News & Notices 2017


Puppy Socialisation and training classes have recommenced:

  • Classes are on Wed evening from 6pm till around 7pm at the Dogs ACT top rings.
  • Gold Coin donation (Which goes back to Dogs ACT)
  • All dogs welcome but must be:
    • Registered with their relevant state body
    • 3 months and over
    • Fully vaccinated (C5 at least)
    • Handled by someone holding relevant state body membership
  • Wet weather we still train

Face book group: Canberra area show dog socialisation and training


HEART CLINIC, 11-12 November 2017

Organised by Dogs ACT and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Canberra Inc.

with Dr Niek Beijerink, DVM, PhD, Dipl ECVIM-CA (Cardiology) N9443, Specialist in Cardiology, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, NSW.


  • 11 November 2017 – Dr Beijerink will concentrate on Cavalier King Charles Spaniels for both auscultations and/or echocardiography.
  • 12 November 2017 – Dr Beijerink will be available to conduct auscultations and/or echocardiography.

Venue:  The Quokka Building (gazebo outside main entrance) – for all auscultations.  A venue to be advised for echocardiography.  Auscultations will be conducted in the mornings – echocardiography in the afternoons.

Bookings:  All bookings for Saturday and Sunday to be made with Claire Kaspura – Email:  – Phone:  02 6156 0908.

Cost: Auscultations $40.00 – Echocardiography – $250.00 by direct payment to Dr Beijerink. Payments can be made in cash at the time of consultation or prior to the Clinics via direct debit – account details to be advised. Please bring your receipt if paying by direct debit.

Claire Kaspura, Secretary, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Canberra Inc.
11 Menkens Court
Swinger Hill   ACT  2606
☎️:  61 2 6156 0908


DOGS ACT has conducted a Selection Exercise for a new Administrator to replace Fiona Quinlan whose resignation takes effect on Close of Business, Thursday 21 September 2017.  We are pleased to announce that Mrs Deb Collier has been selected to fill the Administrator’s position. On behalf of DOGS ACT, I wish Fiona well in her future and welcome Deb to DOGS ACT.

Simon Mills – DOGS ACT President”


Date: Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Time: 7.30pm start – please be seated ready to start at 7.30pm

Please Note: Bring your membership card with you so that we can cross off your name on the enrolment register.

The 2016 – 2017 Annual Report will be presented to members and there will be elections for the following positions:

Senior Vice President (a two year term, the next election for this position will be in 2019);

Junior Vice President (a two year term, the next election for this position will be in 2019);

Treasurer (a one year term, the next election for this position will be in 2018); and

And four Council Members (a two year term, the next election for these positions will be in 2019).

Nomination forms can be obtained from the DOGS ACT Business Manager or they can be found here , nominations close on Friday 11 August 2017



The Dogs ACT Obedience Sub-Committee is conducting an obedience and rally obedience stewards’ course in 2017.

Eligibility: nominees to the course must be either a Dogs ACT member or members of Dogs ACT affiliates including the dog training clubs: Belconnen Dog Obedience Club; Tuggeranong Dog Training Club; ACT German Shepherd Dog Association; and ACT Companion Dog Club.

The course will be held on the following dates:

Monday, 4 Sept 2017 Theory lecture

This will cover the relevant ANKC trial rules for obedience and rally obedience and the ACT Rules and Regulations

Dogs ACT rooms
Monday, 11 Sept 2017 Practical lecture

This will provide practical experience of the requirements of a steward in the obedience and rally obedience rings

Monday, 18 Sept 2017 Written Examination

The written exam will test knowledge and understanding of the requirements of an obedience and rally obedience steward as a result of the course

Dogs ACT rooms

Subject to successful completion of the course and the written examination, Dogs ACT Council approval will be sought to list the successful candidates on the Dogs ACT Obedience Stewards list.  Completion of the stewards’ course is a requirement for anyone intending to undertake obedience judges training.

Further information: please contact Julie Cutts via email ( or phone (0438 931 712) if you have any questions.

Nomination: Please complete the Obedience and Rally Obedience Stewards Application form click here and submit to the Dogs ACT office ( by Wednesday, 30 August 2017.


Calling all children who live in the ACT and who are interested in Junior Handlers!

Are you between the ages of 7 years to 19 years and live in the ACT?

Dogs ACT wishes to have a participant at the National Final to be held in Brisbane on 21 October 2017.

If you wish to be considered and take place in a selection heat please contact Lyn Houghton on  and Dogs ACT on

If required the selection heat will be conducted at the Dogs ACT Shows in September.


Dogs ACT will be running Agility judges training in 2017. If you are interested in giving back to the sport and becoming a judge, please fill in the Agility Judges Training Scheme EOI Application at…/Agility-JTS-EOI-Application-form-as… and submit to Dogs ACT by April 14th.

To undertake the training you must:
(i) Have been a member of an Australian Canine Control Body for a minimum of (5) five years.
(ii) Be over tewnty-one (21) years of age.
(iii) Be a resident in the ACT.
(iv) Have trained and titled a dog to its Agility Dog (AD) title.
(v) Have been an active instructor at a Dogs ACT affiliated training club in the sport of Agility for a minimum of two (2) years.



Dogs ACT would like to continue the puppy socialisation classes which we offer to all Dogs ACT members.  At present they are weekly but due to other commitments the current coordinator is not able to continue this year. DOGSACT are looking for someone to take these classes, which last no longer than one hour.

If you are a confident, outgoing person who has patience, knows and has a passion for training dogs and would like to offer your services to others then please contact the Dogs ACT office today, details of which are on this website.  Possession of a Working With Vulnerable People card is a must as we have junior members attending.  If you are not registered please check out  – there are no costs involved.

Go on, give it a try!


CONFIRMATION JUDGES TRAINING SCHEME – want to become a judge, have you met the qualifications, are you continuing from last year….if you answer yes to any of these questions, read about the scheme and the dates are here for the JTS 2017.



As an assistance to the show people of Canberra and visitors to our grounds we have put together some information which will help everyone when coming to the Dogs ACT grounds.  The document is informative and interesting.  Each Dogs ACT show will have different contact numbers for their show secretary however all of the other information remains static.

Please take the time to read it here  and if you have any queries please contact the office.

From Dogs ACT Council ~ Jan 2017


FOR ALL CLUBS holding shows on the October long weekend – there will be a meeting to discuss your schedules and events to be held on 21st Feb 2017 at 7pm.  Please ensure that everyone involved in putting on your event/s sends a representative so that everyone can know what is happening.

As you would all know by now, Canberra All Breeds Kennel Club who have been running this weekend for over 50 years, has decided to hand it over to Dogs ACT.  Dogs ACT Council will be holding the same 2 all breed shows on Fri & Mon.  If however there are gaps for any breed/group on Sat & Sun please come to the meeting and let Dogs ACT reps know and we will arrange to fill in these gaps.

It is Dogs ACT intention to leave the weekend as it has been for many years.  It is up to the affiliates to advise Dogs ACT, who are coordinating the weekend only,  of their schedules, judges etc so that we can try to get best deals and offers on accommodation and fares.

From Dogs ACT Council ~ Jan 2017