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The Karlton Index Measuring Progress In Dog Health

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A framework to develop breed health strategies

A framework to develop breed health strategies

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    • 1. The Karlton Index™ Measuring progress in the health of our dogs PHILIPPA ROBINSON BA Hons MSc CIPD
    • 2. The Karlton Index™ Launched March 2011  The Karlton Index provides a framework through which we can measure our progress on breed health  Which breeds are doing the most to secure the future well being of their dogs?  Which are translating those actions into meaningful improvements to breed health?  Which breeds are avoiding serious health issues?
    • 3. Four dimensions Leadership and Strategy Evaluate impact Communication and engagement Participation
    • 4.  Breeds develop a balanced but wide ranging strategy to breed for health and optimum welfare  Excellent guidelines for such a strategy can be found at http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/97934/bhcbreedhealthimpstrat.pdf  They identify the resources needed to support the strategy  They define their approach to breed health surveillance  They assess their health priorities for the short and medium term  They define their approach to health testing  They publish the strategy
    • 5.  Breed clubs communicate their health strategy and priorities to a wide audience including breed club members, breeders, pet owners, nonmembers, through social media and traditional publications  Regular updates on health are communicated  Results and analysis of health surveys and other health reports are communicated widely  Collaboration with other clubs, other breeds and the scientific community are actively encouraged and supported
    • 6.  Breeders and owners participate in health surveys and health reporting  Breeders and owners take part as appropriate in the health testing protocols outlined for the breed  People attend health events to develop their knowledge and understanding of breed health  The breed’s health strategy is well supported
    • 7.  The breed health strategy as implemented through communication, engagement and participation has a positive impact on the health and welfare of the dogs
    • 8. Four dimensions  If a good strategy has been adopted and communicated effectively, and the appropriate levels of participation have been achieved there should be a demonstrably positive impact on health of the dogs.  If not it suggests there is a flaw somewhere in the breed’s approach. This can be reviewed and the strategy altered accordingly
    • 9. Assumptions  Taking a very close look at what is being done on leadership, strategy, communication, engagement, and participation will accelerate our understanding of breed health issues  Assessing how those behaviours and actions have impacted the health of a breed is essential  The framework encourages more of the right behaviours and actions, shared learning and experience with other breeds, passing that knowledge and wisdom on to future generations.  An objective view/measure adds value
    • 10. Moving forward for 2014 Evaluate the framework in collaboration with the “industry”  A framework all can confidently buy into  Develop breed clubs expertise in the framework requirements  Assess all breeds against the framework again (suggested time post Crufts 2015)
    • 11. Dogs mean different things to people But what we all want is  Every dog to enjoy a healthy, well adjusted long happy life.  www.thekarltonindex.com What is our vision for this puppy?
    • 12. “ The next full scoring against the  Index is planned for Summer 2015 For more details contact Philippa Robinson Philippa(at)thekarltonindex.com ”