travelling Qld to WA with a small dog

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 26, 2011 at 13:01
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We are planning a 2 month trip for October and have come adrift with the person house/ dog sitting not able to do so. Has anyone taken their dog on such a trip and if so what did you do when you went visiting spots in national parks. Unfortunately the little dog is likely to take out being left in the van and do a bit of renovating. All suggestions would be appreciated by my wife and I
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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 26, 2011 at 13:33

Sunday, Jun 26, 2011 at 13:33
*Maybe a Boarding Kennel.
*Or pay a relative or neighbour to care for the dog.

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Follow Up By: Member - Bill B1 (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 26, 2011 at 15:52

Sunday, Jun 26, 2011 at 15:52
How old is it? Maybe its run its race or close to it.
It will bugger up your holiday i you are like to get out and look around. ore and more CP's are dog free now.

I suppose its not as bad as the lady we saw on the Murray River who had a white cockatoo in a big cage.

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Follow Up By: Bigfish - Sunday, Jun 26, 2011 at 16:47

Sunday, Jun 26, 2011 at 16:47
Nice reply Bill B1.....hope none of your family have to rely on you in their twilight years!!

I have travelled with dogs before and had no worries. They limit some places BUT they are part of your family!
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Reply By: Member - sassenach.girl (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 26, 2011 at 17:44

Sunday, Jun 26, 2011 at 17:44
Most (if not all) national parks will not allow pets due to wildlife protection. Have you considered finding another housesitter?
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Reply By: Motherhen - Sunday, Jun 26, 2011 at 17:48

Sunday, Jun 26, 2011 at 17:48
Hi Chris

Although our dog stays home, we meet many others travelling with pets of which the majority are dogs. Near some National Parks you may be able to take it turns to dog sit with a neighbour in the caravan park. Kennels are an option, but not always either of the above are near key National Parks.

Be aware of the chance of poison baits, particularly on pastoral areas.

For dog friendly parks, check Gary Stratton's Caravan Park listing - you have to register, but it is free.

Badger's reports show pet friendly parks and campgrounds where this is knownBadger's

Camps Australia Wide free and low cost camping publication shows if the camping opportunity can have pets.

There are a number of other publications specifically for those travelling with dogs.

Most Shire run caravan parks in WA towns allow pets.

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Reply By: Member - res.q.guy (Vic.) - Sunday, Jun 26, 2011 at 21:25

Sunday, Jun 26, 2011 at 21:25
We travelled 2 yrs around Aust, with two maltese x poodles, wouldn't think of going without them.
We generally had no trouble with van parks, except for Kununurra and Nth of Perth for a couple of hundred klm.
Instead of staying at Kununurra we stayed at Wyndham, a great place.
We did a lot of free camping where we could, and met a lot of other travellers with pets.
For the few National Parks we did want to go into, we usually teamed up with other pet owners, and looked after each others dogs on alternate days, worked really well for us, and made great friends in doing so.
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Reply By: Ray - Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 08:17

Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 08:17
We have done two laps around the block with two dogs. We have never had a problem finding somewhere to park and I believe a lot more c/van parks allow dogs. A lot of the smaller parks that were off the beaten track realised that they were losing money by not allowing dogs. With the exception of a few national parks are an excuse not to do any development.
I even went into one c/van park that did or did not specify pets and inquired with the proprietor about dogs and was told that dogs were OK but not kids (children) as dogs do not cause as much trouble as kids and that most dog owners are responsible people whereas a lot parents are not. Go on your trip with your dogs
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Reply By: Big Al. Gold Coast - Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 08:27

Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 08:27
Why not try a small portable folding dog crate for the van. If you put its bed and toys in it will soon get used to it.
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