Dog’s Breakfast teaches owners importance of wetlands

20 February 2016

This month, 400 dog lovers from the Hobsons Bay area were treated to a free event at Altona’s Doug Grant Reserve.

The third annual Dog’s Breakfast event brought together passionate dog owners to learn about dog behaviour and nutrition and how their beloved pets interact with the local native wildlife.

Port Phillip Bay’s shoreline is widely utilised by the community for a variety of reasons; including dog walking, running, cycling, bird-watching and swimming. Similarly, parts of the shoreline and wetlands are also used by shorebirds that migrate to the region over Australia’s warmer months from as far away as Alaska, Siberia, China, Japan and Korea.

Special guests from BirdLife Australia, local vets, dog trainers, The Lost Dogs’ Home, The Reptile Bus, National Pet Register and The Connie’s kept the dog’s and owners captivated with live reptile displays, demonstrations on controlling dogs and a snapshot of the best ‘pooch’ diets.

The event was funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program as part of the Ramsar Protection Program. The program is integrated catchment management project works to protect the ecological values of the Port Phillip Bay (western shoreline) Ramsar site.

Remember – native wildlife can harm your dog. Your dog can harm native wildlife. Keep your dog on lead and enjoy our beautiful beaches and wetlands safely.