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.
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