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DogWellNet Digest: Issue #57 - 19 December 2023


    In This Issue:

    • News & Highlights


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    UPDATE: IPFD 5th International Dog Health Workshop
    (13-15 June 2024, Helsinki, Finland)
    “Partners in Dog Health”



    • Get Involved
    • Make a Donation
    • Stay Informed!





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    Our Consulting Team will be on holidays from 23 December, 2023 to 7 January, 2024.
    We look forward to what promises to be an exciting year to come!






    News & Highlights


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    • Please join us in welcoming Mr. Dino Muto, President of Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia (the Italian Kennel Club), to the IPFD Board. We look forward to working with Dino and ENCI (which joined IPFD as a Contributing Partner in June) toward our shared goal of promoting the health and well-being of dogs in Italy and around the world.










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    • DCM.pngIPFD Partner Wisdom Panel™ has posted video from their recent panel discussion with key researchers and clinical experts, in which they broke down new discoveries in DCM genetic testing and talked about practical ways Dobermann breeders can apply them in their breeding programmes.







    Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD)

    • header crop.jpgHundreds of breeders and other stakeholders in dog health from around the world signed up for the December 7th webinar, Breeding for Health – Supporting “Whole Dog” Health from Planning to Pregnancy, co-hosted by IPFD and Embark. We hope all participants found the session informative and that it helps ensure their breeding plans support reproductive health to produce healthy puppies.

      ***Webinar Video and Summary of Q&As***
      In case you were unable to attend, or if you wish to watch again, we've posted a recording of the webinar, along with a summary of Questions and Answers from the session here.

      A big thanks to Aimée, Dr. Dockweiler, and Embark for helping us assist breeders in their efforts to support reproductive health and breeding healthy puppies for the future.


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    UPDATE: IPFD 5th International Dog Health Workshop (13-15 June 2024, Helsinki, Finland) “Partners in Dog Health”


    Important Note on IDHW Dates/Location:
    We previously announced the date/location as 13-16 June in Espoo, Finland.
    The dates and location have been revised to June 13-15 in Helsinki to better
    accommodate our delegates and workshop program.



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    We're excited share an update and invitation for the 5th International Partnership for Dogs’ International Dog Health Workshop (13-15 June 2024). Our theme for this workshop is “Partners in Dog Health.”

    After a long wait – largely due to the pandemic − we’re excited for an opportunity to again meet face-to-face with our colleagues, fellow stakeholders, and friends in dog health, welfare, and wellness. In addition to a full slate of social, educational, and action planning activities, the 5th IDHW will be a time to celebrate IPFD’s 10th Anniversary and reflect on what we’ve accomplished together over the past decade.

    Preliminary Themes:
    We’re currently working with our gracious co-hosts, the Finnish Kennel Club, and a broader planning team to develop a program that addresses some of the most pressing issues and challenges within the dog world.

    Preliminary Themes (subject to change), include:

    • Supply and Demand: Every dog counts! Animal welfare legislation - Can registries help homeless dogs? Pedigree dogs and non-pedigree dogs – how do we get (new) legislation to cover them all?
    • Breeding for Health and Well-being: How to comprehensively address dogs’ health and well-being in breeding?
    • Big Data: International cooperation, data sharing, financial support/resources to develop tools for breeding. Genetic diversity, estimated breeding values for health.
    • The Concept of ‘Breed’: What defines a breed and how it influences health and welfare in dogs.


    Posters will be presented throughout the conference with networking opportunities. Details to come.


    Workshop Venue: Scandic Park Helsinki
    lobby_scandicpark.jpgScandic Park Helsinki is located across from the beautiful Töölö Bay, just a short walk away from the centre of Helsinki. From the front door of the hotel, there is direct access to versatile outdoor and sports opportunities at Töölö Bay, and the comprehensive cultural and leisure offerings of the capital are close by. Close to the hotel you’ll find the Finnish National Opera, Finlandia Hall, the Music Hall, Linnanmäki Amusement Park and the Olympic Stadium, among other attractions. From the hotel it is easy to move all around the city. Most trams and local buses stop in front of the hotel. The hotel has its own garage and there is also a large public garage close by.





    Registration for the 5th International Dog Health Workshop will open soon.
    Stay tuned for details


    We hope you will join us in Helsinki!


    Organized by the International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) and The Finnish Kennel Club, in cooperation with other partners.
    Please contact us for sponsorship opportunities.

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    DogWellNet Digest: A Look Back at IPFD in 2023

    It's been a busy year for IPFD and our supporters. Have a look back at all six issues of DogWellNet Digest published in 2023:


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    Watch for our 2023 Annual Report in the new year!






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    Join IPFD in our global, multi-stakeholder effort to enhance dog health, well-being, and welfare!

    • Individual Contributors: Are you a breed expert and/or involved in a dog club for your breed? Would you like to share information from your kennel club, breed club, or country on
    • Canine Organizations: Stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other key stakeholders in the global dog community by formally supporting IPFD and our important work.


    Learn More About Opportunities
    for Collaboration with IPFD







    Make a Donation

    IPFD is truly a "people driven" service organization. We allocate the bulk of our financial resources to maintain a small but dedicated team of consultants to manage our modest resources and facilitate the activities of our stakeholders, with the aim of achieving our collective goals.

    You can specify how your donation is used (support IPFD and its programs and activities OR support the Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs). All donations are handled securely via PayPal.


    Select one of the options below to make a donation now.













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