Responsible, law abiding hunters using disciplined well trained dogs is one of a number of useful tools in the ongoing effort to control feral pig populations across Australia. Correctly done, it is extremely effective, particularly in thick country by not only capturing pigs for humane despatch, but also by tending to disperse those not caught into more open country where shooting, for example, enjoys increased effectiveness.
Increasing landholder concerns regarding legal liability issues, Workplace Health & Safety requirements as well as a deteriorating hunter public image (mainly due the depredations of a minority using hunting as a cover for criminal activities) prompted the formation of the Australian Pig Dogging and Hunters Association , Inc, commonly known as the APDHA , in 2005. As the name suggests, APDHA represents responsible and ethical hunters of all persuasions, but with an emphasis on those using well trained hunting dogs for feral pig control
Those with an ill-informed and biased point of view have long perpetuated the urban myth of the vicious pig dog. This booklet has been produced by the Australian Pig Doggers & Hunters Association to help dispel this myth and show the so-called pig dog as a loved and obedient family pet.