By visiting and using the Dalmatian DIY blog or its resources, you agree to be bound by our Terms of Use, including our Privacy, Disclosure, and Copyright Policies. This Privacy Policy  describes how Dalmatian DIY uses and protects any shared information. It also provides information on third-party website tools, how they may affect your privacy, and where to find more details. The Privacy Policy should be read in conjunction with our Disclosure Policy for additional information on advertising and affiliate programs.

Dalmatian DIY Privacy Policy

Who We Are

Hello furfriends! Dalmatian DIY is a New Zealand based personal pet blog, specialising in dog DIYs, recipes, and general pet-friendly living. You can read more about Dalmatian DIY on our About page. Our website address is In our early years, Dalmatian DIY was on Google Blogger (blogspot), and old links may automatically redirect visitors to corresponding posts or pages here. 

Privacy Regulations

The Privacy Act 2020 is the legal framework that governs the collection, handling, and disclosure of data for Dalmatian DIY. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has good resources for understanding the principals of The Privacy Act. Consumer has also created an easy to understand overview of New Zealand Privacy Law. 

Accessing Dalmatian DIY

Dalmatian DIY is completely free access. Unlike many websites, no login or membership is required. We don’t directly collect any information. Unless you choose to interact with Dalmatian DIY in a more personal way, any data you share or impart is collected via third-party tools and applications. Many of these are being used to create, deliver, support, and improve our website. In addition to functional data, some of the third-party website elements here on the Dalmatian DIY blog provide an opportunity for us the earn a small revenue, such as providing site space for advertisements. These rely on data to function, but are vital components of keeping this blog free access.

You can choose to access Dalmatian DIY using blocking and/or opt-outs. Data supports many important functions, including the advertising relationships that are keeping this blog (and others) sharing for free, but if you’re anti-cookie, there are a number of options available for greater personal privacy. These include customisation with individual third-parties, adjusting settings or cleansing the cookies in your browser, using private or incognito browsing with settings applied, or using an opt-out or blocker service. Readers who do not wish to have cookies set or data collected should activate these settings prior to accessing our website, where possible. Depending on your location and device settings, you might also be shown a Google-generated banner when you visit our website that allows you to customise your on-site data preferences with respect to their services and associated vendors. Be advised that opting out may affect your user experience as some functions may not work correctly and/or appearance may be adversely affected.

Note: We are currently testing new data and cookie notification tools for our website. Apologies for any disruptions and/or repeat notifications after you’ve already accepted a prior format. For readers visiting us from some locations, you may see different and/or multiple formats as part of regional data/privacy compliance requirements. Sorry for the double-ups, and woofs of thanks for your understanding and patience!

Website Visitor Data Functions

Data makes the site more user-friendly. Data, including cookies, helps with navigation, sharing, and other use of our blog. It also supports simple functions such as stopping our privacy/consent notification from plaguing your visits after you’ve already clicked to dismiss. Yay for cookies! Although let’s be honest. Tasty treats are way more doggone delicious than internet cookies.

Data helps us understand our audience and improve the blog. A key part of data use is helping to understand our traffic. Analytics (website statistics) allow website operators like us to review aggregated information, such as page/post view numbers, referring sources, and a basic breakdown of page views by country. We can then use these analytics to help understand things like popular topics or incoming links so that we can improve the content that we share with you. They also help identify issues or errors with the formatting or delivery of our site.

Data helps us to keep the blog open access and completely free. Advertising and affiliate programs helps us offset the cost of creating and running Dalmatian DIY as free access website. Advertising and affiliate programs use data in the form of unique referrer codes and cookie/tag tracking to credit the referring sites. See below for additional information. We also have a detailed Disclosure Policy.

Personal Data - Direct

We do not directly collect or store any personal data. Readers can visit Dalmatian DIY anonymously. No paywalls, log-ins, subscriptions, or other personal access control (other than standard security features) are applied to our blog. Everything we do at Dalmatian DIY is openly and freely shared. We don’t directly sell any form of products or services. We don’t use email newsletters, direct marketing, or other forms of email promotion for Dalmatian DIY. If you use a service or application to read feeds or get updates from here and/or other favourite websites, these are independent of the source websites and you should review your chosen provider’s privacy policies for their details.

Contact with Dalmatian DIY may involve some forms of data. Although we don’t directly collect data, there may be optional interactions with Dalmatian DIY through which you voluntarily provide data, such as email, or social media. We won’t disclose any information shared directly (e.g. email) unless required by law. For third-parties, like social media, there may be information publicly available to us and other people, such as your user profile. Information may also be gathered by the social media applications. See below for additional details.

Personal Data - Third-Party

Website Platforms, Tools, and Services

We use third-party systems and services which may collect data and/or set cookies when you browse the Dalmatian DIY blog and/or use data collected elsewhere to customise third-party advertisements that may be served to you while visiting Dalmatian DIY. Third-party services and external associations operate under different individual privacy policies. If you have a concern about one of the service providers or affiliate programs, please contact us. Our main services, programs, tools, and associations are listed below, along with their individual privacy links. Note that this list is subject to change, and some listed items may not all be active at any given time. 

Aggregated Statistics


Within the various dashboards of our hosting service, webmaster tools, and other website analytics, we see aggregated statistical data about our visitors and website traffic. These include non-personally identifying information such as visitor numbers, page or post views, incoming search terms, and referring external public links. This information helps us understand Dalmatian DIY’s traffic patterns and reader preferences to continuously improve our website and content for our readers.

Embedded Content


The website may also include embedded content (social media, videos, images, etc.). Embedded content shared from elsewhere may behave in the exact same way as if the viewer visited the other website or application (see External Links and Social Media below). They may collect data, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website or application.

External Links


Dalmatian DIY includes a variety of different links (internal and external), including references, resources, special interest links, social media links, affiliate links, and advertising banners. Once you leave our blog by clicking through a link, the site you enter will have its own privacy policy (and in some cases, notifications and/or opt-ins). We are not responsible for the policies or practices of externally linked sites; however, if you are ever directed to a site of concern please let us know so that we can follow up on the issue for corrections.

Advertising and affiliate programs offset the cost of running Dalmatian DIY as a free access website, and they require data to function correctly. Most programs use unique referrer codes and cookie/tag tracking to credit the referring source. These are applied and controlled by the receiving site. Advertisers may also use their own data to customise the advertising content that is served in designated positions on our site. See our detailed Disclosure Policy for more information on these programs and how they work. 

Social Media

We also use social media. Some forms of social media we use directly, posting, sharing, and commenting under the Dalmatian DIY profile. We also offering buttons on the blog for easy social sharing. Sharing is a user-initiated interaction with the social media, email, or messaging platform of their choice. Corresponding privacy policies are available within each individual social media site or app.  Most also offer a variety of settings that users can customise. It’s good practice to review your personal privacy settings on a regular basis. 

Changes and Modifications

This page was last updated on 26 April 2024 
Questions, requests, or other feedback? Contact us via email.

Please review this page periodically for changes. Dalmatian DIY reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to modify or replace Policy terms or content by posting updated information. Your continued use constitutes your acceptance of the new Terms of Use, including this Policy.

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