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Sleep Health Week, running from September 25 to October 1, is a reminder to take the time to take a closer look at our dogs' sleep health – with a theme this year of “Better Sleep, Better Health”!

For this reason we teamed up with Australian-designed and Australian-made STAN Pet Beds 
(previously Henry Hottie bed) founded 13 years ago by animal lover Michelle and inspired by her beloved dog Stanley.

Quality sleeps sets the foundation for our dogs' level of cognitive health (thinking/decision making capacity), physical recovery from activity, illness or injury, and their overall ability to cope with life in a human world.

"The idea of safe, clean, purposeful beds for our pets really is the foundation for a health and wellbeing plan. 
"By providing a space for deep relaxation we help our animals heal, restore emotional, mental and physical strength, and energetically help raise their vibration." explains Michelle.
The development of a STAN Pet Bed, the design and documented benefit, resulted in a patent in 2019. STAN Pet Beds are the only patented therapeutic, non-toxic Australian-made pet bed in the world.

We're offering you the chance to win an eco-friendly Active Dog Bed, complete with Oeko Eco Linen Cover with a choice of 5 colours (Natural, Peacock, Navy, Mustard or Grey Marle) and 3 sizes (Medium, Large & Extra Large).

✔️ Designed for the young active dog who plays, works or competes with intensity. Offering full body support and patented therapeutic non-toxic fibres to help warm down muscles and joints as they rest and recover.

✔️ Patented thermally-bonded fibres function as conduits, transferring a species-appropriate temperature throughout the bed, localising around the area’s of the dogs body pressing into the mattress. The subtle temperature encourages blood flow to these areas providing oxygen, minerals and nutrients required to assist healing and reduce the discomfort of inflammation.

✔️ The beds are thermoregulating, meaning your dog will not overheat.

This model is the perfect bed for the growing canine.

NB: ACTIVE Dog Beds are also available in Cotton Drill or Organic Hemp covers.

Other STAN Pet Beds may be better suited to your dog's needs:
Will the Brittany Spaniel is a big fan and owns both an Active Dog Bed and a Senior Dog Bed!

  • The SENIOR Dog Bed is designed for ageing bodies and those canines experiencing early onset arthritis and other types of degenerative disease.
  • The ROYALE Dog Bed combines the best features and benefits of the entire range. Designed to support larger breeds and canines from 30kg to 100kgs. This is the largest bed at 18cm high to accommodate and support the heavier breeds who generally see muscles and joints age faster.
Weimaraner Peppa enjoys the comfort of her Royale Dog Bed in Peacock

To learn more about STAN Pet Beds, visit and follow them on Facebook and/or Instagram.

** Win a STAN Pet Beds - ACTIVE Dog Bed in Linen **
Total Max. Prize: $289.00 (depending on winner's size)


1) Like our Post + our Facebook page and/or our Instagram Account 
2) Like STAN Pet Beds on Facebook at
and/or @stanpetbeds on Instagram.
3) Tell us "Why your dog needs an upgrade to a STAN Pet Beds ACTIVE Dog Bed?via our Facebook or Instagram posts (30/09/23). Be creative!
(Photo or video entries always highly regarded).


1. This Competition will open on Saturday 30th September 2023 (8:00am) and close on Wednesday 11th October 2023 (11:59pm, A.E.S.T.).
Prize will be sent directly by the company (allow 2-3 weeks depending on your location).
2. To enter, like/share and comment "why your dog needs an upgrade to a STAN Pet Beds ACTIVE Dog Bed?"
3. This Promotion is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner.
The entries will be judged by the Australian Dog Lover team. The winning entries will be selected based on the most creative, informative or useful statement.
4. Please note you MUST LIKE our Facebook page or FOLLOW @australiandoglover on Instagram to be eligible.
5. Entrants in the competition can only enter once.
6. Prizes not claimed within 48 hours will be redrawn.
* Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of all terms and conditions.

Gold Coast charity motorcycle ride for Greyhound rescue – Tutus, wings and doggies away

With 785 unwanted Queensland ex-racing Greyhounds discarded to labs and research facilities over the last four years, the Gold Coast biker community got together to raise funds for rehoming these dogs by way of a group motorcycle ride on Sunday 24th September 2023.

Ms Annie Hendley, Queensland director, Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) said the group ride was vital because the State Government has no Greyhound rehoming requirements.

"Our research shows 785 dogs have been discarded to labs in the past four years by racing dog owners in this state. It's so cruel. Holding a big group ride will raise funds to help rehome more of these ex-racers," she said.

"The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has admitted that ex-racing Greyhounds sent to labs are not tracked and their fates are unknown."

In the last financial year FY 21/22 alone, 196 dogs were sent to this grisly fate, with only 256 dogs retired to the racing industry’s rehoming arm Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP).

“There is a rehoming crisis nationally, as well as in this state, because the industry is breeding six times more dogs than can be rehomed. Meanwhile, the State Government is spending millions of taxpayer dollars on the dog racing industry,” Ms Hendley said.

The charity ride travelled from Tamborine to Advancetown on the Gold Coast, with money raised going to racing dog rehoming and advocacy efforts.

"The ride started at Tamborine’s Bearded Dragon Hotel and finished at Beechmont Hotel, Advancetown," said Ms Hendley.

"The event was last held in 2021 and was a huge success with over 100 riders. Around 100 or so people attended the event and we raised more than $5,000 to support community Greyhound rescue groups.”
"This time around it was even bigger with about 150 plus riders and another 120 people attending the event. Most importantly, we raised over $13,000 for Greyhound welfare."
The ride culminated with a community event, which included a meet-and-greet with rescue Greyhounds from Queensland community rescue group Friends of the Hound (FotH).

Their volunteers were on hand to answer questions about adoption and fostering. Lisa White, FotH president (pictured), spoke at the event and encouraged those attending to adopt greyhounds as pets.

"The end-of-ride event was hosted by Rebel FM breakfast host Ash Palmero and included live music and a raffle. The recently crowned Mrs. Galaxy Australia was a special guest who assisted with fundraising efforts. I'm very grateful for their efforts, as well as everyone else who contributed prizes to the raffle and helped with the event,” said Ms Hendley.

"Local business Cakes by Simone donated cupcakes for sale, while Little Kiwi Bakehouse donated sweets and treats. Also, Darren Perkins, the owner of Coldchill Refrigeration, has two rescued greyhounds and saved $10 from every job for several weeks and presented us with a cheque for $2000 - what a Greyhound hero!"

Rescue dog Harriet wants to go biking with her dad Paul -
Aged 9, she started biking at 3 years of age
when she first decided she wanted to get on a bike!
Ms Hendley said community-run Greyhound rescue groups don't get government support, so they really need fundraising events like this.

“CPG is committed to ending greyhound racing and its associated cruelty. This time we raised funds for the Queensland community rescue group Friends of the Hound. Anyone who's interested in greyhound welfare is welcome to join us at the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds”, she said.

Ms Hendley said independent research shows most Australians don’t support greyhound racing and don’t want it subsidised.

CPG is a dedicated group of people across Australia who work together to inform the public about the cruelties of Greyhound racing. 

Learn more by following their channels on: FacebookWebsiteInstagrammedia coverage.

Friends of the Hound (FOTH) is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit rescue charity, relying and thriving solely on fundraising and donation.
You can find them on Facebook, WebsiteInstagram

Images Credit (1-4): 13 Frames Photography

MEDIA RELEASE, 28th September 2023

Pound Paws and Bupa Tamworth Unite for a Day of Canine Celebration

Get ready for some tail-wagging excitement as Pound Paws and Bupa Tamworth come together to celebrate all things canine at their Dog Appreciation Day this Saturday 30th September 2023.

Did you know that a simple pat or cuddle with a dog can reduce blood pressure, alleviate chronic pain, and stimulate memory? 

Pound Paws
, an Australian Animal Welfare Charity, is thrilled to continue its heart-warming partnership with Bupa Aged Care, bringing rescue pets and senior citizens in nursing homes across Australia closer together. 

This impactful collaboration seeks to combat feelings of solitude among the elderly by facilitating the adoption and fostering of shelter pets while also involving the local community for a day of fun at their premises.

The benefits of bringing dogs and the elderly together are immeasurable. For elderly pet owners, who often live alone or in group facilities, pets can be a source of reduced stress, lower blood pressure, increased social interaction, physical activity, and even opportunities to learn.

Elle Eckersley, Bupa Aged Care Tamworth Manager, expressed, “We are so excited to be a part of this amazing initiative and to raise awareness for a wonderful charity. For our residents, it’s a great opportunity to experience first-hand the transformative therapeutic benefits of animal companions, while also sharing a day of fun activities together with friends and family of Bupa Tamworth, but also our wider Tamworth community”.

Brittany, Founder of Pound Paws, shared her thoughts, saying, It's been incredibly heart-warming to see the connections that blossomed between the senior Greyhounds and the Aged Care Residents at our inaugural event with Bupa last month. It was clear that this event brought much-needed help and support to both groups, and we're excited to carry this mission forward across Australia”.

One of the main factors contributing to pets ending up in pounds is the lack of education on how to be a responsible pet owner and the responsibilities that come with it. Pound Paws will use this day as an opportunity to invite members of the public to the premises to attend educational talks from various local experts. 

This includes a session focused on the integration of rescue pets into new homes, hosted by a variety of professional dog trainers.

The event will involve two local rescue groups to the Tamworth region, Greyhound Re-Homing, a group dedicated to rescuing Greyhounds that find themselves homeless. As well as Paws For Life Rescue, a rescue group which works alongside Tamworth Companion Animal Shelter, rescuing both strays and surrenders. They will both be involved in the Rescue Dog Adoption Parade that will take place on stage, where the public can learn more about their mission and how to get involved in helping.

Participants can look forward to a wide range of activities that cater to everyone's interests. These activities include pet-themed arts and crafts for the elderly residents making snuffle mats, live music performed by Matt Barratt, local pet market stalls, face-painting, educational talks on pet ownership, guided walks around the premises with rescue dogs, and a relaxation area for Therapy Dogs and humans to unwind together. 

At 12.45pm tails will be wagging, as doggie entrants are invited on stage to enter Best Dog Trick or Costume competition hosted by an array of VIP Judges, ranging from Tamworth Deputy Mayor Cr Judy Coates, BUPA Aged Care Tamworth Manager Elle Eckersley and Jodi from Greyhound Re-Homing.

Pound Paws is thrilled to announce this event at Bupa Aged Care Tamworth, scheduled from 11 am to 2 pm on Saturday, September 30th. The event warmly welcomes the public to join in the festivities, which include a myriad of enjoyable activities for all age groups.

Pound Paws eagerly anticipates the gathering at Bupa Tamworth, a paw-some event designed to raise awareness about pet adoption, responsible pet ownership, and celebrating the wonderful companionships shared with our furry friends.

When: Saturday 30th September 2023, from 11:00am to 2:00pm

Where: Bupa Aged Care Tamworth, 68 Bligh Street, Tamworth, NSW

MEDIA RELEASE, 28th September 2023

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The country’s crème de la crème of female-led pet industry operators has been officially revealed during a glittering red-carpet event held in Sydney last Saturday 23 September, when the 2023 Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards culminated in spectacular style and celebration of female business trailblazers.

The only national awards programme of its kind created specifically to spotlight the rising success of female-led small businesses from all corners of the country – spanning all capital cities as well as rural, regional and suburban towns – the second-annual Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards crowned a total of more than 60 Champions this year, across a vast spectrum of industries.

In the category of Pet Services, Kedron QLD-based CC’s Pampered Pups dog grooming boutique founded and run by lifetime dog-lover, Cecilia Schalke (pictured) took top-gong.

The trophy for Best Social Enterprise Business went to Cherished Pets which is based in Ocean Grove Victoria, and run by Veterinarian Dr Alicia Kennedy

The unique business’ mission is to support companion pet ownership of vulnerable people, and to support pets and their people through all life stages, including vulnerable times.

Cherished Pets Veterinarian Dr Alicia Kennedy and her team

The vast array of categories featured in the programme makes the Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards among the most diverse awards programme in the country. Free to enter, more than 2500 nominations were received this year, serving as a mark of the incredible influence of Australian women in small business today.

In-fact, according to the most-recent Australian Government data: of the 3.3 million small businesses operating in Australia today, more than one third are run by women, and by all accounts, that figure is soaring.

“There’s no doubting the rising success of female-led small businesses,” explains Steve Loe, Awards Founder and Managing Director of Precedent Productions, which coordinates the Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards.

“While female equality is gradually shifting in the right direction, the reality is that stereotypes and a ‘boys’ club’ mentality in traditionally male-dominated sectors is still a factor. Australian women are still contending with a gender pay-gap that favours men; and so many Aussie women today are part of a ‘sandwich generation’, tasked with caring for both their children and their ageing parents – all while working and running successful businesses.

“As a small business owner, myself, I take my hat off to these women. Precedent Productions has been running national awards programmes for more than 40 years now, so we’re generally in-tune with the best-performing businesses. It’s high-time we better recognise the outstanding calibre of our country’s female entrepreneurs.

“Just as the Matildas shone during this year’s World Cup, attracting the nation’s admiration and highlighting the positive contribution of women in sport, the Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards honour the rising economic, cultural and social contributions of women in small business, and those who are inspiring future generations,” adds Mr Loe.

The Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards 2023 National Presentation Evening Gala Event was held at the new Western Sydney Conference Centre, and was hosted by accomplished journalist and popular broadcaster, Deborah Knight.

The 2023 Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards were sponsored by Nine Plus, CUB, NOVA Employment, Castaway Forecasting, Xcllusive Business Sales and Big Clean.

Entries for the 2024 programme will open before mid-next year.

For more information – including a full list of 2023 winners – visit

MEDIA RELEASE, 27th September 2023

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Pet professionals warn punishment-based training hurts, doesn’t help dogs and people

Australian leaders in pet dog training, Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia (APDT) and Pet Professional Guild Australia (PPGA), have joined paws to encourage the use of humane, positive reinforcement methods to help dogs displaying problematic behaviour.

This comes ahead of an international social media celebrity’s dog training seminar coming to Australia teaching controversial methods to train dogs. Augusto Deoliveira - known as ‘The Dog Daddy’ on social media - demonstrates in his videos aversive training techniques and equipment designed to cause pain and fear in dogs.

RSPCA UK says some of the methods used by the Dog Daddy can make frightened dogs' behaviour worse (Youtube/@TheDogDaddyofficial)

These include hanging a dog from a slip lead, delivering physical corrections repeatedly using a prong collar, physically forcing a dog to lie down or sit, and provoking aggression. His videos clearly show dogs displaying fearful behaviours and extremely high levels of stress, a failure to correctly read and respond to the dog’s body language and communication, all of which severely compromises the welfare of each individual dog.

The Dog Daddy’s methods have led to international petitions calling authorities to stop the events from taking place in their country, including Australia (planned for September 30).

Like stated by RSPCA UK and the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, the APDT and PPGA are also concerned the workshops will spread training techniques which risk compromising dog welfare, not to mention put handlers and the general public at significant risk of being bitten.

The APDT and PPGA are opposed to the use of aversive equipment such as (but not limited to) electric shock collars, citronella collars and prong collars (also known as a pinch or constriction collar) because their use can lead to injury, pain and suffering in the dog. Prong collars are illegal to import into Australia and are currently banned in Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland*.

Punishment-based methods cause canine conflict

“Punishment-based methods cause a lot of stress, can put the dog into conflict and may lead to worsening behaviour. Modifying behaviour using positive reinforcement is far more effective long term and causes far less stress in dogs” said APDT President Louise Ginman.

“Dogs that show aggression may be fearful, suffer from anxiety or trauma, lack socialisation or have other mental health challenges that require veterinary treatment. Two dogs can present similar behaviours, but the cause can be completely different.”

Qualified professional dog trainers, such as those members of APDT and PPGA, are trained to get to the bottom of your dog’s challenges to help put the best and most positive behaviour change program in place, added Ms Ginman.

PPGA President Sarah Campbell said, “Research* shows positive, reward-based training methods – using no force, no fear and no pain – work most effectively at improving dog behaviour outcomes and have no side effects on the dogs. The aim of dog training is not to suppress unwanted behaviour with punishment, but to make real positive change that is long lasting for the dogs and their owners.”

Ms Campbell said the PPGA has contacted the Department of Immigration​​ about growing concerns from the pet industry and the public but has not heard back.

APDT Annual Conference 2023

The APDT’s upcoming Annual Conference 2023 (12 – 15 October) in the Hunter Valley, NSW, will feature world renowned international and Australian speakers covering topics including dealing with challenging dog behaviours, stress reduction in dogs and so much more.

To learn more about positive reinforcement training, all dog professionals and dog lovers are welcome to register at

#GetDogTrainingRight #TrainPetsPositively 

About APDT

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers is the peak body representing trainers in Australia. APDT Australia is dedicated to enhancing the relationship between people and dogs through the education of trainers, other animal professionals and the public, and advocating dog-friendly training.

APDT Australia provides educational and networking opportunities including an annual conference and workshops with expert speakers in their fields. APDT's motto is "Building Better Trainers through Education". To discover more, visit

About PPGA

The Pet Professional Guild Australia (PPGA) is a membership organisation representing pet industry professionals who are committed to science-based, force-free training and pet care. We are an official branch of the Pet Professional Guild, a worldwide organisation committed to advocating, educating and encouraging improvements in companion animal welfare through the use of fear free techniques. Currently we have over 350 professional members, many of these professional trainers in the animal industry, mostly with companion animals such as dogs, cats, horses, birds and pocket pets.

Our PPGA members include some of the most well renowned veterinary behaviourists and trainers, many of which have worked with rescues and councils in the past and have a wealth of knowledge in behavioural modification. The PPGA members and affiliates focus on a pet’s physical, mental, environmental and nutritional wellbeing, a holistic approach to the care and training of family pets.

MEDIA RELEASE, 20th September 2023

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Bianca Santucci of Barking With Bianca is a name synonymous with exceptional pet care. Bianca proudly runs her award winning* and highly reputable dedicated dog sitting service committed to providing unparalleled care for dogs and pets in the local community.

Ms Santucci proudly announces the launch of Barking With Bianca’s Doggy Day Care Service, in Sydney's Hills District, where pets can enjoy 4-6 hours of playtime, socialisation with other furry friends, and individual attention in a safe and supervised environment.

With extensive experience an an unwavering passion for animals, Bianca ensures that each pet receives individual attention and support, delivering a service that is both unique and personalised. 

Bianca holds a Certificate III in Dog Training and Behaviour, First Aid for humans and animals, a Certificate of Advanced Canine Behaviour, as well as basic feline studies, basic livestock studies, and basic vet care studies.

Bianca takes immense pride in her professional training and certifications related to dog sitting and animal care and she possesses the necessary expertise to address any situation that may arise, ensuring the wellbeing of her furry charges.

As a seasoned dog sitter and owner with many years of full-time dedicated experience, Bianca fully grasps the significance of making dogs and pets feel comfortable and secure in their environment.

Her profound understanding of the responsibilities and needs of pets under her care has solidified her reputation as a trusted and compassionate pet sitter. 
"I have always had a passion for pets and wanted to create a special and unique service to assist the community," says Bianca. 

"I believe in building strong bonds with the dogs and pets I care for, ensuring their happiness, safety, and comfort in their surroundings."

One of the cornerstones of Bianca's approach lies in the emphasis on establishing a bond and building trust with the dogs she cares for. 

Spending quality time with each pet, engaging in interactive activities, and providing a calm and nurturing environment, Bianca ensures that the dogs and animals under her care feel safe and content when their owners are away.

Beyond daily activities that keep the dogs mentally and physically stimulated, such as social outdoor sessions, training, and interactive playtime, Bianca actively encourages and facilitates socialisation opportunities with other dogs and their owners. 

This not only benefits the dogs but also fosters a sense of community and camaraderie among pet owners.
"By providing exceptional care for dogs and pets, we contribute to the overall wellbeing of the community," beams Bianca. 
"We have witnessed positive changes within the community, with dog owners organising meetups and forming new friendships, all stemming from their connection with our services."

Choosing a dog sitter that offers dog owners the peace of mind that their beloved pets are receiving one-on-one care from a trusted professional can be an overwhelming task. 

The personalised attention, regular exercise routines, mental stimulation, and safe outdoor activities provided by Bianca ensure that dogs receive the highest quality care, surpassing the alternatives of boarding or other forms of care.

With a passion for animals and a commitment to their well-being, Bianca, along with her team of experienced caregivers, provides individual attention, safety, and happiness to every dog under their care. With years of experience and professional training, Bianca ensures that each pet's needs are met while building a strong bond within the community.

The areas serviced by Barking with Bianca include: Kings Langley, Blacktown, Lalor Park, Winston Hills, Quakers Hill, Stanhope Gardens, The Ponds, Schofields, Richmond, Windsor, South Windsor, Kings Park, Kurrajong, Kurrajong Heights, East Kurrajong, Grose Wold, Grose Vale, North Richmond, Parklea, Seven Hills, Prospect, Rooty Hills, Riverstone, Kellyville Ridge, Rouse Hill, Box Hill, The Gables, McGraths Hill.

Barking with Bianca Doggy Day Care runs Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 2pm.

For more information, visit the website:

Follow Barking with Bianca on Facebook at and @bwbbarkingwith on Instagram. 

Hawkesbury Business Awards 2023, Blacktown Small Business Awards 2020, Australia Ladies in Business Initiative Awards 2022, Nomination for Western Sydney University's  Woman of the West Award for Community Work

The weather is warming and so is our desire to start embark on canine adventures in this great land of ours. Pet Insurance Australia, alongside Chief Canine Cuddler at Puppy Tales has some great tips to get travelling alongside your four-legged best friend.

For dog owners, the bond shared with their four-legged companions often transcends the role of a mere pet, solidifying them as treasured family members. When adventure beckons, it's only natural to wish to include our furry friends. However, before hitting the road, it's vital to navigate the world of dog-inclusive travel with careful planning to ensure an enjoyable and secure experience for humans and canines.

"Pet Insurance Australia recently had the privilege of engaging in an enlightening conversation with Kerry Martin, affectionately known as the Chief Canine Cuddler at Puppy Tales," Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. 

"A revered authority in dog-inclusive travel, Kerry provides invaluable insights into the art of journeying with our beloved companions. With her guidance, a successful and enriching voyage with your dog is just around the corner."

How to Find the Perfect Stay for your Furry Friend

When selecting accommodation that caters to dogs, Kerry recommends focusing on several key factors. 
"It's all about finding places that not only tolerate dogs but genuinely celebrate their presence," she states. 
Here are some essential considerations:

✔️ Website: Seek accommodations with websites that warmly welcome dogs as guests, showcasing photos of canine companions enjoying the surroundings.

✔️ Location: Opt for spots situated close to dog-friendly walks, beaches and dining options. Access to local vets and groomers adds an extra layer of convenience.

✔️ Warm Doggy Welcome: Look for hosts who understand and embrace dogs. Tell tales for this include; offering treats, securely fenced areas, spare bowls, and dog beds.

✔️ Convenient Accommodation: Choose places that allow dogs indoors and provide self-catering options. Spacious cabins with room between them can ensure a tranquil stay. 
Check your dog is also allowed indoors it can be a surprise to arrive at accommodation that is "dog-friendly", but that doesn't mean them allowing your dog inside. Always check the listing carefully for any rules/restrictions or if in doubt contact the host prior to booking.

✔️ Creature Comforts: Luxury amenities like dog-room service or a dog spa enhance the experience. Accommodations with doggy day care or pet sitting services facilitate dog-free outings.

✔️ Clean Canines: Seek places that offer practical solutions for maintaining cleanliness, such as blankets to cover furniture and working vacuum cleaners.

Caution is needed when selecting dog-tolerant accommodations that fall short of embracing dogs fully. She warns against restrictions based on size or breed, limited visitation times, and insufficient dog provisions. These places may lack maintenance and amenities and even impose unwarranted fees.

"It's important that adventurous dog owners do their due diligence with accommodation to ensure they have the best experience possible," Crighton says. "But the great news is that with so much to choose from, you can find the perfect holiday spot for you and your furry companion."

Kerry, Keiko & Summer's Favourite Destinations:

Having travelled to every state and territory alongside her adorable dogs, these are Kerry’s Top 10 destinations for avid road trip lovers.
  •  Dinner Plain, VIC – Experience the thrill of snow with
    your canine companion.

  •  Coffs Harbour, NSW – Discover stunning beaches and breathtaking inland landscapes.
  • Jervis Bay, NSW – Enjoy Australia's prettiest dog-friendly beaches.
  • Atherton Tablelands, QLD – Uncover unexpected trails and water spots.
  • Coober Pedy, SA – Explore the iconic outback and stay underground.
  • Kangaroo Island, SA – Relax on beautiful beaches and dog-friendly cafes.
  •  Denmark, WA – Delight in scenic walks and dog-friendly wineries.
  • Beechworth, VIC – Immerse yourself in history and invigorating walks.
  • Bay of Fires, TAS – Camp by the beach and soak in the serenity.
  • Canberra, ACT – Explore vibrant cityscapes and diverse walking paths.
  • Huon Valley, TAS – Revel in green landscapes and visit dog-friendly cideries.

First-Time Dog-Holiday Owner Advice

"Ensure thorough research to identify dog-friendly activities and dining options. Seek recommendations from fellow pet parents, explore online resources, consult visitor information centres, and consider purchasing 'Dog Tales of Australia' for comprehensive insights," Kerry advises. 

"Prioritise safety precautions, such as tick treatments and weather considerations, and ensure a comfortable travel distance for your dog."

Pet Insurance Australia agrees that ensuring your pet is up-to-date with preventative medications and vaccinations is essential.

"Always check the areas you are heading to for any possible issues such as ticks," Crighton says. "Some simple checks can ensure your holiday doesn't become a medical emergency."

The Rise of Pet-Friendly Places in Australia

"Pet parents seem keener than ever to travel with their pets," Crighton says. "With this trend, there is certainly a shift for more pet-friendly accommodation now available to pet owners."

Platforms like Airbnb, HiCamps, and WikiCamps offer increased options for pet owners, enhancing the availability of pet-friendly stays.

Why Travel with Dogs?

"Travelling with your dogs can bring a whole new experience," Crighton says. "Allowing us to enjoy the moments and possibly explore places and walks that we wouldn't have considered without our four-legged companion trotting beside us."

While Kerry also acknowledges that travelling with dogs isn't for everyone, the rewards are enormous for those who choose this path. The bond shared, the lessons learned from observing dog's simple joys, and exploring destinations from a dog's perspective contribute to unforgettable experiences.

"Our first trip to Dinner Plain to see the snow started a probably lifelong destination obsession with taking our dogs to the snow," Kerry smiles. "I love seeing my dogs enjoying this environment, and I adore photographing the dogs that join us here for our Snow Dogs Photography & Retreats."

"The second is our Dog Tales of Australia trip. We loved the slow-time ability to travel the country over 13 months. So much so that we'll be off next year on Dog Tales of Australia 2 - this time for two years - starting in 2024!"

For more information, visit

Inspiration Behind 'Dog Tales of Australia

Kerry's ground-breaking book, 'Dog Tales of Australia,' is a guide for canine-loving travellers. Designed to inspire unforgettable adventures, the book offers various tips, secrets, and recommendations for traveling with dogs. 

Kerry's inspiration stems from a desire to share her experiences and encourage dog-friendly practices across Australia.

For more information or to purchase Dog Tales of Australia, visit

Media Release, September 2023

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