Category Archives: Best of Health – Our Dogs

How to create a culture of openness, trust and collaboration – my September 2018 “Best of Health” article

The annual Breed Health Coordinators’ Symposium held at Stoneleigh on 19th September was attended by about 130 people. For the second year, it was open to people who are not BHCs, so it was good to see some “friends of BHCs”, other health team reps and folks with a genuine interest in breed health improvement, …

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Best of Health – August 2018 – Breed Health & Conservation Plans

How to get the best out of your Breed Health and Conservation Plan “Plans are nothing, planning is everything” – Gen. Dwight D Eisenhower I expect most readers will be aware of the Kennel Club’s programme to develop Breed Health and Conservation Plans. This was launched in 2016 to ensure that, for every breed, all …

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Our Dogs “Best of Health” August 2018 – Breed Health & Conservation Plans

How to get the best out of your Breed Health and Conservation Plan “Plans are nothing, planning is everything” – Gen. Dwight D Eisenhower I expect most readers will be aware of the Kennel Club’s programme to develop Breed Health and Conservation Plans. This was launched in 2016 to ensure that, for every breed, all …

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“Best of Health” – July 2018 – Breeds as genetic pools

In March, I wrote a brief review of my Christmas reading: Managing breeds for a secure future by Sponenberg, Martin and Beranger. I discussed what a “breed” is and some of the challenges we face in ensuring breeds are sustainable. This month, I want to share some of the other important concepts covered in the …

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“The elephant in the room” – my June 2018 Best of Health article

Earlier this month I was invited to make a presentation on Breed Improvement Strategies to the Dog Breeding Reform Group (DBRG). The DBRG is a registered charity that aims to promote humane behaviour towards animals by providing and supporting initiatives to improve dog welfare. It wants to be “a voice for dogs” and was founded …

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