Top tips for a super summer with your pup

From February 1, 2021, to July 31, 2021, dogs can be walked in the area known as Shark Alley if they are on leash.

Longer days and balmier nights mean more opportunities for you and your pooch to get out and about.

Before you go, Tauranga City Council’s Animal Services Team Leader, Brent Lincoln has five top tips to help you and your furry friend have a carefree summer.

Protecting wildlife

Summer sees more people out enjoying the sunshine with their dogs and it’s a good time to familiarise yourself with where you can and can’t take your dog.

Tauranga City Council’s Animal Services Team Leader, Brent Lincoln

“We’re not the only ones trying to make the most of summer, and we have some very unique wildlife who breed and nest this time of year,” says Brent.

Mount Maunganui is home to the rare New Zealand dotterel and little blue penguins who use the beach and surrounding areas to nest.

Dotterel adult and chick nesting on Mount Main Beach. Photo: Rosalie Liddle Crawford

“To help protect them and other wildlife dogs are not allowed on Mount Maunganui Main beach and Mauao at any time.”

Until January 31 2021, dogs are not allowed in the area known as Shark Alley which is between Pacific Ave and Grace Ave. From February 1 2021 to July 31 2021 dogs can only be walked in this area if they are on leash.

Protecting people
“It’s important to be mindful of others and remember that not everyone is a dog person no matter how loveable your furry friend is,” says Brent.

“Keep your dog under control and always carry a leash, even in off leash and high traffic areas such as beaches and parks where children and other dog owners are around.

“Make sure your dog is on a lead when approaching other people and animals, and always ask before allowing your dog to approach them.”

Where to walk?
“Are you stuck for ideas or just looking for somewhere new? Here in Tauranga, there’s no shortage of beautiful spots to explore,” says Brent. “Dogs can be exercised off leash in any park, reserve, beach or public area except in areas identified as on leash or prohibited, and there are plenty of on and off leash areas across the city.”

From Papamoa walkway to Rotary Park in Maungatapu, there’s a spot to get even the most unenthused pup excited.

Scoop the poop!
“Aside from a leash, a poo bag is the other must have accessory when heading out with your pup,” says Brent. “Always remember to scoop your dog’s poop and if you’ve run out or forget a bag, most of our parks have complimentary poo bag dispensers.”

Make sure your dog is microchipped
“Making sure your registration is up to date and that your pup is microchipped will help avoid any unwanted visits to the pound if they decide to go on a summer holiday of their own,” says Brent.

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