Category Archives: Best of Health – Our Dogs

Are responsible breeders making things worse? – my September 2019 “Best of Health” article

I recently helped one of our Breed Rescue organisations to analyse their rehoming data collected since 2017. We’ve seen a huge rise in the popularity of Mini Smooth Dachshunds, in particular, and many of us were concerned that this would lead to more ending up in rescue. Registrations of Mini Smooths grew from 3450 in …

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Every breed needs a choreographer! – my August 2019 “Best of Health” article

I recently read a paper published by Save the Children, the charity, that described a range of approaches to collaboration in the field of humanitarian aid. It struck me that many of the things described had parallels that could be of use to us. Clearly, sorting out the challenges of pedigree dog health is not …

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The why and how of Breed-specific Health Strategies – “Best of Health” June 2019

When I spoke at the 3rd International Dog Health Workshop in Paris in 2017, I started by saying that breed health improvement is not a conformation problem, a genetics problem, or a veterinary problem. It’s a change management and a continuous improvement problem. For IDHW4 held in the UK recently, I said the challenge is …

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My presentation to the 4th International Dog Health Workshop (IDHW4)

[You can view my slides here] When I spoke at IDHW3 in Paris, I started by saying that breed health improvement is not a conformation problem, a genetics problem, or a veterinary problem. It’s a change management and a continuous improvement problem. For IDHW4, I said the challenge is not “are you improving?” but (a) …

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We need to stop trying to change people’s minds! – my May 2019 Best of Health article for Our Dogs

I am looking forward to the 4th International Dog Health Workshop (IDHW) co-hosted by the Kennel Club and International Partnership for dogs in Windsor at the end of May. I have been helping to organise one of the themes, Breed Specific Health Strategies, which is the subject of a series of workshop sessions. I will …

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