Leashed dogs help keep NZ native wildlife safe.
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Different areas have different rules on if you can take your dog there or not. Some areas allow dogs, others require a permit, and some do not allow dogs at all.
Disability assist dogs have different rules for access to public conservation land.
Conditions for hunting dogs being taken onto DOC managed conservation land, including information about permits.
Kiwi and bird aversion training helps reduce native ground-dwelling birds being killed or disturbed by dogs.
Our native wildlife needs as much protection as we can provide. Even the most obedient, domesticated dogs and cats can reveal their predatory instincts in the wild.
This programme uses highly trained dogs and their handlers to detect New Zealand’s protected species or unwanted pests.
With reports of fur seals and penguins being harassed by dogs, Science Advisor Laura Boren is working to find a balance between protecting wildlife and allowing dog owners the ability to exercise their pups.
All DOC facilities are closed.