Dogs and wildlife
Protect our native wildlife
The Redland is home to many species of protected wildlife, including koalas.
If your dog or cat is not supervised it can threaten the safety of our native wild animals. Help preserve native animals by ensuring your pet is not allowed to stray, is adequately supervised on large property and is secured at night time. Native trees planted in your garden will provide food and refuge for koalas.
In the Redlands, dogs are one of the biggest killers of koalas. The sad thing is, it is very easy to prevent.
Koalas are most active at night. Keep your dogs indoors, or confined in an enclosure away from trees that koalas use.
During the day, if your dog is worrying a koala or other wildlife, take the dog away and secure it. The koala will come down from the tree in due course and move on its way.
Train your dog not to attack wildlife
Put bells on your dog’s collar. This will not stop it attacking wildlife, but it will help you hear where your dog is and what it is doing. Provide a good habitat for wildlife. Build possum or bird boxes up high in trees away from harm so the animals can hide from dogs.
How to stop your dog attacking wildlife
To stop your dog attacking wildlife the correct use of gentle discipline will help. Discipline your dog EVERY time it attempts to attack wildlife. The more it gets away with an attack the less successful you will be. Initially, this may mean confining the dog so it can't get to wildlife and only allowing it freedom when you have the time to correct any misbehaviour.
The 'bad dog - good dog' routine is the best form of discipline. As soon as it shows an interest in wildlife, bellow at it, shouting 'No - bad dog' to stop it. If the dog stops, follow this by commanding the dog in an encouraging friendly tone to come to you (and to move away from the wildlife). If it does this good action, praise it for being a good dog. Then distract him/her by playing a game such as chasing a ball so it forgets about the wildlife.