When visiting Australia, how can you ensure that your doggie companion behaves well and gets along with other pets? Whether your trip will be brief or extended, you are required to maintain safety of your pet while in public. To prepare before your travel, a visit to a pet trainer can be a good idea. This can be a fun way to reinforce proper behaviors in your pet.
What’s expected from your pet?
How can you know what the pet-iquette is in Australia? There are good manners, and then there are acceptable manners that will be expected from your pet when visiting Down Under. Dogs are generally viewed as working companions in much of rural Australia, but when they are in city areas there is an entirely different view of how they must behave. Cats and other pets may be viewed as a novelty, but must still be monitored at all times.
According to dog behaviorist, Patricia B. McConnell, PhD, CAAB, each country, and even city, sets it’s own laws that based on the culture of the region. In Australia, certain breeds like pit bulls are prohibited in certain cities. Some cities allow dogs to be off-leash in parks and at beaches, but not within city limits. Still others do not have rules concerning dogs being off leash or accompanying their owners into popular pet cafes. The following are some general guidelines to follow as you visit Australia, but if in doubt be sure to ask before assuming anything.
Leashes are generally a must in town
As mentioned above, if you are visiting an urban area of Australia such as Victoria, be sure to bring your pet’s leash and harness along. Your pet must also be trained to walk on a leash without showing aggression towards others. If you are in a park or beach area, which may be approved for off-leash play, be sure that your pet is not displaying any signs of aggression towards animals or people. In the country, your dog is more likely to encounter local wildlife, and you as the owner are responsible for keeping your dog and other animals safe. Some parks prohibit dogs. Cats, which are already a big problem due to overpopulation of feral communities, are generally prohibited from all areas that can bring them into contact with wildlife.
Respecting people and property
When visiting any area of Australia, it’s important to understand that you are a temporary guest. Do not allow your pet to damage the property of others. This includes cleaning up pet messes. Respect other people and their animals and livestock. When traveling, make use of an approved pet crate to keep your pet safely contained. The view of some people in Australia is that pets should not be disruptive and barking a lot, so if needed you may have to use a muzzle if your pet cannot quiet down easily. Any damage to property, including letting a pet loose in an unauthorized area, can result in fines for the owner.
Pet cafes and other public family spaces
Just like many European and Asian countries, pet cafes are growing in popularity. Renee Zezula the manager of Holidaying with Dogs, a website that connects travelers with pet friendly accommodations around Australia, says, “People want to travel here and they want to bring their whole family, which include their pets too.” A good reason for including pets in cafes and other family-friendly spots? For the first time in years, pets have outnumbered children in Australian households.
This comes with a whole other set of pet-iquette. As a rule, pets must be well behaved and non-aggressive. They should be easy-going in terms of personality. They should also have all their shots and be licensed. In some cafes, pets are free to roam around and engage in play with others. Plenty of butt-sniffing is allowed (for dogs not humans). Pets are normally allowed in outdoor dining areas where they can enjoy a special snack with their humans.
When traveling in Australia, be sure to check the local laws pertaining to immunizations, leash use, and regional wildlife to protect your pet, yourself, and others. Use common sense and make sure your pet is ready for interaction with others before exposing them. If you need help in your preparation contact us- we will safely deliver your pet “down under.”