogs Victoria Members – Changes To The Domestic Animals Act 1994

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

There have been some changes to the Domestic Animals Act 1994 that came into force on 1 June 2022. 

Most of these changes are aimed at making it easier to reunite lost pets with their owners.  However, there have been a few other changes made to address loopholes that have been identified in the previous version of the Act.

Probably the most significant change for Dogs Victoria members and breeders is the change to the definition of a ‘Recreational Breeder’.

This is aimed at providing better clarity as to who is entitled to the benefits accorded to breeders who are registered with an Applicable Organisation, and to give Animal Welfare Victoria the powers to revoke Source Numbers that have been incorrectly approved.

A ‘Recreational Breeder’ (in relation to breeding dogs) is now defined as:

A person who carries out the breeding of dogs to sell –

(i)              who is registered with an applicable organisation as a breeding member; and

(ii)            Who has no more than 10 fertile female dogs all of which are registered with the applicable organisation;

This means that only Dogs Victoria members who hold a Current/Financial Breeder Prefix are entitled to the benefits accorded to a Recreational Breeder.

Simply being a Dogs Victoria member does not qualify a member to breed or to obtain a Recreational Breeder Source Number from the Pet Exchange Register.

The changes also require that the dogs being bred must also be registered with Dogs Victoria.

These changes were made to address issues with people becoming general members of an Applicable Organisation simply to be able to keep more entire animals without having to register as a Domestic Breeding Business with their Local Council, or to be able to breed and sell animals that were not actually registered with the organisation.

Dogs Victoria welcomes these changes and is working with Animal Welfare Victoria to address the problem of unscrupulous breeders who have tried to use Dogs Victoria membership to ‘hide’ from Local Councils, or to mislead puppy purchasers.


An End to Covid Cleaning

Friday, 20 May 2022

A recent update to the Covid events framework means that Dogs Victoria and it’s affiliates are no longer required to conduct additional Covid cleaning during events.
As a result, effective today 19 May 2022, Dogs Victoria will;

  • no longer require events to conduct additional covid cleaning 
  • no longer administer any fee’s related to Covid 

Affiliates no longer need to allow for covering additional Covid related costs when setting entry fees. For those affiliates who have already collected or added Covid related fees within their entry fees, I encourage you to consider options such as cash prize draws or improved prizes to return some/all Covid related funds generated back to their event competitors. Such actions are at the discretion of the affiliates.


Retrieving Trials Results - German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Vic & Gippsland Retrieving Club

Friday, 18 March 2022

Click here to view the results from 22 & 23 January 2022 and 19 & 20 February 2022. 


Attention Conformation Judges - Renewal Notices

Monday, 31 January 2022

We note there has been confusion by some judges regarding a judges renewal notice and the conformation judges training program applications.


If you are a licenced conformation judge (all breeds, group or breed licence at open and/or championship show level) in November each year you will receive via Australia Post a blue form from the office advising that your judges licence will expire on 31 December of that year. You are required to complete this form advising the licences that you hold and pay a judges licence fee (for 2022 this fee was $100). By paying this fee you are able to accept appointments, your details are included on the ANKC judges listing.

 

If you are part of the conformation judges training program you need to complete the APPLICATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE JUDGES TRAINING PROGRAM form and pay the fee of $360. You need to complete this form if you are attending lectures, wish to apply for a subgroup theory exam and a practical assessment. There is also a form and fee for a subgroup theory exam and a practical assessment. THESE FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE DOGS VICTORIA WEBSITE.

 

We would like to remind judges that the application to participate in the conformation judges training program is NOT your judges licence renewal and the blue judges licence renewal is NOT your conformation judges training program application. If you have any questions regarding this please email events@dogsvictoria.org.au

 

We note there are still some conformation judges that have not paid their annual judges licence renewal. If you have not done this then please email mandrejic@dogsvictoria.org.au


Rule Review for ANKC Tracking, Track & Search and Endurance

Thursday, 23 December 2021

Please find here the rule review for the ANKC Tracking, Track & Search and Endurance. You will also find in this, a schedule for the submissions and meetings.

Any submissions need to be emailed to klecka@ncable.net.au


1918 Kennel Club article from the Laurie Luxmore Library

Thursday, 11 November 2021

As we close in on another Remembrance Day and a return to shows, we thought this 1918 Kennel Club article announcing the end of the 1st World War found by the Laurie Luxmore Library was worth sharing. The line “The world is again full of hope and the work of re-construction will at once begin in every department of public and social life” is especially poignant.

Let us remember and pay respect to those that gave the ultimate sacrifice through the various wars remembered at this time.

Read the full article here


Finding Hera - The Benefits of Tracking & Scent Work Training

Thursday, 21 October 2021

Dogs Victoria member, Judy Pillinger shares an inspiring story of her young Doberman’s rescue mission to find a missing dog.
 
The story highlights the importance and benefits of involving dogs in tracking and scent work training.  
 
Read the full story here.

Changes to Dogs Victoria's Facebook Comments

Thursday, 21 October 2021

In a landmark ruling, the High Court has announced that anyone who operate a Facebook site, is liable for prosecution for any defamatory remarks others post.  

What does this mean for Dogs Victoria?

It has been decided that all comments will be disabled for all posts on any Dogs Victoria pages or sites till further notice. This includes the dogs Victoria main Facebook page, the Dogs Victoria members only group and the Victorian dog show entry numbers group.  

How does this new change impact Dogs Victoria members?

This means that members will no longer be able to comment on posts that are uploaded to any pages or groups associated with Dogs Victoria.  

As a member, how can you ask questions?

We still encourage members to submit posts to our closed Dogs Victoria members only group where our moderators and admin are regularly working to answer your questions and post helpful information for all our members. For any further questions or concerns, please contact communications@dogsvictoria.org.au

For more information on the new High Court ruling, here is an article from the Herald Sun.


Caring for Brachycephalic Dog Breeds

Thursday, 26 August 2021

Brachycephalic dogs belong to those breeds that have generally wider, shortened heads and in particular, they have a foreshortened muzzle.
 
Some symptoms of BOAS are obvious and will be worse when the dog experiences stress such as exercise and warm weather conditions.

Click here to read more. 


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