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    Cool Holidaying with Your Dog

    So we're taking Suzie up to Byron Bay next weekend for our little trip that she won us and it got me thinking, how do you prepare your dogs for a holiday? Sure you've got the tips for travelling in the car, you've researched whether you need to worry about ticks and other nasties, and you've got things like food, lead, etc packed but what else do you worry about? Do you plan where to take your dogs anywhere particular?

    (Any suggestions of dog friendly places to see and have fun around Byron Bay would be appreciated )

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    We travel a lot with our dogs.......We have our caravan (an old one) especially remodeled to have our dogs. We have a large crate under the bed,newfie height, that fits four dog. We find it so great when we travel, because they are very safe in there, they have their own security screen window. And the one thing I know is that our caravan is so nice and cool with a couple of windows and the top open compared to cars and even under a tree. The dogs travel harnessed with us in the car, but when we stop, they are either on lead or in the caravan. The only thing left to do is to have an outside doggie door. And we hope to carry some panels on the side to give them a safe outside place.
    We bring all our own food and water. As you said, the tick thing is very important and bring your proof of vaccination if you have it. We also have a few caravan park references, Which have come in very handy. And our pet-stay book.
    Enjoy your Holiday
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    Wow, that sounds like doggie heaven. We're staying at a pet friendly cottage with a fenced in verandah to keep the dogs secure, also dogs are allowed inside, probably just not on the furniture. Thanks for reminding me about vaccination records in case the owners of the property ask (they also have a little dog that greets visitors). I researched paralysis ticks in the area and Feb is the best time to go as there's a very low risk.

    Hopefully the owners give us a list of dog friendly places when we're there as all I've found online is a dog beach.

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    Hi,

    I always find a tether is useful while having a holiday with dogs.
    I also use permoxin spray as preventative way to fleas/ticks if we go for bush walk.
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    We are planing on buying an old bus & doing it up with crates & other dog type furniture(hammocks,grooming bench etc) along approx 70% of 1 side & the rest living areas for me & the OH. We are going to build racks to hold demontable runs in on the outside of the bus & tow a 4WD behind, lol. We have approx 10yrs to make this happen as our youngest is nearly 8 & as soon as he's settled at UNI we'd like to take off around Aus just OH, me & approx 6 dogs, lol. OH says I will have to have numbers down by then, lol.
    Hope you have a great holiday & Byron Bay is mostly doggy friendly in general or it was 3/4 yrs ago anyway. I always take a bag in the car with a bottle of water, wipes, towel, plastic bag & rags to clean up any vomits or other accidents while travelling with dogs & an icecream bucket for water. A teether that screws into the ground, extra collar & lead, their own food, their vacc/vet certs & make sure their m/c details are up to date & collars with ID are on & not too loose or collar too worn before you even leave,
    Have fun, wish I was going i love BB.
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    I fed my dog proban tablets for a week before taking her into tick prone area. I also bought some tick twister things. I took a soft sided crate with me that she had already spent a lot of happy time in (we love promite on toast), so I would not have to tie her up. I took dog food caserole in my car fridge, and dry dog food and tinned sardines as back up and a lot of dog poo bags because you can't always get them where you want them. Although some places - it's better to leave the poo to decompose naturally than to wrap it up in plastic and put it in a place that doesn't have a garbage service.

    And a doggy dinner bowl. Often forget to take that but it is handy.

    And I took lots of dog toys. I have a dedicated back pack for dog stuff.

    I have packing lists for everything. But crate, towels, dog food etc are the most important things.

    I also put dog in a harness on her dog seat in the car. I know some people have a space for a dog crate but I don't.

    I don't feed my dog before the car trip, I feed her in the evening at normal doggy dinner time. So no breakfast or it can come back to haunt you.

    Every country town has a footy oval or park that you can walk laps around until your dog performs. For me it usually takes two laps, first one for safety inspection, second one for performing. Do clean up and put dog stuff in the bin, or at least where people don't (can't) walk. Be aware that you're probably being watched and be on your best behaviour. Country people are sticky beaks. They will leave you alone as long as you do the right thing.

    Byron Bay must have nice beaches... I'd check the Byron Bay council website for dog approved areas. Most councils in NSW have dedicated dog parks these days - though the tourist info center may not know where these are. If you're staying in dog friendly accommodation, they may know.

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    Thanks for all the advice. I've just bought her a houndbag so cleaning up any mess when travelling will be easy. Suzie takes Comfortis monthly so fleas are no trouble and we don't go bushwalking. I'm planning on bringing her lead and another which we can use to tether her if needed (although she likes to be with us 24/7), food bowl, food, treats, poopy bags, etc. I'll also probably bring her shampoo in case she gets into anything dirty.

    Glad to hear that Byron Bay is dog friendly as I couldn't find much online. Can't wait to go on our little holiday

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