News for Members 2017

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 amentities 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.


Remember our fallen this November

November is the month when people remember all those who have fallen in many conflicts. Here is a piece to make you think also of the animals killed on duty.

Read here


Dogs ACT is calling for nominations from ACT Agiliteers for dogs to represent the ACT in the Agility Teams Event at the Agility Nationals in Melbourne 11th – 15th April 2018. Rules for the Conduct of National Agility Teams Events can be found on the ANKC website here…/…/agility-teams-events-rules-2016v3.pdf

The schedule and other details for the Nationals can be found here

Dogs ACT will be providing some limited financial assistance and a team shirt.

If more nominations than the 6 places available are received, places will be determined using agility & jumping trial results from trials in the ACT in the preceding 6 months. Results will be weighted in favour of Masters results.

Please email nominations to by 30th December 2017.


To All Members

You would have seen the latest information regarding a horrific attack on a person.

Dogs ACT and ANKC remind everyone that responsible dog ownership is necessary for every dog.

ANKC have a policy on dangerous dogs – please take the time to read it.

ANKC policy



All members should know that EPIC has changed the gate openings for the Home Show during the period Monday 23rd to Monday 30th October.

Details can be seen here and gate access is located on this EPIC gate map here

Normal services will be restored by EPIC on Tuesday 1st November 2017.

Dogs ACT is open during normal opening hours.



These have recommenced and have their own page which you need to check for the latest information.


HEART CLINIC, 11-12 November 2017 – Organised by Dogs ACT and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Canberra Inc.

For all information click here


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”


 DOGS ACT ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – all members welcome

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.


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