Walking your pet doesn’t have to be a boring chore. There are several pet friendly parks and beaches in Melbourne that make dog walking an absolute pleasure. Although some parks have leashed zones, there are plenty of open spaces where pets can roam about unleashed amidst native trees and patches of green.

  1. Fawkner Park

This park welcomes plenty of sporting groups throughout the year. It’s an ideal retreat for those who require a quick breath of fresh air in the heart of the city. People living in high rises will enjoy the peace and serenity of Fawkner Park as they ramble through its pathways lined with majestic oaks and tall poplars. What’s more is that the park has a designated off-lead area for pets to tumble around in. It makes an ideal spot for pet playdates.

  1. Kilda Beach

The bayside suburb of St. Kilda is known for its vibrant café lifestyle. Hordes of people descend upon this precinct every day to hit the beach, the botanical gardens or Luna Park. West St.  Kilda beach throws its sandy shores open to beach loving dogs. The Port Phillip Council has put into place several dog friendly policies. So you can take your furry friend along for some sniffing, rough play, and soggy beachside fun.

  1. Clayton Reserve

At the corner of Macaulay Reserve and Boundary Road is Clayton Reserve, an urban sanctuary not far from the CBD. What’s great about this park is that it’s completely fenced so your pet won’t have the opportunity to run off without your knowledge. If your pet likes to socialise, this is the perfect place to visit. You’ll also get to meet several pet friendly people at the park so next time you’re looking for a new place to walk your pet, make sure you visit Clayton reserve. The park also has benches, a water fountain, poo bags and a doggie dish.

  1. Princes Park

Princes park located in Carlton has 2 sports fields, a children’s playground and a designated off-lead area for dog walkers. The park also has jogging tracks and exercise stations so it’s a great place to train yourself and your pet. The north end of the park has a water fountain. There are plenty of spots for barbecue’s and picnics too. So if you want a day out with the whole family, including your pet, this is where you should be. Poo bags are provided so make sure you pick up like everyone else does.

  1. Ruffey Lake Park

Ruffey Lake Park, located in Melbourne’s north-east abounds in natural beauty. There are three playgrounds, a lake, a jogging track, and picnic shelters amidst lush greenery. There are large off-lead areas where your pet can let loose and have fun in paradise. Dogs are not allowed in fenced vegetation areas so it’s good to take a look at the map to know which way to go.

Dog walking can be very therapeutic, particularly if you’re taking your pet to spots that are surrounded by lush greenery. Several professional dog trainers use parklands to conduct obedience training lessons. It also gives pets a chance to better their social skills. If you’re looking for professional dog trainers in Australia, don’t forget to visit the National Dog Trainers Federation website. You’ll get to learn more about our accredited trainers, memberships and education programs. Our trainers follow scientifically credible dog training methodologies and we abide by a strict code of ethics when dealing with pets. To learn more give us a ring on 1300 66 44 66 or make an enquiry online.

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