Australian Adventure With Your Dog: Easy Guide For Pet Owners

  • 18/04/2020

dog-in-australia.jpgPets are the best napping buddies and jogging companions, but they have other tricks as well. If you’re an adventurist not willing to leave your pet at home during your trips, don’t worry! Dogs can be great travel companions, especially if you prepare well and plan your trip like a pro. Since Australia is a huge country, you’ll have a lot of spots to hit and places to explore, but this guide will make sure all of you, both humans and animals, are comfortable and safe.

Check the laws

Traveling with pets across territory borders might require you to follow certain biosecurity rules. For instance, in some case, people are not allowed to transport fruits and veggies over the border, and the same could apply to your dog. Mostly, there are no restrictions for dogs, except if you’re traveling to Tasmania. Only dogs treated for the hydatid tapeworm can spend time on Tasmanian soil, so make sure to provide all necessary vet statements and receipts. Just to be safe, you can always check out Australian Interstate Quarantine website and find all necessary info.

Get a good vehicle

Cuddling with your dog while you sleep might be fun the first night, but after some time, both of you will want your space. In that case, it’s great to have a larger vehicle that will be perfect for naps and an occasional night in the open. There are practical doggy beds for the back seat or trunk where your pup can feel safe and comfortable.

Consider camping

If you and your entire family, dog included, are traveling across Australia, camping is a great choice of accommodation. There are various dog-friendly caravan camps no matter which route you take. These camps are very practical because they have all the necessary amenities for both your family and your pet. Just make sure to keep your pet leashed at all times, most spots have that rule in place. If you choose this type of travel, check out Australia's Family Travel Guide where you can find all sorts of helpful information.

Find dog-friendly motels

If you don’t want to spend your nights in your car or a camper, you can always find road-side motels where you can stretch, take a shower and give your pet a short walk around the property. Make sure to check in advance or at the front desk whether they accept guests with dogs. In case they do, make sure to follow the pet rules and you’ll have a perfect night’s rest.

Don’t shy away from kennels

It’s normal that you want to see and experience certain spots that don’t allow dogs. Don’t think you’re too selfish if you leave your dog in a kennel or a doggy care center for an afternoon. Many lovely places will take good care of dogs dog and allow them to rest, play with other pooches and just take a break from you. Many National Parks don’t allow animals on their grounds, so if you want to visit them, it’s best to give your dog a break and have a lovely day in nature alone. In most cases, your dog won’t even notice you’re not around!

Investigate vet along your way

Dogs get sick more easily when traveling. There are all sorts of viruses and bacteria they can pick up along the way, so it’s smart to have all your dog’s medical records with you and a few vets’ locations ready. Also, older dogs might develop back pain or any other ailment due to too much activity and spending time in a vehicle.

Seek out spots your dog loves

Traveling with a dog is not always going to be easy. You will undoubtedly come across people, accommodation and attractions that don’t allow dogs but make sure to go with a flow. If you know your dog is crazy about splashing around in the water, don’t hesitate to take a long way to your destination in order to hit a dog-friendly beach. If your pup loves nature walks, look for some hiking trails and have an active adventure.

Taking a once-in-a-lifetime adventure wouldn’t be same without your faithful pet, so make sure to include them into your Aussie trip. This will be a bonding experience you will never forget!

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