Modern Issues

Golden Retriever mother and puppyGolden Retriever mother and puppy

As a lifetime member and advocate of the dog world these dog related issues that have caught my attention as deserving considered comment and debate. My articles in this section have also been published elsewhere.


Breed Specific Legislation

This series of articles charts Australia's Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) journey against breeds declared dangerous purely by their physical characteristics. »» Read more...

Saint Bernard with Tenterfield Terrier


Until recently, de-sexing (castrating a male dog or spaying a female) was only performed out of necessity. But in the last decade or so, de-sexing has become the socially responsible thing to do. This section covers whether and when to de-sex in the first instance and also explores the modern possibilities for participating in traditional activities with a de-sexed dog. »» Read more...

Newf Cuddle

Questioning Compulsory Membership

In Australasia, buying a registered pedigree dog is insufficient to enable participation in pure breed activities. In every state of Australia and in New Zealand, it is compulsory to first become a member of your resident State body. These State bodies control the registers of pure breed dogs with each State having their own Constitution, Rules and Regulations. As only ... »» Read more...