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  4. Thanks to VDH (the German Kennel Club) and our friend and collaborator, veterinarian Barbara Thiel, please see attached press release about their latest efforts to support brachycephalic health and welfare. They state that their goal is to identify "the most resilient dogs among the pug population in order to establish the healthiest possible pool of dogs for breeding". Pug fitness test Germany 2019.pdf The new effort in German exemplifies several important approaches: It has been developed collaboratively across various stakeholder groups including the VDH, academics, and veterinary organizations. The test is "available not only to dogs bred under VDH supervision, but to all pugs". The test is done under controlled, standardized and well-supervised conditions. And fantastically, it is being offered for free for two years courtesy of the German Society for the Support of Canine Research (GFK) . Congatulations to VDH and its partners for this excellent program and thanks for sharing the information with us. Great to see collaboration focused on dog well-being making a difference. Links at VDH (in German) Neuer Fitnesstest für Möpse GKF Flyer 2019 We have descriptions of fitness tests from other countries on DogWellNet.com, see for example: Sweden: Swedish Kennel Club: Making assessments of dogs' respiration - BSI (Video Link) https://dogwellnet.com/media/media/5-making-assessments-of-dogs-respiration-bsi/ Bullies, Pugs and Bulldogs – the current top runners Germany: IKFB: (Includes Video Link) https://dogwellnet.com/content/health-and-breeding/breed-specific-programs/breed-specific-breeding-strategies/breed-specific-programs-country/bullies-pugs-and-bulldogs-–-the-current-top-runners-r232/ Finnish walk test for brachycephalic breeds ready https://dogwellnet.com/blogs/entry/88-finnish-walk-test-for-brachycephalic-breeds-ready Scheme launched to improve health of French Bulldogs, Pugs and Bulldogs - The Kennel Club | Cambridge https://dogwellnet.com/content/hot-topics/brachycephalics/scheme-launched-to-improve-health-of-french-bulldogs-pugs-and-bulldogs-the-kennel-club-cambridge-r636/
  5. A presentation by Chris Laurence MBE to the 2013 AWF Discussion Forum. Part of a session exploring what happened next to issues discussed at the Forum from 2006 - 2012. This video offers a historical perspective of animal welfare issues in the UK. A complete group of AWF/BVA videos in the Discussion Forum is at: https://www.youtube.com/user/BVAAWF/videos The videos cover many species; dog's/companion animal's welfare concerns are included in some of the talks. Also see AWF's website: https://www.animalwelfarefoundation.org.uk/
  6. 29 June 2019 |VET RECORD - Volume 184, Issue 26 Improving the health of pedigree dogs By Suzanne Jarvis "A RANGE of actions are needed to improve the health of pedigree dogs, and multiple stakeholders must be engaged for progress to be made.That was the outcome from the fourth International Dog Health Workshop (IDHW), held earlier this month and hosted by the International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) and The Kennel Club in the UK."
  7. The reality of sourcing – national vs. registered/ pedigree populations; commercial breeding: the reality; new developments in health and welfare management, e.g. in the USA and Ireland; ‘rescues’ / marketing; the role of different stakeholders.
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    USA BMD StatisticsRegistrations and Health by Pat Long, May 2019 This file contains statistics for Bernese Mountain Dogs tested for vWD, DM and Antegene's Histio PreTest.
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    excerpts... Main Areas of Concern Definitions and Clarifications, “Sustainable supply of dogs” Dog Traceability –Numbers and Origins Social Media / Online Presence Legislation Key Actions... “Human Behaviour Change”
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    This overview offers discussion on definitions of "Breed"... excerpts... Pros and cons of the definitions we use today. Is it possible to have closed studbooks forever? Genetic diversity – why is that important? Benefits/risks/need to include the expanding population of ‘consumer-defined’ crosses in discussions and education? Two different scenarios Cross breeding projects Open studbooks
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    Action plans for management of extremes in dog breeds... BOAS, brachycephalics, genetic testing, breed standards, involving stakeholders, and obesity topics are discussed.
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    Excerpt... Our key activities Confirming what we mean by a breed health strategy, by reference to currently available examples Defining Health Strategy Providers and understanding the landscape of those providing direction, challenge and regulation (e.ggovernments, KCs, campaigners, breed clubs, vets) Understanding the challenges facing breed clubs, such as how to get started with a breed strategy, how to maintain momentum and how to accelerate progress The role of Kennel Clubs in the wider context (national and international), such as advocating for breeds, influencing legislation and providing resources for clubs and breeders Identifying and sharing currently available resources and tools to address these issues Identifying gaps in current capabilities (approaches, resources, tools) and how these might be addressed Viewing a demonstration of the IPFD’s new Health Strategies Database
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    Discussion of Expert Panels, test validation, lab quality standards, proficiency and the HGTD.
  14. This summary report posted in June 2019 highlights key activities and progress on relevant action items. http://www.ukbwg.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/BWG-Annual-Summary-2018-190602.pdf More information on BWG is available at www.ukbwg.org.uk.
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    Royal Canin's Laureline Malineau's presentation given at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop. * Notes for this presentation are accessible from the top left corner of the pages - click on the forward arrow on the bottom left of page 6 for a film (Loïc Moutault, CEO Royal Canin).
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    This file is an expanded version of Per Arne Flatberg's presentation of the Irish Wolfhound Database shared at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop in the Breed-Specific Health Strategies Theme sessions. "Made for Health Strategies", this international, open-access database offers robust, state of the art tools and materials to the IW breed community. Also see DWN's Irish Wolfhound page.
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    Sarah Ross summarizes the heart of how supply/demand issues impact dog health and welfare in her presentation given at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop. Model solutions for legislation and enforcement are offered.
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    Jim Stephens' presentation at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop includes information on the puppy trade in Ireland - legislation and issues underlying production/supply/demand are covered.
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    Brenda Bonnett's presentation at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop introduces the complexities and impacts of the source of dogs.
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    Claire Wade's presentation from the 4th Dog Health Workshop covers researcher motivations and challenges in the field of genetic test development, validation, publication and communication - the presenter offers insights into the dog and researcher community's shared aims for use of genetic testing to enhance animal health and welfare.
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    IPFD's HGTD Project Director, Aimee Llewellyn-Zaide provides an overview of the Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs initiative - challenges and aims of providing quality genetic testing information to the dog community.
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    Tamzin Furtado's presentation from the 4th International Dog Health Workshop considers how human behaviours affect welfare. "There are good reasons why we should better understand human behaviour: It’s the root cause of most welfare issues– people doing, or not doing, certain care, management or training practices. It can help campaigns and work with clients (vets, trainers) to improve compliance, rapport and efficiency. We are used to considering animal behaviour, what about the human animal?"
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    Åke Hedhammar's presentation from the 4th International Dog Health Workshop addresses management concerns of brachycephalic breeds... efforts to improve health / welfare... How to change the perception of a desired dog in these breeds How to implement changes in / interpretations of breed standards
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    A presentation at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop by Helena Skarp that provides an overview of the concept of breed including a discussion of 'breed' in relation to selection, conservation, preservation, genetic diversity and health.
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    A presentation given by Gregoire Leroy at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop that explores the concept of breeds and their management. "Breed is a central concept in dog breeding... "
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    “Get a GRIHP on Breed Health” - Breed Health Strategies Presentation given by Brenda Bonnett at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop. What’s a GRIHP? Globally Relevant Integrated Health Profile...
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    Breed Health Strategy Presentation by Ian Seath given at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop Lead > Plan > Engage > Improve
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