THEME 5: Exaggerations And Extremes In Dog Conformation:
a) Health, welfare and breeding considerations; review of national and international efforts, on all fronts (consumers, show world, breeders, judges, vets, etc) since 2012 – what has been achieved?; brachycephalics; other existing and emerging issues; overcoming polarization and conflict, resolving science and emotion. b) Education and Communication – Past practices may not have achieved desired outcomes. What are tools and techniques to promote human behaviour change? What can we learn from other fields?
Download Theme OVERVIEW: IPFD 4thIDHW Extremes and communication theme_OVERVIEW_01Apr2019.pdf
Presentations and outputs from previous IDHWs, including resources on DogWellNet.com, e.g.
Refereed publication: Moving from information and collaboration to action: report from the 3rd International Dog Health Workshop, Paris in April 2017
REQUIRED READING LIST:
Special Breed Specific Instructions (BSI) regarding exaggerations in pedigree dogs: A health protective project initiated by the Swedish Kennel Club.
Dr. Brenda Bonnett writes..."We all know that health and welfare of dogs is the responsibility of all stakeholders in the dog world and judges are no exception. The impact of dog shows and the awarding of wins to specific dogs has a big impact on the public perception of pedigree dogs, in general, and also of specific breeds. It is crucial that dogs that achieve success in these increasingly 'prime time', public displays epitomize the best of the best - not just in looks, but also in health."
Links to other DWN Resources
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