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Class Championships -Important Announcement

Sunday, June 8, 2014 - Posted by Fran Bush, in General, Class Finals

We have a slight expansion on the qualifying criteria for the beginner and novice championships at the 2014 event.

A dog needs a win and 2 places at the same level during this season to qualify for the championships at that level.  However a win at a higher level makes the dog ineligible to enter at the lower level.

For beginner and novice, as only 2 wins are required to win "out" of those classes, so we are happy to confirm that for these 2 classes only, the qualifying criteria will be expanded to also include 2 x wins (1st place) as qualifiers,  as long as both wins are within the qualifying period (1 January -­‐ 6 October 2014). The standard qualifying criteria above (1 win and 2 places) also applies to beginners and novice, this is an additional qualifying criteria.
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Thursday, June 5, 2014 - Posted by Roy Page, in General, Obedience Liaison Council


To make it easier for you to register your votes on Proposals and Discussion Items included on the Agenda of the forthcoming Council meeting I have attached a document which hopefully you'll be able to download, complete and email back to me at shelaghandroy@showprinting.freeserve.co.uk

Please also send it to your other area reps - Mary Ray and Bev Smith

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - Posted by Fran Bush, in General, Class Finals

We seem to have some confusion regarding qualifying, so I apologise if the wording used was not entirely clear - it will be amended for next year!

You need your 1 win and 2 places (1 - 6) gained during the qualifying period for this year (1 January 2014 to 6 October 2014), in the class you are working to qualify for this years event.

That win may effectively take you out of working that class. For example, you may have won a novice last year, then you win your 2nd novice this year along with the places, so you are no longer eligible to enter novice classes at shows, so are technically "out" of novice.

But you still have the necessary qualifiers to enter the novice championship at the 2014 event, so you can enter for this year, BUT, if you go an and win an A at a show within this years qualifying period, you are no longer eligible to enter the novice championship this year, as the win in the higher class effectively knocks you out of the lower class - so you need to get your remaining qualifiers in A and enter the A championship instead. In the same example, subsequent places from 2nd - 6th in A will not affect your eligibility to enter the novice champs.

It is the win that dictates the class you work at the championships.

I hope this clears up any confusion, but feel free to ask if there is anything you are unsure of, we don't want anyone thinking they can't enter when they can!

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Midlands Area Obedience Meeting 11th June

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - Posted by ObedienceUK, in General, Obedience Liaison Council


A meeting will be held on

WEDNESDAY 11th June 2014

Tea/coffee from 7.15 p.m. - Meeting commences at 7.30 p.m. at

Prospect Village Hall, Williamson Avenue, Rawnsley,

Cannock, Staffs WS12 0QF

to discuss items on the Agenda of the next Obedience Council Meeting

and, if time permits, any other Obedience related matters.


Hopefully all 3 Midlands Area Obedience Council

representatives will be in attendance.

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Danesford Show Cancelled

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - Posted by ObedienceUK, in General

Sorry to inform you all of this, but after visiting the venue for a meeting with the landowner, the field is waterlogged and has deep muddy ruts from an event that was held there last weekend. With further rain falling the farmer said we could not hold the show.

We need to contact all those who have entered so if you have please click on my username (email address yvonne.kelsall@virgin.net) informing me that you know of the cancellation.

There will be members from Danesford at BBC show Thursday and Cheshire DTA on Sunday with lists of entries to confirm everyone knows.

Further information to follow regarding refunds.

Yvonne Kelsall on behalf of Dansford ODTC
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Awards To Honour Dedicated Dog Lovers Held At Kennel Club

Monday, May 19, 2014 - Posted by ObedienceUK, in General

Dog lovers who have made a difference for man's best friend over the past twelve months have been honoured in the annual Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme (GCDS) Awards and KC Dog Awards.

A special prize-giving ceremony was held at the Kennel Club in London's Mayfair to celebrate the efforts of organisations and individuals nationwide who have invested time and energy into helping to train dogs, educate owners on the importance of responsible dog ownership, and campaigned for dog owners' rights throughout the year.

The Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme was set up in 1992 to promote socially acceptable dogs by way of creating responsible dog owners, and is now the largest dog training scheme in the UK. It provides a quality standard of training for dogs and owners, and incorporates many domestic obedience exercises, with over 465,000 certificates of achievement having being awarded to owners and their dogs who have successfully passed the scheme's tests. There are currently around 1,800 dog training clubs and other organisations around the country actively administering the scheme.

The KC Dog Awards credit the actions taken by politicians, local authorities, public bodies and individuals to protect dog owners' rights and ensure that the UK remains known as a nation of dog lovers.

The categories for the GCDS awards and winners are as follows:

Kennel Club Registered Training Club
Island Dog Training Club, Guernsey

Kennel Club Listed Status Club
On Track Training School, Rochdale

Kennel Club Registered Breed Club
Southern Finnish Lapphund Society, South of England

Local Council Category - Most Effective Campaign
Medway Council, Kent

Island Dog Training Club was chosen as the overall winner of the GCDS Awards for their dedication, commitment and outstanding support in promoting the scheme in 2013.

The winners of the KC Dog Awards were selected on account of their positive approach to supporting the rights of dog owners their local area. This year's winners are:

KC Dog Campaigner Award
Carnoustie Canine Capers, Angus, Scotland

KC Dog Local Authority Award
Hampshire County Council

KC Dog Local Authority Award
Whitehill and Bordon, Hampshire

KC Dog Parliamentary Award
Matthew Offord, MP for Hendon

KC Dog Recognition Award
Scottish Natural Heritage

Speaking at the ceremony, Kennel Club Vice Chairman, Mike Townsend, said: "These awards are an opportunity for us to credit the actions taken by politicians, local authorities, groups and individuals to ensure that the UK's well trained dogs and their owners continue to enjoy maximum access to our countryside and urban open spaces.

"We really do feel that each of the winners and nominees have done fantastic work in promoting responsible dog ownership in local communities and each deserves a huge vote of thanks. The enthusiasm and dedication they have shown help organisations like the Kennel Club to promote responsible dog ownership and canine welfare, and we extend our appreciation for helping us continue making a positive difference for dogs and their owners."

KC Dog is an information network, free to join, whose members benefit from news and information on the Kennel Club's campaigns. Visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcdog for more information, or email kcdog@thekennelclub.org.uk.

More information on the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/dogtraining. - See more at: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/press-releases/2014/may/awards-to-honour-dedicated-dog-lovers-held-at-kennel-club/#sthash.hQypjQNm.dpuf
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KC Welcomes Amendments to the Dangerous Dogs Act

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - Posted by ObedienceUK, in General

The UK’s largest organisation dedicated to dog welfare, the Kennel Club, has welcomed amendments made to the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991) which extend the law to cover incidents on private property, increase maximum sentences for owners of dangerous dogs, and makes injuries to assistance dogs an aggravated offence.

However the organisation remains disappointed that Government has again missed the opportunity to repeal ineffective breed specific legislation, which has failed to reduce dog bite incidents or the number of banned breeds currently in the UK, instead simply putting the welfare of thousands of dogs at risk.

The amendments to the Dangerous Dogs Act have been enacted as part of the new Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, and the changes are widely regarded by leading animal welfare organisations as being a huge step in further protecting the public and the estimated 9 million dogs in the UK, the vast majority of which live with responsible owners.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary commented: “The Kennel Club sees these amendments as being extremely positive overall for the welfare of millions of dogs in this country, as well as helping to protect the public and the UK’s responsible dog owners. For too long, irresponsible owners who consistently allow, or even encourage, their dogs to act aggressively or behave dangerously have essentially been protected by regulations which tend to penalise the dogs rather than their irresponsible owners. This updated legislation makes it absolutely clear that this is not acceptable and owners must take responsibility for adequately training their dogs.

“We have been very careful during our work with Government to ensure that there are adequate defences for those otherwise responsible dog owners who find themselves in unforeseen circumstances. This includes scenarios such as dogs protecting their homes from intruders or responding to provocation.

“Disappointingly however, the issue of breed specific legislation still remains unaddressed, with the government failing to use the opportunity whilst amending the Dangerous Dogs Act to repeal this ineffective element of the law.

“The Kennel Club believes in the principle of ‘deed not breed’ and that genetics plays only a small part in the temperament of a dog, with breeding, socialisation and environment having a far greater effect. The majority of dog bite incidents are a result of the irresponsible actions of owners who have either not taken the time and trouble to train their dog correctly, or have in fact trained them to behave aggressively. Consequently any legislation based on genetics that ignores the influence of the dog’s keeper on its behaviour is highly likely to be ineffective, as has been proven with the Dangerous Dogs Act.”
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Changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act - Advice for Owners

Monday, May 12, 2014 - Posted by ObedienceUK, in General

The amended Dangerous Dogs Act comes into effect in England and Wales on 13 May 2014. This law applies to all dog owners no matter what size or breed, whether your pet is a Chihuahua, a Cockapoo or a Collie cross.

The changes are explained on the National Animal Welfare Trust site (here).
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Agenda for next KC Obedience Liaison Council Meeting

Friday, May 9, 2014 - Posted by ObedienceUK, in General, Obedience Liaison Council


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Greater Transparency Needed In Animal Experiments Says Kennel Club

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - Posted by ObedienceUK, in General

The Kennel Club, the largest organisation dedicated to dog welfare in the UK, has welcomed the release of a Home Office consultation to review the level of secrecy involved in legislation on scientific experiments on animals, and believes that greater transparency is needed to protect animal welfare.

The consultation will review Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA), which the Kennel Club says is a step in the right direction in increasing transparency and ending the ban on sharing information on animal experiments.

The Kennel Club previously responded to the transposition of the EU Directive 2010/63/EU consultation, which requires the UK and all other Member States to fully transpose the legislation into their domestic law by January 2015. One of the concerns the Kennel Club raised in its response to the consultation was the amendment of Section 24 to better improve transparency and information sharing.

The current provisions under Section 24 mean that the Home Office cannot disclose or release information surrounding animal experiments received under ASPA even when the provider has no objection. Currently, individuals who share this information risk committing a criminal offence carrying up to two years' imprisonment and an unlimited fine.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "The Kennel Club calls on the government to amend Section 24 to facilitate the sharing of information on animal experiments which will promote openness and transparency in the industry, something that is of course paramount when animal welfare is involved.

"Section 24 prevents the public from being openly informed about what is being done in animal experiments and the justification for these tests.

"The Kennel Club does accept the need to retain confidentiality clauses, however, that protect intellectual property as well as the health and safety of particular people and places involved in animal research.

"We will be submitting a response to the consultation which will call for an amendment of Section 24 to allow for information to be disclosed in order to assist public understanding of the use of animals in scientific experiments whilst taking into consideration not compromising safety and commercially sensitive data. Such a change would help reaffirm that the Coalition government is genuinely dedicated to its commitment of promoting a more open and transparent environment surrounding animal testing."

The deadline to respond to the consultation is June 13th. For more details, visit www.gov.uk/government/consultations/section-24-of-the-animals-scientific-procedures-act-1986. - See more at: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/press-releases/2014/may/greater-transparency-needed-in-animal-experiments-says-kennel-club-as-it-welcomes-home-office-consultation/#sthash.KLvVZZ7L.dpuf 
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