For owners travelling with dogs here are some basics:
When travelling with dogs stop every two hours and exercise them. It will be good for you too and help you arrive safely. Make sure you have fresh water; it is best if it comes from the home supply and can be carried in sealed plastic containers.
Do not feed your animal on the day you leave and restrain them in the vehicle. If there is too much enthusiasm from the pet while it is in the vehicle it should be restrained on the floor behind the front passenger seat. Make sure all shots are up to date and off you go.
Discuss your pet and its needs with the caravan park before you arrive.
Train your dog in elementary obedience and good manners.
Do not allow your dog to wander outside of your own site area.
Keep your dogs vaccinations up to date and make sure your dog is flea free.
Stop your dog barking, it offends.
If the dog must be on a leash, make sure it is.
Stop your dog wandering or scavenging.
Dont let your dog foul pavements, lawns, gardens, beaches, parks and camping areas.
Clean up after your dog.
You dog should wear its council registration and an additional ID with your name and phone number plus the address and phone number of a friend at home.
Dogs should not be allowed to stick their heads through car windows. As your pet will be in a strange environment micro chipping is recommended as permanent identification.
On a hot summer day a dog in a closed car can die in six minutes, the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals warns.
Never leave pets or children in an enclosed vehicle in warm weather. It is amazing how quickly heat can build up, even on overcast days.
If your dog is in the car park make sure your vehicle is in the shade and windows are open enough to ensure a strong airflow. Never leave your pet for long periods.
Never tie dogs near trailer edges or windows hanging is a reality. Tie your dog up well clear of vehicles and make sure there is a continual supply of fresh water and shade.
Travelling dogs need regular walks. Dont let your pet wander around the vehicle. Apart from distracting the driver they can injure themselves and others if there is sudden braking or an accident. Dog seat belts are a sound investment in security and safety. Take clean, flea free bedding for your pet.
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Tony and Helen from Tassie ask GoSeeAustralia
Myself, my wife and our Jack Russell Terrier will be traveling later this year in our caravan. Would it be at all possible to obtain a list of pet friendly parks?
We will be traveling up through central Victoria, NSW (bypassing Sydney) to Brisbane. Returning NSW Vic coast (bypassing Sydney) to Melbourne.
Ok Tony and Helen,
Go to GoSeeAustralia Advanced Search.
It is on the GoSeeAustralia Home Page on the left.
It will open.
Click the Caravan Parks option and you will see a green dot come up.
Now in the state drop down box click the down arrow and click Victoria/NSW/Qld.
Click the Pet Friendly Box option.
You have all the Caravan Parks in the various states on GoSeeAustralia who have signed off with GoSeeAustralia as having a Pet Friendly Policy.
You will see there are 10 pages of Pet Friendly Parks.
I owned a Jack Russell for 14 years.
Since she died I have not been able to take on another dog of my own.
I guess that means I am almost a loyal as she was.
Let me know if we can help further.
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