Your dog's big adventures revealed

07 May 2014

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Dog owners whose pets like to wander have been invited to take part in a free trial to uncover where their domestic, working and hunting dogs are exploring and what they encounter in their travels.

NSW Department of Primary Industries researcher, Guy Ballard, said the trial offers a great opportunity for residents in north-east NSW, from Grafton to Lismore and Ballina, including Iluka and Evans Head, to find out what their dogs are getting up to.

“We’re working with the University of New England (UNE) to examine relationships between domestic dogs and other animals they cross paths with, during adventures outside their own yards,” Dr Ballard said.

“In our studies of wild dogs we often see domestic dogs out and about, exploring nature reserves, state forests and parks.

“All information we gather will remain confidential with details given to each dog’s owner only, other participants and local authorities will not have access to this information.”

Dogs enlisted in the trial will be fitted with a small light-weight GPS collar which tracks movements.

The GPS devices are safe and can be fitted and removed as easily as an ordinary dog collar.

Information from the trial will be used by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre to develop a better understanding of dog movements and interactions between dogs and wildlife.

Researchers aim to use the information to secure healthier environments for people and their pets.

A special gift bag full of doggy treats and items for their owners will be given to trial participants.

Local residents and dog owners can get more information on the trial and how to get involved by contacting UNE researcher, Jessica Sparkes, 0438 616 639 or email

Media contact: Bernadette York 6391 3936, 0427 773 785