Doggone trial

Do you own a dog and live in Nawton or Dinsdale? We want you!

Hamilton will be the first city in New Zealand to trial a new dog tag technology, Doggone, designed to help reunite dog owners with their lost dogs easily and quickly.

Doggone is a way of quickly reuniting dog and dog owner that is smart, safe, easy to use and accessible to everyone to encourage a whole of community response to keeping dogs out of shelters and at home where they belong.

How does it work?

Doggone links a virtual ID the owner has created for their dog with a Bluetooth registration tag and the free Doggone App. The Bluetooth tag essentially ‘talks to’ the Doggone App and when the dog is marked as lost on the App by its owner, the owner receives location updates of where their dog has been. The location updates are initiated when the dog passes within 60m of someone else with the Doggone App. The App is available for iPhone and Android devices.

Who can take part?

Dog owners in Nawton, Grandview Heights and parts of Dinsdale can take part in the free trial to evaluate the benefits, with a view to potentially have the technology part of dog registrations in the future. 

We only have 1000 Doggone tags available for the trial which is why we’ve limited it to just three suburbs. These suburbs not only have a lot of dogs, they are also in a close geographical area, which will provide us with robust data around the trial.

There is no cost to the dog owners taking part in the trial. Costs associated with the trial tags and App development have been covered by Doggone.

When is the trial?

The trial will run from October to December 2018 with eligible dog owners needing to sign up before Wednesday 19 September.

When are the drop-in days?

The Council and Doggone will also host two public drop-in days to show how the system works on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 September 2018 from 10am to 2pm at the Western Community Centre.

Want to know more?

For more information or to sign up for the trial, visit 

You can also call 0800 321 111 or free text 4133 with YES before Wednesday 19 September and we will be in touch with further details.  

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