OTWAY COAST The most spectacular part of the Great Ocean Road

Grab a leash and hit the beach! Your dog and you on the Otway Coast

It’s hard to imagine any place a dog is happier than at a beach. Whether running around on the sand, dancing in the waves, swimming in the water or just lying snoozing and dreaming in the sun, every dog deserves a day at the beach.

Otway Coast has many dog friendly holiday rental houses and beaches where you and your best four legged friend can hang out. So don’t leave your dog at home when you go on holiday.

Where can I take my dog?

Coastal parks and beaches are popular places for people to have a great time with their dogs and most dogs love a good run on a beach. However because of environmental concerns and crowding over summer holiday periods there are guidelines to specify when and where owners can take their dogs and if they are allowed off leash.

In general the beaches close to the town main streets do not allow dogs between 9 am and 7 pm from December to end of February or in some cases the end of April. You can however walk and run your dog on these beaches at all other times. Do check though about the leash regulations.

In any case all these areas are sign posted so lookout for the signs. There are many beaches off the Great Ocean Road along the Otway Coast where dogs are allowed all the time so just look a little further and you’ll find a place for you and your friend to romp free on the sand and dance in the waves all year round.

Car travel with your best friend. What causes travel sickness?

Car sickness in dogs can be caused by either stress or the motion of the car. An early memory your dog will inevitably have is of the car journey that took it away from the safety of litter mates and mother. For some dogs this memory remains a long time. On the other hand motion sickness can also be a distress to a dog as it can be an uncomfortable feeling of movement in the inner ear.

Help your dog get over car sickness

Remember it’s important your dog associates car journeys with fun and good times. You can help your dog have a positive view of your car by slowly  acclimitising it.

  • Familiarise your dog with the idea of being in the car by leaving it in the car, making sure windows are down for air and the day is cool. Place the dog’s bedding and some toys in the car and leave the dog for 10 minutes, then a little longer each day for about a week. Then start driving a short distance and at the end of the drive take the dog for a fun walk or go to a park and play with some toys or a ball.
  • If you have a family member with you on these first journeys they can soothe the dog if it is distressed.
  • When you return home again play with your dog and give it a treat.
  • As time goes by you should be able to take your dog in the car without any distress.
  • Help your dog on the journey
  • It is best that your dog has an empty stomach for the journey. Preferably he/she shouldn’t be fed but do give the dog access to a little water as it can be distressed if thirsty.
  • Make sure your dog has lifted its leg plenty of times before travelling.
  • Like humans dogs will appreciate it if you drive slowly on sharp curved roads .
  • Be prepared if your dog does vomit in the car by bringing cleaning materials and towels. Do not discipline your dog if this happens, remember it can’t help it.