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TIPS FOR TAKING YOUR DOG TO A FAMILY PARK

In Australia, 38% of people own a dog, and at a Family Park you can enjoy having them on vacation with you. In fact 75% of Family Parks are pet friendly, which means that your don’t have to leave your canine companion in kennels; you can enjoy having them with you in your caravan or chalet. Even if you are staying on site for your whole vacation, there is plenty of space for a walk and they will meet lots of other doggy friends too.

WALKING AROUND THE PARK

Your Family Parks site is an ideal place for early morning walkies, just make sure that you are considerate towards others. Don’t let your dog go running off, or let them go into children’s play areas. Keep your dog on the leash if there are other dogs approaching, as some dogs can be nervous around others. It is a legal requirement in Australia to keep some dog poop bags with you, so you can clear up after your dog. There are bins on site you can use to dispose of these.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR YOUR DOG AT A FAMILY PARK

When you are taking your dog on vacation to a Family Park, make sure that you pack all the food and treats that he’ll need for your trip. Many of the Family Parks on site shops also stock basic pet supplies if you need it. You should also pack any medication he might be taking too, especially if there isn’t a veterinarian in the area. Don’t forget to bring your dog’s water bowl and bed. If you are arriving in your own RV or caravan, it is a good idea to leave these in there permanently, because dogs like to have a safe space to sleep and their own bed will be familiar to them. Make sure that your dog has a collar, leash or harness and some toys to play with, to keep them entertained. You should also consider bringing some old towels in case your dog gets wet or muddy when out on walkies.

TRAVELLING WITH YOUR DOG

If you are travelling a long distance to get to your Family Parks site, you will need to make regular stops so that your dog can go to the toilet. Some dogs are also prone to travel sickness and this can help. Your dog should be secured in your vehicle when you are travelling, with a special dog harness or seat belt. Alternatively they should be kept in a crate. If you are travelling in a mobile home, campervan or RV, don’t let your dog roam around inside – they may be a distraction when you are driving. They could also get injured badly if there is an accident.

Your dog will love being on holiday with you at a Family Park. It is the opportunity for some great new walkies and to see plenty of new sights.



Lucy Lees is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across a variety of sectors. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her.

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