Do we take the dogs or not???

Submitted: Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 10:11
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We are finding it hard to decide if we should take your beloved dogs with us on our trip around OZ!!!! We would like any ideas on how others have travelled with their dogs and how much harder it made the trip. We are not sure what to do with them if we dont take them as all our friends/family already have dogs.
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 10:15

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 10:15
They are handy if you are going across the top and want to test the rivers for crocs....


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Follow Up By: DanielleSmit - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 10:25

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 10:25
Gee thats nice!!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 13:33

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 13:33
Geez Bushy I thought that you only do that with Cats lol lol.

Daniel dogs are ok as long as they don't annoy people who don't have them, and clean up after them.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 21:42

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 21:42
Nah just send the cheeky husband instead.
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Reply By: Member - res.q.guy (Vic.) - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 10:30

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 10:30
Hi Danielle
We took our 2 dogs with us, on our two years around Aust.
The only troubles we had, was around Kununurra, which no van parks took dogs, stay at Wyndham instead.
The other area we had trouble was, north of perth for a few hundred klm.
If you want to go into a Nat Park, we teamed up with others that had a dog, we looked after theirs for the day, then they look after ours the next. It seemed to work ok for us.
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 10:31

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 10:31
Danielle,

Have a lookhere at an earlier thread on this subject.

You will have restrictions on where you can or can't go eg no taking dogs into National Parks. Also you will need to be careful to see that they don't pick up baits, ticks etc.

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Val
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Reply By: Tricky Dicky - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 11:03

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 11:03
hi DanielleSmit
we have been holidaying around the eastern states with our dog (pug) in a caravan for about 3 years and have never had any problems yet. There are a lot of van parks that take dogs ( not in school holidays though) so have always found somewhere to stay. we intend to take him to the NT in june/july where we hope its the same although we will free camp more this trip. Remember to take vet certificates incase you want to put them in kennels at any stage.
have a good trip
Dick
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Follow Up By: steamfire01 - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 13:37

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 13:37
We did the big trip two years ago with our small (maltese) and had no major problems. The park at Kunnurra (I think it was the Lakeside) was fine and took dogs OK. At Yulara we were able to leave the dog at the office for three or four hours while we explored the park. The only thing we missed in the whole 5 month trip was the Bungles because there was nowhere to leave the dog.
Went to Cape Leveque for a couple of days and left the dog at a kennel in Derby (yes you can travel back tracks to Cape Leveque from Derby, see the information centre for a mud map.
We are doing another lap this year and will take the dog again.
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Reply By:- Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 13:44

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 13:44
i think in kununara mabybe you can take your dogs its something like a show or sportsground thats opposite a caravan park ask at tourist office
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 18:40

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 18:40
Show ground at Kununurra can be used for camping with pets, but not available when events are taking place at the show grounds.


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Reply By: steamfire01 - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 15:15

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 15:15
Just Checked Kununurra, they still take dogs about rates are about $25 - $30 / night. Their website said......
Lakeside Caravan and Camping Park
Our newly opened park, located on the edge of Lake Kununurra amongst shady trees, caters for caravaners and campers. Pets are welcome (a pet bond is required to be paid on arrival).

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 18:29

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 18:29
We would never attempt to travel with pets.
There are simply too many stunning places that you can't go with them.
Then again, many people do. Perhaps it is a question of not missing what is not available.
Many of the MOST special places are National Parks.
I suggest you make a list of where you want to go and then see how many you have to cross off.

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Reply By: Matt(WA) - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 18:35

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 18:35
We have been travelling for 9 months with our Kelpie/Dingo cross and havent had a drama in the world. We are only young(28 and 30) and have been able to find CV parks when we need them. Thant said we do normally try and bush camp.

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Reply By: DIO - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 19:15

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 19:15
Pastoral areas, 1080 poison baits, no antidote, dogs die a very painful and distressing death. Frequently occurs, baits often look like a twig etc, birds pick them up and spread them all over the place, signs warning of usage may be in place however the risks are too high in my opinion. However, they're your dogs, therefore your responsibility and decision re taking them rests with you.
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Reply By: Member - Geoff C (QLD) - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 22:12

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 22:12
We took our 2 cattle dogs on our first trip around the block and it really restricted where we could go. We put muzzles on them if we thought there was any possibility of 1080 but they hated it, sat around looking miserable. The worst part of it was walking them in the rain and mud etc. Now we use housesitters and enjoy ourselves more without the worry.

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