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Young Kennel Club launches challenge for young dog owners
Competitors who complete the challenge will receive a Young Kennel Club Dog Walk Challenge certificate and will be entered into a prize draw.

Four-week challenge encourages exercise and responsible dog ownership

The Young Kennel Club is encouraging young dog owners to stay active during lockdown with the launch of its Dog Walk Challenge.

The challenge, which is taking place between 18 January and 12 February, asks members of the Young Kennel Club to walk short distances each day with their dogs (while adhering to Government guidelines) to total five or 10 miles overall, depending on their age range.

Dog owners between six and 13 years old are challenged to walk five miles across the four weeks, whilst those between 14 and 24 years old should try and total 10 miles walked.

Competitors who complete the challenge will receive a Young Kennel Club Dog Walk Challenge certificate and will be entered into a prize draw to win either a free place at Young Kennel Club camp in 2021, or a Fitbit and £100 Argos voucher.

The Young Kennel Club asks that young people taking part and parents regularly check the latest Government advice across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to assess their own situation, safety and ability to take part.

Ben Ashcroft, Young Kennel Club chairman, said: “We are delighted to launch the Dog Walk Challenge to keep our members engaged with an important aspect of responsible ownership, which is fun at the same time.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of change and sadly many of our members’ events, that we all look forward to, have had to be postponed or even cancelled as a result.

“This initiative however is something everyone can safely do together, while being apart.”

For more information on taking part in the Young Kennel Club Dog Walk Challenge, please visit the Young Kennel Club website.

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Applications open for pets in housing research funding scheme

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 The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) has announced that applications are now open for the second round of its three-year funding scheme to support research into the human-animal bond.

This year SCAS is looking for research that focuses on the issues surrounding pets in housing, particularly projects looking at:

- the impact of current, or historic, pet related housing legislation
- an assessment of incident, type and cost of damage caused by pets in housing
- the views of landlords, care institution or housing association staff, in relation to pets and housing
- stakeholder perceptions of pets and housing insurance schemes.

There are eight funding grants available, awarding between £1,500 and £10,000. Applications close on 30 April 2021.

More information can be found on the SCAS website. 

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2021 NOAH Compendium now available

The 2021 edition of the NOAH Compendium of Data Sheets for Animal Medicines has been published.

Published annually by NOAH, this book is sent to every veterinary practice in the UK for free. The 2021 edition includes an even larger range of products than previous years.

Chief executive Dawn Howard stated that NOAH will shortly be launching a survey for practices on the Compendiums effectiveness.

She added: "Our survey will give users of the Compendium the opportunity to say how they think we can improve it to assist them in prescribing veterinary medicines and advising animal keepers on their use. We look forward to getting your views."