DogScientific name: Canis lupus familiaris

Meaning of name: Canis is Latin for dog; lupus means wolf and familiaris means of a household or domestic.

Distribution: Dogs can be found throughout Australia and most of the world.

Description: Dogs can grow to have a height at the shoulders of 106 centimetres.

Notes: Dogs are permitted in the bushland but only while kept on a lead and under control. The bushland is NOT an exercise area. Dogs can do damage to plants and wildlife while off the lead.  While a dog may not physically touch an animal, being chased or approached by a dog causes them harm.

Dogs can also come into harmful substances while walking off the paths. Poisonous sprays are used regularly in the bush and your dog may become sick if they have contact with the poison.

The bush has areas of the plant disease dieback. The pathogen that causes the disease lives in the soil and can be transported on dogs’ feet. The disease could then be taken home by the dog and infect your garden. Not all areas infected with the disease are signposted. To avoid infection keep your dog on a lead and on the paths.

Owners are expected to clean up after their dog. Bags and rubbish bins are provided for the purpose. Dog faeces can make life unpleasant for other bushwalkers and can carry many diseases. Do the right thing and pick it up.