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    July 29th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Articles

    New research claims Britain’s unfriendly attitude towards man’s best friend is costing us dearly

    • UK tourism could benefit from an extra £5.8bn annually if more businesses opened their doors to dogs
    • 77% of the UK’s highest earning dog-owners said they would holiday in the UK more frequently if there were more options for their dog
    • The Kennel Club and Dog Friendly launch the annual Be Dog Friendly Awards to celebrate the businesses getting it right
    • Be Dog Friendly week began on Monday July 27th

    The UK tourism industry is losing out on wealthy holiday makers, as more than three quarter of the UK’s highest earning dog-owners say they holiday abroad because there are not enough dog friendly options[1].

    New research from the Kennel Club has revealed that a whopping 72 per cent of dog owners said that they would take more holidays in the UK if we had a better attitude towards dogs[2], and this figure rises to 77 per cent when looking at the UK’s biggest earners (with salaries at £40,000 or more)[3].

    With over 9 million dogs in the UK, and around one in four households owning a dog, the Kennel Club is urging more businesses to recognise the opportunities in being dog friendly, this Be Dog Friendly Week.

    With 26.2% of the population planning on taking a holiday abroad this year and spending on average £2,000[4], the new research suggests that 2.9m dog owners[5] may swap overseas plans for a dog friendly UK option, injecting a potential £5.8bn boost in to the economy, if more dog friendly options were available.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “The research suggests that local tourism could lure holiday makers away from extravagant holidays simply with the promise of a dog friendly getaway, so this could be a real boost to the British economy.

    “There are a number of trailblazers already reaping the benefits of opening their doors to dogs and being creative with what they offer, such as the Beach Café in Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk, which last year won the Be Dog Friendly Awards Café/Restaurant category.

    “This entrepreneurial café now boasts 1,600 members in their K-9 Club, they have a free self-service ‘Wash n’ Wag’ dog wash facility which allows customers to wash down their pet in a specially enclosed booth, removing the sand and seawater from their coats, and their dogs are also offered fresh water and biscuits.”

    Despite Britain being traditionally labelled as a country of dog lovers, we are surprisingly unaccommodating to man’s best friend, with many businesses refusing to allow dogs in. An increasing number of local authorities are also slapping Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) on spaces such as parks and beaches, meaning that dogs and their owners are marginalised. So far this year, six PSPOs have been implemented in England and Wales and eight more are in the pipeline, with many more expected to be announced.

    Caroline continued: “We really need to listen to the public – the vast majority of dog owners are responsible and crying out for places they can go with their dogs without feeling victimised, offering a real financial incentive for businesses opening their doors to dogs and their owners.”

    The Be Dog Friendly Awards are returning again this year and the Kennel Club is on the lookout for more dog friendly businesses to enter the competition. The competition, now in its ninth year, is part of the Be Dog Friendly campaign which aims to break down barriers for man’s best friend by encouraging more businesses and public spaces to welcome dogs through their doors.

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    July 29th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Articles

    The search is on to find the UK’s most dog-friendly places, as the Kennel Club launches its Be Dog Friendly Awards 2015.

    The competition, now in its ninth year, is part of the Be Dog Friendly campaign which aims to break down barriers for man’s best friend by encouraging more businesses and public spaces to welcome dogs through their doors.

    With over 9 million dogs in the UK, and around one in four households owning a dog, the great British public are always on the lookout for places where their four-legged family members are also welcome, and the Be Dog Friendly awards recognise businesses and places to visit that go the extra mile for our canine companions.

    The Be Dog Friendly Awards 2015 are held in association with Dog Friendly, the UK’s leading directory with over 32,000 entries including dog-friendly hotels, cottages, pubs, beaches, camping and caravan sites.

    There will be ten Be Dog Friendly Awards for excellence:

    • Hotel / Hostel
    • Pub / Bar
    • Day out
    • High Street
    • Beach
    • Café / Restaurant
    • Camping / Caravanning
    • Town / City
    • Great Outdoors
    • Large Organisation

    The winners in all categories will be determined by public recommendation and vote. In addition to the category awards, a Special Recognition prize will be awarded to a place or business that the Kennel Club identifies as pulling out all the stops for its canine customers.

    The awards will be presented at the Eukanuba Discover Dogs Show, to be held at ExCeL, London on 17-18 October 2015.

    Speaking about this year’s awards, Kennel Club Secretary, Caroline Kisko said: “We are regarded as a nation of pet lovers, yet many dog owners still struggle to find shops, pubs, restaurants, hotels and even beaches that welcome their four-legged friends. The Be Dog Friendly Awards is the perfect opportunity for dog owners to reward and encourage businesses and public places across the UK that adopt a dog-friendly attitude.

    “Last year, over 1,000 businesses were nominated and the competition received almost 12,000 votes. We hope that even more people take part this year and help encourage more businesses to become dog-friendly.”

    Steve Bennett from Dog Friendly comments: “We are delighted to be part of the Kennel Club Be Dog Friendly campaign once again.  Our customers are always looking for more businesses and locations and are keen to share their favourites.

    “The Be Dog Friendly Awards are the perfect opportunity for businesses to sign up to the campaign and become more accessible to dogs and their owners.”

    The competition runs until 15th September.  To recommend and vote for your favourite dog friendly places or businesses, please go to www.bedogfriendlyawards.co.uk.  Everyone who makes a nomination or votes will be entered into a free prize draw to win a Samsung camera and Amazon vouchers, with runner up prizes of ten pairs of tickets to Crufts and Eukanuba Discover Dogs.

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    July 6th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Today marks the fourth annual World Zoonosis Day, and  leading voices are uniting in call to work together to stop the preventable disease that causes 60,000 deaths annually; rabies. 

    Rabies is a zoonotic disease meaning that it can be transmitted from infected animals to humans, e.g. through a bite from a dog or bat. It is found on all continents except for Antarctica but thanks to rabies vaccines, it is 100% preventable.  Despite this, over 60,000 people still die from rabies each year making it one of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases.

    To mark the fourth annual World Zoonosis Day, the global animal medicines association HealthforAnimals has joined leading voices to highlight the economic paradox of the rabies crisis and call for urgent action to halt the spread of rabies and other zoonotic diseases once and for all.

    Rabies costs global economies an estimated $124 billion annually. Taking India as an example, post-bite immunisations cost the Indian economy over $25 million a year alone, yet more people die of rabies in India than anywhere else in the world. However, a rabies vaccine costs as little as £5 to vaccinate 20 dogs for one year.

    Up to 75% of all known human diseases are zoonotic in origin, and currently there are over 200 identified zoonotic diseases that represent a clear threat to human health and to the welfare of animals. To mark World Zoonosis Day, HealthforAnimals are focusing on rabies as one zoonotic disease that can be eradicated.

    HealthforAnimals Executive Director, Carel du Marchie Sarvaas said: “To address the global zoonotic threat, HealthforAnimals promote the use of preventive veterinary medicines and the widespread use and development of vaccines. These play an increasingly important role in the effective control of a variety of diseases.

    “However there are often barriers to implementing these technologies and the animal health industry must urgently work closely with NGOs, inter-governmental bodies, governments and regulators around the world to encourage access to medicines, in order to overcome solvable disease challenges.

    “Also important, is ensuring an environment that encourages continued innovation within the animal health industry, to ensure that we remain on top of the always shifting disease-scape, as pathogens themselves, and the environment in which they exist, continually change. Preventing rabies in dogs is widely regarded as one of the best options for reducing the number of deaths in humans.”

    HealthforAnimals are supportive of the work that leading not for profit, industry body and government organisations, including the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), WHO, OIE and the FAO, do to help not only raise awareness of the issue, but also improve disease surveillance and implement control strategies in at-risk areas.

    Prof. Louis Nel, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control said:

    “Today marks the 130th anniversary of the successful application on a human by Louis Pasteur of a vaccine for rabies. On July 6th 1885, Pasteur used the vaccine on 9 year old Joseph Meister who was badly mauled by a rabid dog. Louis Pasteur was hailed a hero and the rabies vaccine paved the way for the development of other vaccines.

    “We have come a long way since then and yet we still haven’t beaten rabies in some parts of the world. We can make rabies history if international institutions invested more in mass canine vaccinations. We know we can beat canine rabies if we vaccinate 70% of dogs. Canine vaccines are not only less expensive than injections for people; they are far less expensive than the critical care treatment of a human rabies case.

    “To achieve this, the animal and human health industries need to align and secure increased support and funding from international institutions for in-country rabies control programmes. Only then can we achieve a world free of rabies.

    To help raise awareness of the growing risk zoonotic diseases, including rabies, pose to human life, and animal health and welfare, HealthforAnimals have created an infographic that highlights the economic impact and global threat:

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    For many zoonotic diseases that threaten animal and human health, animal medicine solutions already exist. The animal health industry is actively working with governments and regulators around the world to try to overcome the many challenges that still exist, to ensure that veterinary medicines can be delivered quickly and effectively when needed.

    For more information about zoonotic disease and rabies specifically, visit the HealthforAnimals website at www.healthforanimals.org

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    July 5th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Grazia Magazine (UK) has caused controversy this weekend with an article in their 6 July 2015 edition which suggests that pet owners can earn extra money by breeding their animals and selling the offspring for profit.

    Irresponsible breeding is something which we here at Dogs In The News are firmly against; we are longtime supporters of the PupAid campaign, which aims to promote better education, and legislation, to protect puppy buyers and dogs in equal measure. As anyone who is aware of the issues knows, this article is exactly the opposite of the message that they are trying to get across.

    We also support the Battersea campaign to End Back Street Breeding. The charity has issued a statement in response to the Grazia article, saying they urge anyone considering breeding from their pet to “to put animal welfare ahead of profit”. The RSPCA, The Kennel Club and Cats Protection have also put out statements.

    Hundreds of individuals have taken to the magazine’s Facebook page and Twitter feed to express their dissatisfaction with the content of the article. Grazia have issued a (short) reply, but it boils down to ‘we’re sorry you got upset’ rather than ‘we realise the article was a mistake’.

    Meanwhile, we note that Ella Jane, the writer of the article, has changed her Twitter username, deleted related Tweets, and locked her account.

    We’ve transcribed the article exactly as it appears below, and we’ll let you form your own opinion of its content. Admittedly, the woman in question does say that she took time picking the right stud for her female cat, and that she looked out for the health and welfare of the mother and progeny; she’s hardly what you’d class as a ‘kitten farmer’. But many elements of her story do give cause for concern, and it’s worrying to think that the “breed your pets for easy money” message might be all that readers take away from the article.  (If you are thinking of breeding from your pet, please fully consider the pros and cons of doing so, both for you AND your pet.) We hope Grazia takes the criticism on board and uses their platform to spread a more positive message in the future; perhaps they could attend the PupAid event on 5th September in Primrose Hill and meet the real victims of indiscriminate for-profit breeding. As Dr Pete Wedderburn says here: “Grazia need to do more than just saying sorry.”

    Ella Jane Brookbanks, 28, from Wilmstow, works in an estate agent’s. She realised she was sitting on a cash cat – and dog – with her purebred pets. Earnings £20,500 a year. The moment you get sent a video of your cat having sex, you think “What am I doing? I don’t want to watch that!” But it was from a cat breeder who we’d paid to leave our female Ragdoll cat with to mate with their male. So it was kind of proof of purchase. Breeding our Ragdoll, and also our Shih-Tzu dogs, has been a great little side earner – the kittens and puppies go for £500 to £650 each, making us about £5,000 in the last two years. My salary at the estate agents is £18,000, which means we’re comfortable with my husband’s salary too, but breeding gives us extra pocket money. It’s the difference between Ikea furniture and Habitat. We were really busy when we bought our cat three years ago, and hadn’t got round to having her neutered. We knew she was a valuable breed because she cost us £550, so when she came into season we thought, “Why not breed her?” First we had to find a suitable stud – it’s like feline Tinder, looking for the most attractive. Then we paid £100 to leave her with him for the weekend. His owner sent us photos – and that video – to prove they’d got down to it. A few weeks later our cat was visibly pregnant. It was hard work, constantly scooting between work and home on my Vespa to make sure she was eating well, breastfeeding and looking after the kittens. You want healthy animals or you get a bad rep. If you think Netmums is bad, you haven’t seen how bitchy pet forums are! But it worked out well, so we kept it up and started breeding our Shih Tzus too. There’s a fair amount to it – injections, chipping and worming kittens before they go, for example – but if you’re already into animals then you get a good return for the effort. Everyone is looking for ways to make extra cash and it’s surprising the assets you’ve already got!

     

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    July 1st, 2015Laura P (Editor)Articles

    With less than a year to go until the microchipping of dogs becomes compulsory across the UK, the majority of vets estimate that at least 25% of dogs are still not microchipped.

    Figures released today from the British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) Spring 2015 Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey show that there is still work to be done to get the microchipping message out to owners and encourage them to act before the law changes in Spring 2016. As National Microchipping Month (June 2015) comes to an end, vets across Great Britain hope to see an increase in the numbers of dogs microchipped.

    When small animal and mixed practice vets were asked “What percentage of the dogs you see would you estimate are microchipped?” nearly 90% (87%) of respondents answered between 1 – 75%, meaning the vast majority of vets have a quarter of patients without microchips.

    Results for Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) revealed:

    • 2% of vets thought that no more than a tenth of the dogs they saw were microchipped
    • 12% of vets thought no more than a quarter of the dogs they saw were microchipped
    • 41% of vets thought that no more than a half of the dogs they saw were microchipped
    • 87% of vets thought that no more than three quarters of the dogs they saw were microchipped

    Results varied across Scotland, Wales and the English regions, with London vets seeing the most dogs microchipped and West Midlands vets the fewest.

    By Spring 2016 all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales will have to be microchipped and registered on a database by law. Microchipping has been compulsory in Northern Ireland since 2012. Vets and animal welfare groups are working together with Defra, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government to reach as many owners as possible before the microchipping regulations come into force.

    Practising vet and BVA President John Blackwell said:

    “As a member of the Microchipping Alliance, BVA pushed hard for compulsory microchipping of all dogs and we are very pleased that microchipping will be mandatory in every country in the UK by Spring 2016. But with the vast majority of vets estimating that a quarter of dogs are unchipped there is no room for complacency.

    “We hope that all the activity during National Microchipping Month impacts on the amount of dogs microchipped. We know there is a job of work to be done in fishing out those unchipped dogs and helping owners take action to ensure that they not only comply with the law but that they protect their much loved pet.

    “Microchipping is a safe, effective and permanent way to ensure that lost dogs can be reunited with their owners, which is a positive outcome that affects many thousands each year. But microchipping on its own isn’t enough and dogs must be registered on one of the UK microchip databases.  We need to make sure owners understand the need to keep their details up to date, particularly in relation to change of address or contact numbers. Vets in practice see too many dogs with out-of-date information.

    “Over the next nine months we will be working with our colleagues across the UK in veterinary practice, with animal welfare groups and all governments to create a reliable and trusted system that works effectively for dogs, their owners and their vets.”

    BVA has produced waiting room posters for veterinary practices in England, Wales and Scotland that are free to download from the BVA website.

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    June 23rd, 2015Laura P (Editor)Articles

    As new research is released that shows that pet owners feel embarrassed when their pet has fleas, this new video by Bayer gives a microscopic view of these parasites and even their eggs as they hatch.

    Fleas can be the bane of pet owner’s lives and are not only an issue for our furry friends themselves, but also for us humans.

    New research released today by Bayer Animal Health looks at how many pet owners have found these parasites not only on their pets, but in carpets, beds, sofas and on themselves.

    Many surveyed also admitted to not being as on top as they should be of taking preventative measures when it comes to fleas.

    But if you’ve ever needed a reason to increase your pet’s flea treatments then watch our video for a very close up look at the secret life of fleas, from how they feed, to the hatching of their eggs.

     

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    June 22nd, 2015Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Dog-related good deeds of the past twelve months have been celebrated in London, as the Kennel Club hosted a prize-giving ceremony to honour the winners of the annual Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme (GCDS) Awards.

    Now in their 19th year, the GCDS awards recognise the efforts of canine organisations and local authorities nationwide which have invested their time and energy into helping to train dogs and educate their owners on the importance of responsible dog ownership.

    The awards were judged by members of the Good Citizen Dog Scheme Working Party and senior Kennel Club representatives, who were impressed by both the quality of entries and dedication of the dog training clubs and local authorities.

    The Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme was set up in 1992 to promote socially acceptable dogs by way of creating responsible dog owners. It provides a quality standard of training for dog and owner and incorporates many domestic obedience exercises.

    Now the largest dog training scheme in the UK, it has issued over 525,000 certificates of achievement to owners and their dogs who have successfully passed the scheme’s tests since its inception. There are currently around 1,800 dog training clubs and other organisations around the country which actively run the scheme.

    Supporters of the GCDS, Royal Canin, also presented an award for outstanding achievement. This was presented to Dana Stafford whose heartfelt story of determination through adversity has seen her overcome many barriers in confidence and self-belief. Dana was initially nominated by her local dog training club and won through an online vote.

    A special award was also presented to John McNeil who was a member of the GCDS Working Party from 1999-2007, set up the first GCDS Listed Status club and who helped to implement many of the scheme’s initiatives.

    Speaking at the ceremony, Kennel Club GCDS Working Party Chairman, Maurice Cooke said: “These awards are an opportunity for us to credit the actions taken by training groups, local authorities, groups and individuals. We really do feel that these and many others have all done fantastic work in promoting responsible dog ownership in local communities and all deserve a huge vote of thanks.

    “Their enthusiasm and dedication help organisations like the Kennel Club to promote responsible dog ownership and canine welfare, and we extend our appreciation for helping us make a positive difference for dogs and their owners.”

    The categories for the GCDS awards and winners are as follows:

    KC Registered Training Club

    1st  Leven and District Training Club – Leven, Scotland

    2nd Whittlesey Dog Training Society – Cambridgeshire

    3rd Aylesford & District Dog Training Society – Kent

    KC Listed Status Clubs

    1st The K9 Academy – Tyne & Wear

    2nd Little Orchard Dog Training Academy – Somerset

    3rd Happy Dogs Training School Enfield – Middlesex /London

    KC Registered Breed Club & KC Registered Ringcraft Club

    1st Southern Finnish Lapphund Society – National

    2nd Trent Bridge Ringcraft Club – Nottinghamshire

    Local Council Category – Most Effective Campaign

    1st  Aberdeenshire Council – Aberdeen, Scotland

    2nd East Riding of Yorkshire Council – East Yorkshire

    Overall Winner

    The K9 Academy – Tyne & Wear

    Royal Canin Outstanding Achievement Award Award

    Winner – Dana Stafford

    Runners up – Joe Nutkins, Gillian Clow, Sue Sears

    More information on the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/dogtraining.

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    June 22nd, 2015Laura P (Editor)Articles

    A coalition of animal welfare charities and the police have launched a hard hitting national campaign, warning people of the devastating consequences of leaving dogs in hot cars and urging people to dial 999 if they see an animal in distress.

    The organisations include RSPCA, The British Veterinary Association (BVA), National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Blue Cross, The Mayhew Animal Home, PDSA, Wood Green The Animals Charity and the National Animal Welfare Trust.

    Coalition DDIHC PostersFor the campaign, the organisations have recreated a harrowing real life incident, where a couple who had been shopping returned to find their dog had died from the heat.

    “Nobody ever thinks it’s going to happen to them or their much loved dog, yet every year many people still gamble with dog’s lives and every summer dogs die in hot cars,” says RSPCA campaigner Violet Owens.

    “Many people still believe that it’s ok to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they are parked in the shade, but the truth is, it’s still a very dangerous situation for the dog.

    “While not every dog who is put in this position will die, they are likely at the very least to experience distress, discomfort and anxiety.

    “Just put yourself in their position and ask yourself how you’d feel about being trapped in a hot car, how unpleasant and frightening it would be.”

    Recent British Veterinary Association research has shown nearly half of vets (48%) questioned treated animals for conditions related to hot weather during Summer 2014 – the vast majority of which were dogs.

    Each year the RSPCA and the police receive thousands of calls concerning dogs trapped inside cars on a warm day. This poses a serious risk to dog welfare and many dogs still die each year.

    It can become unbearably hot inside a car on a sunny day. When it’s just 22 degrees outside, a car can reach a staggering 47 degrees in an hour. Dogs can’t cool down in the same way humans can so leaving a window open or parking in the shade will not keep the car cool enough and dogs may still suffer.

    Under the Animal Welfare Act owners have a duty of care towards their animals to protect their welfare needs and prevent suffering which includes not exposing them to extremes of temperature.  If a dog is left in a car on a warm day and suffers the owners could be at risk of prosecution.

    The coalition also believe that retailers, venues and car parks have a duty to ensure that when animals are on their premises, their welfare is being protected and if not, action is taken. It is important to have clear procedures in place and clear information for their visitors reminding them of the risks of leaving any animal in a car.

    “Since so many incidents occur in car parks, we’re harnessing the power of the consumer to help prevent dog deaths. Supermarkets have a duty to ensure that when animals are on their premises, their welfare is being protected and if not, that action is taken.

    The NPCC (National Police Chiefs Council) have thrown their weight behind the campaign.

    “NPCC wholeheartedly support this campaign. Causing unnecessary suffering to an animal is an offence and the police take this issue very seriously,” says temporary Chief Constable Gareth Wilson – who is the NPCC’s national lead for police dogs.

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    June 22nd, 2015Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Thinking of adopting a new (or another) canine family member? Sainsbury’s Money Matters blog has produced a fun, illustrative guide to choosing and preparing for the new addition. It’s filled with tips on what to expect when adopting a new dog and how to prepare for its arrival.

    You can check it out here.

     

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    June 18th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Articles

    A dog lover from Felixstowe who has shown an outstanding commitment to man’s best friend has won the ROYAL CANIN® Outstanding Achievement Award, as part of the Kennel Club’s Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme (GCDS) Awards 2015.

    Dana Stafford was nominated along with three other inspirational dog lovers from across the UK for the national award, now in its second year, which rewards an individual who has made an outstanding contribution and commitment to responsible dog ownership through the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme.  This could be through exceptional work on a project, a dog training initiative or an individual dog.

    The winner was decided by public vote, with Dana receiving 37 per cent of the vote, securing her victory.

    Dana was nominated for the award because of her dedication to training her Old English Sheepdog, Riley, at the Dog Training for Essex and Suffolk Club.  Riley was extremely boisterous and Dana initially lacked the confidence to train her.  This could have resulted in Riley becoming out of control if Dana had not committed so much of her time to attending training classes with her; finally managing to achieve the Bronze and Silver GCDS awards with her.

    Sadly, after achieving the awards, Riley was diagnosed with chest cancer. Dana kept her happy and occupied throughout her illness by continuing training towards her Gold GCDS award until she died in September 2014.  Dana has since continued her commitment to dogs by training her six month Old English Sheepdog, Piper, and has gained enough confidence to take part in demonstrations at dog events.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Dana has shown a remarkable commitment to her dogs and responsible dog ownership and is truly deserving of the award.  We are glad that Dana has received the recognition she deserves for everything she has done and continues to do for her dogs.

    The winner of the award was announced at the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme Awards ceremony at the Kennel Club’s head office in London.

    Gary Gray, National Sales Manager for Cat & Dog Professionals at ROYAL CANIN®, said: ““Dana is a great example of someone who has gone above and beyond for dogs.

    “We are thrilled to be able to honour those who have done such great things for the world of dogs through their commitment to responsible dog ownership.”

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