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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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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Posted by ObedienceUK, in General, Obedience Liaison Council

Kennel Club is introducing a new online newsletter for fans of obedience. The newsletter will be issued twice a year by email to anyone who signs up via the Kennel Club website, www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/obedience
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KC Looking For the Next England World Cup Team Manager for Crufts

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - Posted by ObedienceUK, in General

The Crufts committee are looking for candidates for the next England World Cup Team Manager.

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GCDS Special Pre-Beginner Obedience Stakes 2014 Update

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - Posted by ObedienceUK, in General

The KC website has been updated with all the 2014 information. Thanks to Paul Allen. ----->Here
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Monday, March 3, 2014 - Posted by ObedienceUK, in General, Obedience Liaison Council

The next meeting of the Kennel Club Obedience Liaison Council will be held at the Kennel Club on Tuesday 1st July 2014. Proposals for inclusion on the agenda should reach Cheryl Maguire, Field Trials Liaison Council Secretary, at the Kennel Club by Wednesday 2nd April 2014.

Each eligible society may submit, through their representative, items for the agenda. Individuals may also 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 reference number must be given. All submissions must be signed by both the society and the representative.

All proposals for inclusion on the agenda should be sent to Cheryl Maguire, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, W1J 8AB or by email to cheryl.maguire@thekennelclub.org.uk.
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