Free online health education films for breeders

12th April 2016 - 3:00 PM

The Kennel Club have launched a revolutionary new online learning resource, the Kennel Club Academy, to provide, amongst other things, education, experience and advice to breeders on how to responsibly breed healthy dogs.

The Kennel Club Academy offers a series of films that cover topics on pre-breeding considerations, such as understanding inheritance, health testing and how to maximise the chances of producing healthy offspring.  All films have been developed by experts in their fields and offer users an insight into their knowledge and experience.

The aim of these films is to provide all breeders, whether they are new to breeding or very experienced, with the means by which to further their understanding of the rapidly developing science of dog breeding.  These free videos also highlight the health information available to modern dog breeders and stress how they can be used effectively.

The Kennel Club Academy is free to all dog breeders and will continue to enhance user's knowledge as further films are added. As the Kennel Club Academy develops, additional information will be accessible on all aspects of dog breeding, rearing, owning and caring for dogs.

The Kennel Club Academy can now be accessed here. Films that are currently available for breeders include:

  • Dog breeding - is it right for me?, which discusses why people may breed from their dogs, the benefits of doing so, and steps to ensure that your lifestyle, home environment and dogs are all suitable for dog breeding. 
  • "Dog breeding - Where to start", which introduces the concept of breeding for "whole dog" health, and making balanced breeding decisions to optimise positive characteristics and reduce risks to health and welfare.
  • "Getting started with genes and inheritance", which introduces the basics of what genes are, how they are the building blocks of what our dogs become, and what they can pass on to their offspring. 
  • "Getting started with DNA testing", which introduces the basics of what genes are, how they are the building blocks of what our dogs become, and what a dog can pass on to their offspring. 
  • "Getting started with simple and complex inherited disorders", which provides viewers with an understanding of what simple and complex inherited disorders are, and practical tools and advice to reduce the risk of passing on inherited diseases.
  • "How to use Mate Select", which takes a closer look at the Kennel Club's Mate Select, with discussion and explanation of how to optimise the Mate Select services - what they are, how they work, and how to use them to meet your goals.
  • "Getting started with inbreeding and selection" which provides an introduction to inbreeding and selection, and how these two concepts are "two sides of the same coin"- with plenty of myth busting and practical considerations. 
  • "Getting started with DNA testing", equips the viewer with the knowledge and understanding of various types of DNA tests to help them prioritise and select appropriate tests for their dogs and how to avoid pit-falls of DNA testing.

Other learning resources are also available via the Kennel Club Academy for dog show judges and members of The Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour (KCAI).

The breeder information is free of charge, whilst the cost for judge's education is £26 a year, with access to all courses. The costs for KCAI scheme members will be £5 per assessment.

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