Members' Area

Emails to Members 2018

Sent 06:00pm on 15 February 2018


Please CLICK HERE to view an information flyer in relation to a Breeder Seminar being held on Wednesday 21 February at 6:00pm at Durack in the Function Room.
Sent 04:30pm on 13 February 2018


I am now into week 5 of my tenure and it has certainly been very busy. Thank you to all Members who have emailed me and to those that have come and met with me. Your feedback is invaluable and whilst I can’t act on every piece of information immediately, it assists the Board and I in the long term strategic planning for Dogs Queensland.

As many of you are aware, we unveiled our War Service Dog Memorial on Sunday 4th February at the Dogs Queensland Sports Grounds. This was in partnership with the RSL and the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation. It was fantastic to see so many Veterans & Members attend on the day. A special thanks to Rodney Vernon who has driven this project for some time now. The media attention we got from this was amazing, resulting in a full 3-minute segment on prime-time Channel 7 News.

The cost of this memorial was $20,000 and we expect to recover in excess of $20,000 through the sale of engraved pavers (with their own personal message) to Clubs. These pavers are laid on the pathway at the Memorial. There was an initial cost to Dogs Queensland but, given the media attention we received and the fact that we now have a registered War Memorial on our site, is something we should all feel proud of.

I am proud to announce that the Board have approved for us to partner with the Forest Lake RSL in their Service/PTSD Dog programme. This will help enhance the lives of many Veterans and we look forward to working closely with them. We will keep you updated periodically on the progress.

After Board approval, we made the decision to terminate our agreement with our marketing company, PPR. Everything that they did for us (media releases, Facebook posts, organising radio/TV interviews), we can do ourselves in-house. This will save us more than $70,000 per year which will assist us in controlling our costs moving forward.

This week will see the launch of “Paw Prints”. At the moment, you receive random emails each week from us regarding any current news, changes to Shows, Judges, etc. Moving forward, you will get one email (titled Paw Prints) which will have all the week's news in the one communication. This will make it easier for you, so you have one email to refer to, not several. The first edition goes out this week.

It is with regret that I announce the redundancy of Mark Sheppard, our Government & Agency Liaison Officer. This is purely down to having to cut costs moving forward to make Dogs Queensland financially stable. I wish Mark all the best for the future and thank him for his 8 years plus of service and contribution to Dogs Queensland.

Included below are 3 attachments which impact Brisbane City Council (BCC) Members. The BCC are proposing the merging of 2 local laws into one and there are many changes that do concern us. One of the documents outlines the changes and Dogs Queensland’s concerns and the other is a note to Members outlining how you can also send in your own submission. We encourage any member who feels strongly about these changes to lodge individual suggestions with the BCC. An overall Dogs Queensland submission will be sent to the BCC later this week.

Please CLICK HERE to view the 2017 BCC Local Law document,
Please CLICK HERE to view Dogs Queensland's Summary related to the document above,

Please CLICK HERE to view Dogs Queensland's suggestions for Member submissions to the BCC.

I hope all of you and your Dogs are surviving the current heatwave we are experiencing across Queensland and I look forward to communicating with all of you on a regular basis.
Sent 08:00am on 09 February 2018


This is a reminder that, the Presidents & Secretaries Meeting for the Obedience Clubs and other Clubs involved in Queensland Dog Sports disciplines, is being held on Sunday 11 February at 2:00pm in the Function Room at Durack.

Agenda items will still be accepted if forwarded to the office by 12:00 midday tomorrow, 9 February 2018 to
Sent 06:00pm on 08 February 2018


Please note that for the Allora Show Society and Allora Kennel Club Championship Shows being held on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 February, the following alterations have been made to start times due to the expected high temperatures:

The Show Society Show on Saturday will commence at 8:00am and the Kennel Club Show on Sunday will commence at 7:00am.
Sent 01:00pm on 07 February 2018


Please remember that the Dog Wash Hydrobath is available for use on the camping ground side of the toilet block at Durack.

This can be used on weekdays during office hours and on weekends during events.

Please note that the machine takes $1 and $2 coins and $5 and $10 notes and also has a card reader available for those who would like to use a credit card.

Also please ensure that you leave a small amount of time at the end of your wash to spray the enclosure with the disinfectant spray option that's available.

Sent 04:00pm on 06 February 2018


The Durack Grounds Committee has allocated the following Catering Days at Durack for 2018:

Saturday 24 February                         Grounds / Health Committee
Sunday 11 March                                Tibetan Spaniel Club of Qld
Saturday 5 May                                   Tibetan Spaniel Club of Qld
Saturday 9 June                                  Ipswich Kennel Club
Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 July            Maree Kennel Club
Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 August       Grounds / Health Committee.

Sent 05:00pm on 24 January 2018


This information is for all Dogs Queensland members who currently reside in the Brisbane City Council area.

Members should be aware that Brisbane City Council have announced a review of their Local Laws – those laws that apply specifically to the keeping and breeding of dogs.

Our Dogs Queensland Government Liaison Officer, Mark Sheppard, has been working closely with senior Brisbane City Council staff to make sure that all proposed changes have been identified.

Those changes represent some significant benefits for our members if they are adopted.

A summary of the proposed changes and the impact (positive or negative) they may have will be provided to Dogs Queensland Directors seeking their feedback well in advance of the closing date for submissions, which is 22 February 2018.

Members will be kept informed wherever possible of the outcomes from planned meetings with Brisbane City Council as our formal Dogs Queensland response to the consultation is finalised.

If members have any other questions or specific concerns about the proposed changes, please send those concerns in writing by email direct to Mark Sheppard at:
Sent 02:00pm on 24 January 2018

Please take note of the following amendments for forthcoming events:


The top (main) rings only will be used for events on both days. Also, please note that in line with Australia Day celebrations, there will be a "Best Dressed" competition held, to be judged during the dinner break, as well as a gold coin sausage sizzle. Ring allocations will be as follows:

Ring 10 - Group 1
Ring 6 - Group 2
Ring 7 - Group 3
Ring 3 - Group 4
Ring 9 - Group 5
Ring 4 - Group 6
Ring 5 - Group 7.


Entries for these Trials can also be taken through K9 Entries.


This event is a Retrieving Trial, NOT a Retrieving Ability Test. Entry fees are Novice $18, Restricted $20 and All Age $22.

Sent 02:00pm on 23 January 2018


Please note once again that the Canine Health Committee Championship Show being held in February 2018 at the Dogs Queensland Sports Grounds, 247 King Ave, Durack will now take place on Sunday 4 February 2018 commencing at 8:00am, online entries close on 28 January.

Please CLICK HERE to view an amended Schedule for your information.

All Members are also invited to attend the RSL Forest Lake Sub Branch and Dogs Queensland joint unveiling of the War Dog Memorial that takes place at Midday after the conclusion of the Show.

Any Members or Clubs wanting to lay a wreath should put a little note within the wreath indicating who it is from and also, to represent the War Dogs, the wreaths should be predominately purple in colour where at all possible.
Sent 11:00am on 19 January 2018


First, I would like to say how excited I am to have joined the team here at Dogs Queensland. It is very clear from my first few days that we have a very passionate, engaged group of members and volunteers.

In my first week I can already see significant opportunities for Dogs Queensland to be more financially secure along with a renewed focus on member service and services. I have a strong view that myself and the Administration team are here to serve you, our members. Everything we do will be based around service and how we can improve in this area.

It is very evident that from a financial perspective we have some concerns. I have already commenced a complete review of expenses, current contracts and cost saving initiatives. We should start to see results of this in the next few months. Before we can look at ways to increase our revenue stream, we need to get our expenses under control. I do ask for all your support in this area as I may have to make some unpopular decisions around costs in the coming months. Please keep in mind that the financial security of Dogs Queensland must be the focus and this will be ongoing. The outcome of this will generate more surplus funds, which will give us an opportunity to provide increased and improved services for our members.

In line with our renewed focus on service, we have made a few changes in our Administration Office at Durack:

1. Our new office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:00am – 5:30pm and we will now open every Saturday from 8:30am – 12:30pm. This will assist those members who work full time and have difficulty getting to the office in work hours.

2. Our telephones will be manned to reflect the above new office hours.

3. The first 7 car parks at the entrance to the Administration Office are now dedicated for Members and Visitors only. This will make parking much easier for you.

4. We are setting up a small retail space in our reception area. There will be a mix of food, supplements, toys, collars and leads – we would welcome any feedback on the range we carry moving forward.

All of this will be in place by the week commencing 29 January 2018.

We also have a joint event on 4 February with the RSL Forest Lake. It is a War and Service Dog Memorial that is being built at Durack. Many honoured guests will be in attendance and we will lay a wreath on behalf of Dogs Queensland. I have provided the invite at this link, but everyone is welcome and given the theme of the Memorial, it would be fantastic to have a good turnout of members on the day.

Finally, thank you to everyone that I have met over the past couple of weeks. I have been made to feel very welcome. I look forward in assisting to make Dogs Queensland financially stronger, so the current and next generation of dog lovers can enjoy our facilities and events.

Sent 05:00pm on 18 January 2018


Please refer to the updated Orivet Q & A document below. The information on the last 2 pages for registering, ordering kits and sending samples has been updated. Please CLICK HERE to download the new document.
Sent 07:00am on 17 January 2018


Please note the following information updates for the Atherton Tableland Kennel Club Championship Shows being held on Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 March 2018:

• The location has been changed from Mareeba to the Cairns City Kennel Club Grounds, Quigley St, Cairns
• There will now be only 2 Rings in use, therefore the running order for all 3 events will be as follows - Ring 1, Groups 1, 7 & 4, Ring 2, Groups 3 & 2 and Groups 5 & 6 will be run in the first available Ring.
Sent 06:00pm on 16 January 2018


The Agility Sub-Committee is conducting a general meeting for members to discuss the Agility rule amendments and the Games rule changes for 2018. This will be held at 10:00am on Sunday 21 January 2018 at Durack.

Everyone is invited to attend and could any agenda items please be submitted to Rob Harrison (General Manager) by close of business Wednesday 17 January 2018:
Sent 12:00pm on 15 January 2018


Commencing from today, each Monday at 2:00pm, there will be a weekly Staff meeting with the entire team here in the Office.

It is expected that the weekly meetings will go for approximately 1 hour and during this time, there will be no phone access. This time has been identified as one of the quieter times of the week for phone enquiries.

The purpose of the meeting is to look at ways to improve efficiencies and service to all our members.

We appreciate your understanding during this time.
Sent 06:00pm on 12 January 2018


Please note that for the DogzCairns Trials being held at the Ivanhoes Rugby League Football Club, Leisure Park Rd, Smithfield on Friday 30 & Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April, the following alterations have been made:

Saturday 31 March - Rally-O will also be offered, the Trial will be judged by Mrs B Murfet and will commence at 4:00pm with Vetting at 3:30pm,

Sunday 1 April - Rally-O Trial will commence at 4:00pm with Vetting at 3:30pm,

Sunday 1 April - Agility & Jumpers Trial will be judged by Mr R Wittkamp.
Sent 04:00pm on 12 Janury 2018


This information is for Dogs Queensland members who currently reside in the Logan City Council area.

We are aware that a number of members have raised concerns about not receiving their annual renewals from the Logan City Council.

Our Government Liaison Officer, Mark Sheppard met with Logan City Council Animal Management staff at the Queens Rd, Kingston facility yesterday afternoon in an attempt to clarify the cause of the delays and to find a solution.

There seems to be three main areas of concern for our members – those concerns include:

  • When annual dog registrations expire and the due date for renewals,
  • When kennel licences expire and the due date for the renewal of those licences,
  • When do breeder approvals (permits) expire and the due date for renewal of those approvals.

One example would be the renewal notices for breeder approval / permits. Those approvals would normally expire at the end of June each year, but the renewal notices have only been posted to permit holders during this week.

Logan City Council (and in particular the Animal Management Division) are working very hard to correct problems that have been identified with the usual billing cycles.

When those bugs are ironed out, then the following expiry and renewal dates will apply.

1. Annual dog registrations – will expire on 31 August 2018 and renewal notices will be sent to residents in early / mid June 2018. If there have been any changes to the dogs that you are keeping on your property during the preceding 12 months, those changes must be made on the renewal notice so that Logan Council can alter their records.

2. Kennel Licences – these licences expire on 30 June each year and renewal notices would normally be sent to licence holders in early May.

3. Breeder Approval (Permits) – these approvals also expire on 30 June each year and renewal notices can be expected in the post in early May.

Our Government Liaison Officer also raised his concerns with a change that has been made to the breeder approval (permit) form. That form now advises breeder permit holders that their details (including street address) will be supplied to Biosecurity Qld for inclusion on the State Dog Breeder register. In the case of Dogs Queensland members, this does not apply. Dogs Queensland are an authorised entity and under the agreement that we have with Biosecurity Qld, we will supply the details of our registered breeders to include name, contact info (telephone / mobile / email) and the local council area where those member breeders reside.

The team at Logan City Council Animal Management Division included this statement on the renewal form to cover non-affiliated breeders (breeders that have an approval from Council but are not members of Dogs Queensland).

When you receive the breeder approval (permit) renewal form, please cross out the section at the bottom of that form that refers to Logan City Council supplying your details to the State Government registry. Please write in your BIN (breeder identification number). Doing that will immediately alert Logan City Council staff not to supply specific street address details to the State Breeder Registry.

If members have any other questions about annual renewals in general or more specific concerns about their dealings with Logan City Council, please send those concerns in writing (via email) to our Government Liaison Officer Mark Sheppard –

Sent 01:00pm on 9 January 2018


It's 2018 and the first edition of D-News is below.

What’s inside?

  • OzTrail catalogue and forms
  • Chinese Year of the (Earth) Dog
  • Platinum Anniversary for Dogs Queensland
  • Something interesting about Siberian Huskies.

Please CLICK HERE to view the January Edition of D-News.
Sent 05:00pm on 5 January 2018


Please remember that the Dog Wash Hydrobath is available for use on the camping ground side of the toilet block at Durack.

This can be used on weekdays during office hours and on weekends during events.

Please note that the machine takes $1 and $2 coins and $5 and $10 notes and also has a card reader available for those who would like to use a credit card.

Also please ensure that you leave a small amount of time at the end of your wash to spray the enclosure with the disinfectant spray option that's available.


Sent 04:00pm on 03 January 2018

Please note that for the Darling Downs Kennel Club Championship Shows being held on Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 January 2017 at the RAS Showgrounds, Glenvale Rd, Toowoomba, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Judge, Mrs M Merchant (SA) has been replaced by Mr G Nolan (SA).