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    Default Operation of Breeding and Rearing Businesses Revision 1 (Vic)

    A new code has been released in Victoria regarding Animal Welfare - This code applies to businesses, pet stores, breeders & other related organisations although pet owners are also advised/recommended to follow the code.

    The changes include(within section 6):
    Puppies between 3-8 weeks(weaning stage) must be fed 3 times a day, going no more than 12 hours without a meal.

    Puppies 8-16 weeks must be fed at least twice a day.

    Dogs older then 16 weeks must be fed at least once a day with the appropriately required amount of food.

    Male & Female dogs must be at least 12 months of age prior to their first mating.

    All Male & Female dogs must stop breeding after the age of 6 years old and are required to be desexed & health checked(blood work etc).

    Female dogs are not permitted to have more than 5 litters through her life time(within the ages 1-6 years old).

    Mating animals must be supervised at all time and both animals must be returned to their home pens every evening even if mating has not yet occurred.

    Within 7 days of her due date, pregnant bitches, who are being multiply housed, must be moved to a specific whelping housing area or provided with private accommodation containing a whelping box.

    For the first week post birth, bitches must be examined twice daily for mastitis and treatment provided immediately upon diagnosis

    Puppies must have a health check by a staff member within 12 hours of birth. Daily handling of puppies must begin within 7 days of birth.

    Bitches must receive a post-partum general health check within 8 weeks of giving birth.

    All exercise activities must be monitored.

    Where dogs are housed continuously indoors, at least one full exercise session per day must be outside (weather permitting).

    Puppies aged 8-16 weeks must get at least 20 minutes of run/play time outside each day.

    Dogs other than 16 weeks must get a minimum of 30 minutes exercise twice daily with at least 2 hours between each exercise session

    Senior dogs aged 7+ years must get the same amount of exercise as a normal adult dog unless told otherwise by a Veterinarian.


    What do people think?

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    'RakshaWw' - can you put up a link for the whole story regarding this code ?

    As far as what you have put up - all I can say is - pfftttt ! Hopefully being revision 1 - means .... ?

    I guess if you dumb things down enough for people - then that is exactly
    what you will get !


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    Oh sorry about that, thought i did link it lol here you go
    http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/__data/as...21213-ver2.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by RakshaWw View Post
    Dogs other than 16 weeks must get a minimum of 30 minutes exercise twice daily with at least 2 hours between each exercise session
    I haven't read the whole document, but I'm assuming this means that the dog may be crated/kennelled for the remaining time?
    Do they define 'exercise session'? Does 20 minutes of zoomies around the house or yard count

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    They should jack the minimum age up for breeding I think to 2 at a minimum. Puppies having puppies is never a good thing. Other than that if it were going to increase the quality of life for dogs in that situation that it isn't a bad place to start.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    I wonder what their science is for limiting the breeding age to five years but also allowing a litter every year.

    There's good science (I think) that breeding with 18 months between is appropriate but allows for the bitch to be 8 years - but it depends on the dog and the breed - ie there's going to be some bitches that should never have litters or something goes wrong with a litter and they should not have any more - but you can't make a law specific for that.

    The exercise requirements for puppies break the rules - especially for big dogs like Rottweilers - most breeders would recommend only 10 minutes of running around at a time, and I've heard 5 minutes per month of age so 30 minutes would be for a 6 month old puppy not a 4 month old.

    I can see how they're trying to catch puppy mills but I'm not sure this will do it. I'd rather see stuff like at least an hour of human attention and interaction every day - with no more than 4 puppies per human in this hour... and filling up the food bowl does not count.

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    well it says the cut off age for breeding is 6 and maximum litters is 5 so that's like a dog having 3 litters, then a gap year then another 2 litters.
    I agree about the breeding ages, I think that minimum female age should be 1.5-2 years and male should be 1 year(which it is).
    Victoria need to step up their game when it comes to animal welfare and so far this is a huge leap in the right direction although it aint perfect yet C:

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    Who will police these new laws...certainly not the morons who make them up. Will backyard breeders and puppy mills obey them...me thinks not.
    Chloe & Zorro
    Rottweilers and German Shepherds are Family

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    Who will police these laws < in a nutshell, that's our problem. If they could not police the previous ones well, why changing the words will make a difference i dont know.

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    Some of the requirements are ridiculous. You cant breed a male dog after 6 yo ? really? why? Some of the best genetics in working dogs will be compromised. Some of the top working bitches are bred after 6yo and the ones I know are in tip top shape.

    Other housing requirements are also draconian. This includes having to have concrete flooring. Most working dogs I know are run in big shady bush pens, much healthier. I know the working breeders are working hard to put some rationality to some of these new rules and have suceeded in some changes being made but it has been a struggle.

    Another one is that you cannot house or exercise males and females together. This is also ridiculous. Male /female combos are often better and if you are a breeder worth your salt, you dont have problems with unplanned litters. Means you cant have a dog and bitch out working livestock together! totally impractical.
    Last edited by Kalacreek; 12-21-2013 at 01:55 PM.

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