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OVERSEAS OBEDIENCE JUDGING INVITATIONS

Friday, December 1, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The Kennel Club would like to remind societies running obedience shows that a judge’s first three appointments must be restricted to novice classes held at Kennel Club licensed shows. The Kennel Club has been made aware of some instances where overseas judges have been appointed to judge classes higher than novice but have not fulfilled the first three appointment regulation.  It would also like to reiterate that a judge who is already qualified to judge in the UK, remains qualified to do so.

Kennel Club Regulation G32.e states: “A Judge's first three appointments for shows must be restricted to Novice.”

Qualifications gained by competitors resident in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany at the Dutch Obedience Society (DOS) may count towards entry for UK obedience shows. However, DOS judging appointments will only be considered as lower level appointments (as described in Regulation G32d.1) for any persons working to become a Kennel Club obedience judge for open and championship shows.

In order to find out more information about the requirements to judge at UK licensed obedience shows, please visit the Kennel Club website: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/obedience/obedience-judges-section/.

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FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE KCAI TRAINER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The Kennel Club has announced the five finalists hoping to win the KCAI Trainer of the Year title. The public vote is now open to decide the winner, who will be announced at Crufts in 2018.

Returning for the fourth year, the KCAI Trainer of the Year award recognises the outstanding talents of Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) Scheme members who go that extra mile to make a positive difference to the lives of dogs and their owners.

Dog owners were invited to nominate a dog training instructor or canine behaviourist who they felt was most deserving of the award. Over 400 nominations were received, shared between 39 individual scheme members from across the UK.

The nominees were shortlisted to five finalists by a panel of judges consisting of representatives from the Kennel Club and City & Guilds. The judges based their decision on the following criteria: making a positive difference to the behaviour of dogs, changing the lives of dogs and/or people, helpfulness and dedication, and making a positive contribution to their wider community.

The five finalists have been announced, and voting is open for the public to decide which trainer they think should win the award.

The finalists are:

  • Kay Attwood, Camberley, Surrey
  • Barry Harris, Wirral, Merseyside
  • Denise Hubbard, Middlewich, Cheshire
  • Hilary Mears, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
  • Corrine Kennedy, Perth, Perthshire

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said “This award provides the public with a fantastic opportunity to recognise the hard work and achievements of KCAI Scheme dog training instructors, who are going the extra mile to make a difference for dogs and their owners. Their dedication to dog training makes the finalists all deserving winners. We wish them all the very best of luck.”

The finalists have been invited to attend a ceremony to be held at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, on Saturday 10 March 2018. Here, their contribution to dog training will be recognised and the winner of the KCAI Trainer of the Year award will be announced. As well as receiving the title of KCAI Trainer of the Year, the winner will also receive a trophy, certificate and a £500 voucher for a dog-friendly holiday, courtesy of the KCAI Trainer of the Year sponsor, Hiscox UK, (Kennel Club Trainer Insurance provider).

The public vote will close at 4pm on Friday 26 January 2018 – to find out more about this year’s finalists, please visit

www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcaitraineroftheyear.  

To find out more about joining the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors Scheme, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcai.

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Jan 11th 2018 Obedience Liaison Council Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in Obedience Liaison Council

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KENNEL CLUB INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP OBEDIENCE STATUS

Friday, November 10, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The Kennel Club wishes to advise obedience competitors that Chadkirk Dog Training Club has relinquished its championship obedience status with effect from 2018.

Any society which would be interested in applying for future championship obedience status should submit a presentation for consideration. Please note that it will be necessary to select a date that does not coincide with another championship obedience show.

Applications should include details of the society’s committee structure and show management team, as well as information on the proposed show venue and its facilities available for judges, competitors, dogs and spectators.

Presentations should be submitted to Rachel Mansfield, in the Working Dog Activities Team at the Kennel Club, via email obedience@thekennelclub.org.uk by 1st December 2017.

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CHANGES TO OBEDIENCE REGULATIONS

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General, Obedience Liaison Council

The Kennel Club has recently approved changes to the regulations for obedience.

With effect from 1st January 2018, the following amendment to the regulations has been made to allow for entry in to a special class without also having to enter a standard class at obedience show:

Amendment to Regulation G(A)3

TO:

A dog not qualified to enter Championship Class C must be entered in the lowest available class for which it is eligible and may also be entered in another class if desired plus one additional class at the society’s discretion. Only qualified dogs may be entered in Championship Class C and these dogs may also enter Open Class C and one additional class at the society’s discretion. (Note the qualifications for Championship Class C and Obedience Warrant.)

Exemptions from this regulation are:-

A dog entered in a Good Citizen Dog Scheme Special Pre-Beginner Obedience Stakes Class or

A dog entered into a Young Kennel Club (YKC) Obedience Class which may also be entered in a maximum of two other scheduled classes (including YKC classes) for which it is eligible or

A dog only entered in a special class (or classes) provided such a class (or classes) are defined in the schedule. Such entries must be made in line with the show’s closing date for entries.

(Insertions underlined.)

With effect from 1st January 2018, the following amendment to the regulations has been made to remove the provision for dogs to wear a slip chain whilst in the ring as their use was not consistent with modern and progressive training methods. Additionally, it allows for a dog to wear a flea collar in the ring as well as a half-check or smooth collar:

Amendment to Regulation G35.h

TO:

Dogs may only wear a slip chain, a half-check collar or a smooth collar when in the ring. A medicated collar may also be worn in the ring.

(Deletion struck through. Insertion underlined.)

With effect from 1st January 2018, the following amendment to the regulations has been made to reduce the stay times in Class B and Class C:

Amendment to Regulation G(A)10.b Class B and G(A)11.d Class C

TO:

(4) Sit 2 minutes, handler out of sight.                   20 points

(5) Down 5 4 minutes, handler out of sight.          30 points

TO:

(4) Sit 2 minutes, handler out of sight.                   20 points

(5) Down 10 5 minutes, Handler out of sight.       50 points

(Deletions struck through. Insertions underlined.)

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NEW RESEARCH REVEALS PREVALENCE OF HEALTH CONDITIONS IN UK’S DOGS

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

Large scale study published on disorders in 192 Kennel Club recognised breeds will help to improve health of Britain’s much-loved pedigree dogs

  • Top three disorders in UK dogs are all skin conditions – lipoma, cysts and allergic skin problems
  • Boxers were found to have the highest number of reported conditions occurring at a higher prevalence than overall across all breeds, followed by the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Pug
  • Labrador was found to have the highest number of reported conditions occurring at a lower prevalence than overall across all breeds, followed by the Cocker Spaniel and Border Terrier
  • 90 disorders show a significantly different prevalence in at least one breed compared to overall prevalence across all breeds
  • Study is one of the largest of its kind ever carried out and used morbidity data on 43,005 living dogs registered with the Kennel Club, across 192 breeds
  • Findings substantially contribute to the current understanding of disorder occurrence in dogs in the UK and will help dog owners, breeders and vets to identify which breeds are most likely to suffer from which disorders

A study by researchers at the UK’s largest dog welfare organisation and registry body for pedigree dogs, the Kennel Club, has shed light on the prevalence of health conditions in pedigree dog breeds, which could help improve the health of the UK’s estimated 8.5 million dogs.

The study, published in the Canine Genetics and Epidemiology journal (15th September 2017), is one of the largest of its kind ever carried out and used owner-reported morbidity data on 43,005 living dogs registered with the Kennel Club, across 192 breeds, regardless of whether disorders received veterinary care.

The research aimed to determine the prevalence of health disorders of varying severity, influenced by both genetics and environment, among pedigree dogs overall and, where possible, determine any variation among breeds.  This will help dog owners, breeders and vets to be aware of any relevant health concerns and identify which breeds are most at risk of suffering from which disorders.

The study found that the most commonly reported health condition in dogs was fatty skin masses (lipoma), with around one in twenty-five dogs (4.3 per cent) affected these, meaning that over 365,000 dogs in the UK could currently be affected.  The second most commonly reported condition was skin cysts, which affected 3.1 per cent of the population. The third most common condition was allergic skin conditions, which the study found affected 2.7 per cent of dogs.  As in humans, conditions such as these in dogs vary in severity, from more trivial conditions that will have no impact on a dog’s quality of life to those more severe conditions that do.

Depending on their location and size, lipomata and skin cysts are often incidental findings of little significance to affected dogs or their owners.  Allergic skin conditions can be more troublesome, and almost certainly have inherited components.  However, there are a number of environmental factors that can cause skin irritations and allergies that can be avoided, such as human skincare products and toiletries, and cleaning and other household products, and it is important for dog owners to remember that products that are suitable for humans to use on or near their skin may not be appropriate for dogs.  The recent trend for dog clothing has also been implicated as a potential factor in the apparent increase in allergic skin conditions in dogs.

The study found that Boxers had the highest number of reported diseases or conditions at a higher prevalence than overall, with skin cancer or tumours being the most commonly reported condition in the breed.  The breed with a higher prevalence of the second highest number of reported conditions was the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, with heart murmurs being the most commonly reported condition in this breed.  The breed with greater prevalence of the third highest number of reported conditions was the Pug, with corneal ulcers being reported as the top condition.  The study found that just under two thirds of living dogs had no reported health conditions.

Conversely, the study found that the Labrador has the highest number of reported conditions occurring at a lower prevalence than overall across all breeds, with the Cocker Spaniel having the second highest, and the Border Terrier with the third.

For the most common disorders in the most represented breeds, there were ninety with a significantly higher prevalence in at least one breed compared to the overall prevalence across all breeds.  The most striking of these differences were umbilical hernias in the Shih Tzu (12 per cent compared to 1.2 per cent overall) and lipoma in the Weimaraner (17.5 per cent compared to 4.3 per cent overall).  Conversely, for the most common disorders in the most represented breeds, two examples with a  significantly lower breed prevalence compared to the overall prevalence across all breeds were hypersensitivity in the Bearded Collie (0.4 per cent compared to 2.7 per cent overall) and skin cysts in the Rough Collie (0.5 per cent compared to 3.1 per cent overall).  Comparing the within breed prevalence to the prevalence over all breeds gives insight into which breeds could be at a higher or lower risk of being affected with certain heath conditions, which will be useful to owners, breeders, puppy buyers and vets.

Dr Katy Evans, Kennel Club Health Research Manager, one of the authors of the study, said:  “Dogs of any breed or crossbreed can suffer from conditions that affect their health, both those for which inheritance plays a part and those caused by external factors. The results of this study will substantially contribute to the current understanding of disorder occurrence in dogs in the UK and will be a massive help to dog owners as it gives them an idea of what to look out for, particularly if their breed has a higher than average incidence of a certain condition.

“The majority of the larger studies into disease prevalence rely on primary care veterinary data, which does not take into account dogs which may be affected by fairly harmless conditions that can be safely managed at home without veterinary treatment.  By gathering and analysing large amounts of owner reported data, we can get a clearer picture of the health of the whole dog population.

“Much of what the study found confirms what the Kennel Club and responsible dog breeders already know, which is reflected in the range of health schemes and other tools already in place to tackle various conditions, and it will certainly help us to prioritise health concerns in dogs and further develop plans to protect their health.”

The Kennel Club is using the findings as part of its Breed Health and Conservation Plans, which will ensure that all health concerns in dogs are identified through evidence-based criteria and that breeders are provided with appropriate information and resources to ensure they are supported in tackling health problems and achieving positive health goals for dogs, now and in the future.  The Breed Health and Conservation Plans take a holistic view of breed health with consideration given to known hereditary conditions, complex hereditary conditions, conformational concerns and population genetics.  

The full study has been published in the Canine Genetics and Epidemiology journal and can be viewed at https://cgejournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40575-017-0047-3.

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2018 South Western Inter Regionals Team Application

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - Posted by Stephanie Woollam, in Crufts

CRUFTS 2018 INTER REGIONAL COMPETITION

 

SOUTH WESTERN AREA

 

Application forms are now available to anyone from AVON, HEREFORDSHIRE, SOMERSET, WILTSHIRE, DEVON, CORNWALL, DORSET AND GLOUCESTERSHIRE who may wish to be considered to work for the above team.

 

The team will consist of – 1 Beginner, 2 Novices, 2 A, 1 B and 1 C plus a Beginner reserve and may include up to 2 BC/WS. 3 Crossbreeds (one of which must not be a collie type) and up to 3 of any other single breed.

 

Obedience Champions and those qualified for Crufts Obedience Championships 2018 may not compete.

 

Closing date for eligibility is 31st October 2017

All tests will be as defined under KC Ob Show Regulations (G)

 

Application forms are available from:

 

Steph Woollam (Team Manager)

01179 855172 or 07788707642

Email: stephanie.woollam@blueyonder.co.uk

 

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Everyone is welcome to a try out day on 19th November 2017, whether to be considered for the team or, if you are not sure, to have a work out with your dog and decide on the day whether to put yourselves forward. In any event, please fill in an application form and return to me.

 

http://www.obedienceuk.net/Newspad/uploads/2018_South_Western_Inter_Regional_Team_Application_in_pdf_format.pdf


http://www.obedienceuk.net/Newspad/uploads/2018_South_Western_Inter_Regional_Team_Application_in_Word_format.doc

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KENNEL CLUB OPENS NEW AYLESBURY OFFICE

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The Kennel Club has opened its new offices in Aylesbury, having moved a matter of yards away from its previous home in the Alton House Office Park in Gatehouse Way.

The Kennel Club moved its core operational activities to Aylesbury from its headquarters in London in the summer of 1999, namely the registration, Petlog and call centre services. In the original move, five members of the London team relocated to Aylesbury, while other members of staff were recruited locally. Alton House was originally obtained on a ten-year lease which was then renewed in 2009.

The new Aylesbury address is known as Kennel Club House and its purchase was made possible through the £12m payment that the Kennel Club received when it struck a deal with British Land in 2013 to move its London headquarters further up Clarges Street in Mayfair. The money also enabled the Kennel Club to purchase its recently-opened Emblehope and Burngrange Estate in Northumberland which it aims to develop as a centre of excellence for working dogs.

The Aylesbury office handles high volume activities on behalf of the Club, with the monthly average equating to 48,000 telephone calls, 20,000 puppy registrations, 14,000 transfer applications and 70,000 microchip recordings.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “It is strange to think that the Kennel Club has had premises in Aylesbury for 18 years as, for some of us, it seems like only yesterday that the original building in Alton House Office Park was opened. We are very pleased that the move into the new Kennel Club offices went very smoothly – in fact there was no down time to any single service during the transitioning of both service and staff to the new building.”

The new address for the Kennel Club offices in Aylesbury is Kennel Club House, Gatehouse Way, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP19 8DB. The telephone number remains the same – 01296 318540.

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2018 Midlands Inter Regionals Team Application

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - Posted by Lou Jackson, in Crufts

Crufts 2018 Inter-Regional Obedience Competition


Midland Team


If you live in the following counties: Debyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Salop, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands or Worcestershire then you are eligible to apply to be considered for The Midland Team.

The qualification date for class eligibility is 31st October 2017.

The team will consist of 1 Beginner, 2 Novice, 2 Class A, 1 Class B, 1 Class C and a Beginner reserve.

A maximum of 2 Border Collies or Working Sheepdogs, 3 Crossbreeds (one of which must not be of border collie or W/S type) and 3 of any other specific breed.

Obedience Champions are NOT eligible and competitors qualified for 2018 Championships are NOT eligible.

A try out day is arranged at Markfield Canine Center, Leicester on November 25th (Sat.)

Please fill in an application form and send to me, Lou Jackson, Comox, Harrisons Lane, Gailey, Stafford. ST19 5PS. before 12th November 2017.

Forms from myself or downloadable here or from our Facebook page. We will also have forms available at West Bromwich shows.

Don't be shy, give it a go, what have you got to lose!

TEAM PURPLE NEEDS YOU.
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OBEDIENCE LIAISON COUNCIL MEETING 11TH JANUARY 2018

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in Obedience Liaison Council

The next meeting of the Kennel Club Obedience Liaison Council will be held at the Kennel Club in London on Thursday 11th January 2018. Proposals for inclusion on the agenda should reach the Obedience Liaison Council Secretary by 13th October 2017.

Each eligible society or an individual may submit items for the agenda, through a council representative. Proposals must be concise, and if an amendment or an additional regulation is proposed, the regulation number must be given. All submissions must be signed by the society/individual and the representative.

All items for inclusion on the agenda should be sent to Working Dog Activities Team, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, London W1J 8AB or by email to obedience@thekennelclub.org.uk.

A full list of Obedience Liaison Council representatives can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/obedience/obedience-liaison-council.

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