News for Members 2018

Members I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your patience as result of the administrative issues that DOGSACT encountered in 2018. At times it was hard with numerous work around solutions to overcome the administrative issues. We were indeed fortunate to have DOGSNSW provide us support, thank you to Lyn and her DOGSNSW staff, especially Anthony!!

The councillors and I believe we are in a better position with our members services, with our office staff doing a sterling job to get DOGSACT to this point. DOGSACT council will continue to strive hard to improve services for its member base and our surrounding dog community and will implement some new initiatives in 2019. I am excited with what we can achieve for 2019!!

To you and your families, I wish you a Merry Xmas and a prosperous New Year!

Simon Mills

President of DOGSACT

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Dogs ACT wishes to advise members and exhibitors that we have been advised that a dog that was exhibited on the grounds last weekend (29/30Sep & 1 Oct)has been diagnosed with parvovirus. The dog was vaccinated, the owner caught it early and the dog is recovering well. We will be taking steps to spray the grounds with a parvocide. In the meantime, training classes will be relocated to another area. In the meantime, please watch your dogs.


Please note MEMBERS NIGHT will be held at the Dogs ACT rooms on Tuesday  23rd Oct at 7pm sharp.  All affiliates are to send a representative, all members welcome to hear what is in store for your association and also what has already happened to improve events in Canberra.


Please note: Its that time again – Annual General Meeting – on Tue 4th September 2018 at Dogs ACT Rooms starting promptly at 7.30pm.

[Please note the original date was 21AUG18 however due to July being offline it has been determined to change the date for this year only].

Please bring your membership cards with you.  However, due to the recent issue of no internet or telephones if you believe your membership is due now or in the past month please visit the Dogs ACT office to renew.  Only financial members can vote at the AGM.


Are you interested in working for Dogs ACT?

A job has occurred in the office and you can apply. Please read here for all requirements necessary.


CHANGES TO EPIC – entry to Dogs ACT back car park and surrounds.  Due to roadworks Wells Station Road will be CLOSED. The map located here will be the only access. APR18 ************************************************************************************************************************

July Extravaganza: Scent Work Games! See more details here!


Want to know what is happening at the EPIC showgrounds so you can plan your events?  Check out this list of events.



APR18 – The ANKC wants all owners of registered Border Collies for at least 2 years, complete a survey concerning the breed. The link to the survey can be found on the ANKC pages is here    —–     Closing date for survey completion is COB 29JUN18!



The Rule revision is open for submission by all Dogs ACT members. Submissions must be in writing, include the rule you want to change & the rationale on why it needs to be changed.  Submissions to be email to the Dogs ACT lure coursing rep – Helen Mosslar – BY 30 APRIL at


All members are invited to the following information sessions being given by Dogs VIC member Andrew Burt on Sat 17 March starting at 10am.  Cost $10 for 1 or all 3 sessions.  Please contact office to book – see you there


NOTE: The calendar has been updated and there is now the facility to not only see the events in a monthly calendar format but also in a list.  Click on the ‘View As’ button then click on LIST.  This will document all the events currently in the calendar at the time you look.  Be aware that there are more events being added to the calendar weekly so please check when you want to know what is coming up in 2018.

For example if you want to see all the trials, put word trial under search, go to right hand side & under ‘view as’ click “list”. This will then give you every trial on our calendar from this month.


EXHIBITORS – Dogs ACT are trialling a new concept for our shows and utilising under cover areas for our shows to beat the hot weather conditions.  Dogs ACT will trial this concept on Sunday 28th January 2018 for its 2 championship shows.

If successful Dogs ACT are considering a show season for future summer periods to enhance our show calendar.  The proposal would be to hold a ch show on Sat evening then 2 more ch shows on Sunday – all under cover & out of the heat. Less to pack up means you would be away more quickly too.

The advantages for YOU the exhibitor are:

  • Under cover area with plenty of ventilation;
  • Solid asphalt surface;
  • No need for canopies/gazebos/sides;
  • Lighting, if required;
  • Huge amenities block;
  • Camping facilities 20-30 metres from rings;
  • Parking within 15 metres of rings; and
  • Ample exhibitor areas for set up(meaning less equipment required for all).

Come along to the Sunday shows & see how it would work for you, enter the shows and tell everyone how good it could be. We look forward to seeing you there – enter soon. Schedule posted on both Facebook & also on our website calendar 27th/28th Jan 2018.


Dogs ACT is bringing Maria Thiry of Red Dog Agility to Canberra to conduct Agility Seminars March 2 – 4 at the Dogs ACT grounds! Attached is a booking form with all the session details on offer. Please email Amanda your booking form or any questions to


Dogs ACT is offering courses for aspirant Obedience Judges for the Community Companion Dog (CCD), Novice Dog (CD) and Open Dog (CDX) classes.  Courses will commence in April and conclude late October/November with theory and practical examinations.  Aspirants must be approved by the Dogs ACT Council.  There is a course fee of $56.00 which must be enclosed with the application form.  Those aspirants not admitted to the course will receive a refund of $40.00.

Standard qualifications and all other details are on the Application forms. CCD/CD application is here.  Open application is here.

Applications must be submitted by the 28th February 2018.