General items you need to know before you do anything else
This site was created for pure bred dog discussion (ANKC recognised breeds)
The primary purpose of this forum is to promote and discuss pure bred dogs (as recognised by the ANKC) so we ask you respect our aim when visiting here. If you own a cross breed dog, you are also welcome here, but we ask that you refer to it by its proper name (eg a pug-x or cavalier-x instead of the designer term 'pugalier').
Think carefully about any possible consequences before posting.
Be aware that a large audience may see your post (via Google searches etc), and your words may come back to haunt you. Unlike the spoken word, your written posts will exist on here for a long time. We are not obliged to remove your membership or any post you make.
The forum owner (Dogz Online Pty Ltd) does not actively monitor the contents of and is not responsible for any message posted. We do not vouch for, or warrant the accuracy, completeness, usefulness or authenticity of any message (or user). We encourage you to seek your own independent professional advice on all matters. The result of any action you take based on the content of any post on this forum is your responsibility alone.
- You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold us harmless with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s). In the event of any legal action taken as a result of a message posted by you, we reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you). We also reserve the right to disclose any information we know about you to any law enforcement agency upon request.
Forum rules that you need to follow
If you break any of these rules, you will either be immediately banned or suspended for a period of up to 30 days.
Don't attack other members
A simple definition of 'attack' ... the word 'you' (either stated or implied) combined with a negative comment (or image). If you don't agree with what a person has written, then explain why without resorting to insults or attacks.
Keep personal disputes off the forum
If you have a personal dispute or grudge with a person or business, keep it off the forum. We don't want to know about it. This forum is not your personal soapbox ... that is what facebook is for.
No denigration of pure bred dogs or pure bred dog breeders
Speaks for itself. This is a primarily a pure bred dog forum (ANKC recognised breeds) and was created to promote and discuss ANKC recognised breeds. If you don't think pure bred dogs make the perfect pets, then maybe this forum is not for you.
No 'What Breeds make up my Dog' type discussion
Speaks for itself. If you have a cross-breed, then what breeds are in it doesn't really matter (and is very hard to tell anyway in a lot of cases). Just accept that it is a mixed breed and be happy
No topics expressing dismay at the latest dogs you saw in a pet shop or advertised in the paper or another web site.
Discussing it here will not make any difference to the ad or pet shop being in existence. Selling dogs in a petshop is still legal (as is advertising on web sites / newspapers). If you believe there is a welfare issue, report the business/breeder to the appropriate authorities.
No crossposting of links to canine ads on other sites.
This is not permitted for whatever reason (even rescue purposes).
No 'Vote for Me' topics
Don't post just to request someone to vote for you in a competition. If everyone did it, it would soon become annoying.
Keep on topic and do not purposely railroad threads
Have some respect for the topic starter and keep to the topic being discussed. You may not think the topic is worthy of discussion, but others may. You are not the moderator, so don't take it upon yourself to decide what can and can't be discussed here. This includes posting things such as 'get out the popcorn/snacks/chocolate etc' or 'trainwreck coming'.
If you do wish to sidetrack from the original topic, start a new thread in the appropriate forum.
Do not make any post that is defamatory
If we believe a post may be defamatory (whether or not you actually identify the person/business), we will remove the post to protect ourselves and perhaps ban you in the process. (Also refer to rule 2 above ... keep personal disputes/grudges off the forum)
No Commercial Advertising (including banners in Signatures)
No commercial advertising in any form is permitted (except in the Commercial marketplace forum). This applies even if you are a 'hobby' business. This includes signature images, competitions, awards, sponsorships, 'product research', feedback requests etc. We will permit a text link in your signature as long as the font size is a maximum of '2' and the site that it links to does not contain dog forums and/or similar content to what Dogz Online has. Commercial Advertising does not refer to discussion about a business by a member who is not related in some way to the business in question.
Don't post material which violates a person's privacy.
Never 'name names' or post the personal details of others (including but not limited to private emails and personal messages).
No racism, pornographic type posts or graphics (including jokes) or posts that the general community would take offence to.
Again this is self explanatory. We will remove any post that we believe may cause offence to others.
Only start a new topic ONCE in the appropriate forum
For example, if you have something for sale or have lost your dog, there is a forum set up for those purposes. Whilst we understand your topic may be important, if everyone posted their topic in multiple forums, it would soon become annoying and confusing.