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Kiwi Aversion Traning for Dogs

Kiwi Aversion Traning for Dogs

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  • Sun 3 Mar ’19, 9:00am – 4:00pm


DOC Office, 99 Sala St, Rotorua


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

An opportunity to have your dog trained to avoid our iconic kiwi bird.

Training takes just 15 minutes per dog. The facilitator charges $25 per dog (cash only). Please email cabbott@doc.govt.nz to book in. Multiple dogs welcome.

Information suggests that in certain parts of New Zealand dogs have surpassed stoats, ferrets and cats as the main kiwi killer. If you are a dog owner, you have a responsibility to keep your dog under control at all times around areas where wild kiwi live.

All dogs – no matter the age, gender and size – are capable of crushing the delicate bodies and organs of baby and adult kiwi. And by killing breeding adult kiwi, dogs threaten the future existence of our national icon, which is already in serious decline.

While the safest option is to ensure kiwi and dogs never meet, if dogs must go into an area where wild kiwi live – such as working dogs – this training helps reduce the risk.

The training offers no guarantees, especially with some breeds such as terriers, and does not make the dogs bird-safe – but it does make a difference. Regular re-training is also needed to maximise success rates and research has shown pet dogs showed more interest in kiwi ‘props’ if the owner was not present, reinforcing the fact that dogs should never be allowed to roam uncontrolled.

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