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  2. 29 June 2019 |VET RECORD - Volume 184, Issue 26 Improving the health of pedigree dogs By Suzanne Jarvis "A RANGE of actions are needed to improve the health of pedigree dogs, and multiple stakeholders must be engaged for progress to be made.That was the outcome from the fourth International Dog Health Workshop (IDHW), held earlier this month and hosted by the International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) and The Kennel Club in the UK."
  3. The reality of sourcing – national vs. registered/ pedigree populations; commercial breeding: the reality; new developments in health and welfare management, e.g. in the USA and Ireland; ‘rescues’ / marketing; the role of different stakeholders.
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    USA BMD StatisticsRegistrations and Health by Pat Long, May 2019 This file contains statistics for Bernese Mountain Dogs tested for vWD, DM and Antegene's Histio PreTest.
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    excerpts... Main Areas of Concern Definitions and Clarifications, “Sustainable supply of dogs” Dog Traceability –Numbers and Origins Social Media / Online Presence Legislation Key Actions... “Human Behaviour Change”
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    This overview offers discussion on definitions of "Breed"... excerpts... Pros and cons of the definitions we use today. Is it possible to have closed studbooks forever? Genetic diversity – why is that important? Benefits/risks/need to include the expanding population of ‘consumer-defined’ crosses in discussions and education? Two different scenarios Cross breeding projects Open studbooks
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    Action plans for management of extremes in dog breeds... BOAS, brachycephalics, genetic testing, breed standards, involving stakeholders, and obesity topics are discussed.
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    Excerpt... Our key activities Confirming what we mean by a breed health strategy, by reference to currently available examples Defining Health Strategy Providers and understanding the landscape of those providing direction, challenge and regulation (e.ggovernments, KCs, campaigners, breed clubs, vets) Understanding the challenges facing breed clubs, such as how to get started with a breed strategy, how to maintain momentum and how to accelerate progress The role of Kennel Clubs in the wider context (national and international), such as advocating for breeds, influencing legislation and providing resources for clubs and breeders Identifying and sharing currently available resources and tools to address these issues Identifying gaps in current capabilities (approaches, resources, tools) and how these might be addressed Viewing a demonstration of the IPFD’s new Health Strategies Database
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    Discussion of Expert Panels, test validation, lab quality standards, proficiency and the HGTD.
  10. This summary report posted in June 2019 highlights key activities and progress on relevant action items. http://www.ukbwg.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/BWG-Annual-Summary-2018-190602.pdf More information on BWG is available at www.ukbwg.org.uk.
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    Royal Canin's Laureline Malineau's presentation given at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop. * Notes for this presentation are accessible from the top left corner of the pages - click on the forward arrow on the bottom left of page 6 for a film (Loïc Moutault, CEO Royal Canin).
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    This file is an expanded version of Per Arne Flatberg's presentation of the Irish Wolfhound Database shared at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop in the Breed-Specific Health Strategies Theme sessions. "Made for Health Strategies", this international, open-access database offers robust, state of the art tools and materials to the IW breed community. Also see DWN's Irish Wolfhound page.
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    Sarah Ross summarizes the heart of how supply/demand issues impact dog health and welfare in her presentation given at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop. Model solutions for legislation and enforcement are offered.
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    Jim Stephens' presentation at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop includes information on the puppy trade in Ireland - legislation and issues underlying production/supply/demand are covered.
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    Brenda Bonnett's presentation at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop introduces the complexities and impacts of the source of dogs.
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    Claire Wade's presentation from the 4th Dog Health Workshop covers researcher motivations and challenges in the field of genetic test development, validation, publication and communication - the presenter offers insights into the dog and researcher community's shared aims for use of genetic testing to enhance animal health and welfare.
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    IPFD's HGTD Project Director, Aimee Llewellyn-Zaide provides an overview of the Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs initiative - challenges and aims of providing quality genetic testing information to the dog community.
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    Tamzin Furtado's presentation from the 4th International Dog Health Workshop considers how human behaviours affect welfare. "There are good reasons why we should better understand human behaviour: It’s the root cause of most welfare issues– people doing, or not doing, certain care, management or training practices. It can help campaigns and work with clients (vets, trainers) to improve compliance, rapport and efficiency. We are used to considering animal behaviour, what about the human animal?"
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    Åke Hedhammar's presentation from the 4th International Dog Health Workshop addresses management concerns of brachycephalic breeds... efforts to improve health / welfare... How to change the perception of a desired dog in these breeds How to implement changes in / interpretations of breed standards
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    A presentation at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop by Helena Skarp that provides an overview of the concept of breed including a discussion of 'breed' in relation to selection, conservation, preservation, genetic diversity and health.
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    A presentation given by Gregoire Leroy at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop that explores the concept of breeds and their management. "Breed is a central concept in dog breeding... "
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    “Get a GRIHP on Breed Health” - Breed Health Strategies Presentation given by Brenda Bonnett at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop. What’s a GRIHP? Globally Relevant Integrated Health Profile...
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    Breed Health Strategy Presentation by Ian Seath given at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop Lead > Plan > Engage > Improve
  24. The 4th International Dog Health Workshop - follow-up... Presentations (Plenary Talks) from the workshop are available below and accessible in DogWellNet Downloads. Posters are available HERE. More presentations will be posted as they become available.
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