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FCI Agility World Championships
Dave Munnings from Newbury, Berkshire and his Border Collie ‘Fame’ have won an overall bronze medal in the large individual competition at the FCI Agility World Championships against 145 other handlers and their dogs.
Pic: Dave Munnings with his Border Collie, Fame at the FCI Agility World Championships
Held in Sweden, the World Championships saw hundreds of handlers and dogs take part from 40 countries including Venezuela, South Africa, Japan, Russia and Brazil. Dave and Fame travelled with the Agility Team GB squad to compete.
Dave is a professional agility trainer who has been competing with Fame in Agility Team GB for three years, though on the team with other dogs for eight years. In March, the pair triumphed at Crufts with their second win in a row in the Kennel Club Agility Championships.
Dave said: “This is my third dog to stand with me on the individual podium at the World Championships. First was Billy in 2005 who achieved bronze, then Dobby in 2010 who grabbed silver, now Fame in 2018 with a bronze medal. I just can’t believe it and feel so honoured to have such amazing agility partners to share these moments with.”
Agility Team GB Manager, Mark Laker, said: “I am extremely proud of what Agility Team GB have achieved at these championships. Every team member played their part towards making the close bond within the team.”
The coaching team consisted of Mark Laker (team manager), Becky Sargent (team assistant), Martin Cavill (technical coach), Maria Johnston (team physiotherapist), Hana McNicholas (team vet), Ruth MacGill (fitness coach/handler) and Gina Sansom (KC Senior Events Coordinator) who also travelled to Sweden.
For more details, go to https://bit.ly/2IMTSal.
Scottish consultation on dog breeding
The Scottish Government has announced that there will be a consultation about modernising the licensing regime for dog breeders. This follows on swiftly from a similar consultation in England which resulted in changes to legislation which came into effect in October.
In response to the Scottish announcement, the Kennel Club issued the following statement:
“We have been calling for changes to the licensing regime in Scotland for a long time, in order to better protect dog welfare, and look forward to working with the Scottish Government during this consultation period to ensure that the changes are effective.
“The proposed reduction of the threshold at which a dog breeder requires a licence, from five litters a year to three, will bring the Scottish government in line with the rest of the UK. This will vastly increase the number of breeders requiring a licence and will significantly increase the burden on local authorities in terms of the inspections they are required to carry out.
“As such, we are pleased that the Government has recognised that a risk based system that will recognise good breeders is critical to the success of this new licensing system, and that there is an important role to be played by schemes that are already recognised by UKAS accredited bodies, such as the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme. These breeders are already meeting high welfare standards and by ensuring such breeders are deemed low risk, resources - which are already overstretched – can be freed up to focus on higher risk breeders.”
For more details, go to https://bit.ly/2NDgjzw.
Kennel Club fights proposed PSPOs
The Kennel Club is supporting local dog owners who are calling for Blackpool Council to reconsider their proposed PSPOs which would affect responsible dog owners in the area, as well as local tourists.
The measures that the council are looking to introduce include:
• Dogs on leads in popular dog walking areas including woodlands
• Limiting the number of dogs a person can exercise to four dogs (with only two being allowed to be exercised off lead at a time)
• A dog ban from marked (but unenclosed) sports pitches even if they are NOT in use
Owners have set up a Change.org petition which has in excess of 2,000 signatures. It states the concerns of Blackpool’s dog owners where they feel that there are already sufficient laws in place to stop fouling, disruptive and unruly dogs.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Off lead exercise is extremely important and is a requirement of the Code of Practice for dogs under the Animal Welfare Act. If residents are unable to comply with guidance which includes the provision of off lead exercise then they would have to drive to neighbouring areas to do so. The lack of provision for off lead exercise and complete dog bans is also likely to put off other dog owners from visiting the area.”
The Kennel Club is also currently lobbying local authorities in Cardiff, Halton, Hartlepool and Scarborough on similar issues.
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Nominations sought for International Canine Health Awards
The International Canine Health Awards are returning for the seventh year to celebrate some of the world’s finest researchers and scientists whose work has had a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of dogs.
Nominations are currently being sought for the awards, which are run by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and include substantial cash prizes donated by Vernon and Shirley Hill, founders of Metro Bank, to go towards new or continued research.
The awards ceremony is being held on 30th May 2019 within the International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) conference at the De Vere Beaumont Estate Hotel in Windsor. The Kennel Club is one of the founding members of the IPFD, an international organisation dedicated to dog health and well-being. More than 125 delegates are expected from 18 countries, representing national and international canine organisations, judges, breeders, veterinarians, geneticists and epidemiologists.
With a prize fund totalling £61,000, the Kennel Club Charitable Trust is urging people to nominate themselves or their peers by 30th January 2019.
The awards will be judged by an eminent panel drawn from the veterinary profession and the world of scientific research, including experts in each of the shortlisted nominees' selected fields.
The four Canine Health Awards are:
• International Prize in Canine Health – £40,000.
• Lifetime Achievement Award for a veterinarian or scientist – £10,000.
• UK Student Inspiration Awards – £10,000 (£5,000 each for an undergraduate and a postgraduate student).
• Breed Health Coordinator Award – £1,000.
For more details, go to https://bit.ly/2IP7SAC.
Kennel Club issues fireworks warning
The Kennel Club is warning pet owners to be extra vigilant this year on fireworks night following statistics that show there was a rise last year in calls to the Petlog lost pet line at the end of October and beginning of November.
Since compulsory microchipping was introduced in April 2016, 91 per cent of dogs are now microchipped but statistics show that 53 per cent of microchips have incorrect owner details meaning that should a pet go missing on nights such as fireworks night and subsequently found and scanned, the reunification process will not be able to work if contact details are out of date.
Petlog, managed by the Kennel Club, is one of the largest databases for microchipped animals. Petlog Premium offers pet owners a comprehensive range of lost and found services, which ensures they maintain accurate contact details so if the worst happens and their pet goes missing, they can log on to the Petlog website and alert local authorised agents to help with their search.
Dogs can react very badly to the unfamiliar sights and sounds that are common on fireworks night. Research shows that 40 per cent of dogs are scared of fireworks. The experience can be terrifying for dogs and result in them behaving unpredictably which could put their safety at risk.
For more information on microchipping and Petlog log on to www.petlog.org.uk.
A full list of tips on what dog owners should and should not do on fireworks night can be found on the Kennel Club website at https://bit.ly/2RDcAoS.
Discover Dogs comes to town!
London’s largest canine event, Discover Dogs, has just been held. The show is a huge celebration of everything that is positive about dogs and dog ownership and also gives Londoners the opportunity to meet and greet more than 200 breeds and indulge in some canine retail therapy.
In order to attract ticket sales, the Kennel Club’s marketing and communications team worked hard to make sure the show’s dates got ‘out there’ in the public domain in the run-up to the event.
The public relations side of the team ensured a number of ticket giveaways appeared in magazines such as Dogs Monthly, Dogs Today, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Own and Country Living. The show was also listed in various ‘What’s On’ guides in newspaper supplements as well as in publications such as Time Out. The press office also commissioned a survey about dog ownership in London and pitched an exclusive story to one of the national newspapers in order to generate publicity before the show.
The marketing side of the team created a video which was shared across the Kennel Club’s various social media channels including Facebook and Twitter. It promoted an area of the show designated as ‘Cuddle Corner’ where members of the public could get up close and personal with pedigree breeds. The team also promoted the show though advertising campaigns executed through the London transport network, the KC’s and other websites, email and online search engines such as Google.
The Discover Dogs promotional video can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2NCb9Un.