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What Is your Dog Getting Up To?

25 November 2014

AUSTRALIA - Pets who like to wander are invited to take part in a free trial to uncover what they encounter on their travels.

The study will examine the adventures of domestic, working and hunting dogs.

Biosecurity Queensland researcher Ben Allen said the trial offers a great opportunity for residents in South East Queensland from Pimpama to Currumbin on the Gold Coast, and from Caloundra to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, to find out what their dogs are getting up to.

"Biosecurity Queensland is working with the University of New England (UNE) and the Invasive Animals CRC to examine the relationships between domestic dogs and other animals they cross paths with while on adventures outside their own yards," he said.

"The information from the trial will be used by the UNE to develop a better understanding of dog movements and the interactions between dogs and wildlife.

"Dogs taking part 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 fitting an ordinary dog collar."

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

"Previous wild dog studies have indicated domestic dogs are often out and about exploring nature reserves, state forests and parks.

"All of the information gathered in this study will remain confidential with other participants and local authorities not having access to the data."

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

Local residents who would like to participate in the study can register their interest with Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.

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