New Zealand Dog News

Reviewing the dog news in New Zealand with editors comments. Someone needs to keep reviewing how our dogs are doing in society.

October 31, 2005

Sound start for learner hearing dog teams

New Zealand's first home for hearing dogs and their hearing-impaired owners has opened.

The house on Hydro Rd, just south of New Plymouth, will be used to house a dog and owner after the dog has been trained, but before they return to the outside world as a team.
This bonding time was important, said Marilyn Johnston, of the New Zealand Hearing Dogs Association.

"We used to house them in there," she said, indicating the office. "Then we put them in the training house, but that was too disruptive for the training." (click on title for full article)

October 29, 2005

Kiwi death highlights risk from dogs

It was a sight that would make conservationists weep.
An adult kiwi, savaged by a farm dog, lying lifeless next to a perfect egg.

The dog's owner removed the eggs from the male kiwi's nest and alerted the Department on Conservation of the bird's death.

One of the eggs was infertile but the other was rushed to the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Encounter in Rotorua in the hope it will hatch successfully and be released into the wild. read more

SC dogs tops for obedience

Timaru is officially home to some of New Zealand's most obedient dogs.

They proved that last weekend at the New Zealand Kennel Club ProPlan National Dog Training Assembly in Taupo where an estimated 650 dogs and their owners were put through their paces in a series of agility, obedience and working trial contests.

October 28, 2005

Kiwi killed by dog but egg saved

Kiwi eggs orphaned after a Waverley dog attacked and killed an adult bird have been rescued by Department of Conservation (DOC) staff.

The dog's owners rang DOC to say his dog had killed a kiwi and he had removed two eggs from the nest.

DOC said one of the eggs was found to be infertile and the other was rushed to the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua in the hope it would hatch successfully and be released into the wild.

Owners urged to microchip their dogs to beat thieves

Waikato dog owners are being encouraged to have their pets microchipped to foil thieves stealing dogs for fighting.

On Saturday, the Times reported that thieves masquerading as council dog control officers have been stealing large dogs for fighting and small ones for bait.

October 26, 2005

Taupo impresses kennel club

Every dog has its day and for many it was at the New Zealand Kennel Club national dog training assembly in Taupo at the weekend.

More than 1000 dogs and 650 of their humans took part in the event. The animals competed in agility, obedience and working trials categories. Their owners were some of New Zealand's top canine taskmasters, who provide dog training classes for the public at the kennel club's 50 dog training clubs throughout the country.

Summer dog rules now in force

Press Release: Rodney District Council Summer dog rules now in force

Rodney District Council is reminding dog owners that summer rules for exercising dogs on a number of Rodney beaches are now in force.

Until March 19, when daylight savings finishes, dogs are not allowed on designated beaches from 9.00am to 7.00pm.

Dogs can be exercised on beaches before or after these times, but must be under control and any faeces removed.

In other areas including regional parks, public campgrounds, designated picnic areas, habitat sites and within 10 metres of playgrounds, dogs are prohibited at all times of year.
Rodney District Council’s Animal Control and bylaws manager Wayne Knightbridge encourages pet owners to find out more about the dog rules in Rodney and exactly which beaches the daylight savings rule applies to.

“Dog owners must be responsible for their dogs so that way we can all enjoy safe and clean beaches over summer,” says Mr Knightbridge.

For more information about Rodney District’s dog exercise rules, please visit or call 0800 426 5169 and request a brochure.

October 25, 2005

Peg Loague speech: National Dog Training Assembly

Speech: NZ Kennel Club Speech notes 21 October 2005

SPCA and NZ Kennel Club’s dog training clubs are singing out of the same hymn book

I’m honoured to be asked to open your National Dog Training Assembly in Taupo this weekend. This is the biggest event of the year in the NZ Kennel Club’s dog sports calendar, and the biggest NDTA in over 15 years.

While I no longer represent SPCA in any way (although I am the Administrator for the Turangi branch) I come to you tonight as an individual who’s been around critters for a long time. An upbringing revolving around animal welfare and thirty six years of SPCA field experience does not get forgotten overnight. When I was part of the inaugural committee of Taupo SPCA in 1969, we used to divide each months deficit between us so the absolute minimum requirements were met and the bills paid. I’m pleased to say that it was a very different situation I retired from earlier this year, although animal welfare seems to require ever increasing funding and attention. (click on title for more)

October 24, 2005

South Island top at dog's day out

South Island gun dogs pointed, fetched and retrieved their way to victory over their North Island counterparts in the New Zealand gun dog championships in Alexandra yesterday.

Dogs from all over the country took part in exercises designed to test obedience and skill. Anything they retrieved they had to bring back right to their owner's hand or they faced instant disqualification.

No Waikato interest for hearing dog

The search continues for a deaf person in the Waikato in need of a hearing dog.
In July, the Waikato Times reported that a grant of $12,500 had been gifted to the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People New Zealand to train a dog for someone in the Waikato.

October 22, 2005

Sausage dog gives birth to 11 wieners

19 October 2005
Wendy Macpherson can't step outside these days without being hounded - dachshunded, that is.

Everyone has a role to play in tackling unwanted animals

"Yesterday's neuter-a-thon at the Pakuranga Vet Clinic is an excellent
beginning. Now everyone involved with dogs and cats must realise we all
have a part to play to tackle the problem of too many unwanted animals.

Dog-nappers on prowl

22 October 2005
A cunning gang of thieves wanting dogs for fighting are posing as council officers, complete with a white van.

Dogs have had their day

Dogs have had their day
Newstalk ZB
From Labour Weekend until Easter dogs are not allowed on the city's beaches from nine in the morning till seven at night.

October 21, 2005

SPCA , Kennel Club dog training clubs on same page

Press Release: NZ Kennel Club Media Release 21 October 2005

SPCA and NZ Kennel Club’s dog training clubs are singing out of the same hymn book
Peg Loague tonight opened the NZ Kennel Club’s 2005 National Dog Training Assembly in Taupo. It is the biggest dog sports event in the country, and the biggest NDTA in over fifteen years.

Mrs Loague has been “around critters for a long time” in her words. A founder of the Taupo SPCA 36 years ago in 1969, she has had continuous field experience since then, and she has served as National President of the RSPCA until 2000. Peg is a lay appointee on the Veterinary Council of New Zealand and works as an independent animal welfare adviser.

She told competitors tonight that “There is a world wide overpopulation of companion animals.
“One of the things the breeders among you can do to guard against this is ensure that the animals you sell are either to be used for responsible and very discriminate breeding, or leave you as desexed pets,” she said.

“Over the years it was rewarding when really happy families brought their loved canines back to the SPCA to visit and I could see how good the match was.
“Invariably I recommended puppies and young dogs be taken to dog obedience, explaining that, done properly, this helped the owner understand how best to get a cooperative, well behaved and happy dog..

“The people here tonight are important in providing that training. The NZ Kennel Club includes about 50 dog training clubs from Whangarei to Invercargill. You train for competition obedience and agility, and that is why you’re here this weekend. But you also offer domestic training classes where the public can enroll and learn how to train their dog. That is a valuable public good offered by NZ Kennel Club members. “I admire you all for the relationship you have with your dogs,” said Peg Loague

October 20, 2005

Everyone has a role to play in tackling unwanted animals

"Yesterday's neuter-a-thon at the Pakuranga Vet Clinic is an excellent
beginning. Now everyone involved with dogs and cats must realise we all
have a part to play to tackle the problem of too many unwanted animals.

Mastiffs come out to play

Mastiff dog breeds have existed for at least 5000 years, but it has only been in the past 200 years they have been bred for "looks and beauty" rather than as an aid to man.

Summer dog rules keep beaches safe and cleanThursday

20 October 2005, 10:57 am
Press Release: Auckland City Council MEDIA RELEASE

20 October 2005
Summer dog rules keep beaches safe and clean for summer

Summer rules for exercising your dog on Auckland city's beaches are now in force.

The rules, with a couple of exceptions, are that from Labour Weekend until Easter 2006, dogs are not allowed on city beaches between 9am and 7pm.

When exercising your dog on the beach outside these hours, you must make sure that your dog is on a leash at all times and remove any faeces.

Some areas are prohibited to dogs at all times of year, including:
- the swimming area in front of the bathing sheds on St Heliers Beach
- safe swimming areas or lanes marked out or identified by Auckland City (including the marked "safe swimming lane" on Kohimarama beach)
- any area developed or marked out as a sports field (except for the spectator area) or skateboard park or within 10 metres of a playground.

"By following these rules, dog owners are taking responsibility for their pets and helping to make our beaches safe and clean," says Warren Adler, Auckland City's service requests manager.

"I would advise dog owners to find out more about dog exercise rules for Auckland city so that pets and their owners can enjoy the city's beaches and parks in a responsible way this summer," he says.

For more information on Auckland City's dog exercise areas, please visit or call Auckland City on (09) 379 2020.

October 18, 2005

UK tail docking law pleases NZ Kennel Club

Mrs Chalmers said New Zealand would do well to follow Britain's lead, by toughening up penalties for animal abusers and by recognising that docking puppies' tails was a legitimate choice for breeders.

October 17, 2005

Dog drives into trouble in Otago

Man's best friend, or typical woman driver? Bob Donaldson's faith in canines was put to the test on Saturday morning, when his shar pei bitch Gem took an unscheduled driving lesson.

Stolen dog back home after two years

A good memory, dedicated searching and plain good luck by the Auckland SPCA led to a missing dog of two years being reunited with his delighted owner at the weekend.

October 16, 2005

Christchurch dog attacks down

The number of dog attacks in Christchurch has dropped dramatically since new licensing laws were introduced in 2003.

October 15, 2005

Dog poo lands owner in court

It seems you shouldn't ignore it - particularly if a dog control officer collects it for you and delivers it to your doorstep.

October 13, 2005

New enforcement system results for dog control

Press Release: Auckland City Council MEDIA RELEASE

New enforcement system leads to positive results for dog control

A new enforcement system for animal control introduced by Auckland City after the attack on Carolina Anderson in 2003 has led to significant improvements in dog control.

The system, in effect since 1 September 2004, has led to a decrease in aggression incidents, greater numbers of dog owners registering their dogs and increased levels of responsible dog ownership and regulation compliance.

In the year from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005, dog aggression-related incidents in the city have decreased by 10 per cent. There were 62 fewer incidents than the previous year and 465 less than in the 2002 to 2003 year.

Councillor Glenda Fryer, chairperson of the Planning and Regulatory Committee, says the results are a pleasing reflection of the council's efforts to encourage responsibility amongst dog owners.

"Over the past year Auckland City has worked proactively in the area of dog control, with significant efforts made in the areas of education and enforcement of regulations," says Ms. Fryer. "We're really pleased with this result and hope to see a further reduction in aggression incidents as education of dog owners and the general public continues."

Auckland City's Planning and Regulatory Committee recommended at their meeting today that council officers investigate options, such as the use of handheld units, to enable dog control officers to work more efficiently and build on the improvements already made.

Measures introduced under the new enforcement system include:
- targeting problem dogs and owners to lower the probability of the dogs threatening public safety
- an increase in animal control services to provide 24-hour, seven-day a week coverage on the isthmus (previously the services were five days a week)
- a new warning system, giving animal control officers the power to warn rather than infringe first time offenders of less serious offences such as failure to remove dog faeces or failure to advise change of address
- more responsible dog owner licensing classes. Sixty-eight classes were held and 577 licenses issued in the year to 30 June 2005, compared with 11 classes and 97 licenses in the previous year. Dog owners who participate in these courses and gain a dog owner license pay reduced registration fees.
- an increased focus on education. In 2004 to 2005, animal control officers visited 143 schools and spoke to 3575 pupils about taking care around dogs. This figure combined with the number of people who have been through displays on dog safety in shopping malls and at shows means Auckland City has reached more than 22,000 people.

Auckland City has also focused on reducing the number of unregistered dogs in the city over the past year, having identified a possible link between unregistered dogs and offences.
Animal control officers carried out 2338 registration checks over the past year and issued 1203 infringements for non-registration.

"Dog owners must recognise that if they do not take care to keep their dogs under control at all times and follow the regulations, there will be consequences," Ms Fryer said.

The number of dogs registered on time has also increased, with 96 per cent of all known dogs registered by 30 June 2005. By 30 August 2004, only 82 per cent of all known dogs were registered.

For more information on responsible dog ownership, visit or call Auckland City on (09) 379 2020.

October 12, 2005

Death of 'Hairy McClarey' devastates family

The death of one of New Zealand's working truffle sniffer dogs while chained outside his home has left a Gisborne family devastated.

October 10, 2005

Leader of the pack

Pembroke corgi Taylor, accompanied by owner Michael Romanos yesterday, was dwarfed by a 49-kilogram Burmese mountain dog. Cats and a pet chicken added to the diverse congregation.

Region's elite gun dogs face off at champs

The region's best gun dogs competed on the land and in the water at Tangimoana at the weekend as part of the Horowhenua Gundog Club championships.

October 08, 2005

Owners pay oodles for a spoodle

Labradoodles, spoodles, schnoodles and retradoodles. They sound like something out of Dr Seuss, but these are the hot new breeds to watch in the dog world.

October 05, 2005

Thieves target pet lovers

05 October 2005
Thieves are stealing dogs then claiming cash rewards offered by distraught animal lovers desperate for the safe return of their pets.

October 04, 2005

Your dog could be shot: attacks trigger warning

More than 40 ewes and lambs were mauled by dogs in three separate incidents throughout Southland last week, prompting a warning to dog owners to be more responsible.

October 03, 2005

What's fluffy and has six legs?

Fluffball Millie the shih tzu is dwarfed by owner Antoinette Vine, in equally fluffy Ugg boots, at More FM's Dog's Day Out event at Hikoikoi Reserve in Petone yesterday.

Pews full of furry friends for blessing

Nelson's Christ Church Cathedral went to the dogs during its Blessing of the Animals service on Sunday.

Dogs learn kiwi lesson – the hard way

They say you can't teach old dogs new tricks, but about 30 Taranaki canines have been quick to learn not to include kiwi in their diet. The electric shock treatment! Bring your dog down...

October 01, 2005

Police investigate enrolled dog

The fate of a Wanaka man who enrolled his dog to vote has been placed in the hands of the Queenstown police.
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