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  3. 3rd Dog Health Workshop Paris, April of 2017... Theme: Behaviour and Welfare Working Groups: were struck across all the themes in order to increase the likelihood of achieving the desired outcomes. Their goal was to collect and collate information; connect relevant stakeholders; and to outline key issues, goals and challenges to be addressed at the Workshop. Behaviour and Welfare Group's Focus: How can we better integrate concepts of welfare, behaviour and health in breeding and raising dogs? Focus on early life / socialization. Task: create a message that would be sent to kennel clubs to market a positive educational message for the public on reasons to achieve/purchase/sell/breed a well socialized dog. Priorities to be modeled in the sub-group's message were: behavior is part of welfare good behavior and health start in utero socialization shortly thereafter need to develop positive and marketing messages for different audiences short, specific, positive messages following a model of 5 freedoms Restrictions: Message to remain short, global (1 size fitting all) with more information available on the DogWellNet website (presented with consideration of the ID of the reader (breeder, owner, vet, kennel club). - Work Product - Socialization Posters - 5" x 7" PDF versions are now available in English and French. It is intended that other country's Kennel/Breed Clubs would translate this poster to their language, if desired. A PowerPoint Template file is available on request. Contact us to obtain the Puppy Socialization Poster PowerPoint Template. We would be very pleased to share this poster in your language with the DWN Community!
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  6. This work highlights both important areas of concern for individual dogs and breeds, as well as a need to engage a wider range of stakeholders to address health and welfare in all dogs. While continuing to engage and encourage best practices across kennel clubs, globally, we must also work with those who, in addition to cynological organizations, can work for sustainable wellness in all dogs.
  7. National Kennel Clubs are major stakeholders in the governance and regulation of dog breeding. As such, they have been the targets of major criticism related to dog health issues. It is therefore interesting to investigate to what extent health and welfare is a priority for kennel clubs (KCs), and what are the capacities and actions implemented to deal with those issues. A survey was sent in 2017 to 40 KCs with 15 answers received from 11 European (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK) and 4 non-European countries (Australia, Mexico, Uruguay, and the USA) aimed at describing and comparing information across countries in dog breed health management (Wang et al. 2018). First, in order to determine the population of dogs under the responsibility of KC, the percentages of all dogs being registered as ‘pedigree’ dogs were estimated considering the 15 surveyed KCs, as well 35 other countries, using sources such as the FCI online statistics. Across countries, the average and median percentage of the entire dog population that were registered pedigree dogs, respectively was 20% and 14%. However, there was a large variation across countries, with European Nordic countries showing, in general, a larger proportion of pedigree dogs (see Figure 1). This aspect is of importance, since it is expected that the responsibility toward general dog health, as well as the capacity to improve the situation, relates to the proportion of dogs that are at least to some extent under the influence of the KCs. When asked about the current challenges, KCs ranked exaggerated morphological features and inherited disorders as the most important issues, showing those two problems are now clearly identified as priorities (Figure 2). By contrast, issues such as economic constraints to breeding were rarely viewed as problematic for dog breeding. Kennel clubs also commented on challenges related to the difficulty to find balance between increased regulation and the risk of losing members; to achieve consensus and compliance of breeders and clubs toward breed health strategies; as well as lack of capacity regarding information provision and education. Surveyed countries showed great diversity in terms of information management, implementation of breeding strategies, recommendations, requirement, restriction and tools. Most KCs indicated that information on genealogies, breed standards and dog shows were recorded in their data base for most, if not all breeds; however, health information (e.g. screening examinations, genetic tests) was more sparsely recorded and provided to the public, both for breeds within countries and across countries (Figure 3). For instance, KCs from Austria, Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, the UK and the USA provided health information status on pedigrees and in online data bases, but in general, not all breeds were covered. When considering implementation of breeding strategies, six countries indicated that there were no breeding strategies implemented by any breed clubs, while in three countries (Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands) it was reported that each breed club had its breeding strategy. Several countries indicated that they were planning to develop breeding tools and provide health information to users, and for instance, France and Belgium reported having ongoing work to develop tools to provide online pedigree with health information or estimate breeding values for complex disorders such as hip dysplasia. Although limited by the relatively low number of countries considered, this survey showed that despite large differences in their approach to breeding policies and management, the awareness to improve breeding and health of pedigree dogs was strong among the surveyed Kennel Clubs. The dog breeding world is increasingly global in scope. The understanding of both the diversity of health initiatives and the potential for coordinated actions internationally is key to further efforts to promote dog health and welfare. There is probably still a lot of progress to be made in term of information provision and collection, as well as planning breeding strategies considering dog health. In particular, finding a consensus in terms of constraints and priorities for breeding, is expected to be particularly challenging for Kennel Clubs and breed clubs in order to implement those strategies. Although the situations differ across countries, exchanges of experiences may surely help to find the most adequate solutions toward improvement of health and welfare. Reference: Wang, S., Laloë, D., Missant, F. M., Malm, S., Lewis, T., Verrier, E., ... & Leroy, G. (2018). Breeding policies and management of pedigree dogs in 15 national kennel clubs. The Veterinary Journal. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tvjl.2018.02.018
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  11. Key DWN resources related to issues involved with understanding and management of extreme phenotype are provided here. The Brachycephalic Issue IDHW Plenary talks and suggested reading Country-Kennel Club specific programs DWN articles relevant DWN Blog posts Also see articles in this category.
  12. Breed Health Strategies - DWN Resources Here you will find links to: RAS (Swedish) and JTO (Finnish) breeding strategy documents in English (summaries) for multiple breeds International Dog Health Workshop Plenary Talks on Breed Health Strategies DogWellNet breed-specific strategy articles Country/Kennel Club Programs and Resources Blog articles on breeding strategies
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  14. In its third full year of operation, the IPFD, its Partners, Sponsors, and Collaborators truly led by example to advance our mission to enhance dog health, well-being, and welfare.
  15. Behaviour & Welfare Resources

    Behaviour & Welfare Index Behaviour - especially as broadly related to breeding - has been a theme in both the 1st, 2nd and 3rd International Dog Health Workshops. IPFD and DogWellNet hope to develop this topic and to help to integrate issues of behaviour and health, with the help of Experts - from all areas of the dog world. See an overview of DWN's Behaviour & Welfare Resources below. The content falls into the following categories: IDHW Presentations and Work products DWN Articles Catalog Resources by Country Research ALSO: please see articles available in this category.
  16. Index of International Dog Health Workshops. IPFD International Dog Health Workshops The 1st International Dog Health Workshop was organized by the Swedish Kennel Club and held in June 2012 in Stockholm. The 2nd International Dog Health Workshop was coordinated by IPFD and the German Kennel Club (VDH) and held in Dortmund, Germany in February 2015. The 3rd IDHW in Paris in April 2017 was coordinated by IPFD and the French Kennel Club. Moving forward, the IPFD is responsible for the International Dog Health Workshops and will partner with other organizations who will be the Host and responsible for logistics.
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  19. In 2015 DogWellNet began to feature articles and resources to highlight 'The Brachycephalic Issue'. These articles provide a historical perspective on actions taken by various stakeholders (Kennel and Breed Clubs, researchers, veterinarians and breeders) to address growing concerns about the health and welfare of the short-faced dogs. Breed-specific breeding policies/guidelines and development of breed management strategies for Brachycephalic breeds is ongoing. Please see: https://dogwellnet.com/content/hot-topics/brachycephalics/ OR you can access articles from the Brachycephalic section from the links below. The date posted along with a brief descriptions of each article's content are provided.
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