Introduction

Take this quiz to become wildlife wise and gain access to purchase a Lead the Way lead.

Lead the way - Dunedin

Q1: How many metres is the minimum distance to keep between your dog and wildlife?

Incorrect: It's 20 m

The minimum distance for you and your dog to stay from wildlife is 20 m. This is because wildlife can carry diseases. So interaction can be harmful for both wildlife and your dog.

 

It’s also important to remember our wildlife need space, as any disturbance can be life threatening so dog owners have to keep their distance.

Correct: It's 20 m

That’s the one. 20 metres is a safe distance to keep from wildlife. This is because wildlife can carry diseases, so interaction can be harmful for both wildlife and your dog.

 

It’s also important to remember our wildlife need space as any disturbance can be life threatening so dog owners have to keep their distance.

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Q2: What does the orange colour identify on the Dunedin City Council Dog Control Bylaw map?

Incorrect: It's 'dogs must be on a lead'

The colours on the map are part of Dunedin dog control traffic light system. Map sections are coloured green, orange and red to indicate dog control. Each colour means:

 

  • Green: Dogs are welcome
  • Orange: Dogs must be on a lead
  • Red: Dogs are not allowed.

Dunedin City Council’s dogs bylaw map is a great tool to know what locations your dog is allowed in and if they need to be on a lead or not. It’s especially helpful for when heading to new places throughout Dunedin.

Correct: It's 'dogs must be on a lead'

Great job. In Dunedin's traffic light system, orange is used on the map for places where dogs must be on a lead.

 

Dunedin City Council’s dog control bylaw map is a great tool to know what locations your dog is allowed in and if they need to be on a lead or not. It’s especially helpful for when heading to new places throughout Dunedin.

 

Q3: What species can look a lot like driftwood, seaweed or sand and requires a visual ‘scan’ before entering the beach?

New Zealand Sea Lion pup, Enderby Island

Incorrect: You need to scan for sea lions

A quick scan of the beach will help you stay prepared for any camouflaged sea lions. They may be big, but they aren’t always visible.

New Zealand Sea Lion pup, Enderby Island

Correct: You need to  scan for sea lions

Do the sea lion scan. A quick scan keeps you prepared for any camouflaged sea lions. See who can spot waving flippers on the beach first.

Q4: When walking the beach, what area should your dog completely avoid?

Incorrect: the answer is sand dunes

The beach is home to wildlife that commonly finds shelter within the sand dunes. So keep your pup near the water’s edge where they're fully visible to keep wildlife safe.

Correct: The answer is sand dunes

The beach is home to wildlife that commonly finds shelter within the sand dunes. So keep your pup near the water’s edge where they're fully visible to keep wildlife safe.

Dog with ball on the beach

Q5: When out and about with your dog, what do you legally need on you at all times?

Couple with their dog leashed walking along the shore

Incorrect: The answer is a dog lead

It’s a legal requirement to have a lead on you at all times. You never know when it might keep your dog safe from harm.

Couple with their dog leashed walking along the shore

Correct: The answer is a dog lead

It’s a legal requirement to have a lead on you at all times. You never know when it might keep your dog safe from harm.

Q6: If you see another dog on a red ‘Lead the Way’ lead, what should you do?

Incorrect: It's 'put my dog on a lead'

A red ‘Lead the Way’ lead means no dogs, which means you shouldn’t allow your dog to interact.

 

It may be having a tough day and need some space. So, place your dog on a lead when a red lead is being used.

Correct: It's 'put my dog on a lead'

You got it! Place your dog on a lead when a red 'lead the way' lead is being used. It means you shouldn’t allow your dog to interact.

 

Just like us, dog’s can have bad days too, and may need some space.

Q7: True or False: It’s fine for my dog to chase gulls because it means they aren’t harassing other wildlife.

Red billed gull

Incorrect: It's false

Sea gulls are wildlife too and need their time to rest.

 

The red-billed gull is often seen around Dunedin’s coastline and has a threat status of 'declining'. So they need protecting, as it is very distressing when dogs chase them along the beach.

Red billed gull

Correct: It's false

Nice work. Sea gulls are wildlife too and need their time to rest.

 

The red-billed gull is often seen around Dunedin’s coastline and has a threat status of 'declining'. So they need protecting, as it is very distressing when dogs chase them along the beach.

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Q8: What species is shown in this picture?

NZ fur seal

Incorrect: It's a sea lion

Fur seals have very pointy noses, much like dogs. However, sea lions have rounded faces, much like a bear.

 

This is important to know as fur seals behave differently to sea lions (they lack manners!).

NZ fur seal

Correct: It's a sea lion

Well done! Fur seals have pointy noses, much like dogs. However, sea lions have rounded faces much like a bear.

Q9: What should you do if you spot wildlife on the beach?

Correct: Let other dog owners know there is wildlife present

You got it. It’s important to let other dog owners know that they are going to pass wildlife.

Incorrect: Let other dog owners know there is wildlife present

It's important to let other dog owners know they are going to pass wildlife. Remember to share the beach and let others know if you have spotted anything during your walk.

Q10: Finish the sentence: Its easy to be a responsible dog owner, remember there’s space for each…

Incorrect: It's 'so, share the beach' 

The coast offers crucial habitats to our awesome wildlife. So, we need to remember that there is enough space for all of us and we just need to share it.

Correct: It's 'so, share the beach'

Way to go. Sharing the beach is easy when you understand how to avoid intruding into wildlife’s space. Remember, this is their home too.

Well done - you completed the 'Lead the way' Dunedin quiz!

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