All your feedback has really helped. I will get Nick to have a look at your comments so that we can seriously weigh up the pros and cons. It is hard as he is part of our family and i do think it will help the kids fit in, but i also don't want to be restricted in exploring all the new places open to use across oz and him being left alone. A lot of thinking to do
Never had dog in UK, got our dog here about 5 months ago, live in Belair (hills) and use lead on small streets as drivers a bit dodgy, tie up outside local shops and he's ok and people very friendly with him, on the trails take off lead but need to be careful of snakes as can be bitten (and I believe a bite can kill) when rummaging in bush but he loves running down the tracks and chasing hares!!!!, been advised by local dog obedience school to use the dog parks instead as no snakes, Belair National Park allows dos in but large sign on entry advising to keep on lead as poisonous meat bites used widely throughout the park, use Brighton and Glenelg beach a lot and should be on lead until 8pm, only really a problem in summer before 8pm when really hot and families there and warden patrol asked us to put him back on the lead otherwise walk regularly up and down the beach off lead and before 8pm have him in one place in the water off lead with no problems (golden retriever, loves the water). Yearly registration fee and a friend of husband forgot to reregister his dog and was automatically fined several hundred dollars I believe, need to note road signs informing now time to register dog, so I'll be vigilant in 2010, think around August/September time signs go up. Reduced registration fee for chipping, neutering and obedience training.
I know of another park for dogs at Tedder Reserve, Findon called Pooch Park and I'm sure there must be others. We are out at West Lakes Shore and this park is only a 10 minute drive if you have a map handy. The beaches also allow dogs, but in our council (Charles Sturt) they have to be on a lead between 10am and 8pm during summer time only. If you like early morning walks, all you will see is hundreds of dog walkers, lol. We haven't found anywhere in our area where you can't take a dog, it's just a question of whether or not they have to be on a lead at certain times. "Doggy Poo bags" are provided by Council virtually everywhere. As Dianne said, it is just certain conservation parks and national parks where you may see restrictions.
Dogs are in quarantine for a 30 days and the stations are Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. They allow visitors, who can go and play with your dog if you know anyone interstate, and you can also arrange for dog-walkers to go in during the month. Our family's dog came out looking in fantastic condition so they are obviously well looked after.
For what it's worth, if the dog is only 1 year old and a good dog (as Labradors generally are) personnally I wouldn't hesitate. However, it is a very expensive exercise! If you do find a good home for him, there are plenty of very good Labrador breeders here if you were to buy the kids another dog. I can provide you with some contact numbers if and when you need them.
Good luck with your decision, Kazza xx
Last edited by Kazzarazza; 06-01-2010 at 09:51 PM.
Originally Posted by RJECSAUNDERS
Yeah its on Wheatsheaf road, just off south rd intersection.
Keep goiung up to you come to the park with the mini train and its in there.
Its now the whole of Christies beach untill the Desal jetty is taken down then as you said from the creak to sullivans beach.
Originally Posted by jomark
If the dog is OFF the lead when its supposed to be on it, whats the point of having signs up. What if your dog approaches someone who is scared of dogs and the dog is off its lead, i can hear you say our dogs ok....but the other person is scared ****less!!
Originally Posted by Lesley
Don't laugh but you can book 'Doggie daycare' here. We pay $4/hour if we have something on and need our dog to be looked after. Our local grooming parlour offers the service. Our girl gets to play with the other dogs and is not put in a cage. There is even a garden for supervised doggie play. She loves it and we never feel guilty as she obviously has a great time and doesn't even stop to say goodbye when we drop her these days. I think the RSPCA down south may also offer it if I remember correctly from another thread.
It was great recently when we had a huge load of compost delivered and needed to barrow it in off the footpath. It meant we could leave the side gate open without our dog getting out. We also used it when we had some concreting done.
Perhaps this may be an option if needed? There are also various forms of holiday dog care such as kennels, dog/home sitters and people who will take your dog into their own homes for a fee. Prices vary. Our dog is going to live with a lovely lady she has stayed with before whilst we go on holidays this week.
Hope this helps with your decision.
I forgot to mention that the Caravan and Camping Association over here also puts out a guide each year (free, you can order it on the internet) which quite clearly tells you which parks will take dogs. Many do. We've also had a lovely week camping in the Barossa Valley with our dog. She did have to stay on a lead and we used a big corkscrew device with a long lead so she could still move and sniff about when we were at our camper. She loved meeting all of the other dogs and I can honestly say I didn't see a single dog that was a problem despite every 2nd pitch having one! It was great fun as the dogs were good icebreakers and we met lots of other people to chat to.
As the weather is often nice over here there are lots of outdoor cafes where you can sit and have a coffee and take your dog. We even did this on a regular basis over winter.
We also stayed in a dog friendly holiday let at Goolwa in October and despite horrible weather still had a great time with our dog. Obviously as you probably already know dogs can restrict you at times but they more than make up for it in what they give back to us.
To be honest Steve, I'm really concerned about all the people who without permission approach my dog ON and OFF the lead to stroke him and how scared he gets and there's not much I can do about that, so view my job as one off responsibly socialising my dog i.e. he doesn't approach anyone and he doesn't react if people approach him..................................not sure what you think happens after 8pm when dogs officially allowed off the lead as still lots of people on the beach, are the people you're concerned about now fair game perhaps people who are scared ****less by dogs should'nt go where they are or better still lets all be a little more tolerant and respect each other.
those people know after 8pm dogs can be off the lead so thats their responsibility not to go on the beach, before that time its the dogs owners responsibility for their dogs to be on the lead.
If you are concerned about people approaching your dog, "quote, on and off the lead ,un-quote" , then keep it on the lead and tell people not to approach your dog.
Remember i have been there done that with my dog when he was with us. I counted myself as a responsible owner and abided with the laws of the council . Its never a bad dog, always a bad owner.