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So you’ve decided to embark on a caravan trip around this vast wonderful country of ours. You’ve obviously planned and prepared every fine detail from packing the caravan, planned meals, made sure you have everything you need and got a rough idea of where you’re going and where you’re going to stay. But what about your best friend? Have you given any thought as to how to get your dog ready for a caravan trip?
After travelling right around Australia with our then pet labrador dog Jada, we have done many shorter trips with our dogs. We’ve even taken two dogs camping on North Stradbroke Island for a couple of days. You could say we are experienced caravan travellers with a dog.
More and more people are gallivanting around the country with their furry best friends and fortunately there are more and more pet friendly caravan parks and camping grounds. When we travelled around Australia in 2014 we never really encountered any problems finding places to camp with our dog. In fact we enjoyed having her with us as she provided great company and forced us to walk a lot!
There are plenty of good reasons to take your dog on your caravan trip, but before you make a final decision think carefully about the following:
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Dogs like people are very sociable creatures and love the social side of meeting other dogs and being able to spend some time interacting. Just make sure the other dog is sociable before allowing them to play. As you will be spending a lot of time together it’s important that you also are able to take time apart during the day or night. In some areas you’ll be able to let your dog off the leash and allow them to explore, sniff and search out new smells. Just be mindful that some regions in the outback lay poison baits for dingoes and foxes, so be aware of this.
Walking your dog on a leash is probably advisable in most vegetated areas such as bushland and forest as this has the least environmental impact on the natural flora and fauna in the Australian bush. The best places to allow your dog off the leash are on remote beaches and large grassy reserves or paddocks. Make sure you pick up their poo wherever you go. It goes without saying that your dog will have the time of their life exploring new terrain!
This article was written in collaboration with 99PetShops
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.