Beaches, rivers, bush, high country—there are so many beautiful getaway options in Victoria. Holidaying with your dog is a real joy, and camping allows the whole family to reset and enjoy the great outdoors.
Our Office Manager Jess (you’ll see her at Dogdayz Warrandyte) enjoys many camping trips with her husband and their self-proclaimed Labra-daughter, Kira. Her number one tip to make the most of your trip and keep your dog safe? Preparation is key.
When packing they always include:
- an updated human first aid kit including some dog friendly items in case of injury, especially if they’re going off grid for a while. Jess says “Iodine and wrap/elastic bandages for cuts/grazes, saline for gunky eyes, dog friendly fly repellent and sunscreen are my must haves!”
- plenty of water and a travel dog water bottle
- Kira’s raised fold up camping bed
- and of course, lots of treats!
Jess goes on to advise these safety tips when onsite:
- make sure they have great recall or keep them on a long lead, you never know what animals may walk past camp!
- take care if there’s long grass around due to the risk of snakes and grass seeds. We check around her paws/legs/face at the end of each day to make sure she doesn’t have any grass seeds or injuries that we don’t know about. So far across her 5 years of camping we’ve had just a sprained tail and grazed leg so we’ve been very lucky.”
You can research great places to camp with your dog on the Parks Victoria website. And if you can’t take your dog with you (many National Parks don’t allow them) get in touch with Dogdayz for Boarding or Daycare while you explore.