Now, be honest – is it really a holiday if your dog isn't allowed to come with you? Probably not! So, if you do have your mind set on exploring Oz, it can be nice if you can bring your pooch along. In case you are planning on taking a road trip with your dog, though, there is some planning involved.
Keep in mind that the laws are still evolving as far as pets are concerned. This means that your pup may not necessarily be allowed in the same spaces that you are. Thus, if you want to make certain that they can follow you every step of the way, here is what you will need to know:
Always Do Your Research
The rules and regulations regarding dogs can differ drastically from one place to another. One park may welcome your furry friends with open arms while another may have a strict no-dogs policy. To avoid being disappointed, make sure to do your research before you set off on any journey.
You should always call businesses or certain spots directly. This will help to ascertain whether a place is actually dog-friendly or just claims to be. It's better to have this information upfront rather than be turned away at the last minute.
How to Travel – Take Your Own Vehicle
It doesn't matter if you are exploring the country or just heading to one destination, it's probably best to go in your own vehicle. At the moment, there are only two airlines that will allow you to travel with pets – Qantas and Virgin. However, there are certain limitations you need to adhere to and such a trip can get pretty pricey.
Also, as you are aware, the rules for public transportation can vary quite a bit across Australia. This means that you may find it nearly impossible to travel with your pooch on trains and buses in certain areas.
This is why travelling in your vehicle is the best option. There aren't any restrictions and you can make sure that your pooch is quite comfortable as you travel around. Thus, it is a win-win scenario.
Grabbing a Bite? Follow the Rules
As you probably know, you are more or less free to take your pup to most dining establishments according to the law. Of course, it is important to follow the rules associated with this law. For instance, you and your pup should remain in the outdoor section of any eatery.
Make sure that your pooch has relieved itself before you head to the restaurant. This way, neither you nor the staff will be required to clean up after your furry friend. It is a good idea to bring your own water bowls, water, and treats for your pooch as well.
Now, most dining establishments do reserve the right to turn you and your dog away. Thus, it is a good idea to check with the owners or the managers before you make yourself comfortable.
Double Check with Accommodations
The good news is that a greater number of hotels and other establishments are opening their doors to pets. You can find some of them here.This should make it easier to find somewhere to stay with your dog. Nevertheless, it is important to be cautious.
Some establishments claim to be pet-friendly but may change their minds when you show up with a pup. This is why you should always make the booking directly with the hotel. Also, double-check that dogs are allowed within the premises. Make it a point to mention that you will be bringing your dog with you.
If the hotels aren't all that accommodating, then you may want to check out rental options such as Airbnb. You should be able to find some hosts that are willing to let you keep your pooch with you. However, you should try to improve your chances of being allowed to do so.
If your dog functions as an emotional support animal, you may want to make this status official. You can do this with the help of an ESA letter by following the steps mentioned here. Most people won't want to deny you the company of your pooch if they understand that he or she is detrimental to your emotional or mental health.
Regardless of whether you are selecting a hotel or some other form of accommodation, keep your pup's requirements in mind. They will need a proper area to relieve themselves, without interfering or offending anyone else. They will also require plenty of room to stretch their legs, particularly if they are being cooped up in a vehicle for hours on end.
If you love the outdoors and embrace camping, then you may want to look into nearby campsites. You will either have to set up a tent or park a campervan or caravan to be allowed to stay here. It is also important to remember that not all campsites will welcome dogs. Always check on this ahead of time.
Consider Hiring a Sitter or Walker
Some public and private spaces don't allow dogs. This can put a wrench in your plans to go exploring. After all, it can be daunting to leave your pups by themselves in an unfamiliar space. Well, there may be a solution to this concern as well.
You are bound to find a couple of dog sitters or walkers wherever you go. They may be businesses or local residents looking to make some extra money. Hire these individuals for a couple of hours. They will ensure that your pups are entertained while you look around.
Of course, not all sitters or walkers are equally competent. Thus, you should read the reviews ahead of time. This will let you know how capable or trustworthy a particular individual is.
So, there you have it. Everything that you need to know about travelling around Oz with your pooch. All that is left for you to do is to put this information to good use and plan out a fun adventure for you and your pooch. You are sure to have a pawsome time.
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