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The Involvement of the GSDCV in the Community

The German Shepherd Dog Club of Victoria (GSDCV) is actively involved with community based activities throughout the State of Victoria, and maintains active relationships with both state and local government authorities.

In coordination with the respective educational and hospital authorities, appropriately trained dogs and their handlers are currently actively participating in an on-going series of dog awareness programs for primary schools aged children, and visiting the sick and aged in hospital/aged care facilities through a Pets as Therapy Program. Close linkages are also being developed with the Seeing Eye Dog program for the blind.

The GSDCV maintains close relationships with shire councils through participation in the Responsible Dog Ownership Program. This program is designed to encourage dog owners and their dogs to gain a basic level of obedience instruction suitable for interaction in the wider general community. While a number of all bred clubs cater for dogs of varying pedigree/cross-breeding, the GSDCV runs a program once a year specifically designed for German Shepherd owners and their dogs that are non-members of the Club.

Leveraging the relationship that the GSDCV has developed with shire councils, the Club also provides leadership in reuniting lost registered German Shepherd dogs with their owners, and advice to members and relevant shire councils in those instances where members and their dogs have infringed local government regulations.

The GSDCV is actively developing linkages with State based authorities, such as the Victoria Police, the Victoria State Emergency Service and Victorian Prison Service who use German Shepherd dogs in their line of work. These linkages involve the sharing of information on breeding and training, general promotion of the breed, and assistance in recruiting suitable dogs for these services.

Over the years, the GSDCV has both initiated and participated in a series of annual community fund-raising activities that provide an opportunity for the Club to promote the German Shepherd breed. Such community fund-raising activities include the well-publicised Good Friday Appeal
in support of the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital, the Nillumbik Shire Pet Expo, and the Whittlesea Agricultural Show.

In previous years as the German Shepherd was becoming established within Australia, the GSDCV worked closely with politicians to realise better opportunities for our breed. Don Chipp, as a member of parliament was instrumental in helping in this area, so much so he became Patron of the GSDCV until his death. Our work in the political arena continues to further the best interests of the German Shepherd Dog. Details on our invovlement with Don Chipp can be found attached.