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The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Southern Highlands

The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Southern Highlands

We know how much planning it takes to travel with your dog. Finding dog friendly accommodation alone can be a daunting task not to mention discovering the best dog walks or dog parks at your destination? Your dog might also get car sickness, in which case we highly recommend you to read the article on “What you should know about long car trips with your dog” from our friends at Sydney’s Southern Cross Vets before starting your journey.

Travelling to Southern Highlands with your dog has plenty to offer. We have listed the best dog friendly accommodation, walks, pubs and cafés to make your next visit to this beautiful NSW countryside with your dog a truly memorable experience!

Check out also our other popular travel guides with your dog

   

Where to stay in the Southern Highlands?

But let’s start with your visit to the Southern Highlands! We have sourced you the most amazing dog friendly accommodation options in the area. Whether you are after a couples retreat or travelling with a bigger band, there is always plenty on offer. The full list of all dog friendly accommodations can be found here!

Church Conversion on Pupsy

(Photo: booking.com)

This air conditioned 2 bedroom holiday home comes with the garden and free WiFi. Stylishly decorated, featuring a modern spacious bathroom and cozy bedrooms, this dog friendly home is close to the popular Carrington Falls and only a few minutes walk away from the Robertson Cheese Factory.
Click below for more info, the exact location and to make bookings!

 

 

Green Acres on Pupsy

(Photo: booking.com)

Green Acres is set amongst farmlands at the heart of Kangaroo Valley. Enjoy stunning views whilst relaxing by the pool or having a glass of your favourite wine with a good book by the fireplace.
Click below for more info, the exact location and to make bookings!

 

 

Kooyong on Pupsy

(Photo: booking.com)

Relax at the garden and take in the fresh mountain air. Stylishly decorated fully equipped luxury holiday estate includes 4 bedrooms, which means there is room for a bigger family or friends!
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Lark Cottage on Pupsy

(Photo: booking.com)

Located in the beautiful village of Burrawang and only a short walk to the award winning Burrawang Village Hotel, Lark cottage offers a relaxing and romantic retreat, allowing you to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The cottage is open plan and is perfect for both couples and family groups looking for a country escape.
Click below for more info, the exact location and to make bookings!

 

 

Taliesin on Pupsy

(Photo: booking.com)

Set in one of the exclusive areas of Kangaroo Valley, this family home offers a perfect hideaway for either a group of friends or the extended family. It will be very hard not to forget your daily agenda while sitting at the deck and gazing towards the rolling hills on the horizon. On colder nights, why not set a comfy family dinner by the fireplace.
Click below for more info, the exact location and to make bookings!

 

 

Treehouse on Pupsy

(Photo: booking.com)

The Treehouse is a place where you can hear the sounds of the water and the wildlife and be completely cocooned and immersed in nature. It is a place that allows you unplug the time and reconnect with yourself, your loved ones as well as mother nature with the freedom to do as much or as little as you like.
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Vicarage View on Pupsy

(Photo: booking.com)

Vicarage View Cottage boasts a year-round outdoor pool and mountain views. If you are passing by or for any other reason after a single night experience of beautiful the Kangaroo Valley, Vicarage View Cottage is definitely worth checking out.
Click below for more info, the exact location and to make bookings!

 

 

What to do?

Southern Highlands provide great hiking and walking tracks. You can climb up the hills, hike in the bush or enjoy the equally calming walking tracks close to the villages. We have handpicked the best walks and hikes to do with your dog!

Bong Bong Track on Pupsy

(Photo: Destination Southern Highands)

The Bong Bong track is a popular walking track outside Bowral. Stunning scenery along the rolling hills and fields of Southern Highland makes you forget your daily routines and just take in the calmness of the nature!
Click below for more info, reviews, map & directions

 

 

Cherry Tree Walk on Pupsy

(Photo: Destination Southern Highlands)

Part of The Best of Bowral walking tracks, Cherry Tree walk is a beautiful and popular track among the blossoming 526 cherry trees. Start the walk from the RAW & WILD dog friendly café or walk all the way to the dog friendly Scottish Arms for a drink.
Click below for more info, reviews, map & directions

 

 

Mt Gibraltar Track on Pupsy

(Photo: Destination Southern Highlands)

Hike with your dog up the hill to one of the best viewing spots around Southern Highlands. Dogs must be on the lead at all times but they will still be able to enjoy this countryside hike up to the Mount Gibraltar!
Click below for more info, reviews, map & directions

 

 

Gibbergunyah Walk on Pupsy

(Photo: Destination Southern Highlands)

Gibbergunyah (meaning a “shallow cave used as a shelter”) is a reserve for public recreation and for the preservation of native flora and fauna. Kangaroos, wombats and echidnas are often been seenso keep your dog on the lead at all times. The track is quite steep ascending from Howard’s Lane, Welby but the easier approach is from Boronia Street in Bowral.
Click below for more info, reviews, map & directions

 

 

Box Vale Track on Pupsy

(Photo: Destination Southern Highlands)

The Box Vale walking track takes you through a historic path out the back of Mittagong in the southern highlands. The bushwalk takes you through the track that was formed as a part of the coal mining in the area from the late 1800’s. Some of the key highlights of the hike are the cuttings, walking between the rock faces along either side of you.
Click below for more info, reviews, map & directions

 

 

Berrima River Walk on Pupsy

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This beautiful dog friendly walk follows the Wingecarribee River. Discover what the German merchant seamen built along river while interned in Berrima for four years during during WW1. Finish the walk at Surveyor General Inn, one of the most dog friendly pubs in the Southern Highlands.
Click below for more info, reviews, map & directions

 

 

Food & Drinks?

A Weekend away at the Southern Highlands wouldn’t be the same without a relaxing afternoon drink or meal in one of the many great cafes and pubs. But not all of them welcome your pup to join you. No worries, we have sourced you the best and most comprehensive selection of dog friendly cafes and pubs were you and your furry travel companion will always feel welcome! All below in alphabetical order.

Artemis Wines on Pupsy

(Photo: Artemis Wines)

If you are interested to mix it up a bit, how about visiting a local winery with your pup! Southern Highland wineries might not be known to be as dog friendly as the ones in the Hunter Valley but Artemis Wines is worth a visit. At Artemis Wines you and your dog can enjoy a glass of wine at the deck fully covered from the rain /sun!
Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

 

 

Burrawang Village Hotel on Pupsy

(Photo: Burrawang VillageHotel)

This dog friendly pub is located in the quaint village of Burrawang, among the picturesque rolling green hills of the Southern Highlands. It is famous for its beautiful gardens, spectacular views and tasty food, so make sure you include it in your Southern Highland bucket list!
Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

 

 

Magpie Cafe on Pupsy

(Photo: Magpie Cafe)

Magpies not only welcomes pups, they love them to be around at the front garden. They will get an equal (or maybe a bit more) amount of attention with you. Great place to start the day, followed by a walk at the Berrima River!
Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

 

 

RAW and WILD on Pupsy

(Photo: RAW & WILD)

Gourmet market with a dog friendly café at the back. Delicious bites for you and a doggie menu for the pups. RAW & WILD is a great place to finish your morning walk , perhaps at The Cherry Tree Walking tracks!
Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

 

 

Scottish Arms on Pupsy

(Photo: Scottish Arms)

Recently renovated beer garden must be one of the most stunning pieces of architecture you will find in the Southern Highlands. Plenty of shade for the pups and some rare Scottish beers for the two legged guests! Make sure this is one of your pit stops on The Best of Bowral walk!
Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

 

 

Surveyor General Inn on Pupsy

(Photo: Surveyor General Inn)

In our humble opinion, Surveyor General Inn is the most dog friendly pub in the Southern Highlands. Dogs are allowed inside the front bar and if the days are getting a little chilly, they can lay at your feet in front of the fire place, while you are enjoying a beer at this old school English style pub!
Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

 

 

The Friendly Inn on Pupsy

(Photo: The Friendly Inn)

The legendary Friendly Inn has been serving locals and visitors for a looooong time! Doggies are welcome at the beer garden, front terrace and the deck. Must visit for anyone travelling through the Kangaroo Valley town centre!
Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

 

 

The Royal Hotel on Pupsy

(Photo: The Royal Hotel)

Located in the centre of Bowral, The Royal Hotel is popular amongst locals as well as many of the visitors in town. Dogs are welcome at the beer garden on the side of the pub.
Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

 

 

In case of emergency

Rest assured, Southern Highlands has excellent vet services covering everything from upset stomach or rashes to laboratory and surgical services. Although we hope you will not need this list, it is always handy to have the local vet details close to you when travelling.

Pupsy would also like to remind you to make sure your fur babies tick treatment is up to date when venturing out in the Southern Highlands.


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What you should know about long car trips with your dog

What you should know about long car trips with your dog

At some point you will need to take a long car trip with your dog. This may be required to move, go on holidays or visit relatives. Long car rides can be perfectly safe for your dog, and stress free, but there are steps you should take to help your dog in the car.

Reducing stress in the car

How your dog copes with the long car ride depends on personality and previous exposure to cars. Relaxed dogs who frequently ride in cars will probably have little to no difficulty with an extended trip. Anxious dogs and dogs who seldom ride in cars can find long car rides very stressful.

If your dog is unused to the car you should gradually build up to a long car ride before embarking on extended trips. Many dogs fear cars because car rides often lead to a visit to the vet, or to boarding kennels. Take your dog on frequent 5-10 minute rides to exciting places such as the beach and dog park. Maintain a normal conversation in the car and do not appear overly anxious in front of the dog. If your dog does not suffer from motion sickness then treats provided during the journey can help make the trip positive.

If your dog suffers from an extreme fear of car trips reconsider the need for taking your dog on a long car journey. At best an anxious dog in the car is stressful for the driver, at worst it can be dangerous. If a car trip is absolutely necessary for a fearful dog then speak to your veterinarian about the use of sedatives in the car. There are risks associated with the use of these medications, and your veterinarian will likely recommend a trial run with the drug in the house under direct supervision.

Make the car comfortable for your dog

Dogs can suffer from motion sickness in the car, just like people. Make sure your dog has a comfortable spot to lie, on the back seat or in a crate. Some dogs like to be able to see their owners, particularly if they are anxious. Being able to look out the window is also important for dogs that may feel motion sick. Ensure air flow through the car is adequate, crack open the back window so your dog has a constant supply of fresh air.

Remember that your dog needs toilet breaks. An accident in the car will be unpleasant for both you and the dog for the rest of the long car trip. Try to stop at least every 2 hours to give your dog a rest outside and the chance to eat, drink or go to the toilet. Remember to keep your dog leashed when stopping near roads. If you notice your dog suddenly becomes restless, this may be a cue to pull over in a safe spot for a quick poo or wee break.

Your veterinarian may be able to supply you with anti-nausea medication for a long car ride. If you are worried about motion sickness in your dog, chat to your veterinarian.

Car Safety for your dog

There are a few important rules to keep in mind when travelling with your dog in the car:

  1. It is illegal to travel with an unrestrained dog in the car. Make sure your dog is secured with a safety harness & dog seat belt or in a crate in the back of the car. Unrestrained dogs have been known to fly through windscreens in car accidents. Never ride with your dog on one of the front seats. Front seat airbags can kill a dog if they go off. Car harnesses can be bought in most pet stores and are useful to safely secure a dog in the car. Make sure your dog wears a safety harness and the seatbelt is secured at the top of the harness on your dogs back. Never attach the dog’s seat belt to their collar as it could strangle your pup in an accident!
  2. Do not allow your dog to stick he/her head out of the window of the car. Do not open windows wide enough to allow your dog to stick their head through, or climb through. Dogs can easily be injured by passing cars or flying gravel if they have their head out of the window.
  3. Do not leave your dog unattended in a car, even if the windows are down. Temperatures rise quickly in cars even on cold days. A dog left unattended in a car can die in minutes. Sometimes dogs may be forgotten in cars, particularly if owners do not often travel with them in the back seat. To avoid this leave an important item like a phone, wallet or handbag in the back near your dog.
  4. Always focus on your driving with your dog in the car, and pull over to stop safely if you need to adjust or check anything to do with your dog.

With preparation long car rides do not have to be difficult. If you are at all worried about how your dog will cope in the car you can talk through the issue with your veterinarian.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Bethany Richards. BVSC (Sydney University) from Southern Cross Vet.
Dr Beth  enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and has a special interest in promoting animal welfare. Dr. Beth is part of the Animal Ethics Committee at the Children’s Medical Research Institute of the Children’s Hospital in Westmead.
Thanks for the guest blog, Dr. Beth!


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How to master a pawfect Pupsy profile photo of your dog

How to master a pawfect Pupsy profile photo of your dog

6 Top Tips on how you can take a pawfect photo of your dog to help your pup shine above all the rest!

Increase your chances for new Pupsy connections with other dogs by mastering your dog’s profile photo or uploading some great photos of your dog for the Newsfeed!
(Instructions here)
Remember at Pupsy there are no judgements and there is no such thing as too many posted photos of your fur baby in the Newsfeed 🙂

Presentation is everything, its no different to any Dating app, effort will be rewarded and your pooch will love you for finding new mates to play with 🙂

Find below a beginner’s guide to help you help your dog shine above all the rest.
Let’s face it, he’s/ she’s destined for Pupsy-stardom!

No matter what ideas you choose, your dog will get plenty of attention, you’ll get some pawsome pictures, and both of you are sure to have a great time!

Equipment

Of course, a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera will be great to take the pawfect photo of your pooch, if you do have one handy make sure to choose a faster shutter speed as your dog is unlikely to pose for you very long.
A faster shutter speed means less light so balance this out with more natural light available i.e. outdoors or near a large window.

Don’t despair  though if you don’t have a SLR camera handy, most modern Smartphones have amazing cameras so you can take just as great photos with the following settings:

Turn off the power saver +  turn on HDR

  • Ensure any power-saving modes are turned off. They slow down your camera’s performance.
  • Turn on HDR mode to help balance the lighting.

Use special modes for action shots

  • To keep up with fast-moving pets, use burst mode feature shooting and pick the least blurry of the shots.
  • On the iphone just hold down the shutter release button on the screen or use the volume buttons on the side of the iphone to capture a series of shots. Check your photos and then choose the best shot from the sequence.

 

Find the right light

Take advantage of natural light

  • If you can, pose your dog by a window or glass door to get soft lighting.
  • Avoid harsh, bright sunlight. On cloudless days, take photos in the shade. Overcast days are perfect for outdoor photography.

Avoid flash by using lamps

  • Avoid using flash unless necessary. Flash makes lighting harsh, and it can give dogs that dreaded red-eye effect.
  • If you have a flexible-neck desk lamp available to you, use it for great lighting for an indoor dog photoshoot.

 

Get your dog’s attention

If your desired effect is to have your dog look straight into the camera, call his or her name, make sounds they respond to, and talk to them to get them to look at the camera.
Don’t forget the power of treats! Dogs will almost always look right at the treat and if you have an assistant, even better!
Have them hold the treat where you’d like your dog to look and, of course, don’t forget to hand it out as a reward to the super dog model 🙂
A little trick which helps to keep your pup’s weight in check: feed part of their dinner in the photo shoot, this way your dog will feel rewarded without the additional calorie intake.

Make your dog smile

To give you that big grin, an easy way is to take them for a quick run around the living room or have a tug of war with them.  An active dog is a happy dog and will likely flash you a huge smile after settling down.

Perspective, Angel and Background

Get the puppy perspective by getting on your dog’s level or take pictures from different angles for more interesting shots. Especially getting on your pups level will make a huge difference and to show what life is like from their perspective!

Take photos from above, below, in front, behind!
Use your creativity to produce different photos that highlight your favourite parts of your dog from all different points of view.

Don’t forget to pay attention to the background of the image and stop focusing on your fur baby for a moment!
The cutest photo of your pooch is destroyed by having dirty dishes or rubbish bins at the park in the background.
For portrait photos a neutral background works well to make your puppy shine even more!

Post-processing of your dogs photos can make a huge difference

Whether on a mobile or a computer, photo editing applications are priceless. Even a slight adjustment can make your photos look more professional and appealing.
If you don’t want to fork out the expensive license fee for photoshop, try a free desktop editor like Pixlr.
Most smartphone camera’s have built-in editing or download one of the countless apps available for photo editing.

Pay attention to the following settings and adjust them as required:
Brightness & Contrast – brighten & contrast enough to highlight features & shadows to make the image pop but be careful not to loose too much colour
Saturation – less is more with this setting, you don’t want to make the photo look fake with too much colour
Sharpening – this can be an especially great tool for dog photography to really make the dog’s hair stand out. Again less is more, as the photo will become too grainy if you sharpen it too much and will appear fake.

We hope you will have lots of fun taking your dog’s pictures for Pupsy and when you are ready to upload his/her profile pic or a photo in the Newsfeed find instructions here.

 


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How to turn a rainy day into a dog friendly fun day in Sydney

How to turn a rainy day into a dog friendly fun day in Sydney

We have all been waiting for some rain, but then reality hits and often the choice is going out without your pooch or being stuck at home.

At Pupsy, we want you to have as much quality time as possible with your fur baby so we’ve sniffed out the best dog friendly things you can do with your pooch on a rainy day in Sydney!

 

Visit a new suburb and their pub

We at Pupsy have been super busy at getting all the best intelligence for you on pubs which actually welcome you AND your pooch inside!

On a rainy day a must-have feature for dog owners is a super dog friendly pub so we won’t get stuck outside in the rain 🙂

So far we have found 34 really pawsome venues and visited lots of new suburbs and places, and its been lots of fun!

If the rain does clear for a bit, of course don’t forget that your pooch needs to relief him/herself and also wants a bit of a runaround so search for a dog park near you on the  Pupsy’s Dog Park Map for an off leash Dog Park near the pub.

 

Have a fancy Doggie High Tea

The Hughenden, a boutique dog friendly hotel, superbly located at the crossroads of Centennial Parklands, Woollahra and Paddington villages, is simply full of luxury for both you and your pooch.

Dogs are welcome to the hotel restaurant and especially on a rainy day their special Doggie High Tea events are definitely worth a try!

 

Arrange a puppy playdate and meet new mates

Sign up to Pupsy (it’s free for you!), create a cute profile and upload a pawsome profile pic and start finding some mates!
This works just like Facebook (not quite as sophisticated but hey we don’t have a Facebook budget ;-)), except that instead of you, your dog connects to other dogs and the human identity stays out. It’s all about your pup!

Need some help on how to get the pawfect shot and have fun with your fur baby in the process?
Check out these 6 invaluable tips on how to master a pawfect Pupsy Profile photo of your dog!

Once you are connected, you can send messages via Pupsy and arrange a playdate with your new friend in a safe and public environment like i.e. a dog friendly brewery. Most breweries have lots of space to roam around so your pooch and his/her new mates won’t get stressed.

 

Visit a brewery

The trend of microbreweries has well and truly arrived in Sydney and the best part is that most of them love dogs and are super dog friendly. Another advantage is that most breweries have their bars in large warehouses, so usually there is lots of space and its not too noisy, a perfect outing with your dog on a rainy day!

How about a Puppy Pale Ale for your pup? Check out All Hands Brewing to get your hands on one of those for your dog, yumm!

Try new brews, meet up with friends and give you and your dog a break from being stuck at home, check out the dog friendly breweries here.

 

Try a new gin

Another great dog friendly adventure on a rainy day is to visit a Gin Distillery and try their unusual and tasty drops.
At Poor Toms Gin Hall, pups are allowed inside while you can taste the final product of distilling 106 ingredients to get a sense of each flavour, which is a dry, wheat-based gin flavoured with strawberry gum (leaves), lemon myrtle and Granny Smith apple.

 

Visit a Dog Yoga class

Who would have thought? Yes, we have been doing our research and it’s finally come to Sydney: Dog Yoga!

During Dog Yoga, your dog will learn how to practise a set of postures, movements and expressions, in order to relax, calm down and cope with the inevitable stressors of modern dog life.

The benefit of Dog Yoga lies in how and when your dog learns to apply the taught postures and movements: the sets become your dog’s “go-to” behaviours in times of stress, because they experience them as self-soothing, relaxing and calming.

Sounds like a great way to spend some quality time with your pooch and teach an anxious dog how to relax!

Try The Mindful Dog’s Yoga class

 

Take your dog for a swim

Let’s be honest, you and your pooch are wet already why not go all the way and go for a swim?

Check out these off leash dog beaches to play in the waves in the rain!

 


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Allowing dogs on public transport could replace millions of private car trips in Sydney every year!

Allowing dogs on public transport could replace millions of private car trips in Sydney every year!

by Dr Jennifer Kent

Allowing dogs on public transport could replace millions of private car trips in Sydney every year!

Many of us like nothing better than to navigate our city and our lives with our dogs. But if you live in Sydney these excursions are unavoidably car bound as dogs are not allowed on Sydney buses and trains. In fact, a University of Sydney study of over 1250 Sydney dog owners estimates that there are approximately 2.4 million dog-related trips in a private car carried out in Sydney each week.

There are more than 1.5 million dog owners in Sydney. Together we can make our voices heard and improve Sydney’s public transportation to be more suitable for the modern urban lifestyle. 

The survey, published in an international transport journal, examined a series of popular activities that people do with their dog. We looked at the regularity of trips such as a taking the dog for a walk; visiting dog parks, beaches or other recreational areas; going to dog friendly cafés, dog friendly pubs/bars or the shops; and visiting family, friends or the vet. Then we looked at how often these trips required a car.

You need a car to own a dog! 

We found that, on average, people walk their dog twice or more a week, however in 25% of cases, a dog walk actually began with an outing in a car. Now, any Sydney dog-owner will know that not everyone is lucky enough to live a walkable distance to an off-lead dog park. This knowledge is confirmed by the data – in fact of the more than 75 per cent of dog owners who go to a recreational area twice or more a week, 45 percent go by car.

While many of these trips could be considered ‘discretionary’ (although if you’re anything like me having my dog accompany me to a dog friendly café, dog friendly bar or family gathering is anything but optional!) some trips with dogs are not simply made at the caprice of gallivanting dog-owners. For example, the survey found that dogs visit the vet, on average, two to three times a year, and these trips are also very car-dependent. In fact, almost 14 percent of people said that since dogs are not allowed on public transport it had prevented them from taking their dog to the vet.

Allowing dogs on Public Transport is the answer in Europe!

Our results indicate that enjoying and caring for a dog in Sydney – a practice proven to have positive health benefits – is a relatively car dependent affair. And this is unnecessary.

A policy solution would be to allow dogs on public transport in Sydney. Although the restrictions vary between modes, overall our approach to allowing dogs on public transport in this city is a default “no”. Dogs (other than guide dogs) are entirely banned on Sydney trains, and on buses they are only allowed at the whim of the bus driver and if wearing a muzzle. CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION ALLOWING DOGS IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT!

Predictably, our survey of dog owners found that an overwhelming 95 per cent favour allowing dogs on public transport. More than half indicated they would do more activities with their pup if they were allowed, and 20 per cent said they’d even consider getting by without one of their cars if this policy was in place.

With this in mind, we went on to investigate the policies of dogs on public transport across major cities in Europe and Australia.

All European cities allowed dogs on public transport, while most cities in Australia did not. The policies did vary with limits on the dedicated areas of the train, tram or bus, peak hour travel and the size of dog. Most cities charged a fare at a concession or child price. Zurich went one step further to offer an annual travel card for dogs!

So why is Australia so restrictive? We are a country with one of the highest dog ownership in the world!

Team Pupsy on the road

Of course, it might be saying something about the way we think about dogs in public in Sydney. But, somehow, I don’t think that is all that is going on here.

Australia has one of the highest rates of dog ownership in the world, and we are slowly becoming more lenient with allowing dogs into and around pubs, bars and cafes, albeit only outdoors. I propose that it says more about the way we view public transport in Australia.

The public transport infrastructure and networks in Sydney are planned and operated as though they should only be used for predictable and ‘clean’ trips – such as the journey to work, or a trip to the city. But in reality, our lives are made up of ‘messy’ trips – we go to the hardware store, pick up children and groceries, go to the dentist and, of course, travel with our dogs.

For these types of ‘messy’ trips in Sydney, most of us still need to use a car. This is why we all find ourselves sitting in traffic every Saturday morning, and struggle so much to predict what traffic will be like from day-to-day. And dog owners, purely through circumstance and not choice, are adding to this problem.

Olive travelling to park

In short, car ownership and use is something transport planners want us to leave behind for the sake of sustainability, health and liveability in our cities. If we are trying to reduce car use, understanding some of the intricate activities, which lead to car dependence, is really important – we need to plan for the mess. How? Well, it might include changes to timetables, or making the interior of our trains and buses more amenable to those carrying groceries or travelling with kids. A relatively quick initiative, however, would be to allow people to take their dogs on Sydney’s public transport.

 

 

There are more than 1.5 million dog owners in Sydney. Together we can make our voices heard and improve Sydney’s public transportation to be more suitable for the modern urban lifestyle. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr Jennifer Kent is a University of Sydney Research Fellow in the Urban and Regional Planning program at the University of Sydney. Jennifer’s research interests are at the intersections between urban planning, transport and human health and she is widely considered one of the leading urban planning scholars on healthy built environments in Australia. Jennifer publishes regularly in high ranking scholarly journals and her work has been used to inform policy development in NSW and Australia. Thanks for the guest blog, Jennifer!


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Discovering dog friendly Sydney – Adventures of Lumi the Groodle –  Inner West

Discovering dog friendly Sydney – Adventures of Lumi the Groodle –  Inner West

Woof everyone,

Boy,  do I have a story to tell from this weekend’s adventure to the dog friendly Inner West! My human parents asked if I was ready to go somewhere new, which got me so excited that I might have accidentally jumped onto the couch… Thankfully they understood that I was just so happy to hear those words.

VICTORIA PARK –> 4 BONES RATING

Victoria Park | Pupsy  Victoria Park | Pupsy

First stop was at Victoria Park in Camperdown where I immediately spotted a friend who was ready for a chase. What was I thinking, Groodle vs Kelpie? What chances do you think I had on that? Anyway, I went for it regardless. I was pretty exhausted after a while and decided to follow my nose in stead. What is that delicious perfume? I cannot resist that. Oh, there it is. I really need to roll on it right now. And then it happened. My human dad grabbed me just when I was ready to get that perfume on my fur. I don’t understand why my human parents wouldn’t like that yummy rubbish on me.

Anyway, I would rate Victoria Park with 4 bones as it is large enough for me to run like crazy without disturbing others. Unfortunately we are only allowed off the lead in the mornings and from 6pm onwards 🙁 4 BONES

THE DUCK INN –> 5 BONES RATING

The Duck Inn | Pupsy  The Duck Inn | Pupsy

My human dad suggested going for a drink around the corner. I wasn’t too excited at first as this might mean that I need to stay outside. But then he revealed the best thing ever; I’m invited inside the bar as well! I almost ran into a lamppost out of pure joy.

As soon as we walked into The Duck Inn, everyone greeted me with crazy amount of cuddles. I didn’t see the ducks anywhere though but never mind I was happy with the attention alone. My human mum said we needed to come back on Tuesday for the Doggy Date Night. I have no idea what that is but it sounds pawsome and I’m in. Food looked irresistible and I’m kind of happy that my human parents didn’t order anything.

The Duck Inn | Pupsy  The Duck Inn | Pupsy

YOUNG HENRY’S BREWERY –> 4 BONES RATING

Back into the car (not my favourite place by the way) and as soon as I jumped in I remembered that I forgot to do my 7th wee. Luckily Young Henry’s Brewery wasn’t too far and I could relief myself just a few minutes later. Again I was welcomed inside and this time I was the only dog in the hoods. That’s the way wo-of wo-of, I like it, wo-of wo-of. One of the bartenders gave me some water and everyone thought I was super cute, which I know is the case, but it is still nice to hear that. My human dad refilled his beer bottle (looked like a canister to me) and then I heard the magic words: Lumi, do you wanna go to the park? I’M READY!!!

 

CAMPERDOWN MEMORIAL REST PARK –> 4 BONES RATING

We went to the nearby Camperdown Memorial Rest Park. I made some new friends right away. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (although she smelled more like a queen to me) and a Rottweiler puppy (who was as big as I am) where there among many others. Oh yeah, and another Kelpie that I decided not to challenge for a run this time. Learned my lesson even without a treat, you see.

 

Very nice community and the place was full of interesting things to sniff as many humans seems to come there for a picnic. And a water station for me, which was very much in need after playing fetch with my new mates.

 

THE COURTHOUSE –> 5 BONES RATING

 

Apparently I wasn’t the only one who got thirsty so it was time to go and check out another dog friendly pub, which is literally 3 puppy pawsteps away. The Courthouse has a big dog friendly beer garden but to my surprise I was also asked to come and say hello to everyone at the bar inside! They were quite a few of us four legged creatures at the Courty, one even had a jacket and a beanie. Not my cup of chicken soup but he looked kind of funky.

 

Finally, it was time to head home for my favourite part of the day. Yeah you guessed it, dinnertime. After my food, I all of a sudden realised that I’m actually knackered. So I decided to roll into my favourite spot and let my human parents enjoy some quality time without me.

See you soon at my next adventure!

Lumi the Groodle

Dog friendly pubs in Sydney allowing your dog inside in the front bar / public bar

Dog friendly pubs in Sydney allowing your dog inside in the front bar / public bar

A few dog friendly pubs around Sydney will welcome your dog in their beer garden, however when the weather does not allow you to sit outside where do you go?

Don’t worry, we have a solution for you! We have discovered & tested 26 pubs and 16 breweries in Sydney who allow dogs inside.

These pubs and breweries are simply pawsome and a choice of a few is better than nothing!
For when the weather warms up, there are more recommendations in our complete dog friendly pubs & bars directory:
https://pupsy.com.au/places/dog-friendly-pubs-bars/

If we missed any pubs in our list please let us know, we are more than happy to try and add them in 🙂

Enough said, here are the 42 super dog friendly pubs/breweries in Sydney allowing dogs inside in the front bar -public bar

 

PUBS YOUR DOG IS WELCOME INSIDE (in alphabetical order):

The Bank on Pupsy

(Photo: Pupsy)

Rozelle & neighbouring Balmain are known for their fantastic pub culture but not many places are as do friendly as 3 Weeds. Your dog is welcome inside the front bar to join you for a refreshment at any time!

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Bondi Beach Public Bar on Pupsy

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Spend time near the beach, take a scenic walk to Mark’s Park and warm up afterwards at Bondi Beach Public Bar!  Chilled out vibes, great drinks, delicious food and your furry friend is allowed inside, what’s not to like? This makes BBPB our favourite winter place in Bondi Beach…
Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

 

 

Botany View Hotel on Pupsy

(Photo: Botany View Hotel)

Yet another dog friendly pub in our favourite district of Newtown. Botany View Hotel invites dogs everywhere in the venue. They even have dog in their logo. Now that can’t be a bad sign!

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Darlo Bar on Pupsy

(Photo: Darlo Bar)

Iconic Darlinghurst establishment no matter if you have two or four legs! Great local vibes, beers and tunes! And of course your pup will surely be noticed!

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Frisco Hotel on Pupsy

(Photo: Frisco Hotel)

Frisco Hotel offers you and your pup a great Woolloomooloo pub experience. Your dog is welcome to join you everywhere in this two-storey pub including the upstairs balcony, which is build for chilled out afternoons! Have a drink or two while enjoying the CBD and Wharf views.
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Lord Raglan on Pupsy

(Photo: Lord Raglan)

Dogs are welcome to join you anywhere in Lord Raglan, all the venue asks is that the owners are prepared for the staff to fawn all over their pups! The Lord Raglan also has some meat/meat free dog snacks to give to the fur baby’s. Check out one of the only original pubs left in Alexandria!

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Poor Toms Gin Hall on Pupsy

(Photo: Poor Toms Gin Hall)

Want to try something a little different? How about tasting a unique craft gin with your dog? You taste the gin (not your dog) while your pup is either chilling at your feet or saying hi to every other gin lover inside this micro distillery.

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The Annandale Hotel on Pupsy

(Photo: @theannandalehotel)

The Annandale Hotel welcomes you and your dog inside and a warm welcome it is! The style is casual, the venue offers many different settings just note its a live music venue so you might have to check that before visiting with your pup. Also don’t miss out on their amazing burgers !
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The Carrington on Pupsy

(Photo: @pupsy)

The Carrington was built in 1877 and true to their early days, dogs are allowed to roam anywhere in the pub. Friendly staff is always ready to bring your pup some water and they even have a dog menu available. Oh, and were you thinking of organising a party for your pup and his/her best mates. Carrington caters for indoor dog parties as well, just call and book in advance!

Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

 

 

The Cricketers Arms Balmain on Pupsy

The Cricketers Arms Balmain on Pupsy

(Photo: @pupsy)

Dog friendly pub Cricketers Arms not only allows your pup to join you at the public bar but boy do they know how to make burgers! Super dog friendly stuff will take care of you and your pup while you are trying one of the many craft beers on tap.
Must try next time you are around Balmain.
Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

 

 

The Duck Inn on Pupsy

The Duck Inn on Pupsy

(Photo: @pupsy)

The Duck Inn is a light, bright and airy pub which is not only a favourite with the locals. Relax on the sofas or enjoy the bar, the good news is that your pooch is allowed inside!
The menu is great and the food is tasty, all the right ingredients for a great afternoon out with your pup!
Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

 

The Grand National on Pupsy

The Grand National on Pupsy

(Photo: The Grand National)

The Grand National has established itself as a local’s favourite meeting point in the heart of Paddington. The Grand National has been selected as best dog friendly pub in Sydney a few years back and they surely have not lost the touch since. The cosy and relaxed atmosphere of  The Grand National is hard to beat!
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The London Hotel Paddington on Pupsy

The London Hotel on Pupsy

(Photo: The London Hotel)

In the middle of the busy Paddington boutique district, The London offers you a great pitstop on a trip to Paddington. Or just simply drop in on your walk with your dog. The entire light filled front bar is dog friendly so no matter what the weather looks like, you and your pup are both safe. Great beers and daily specials!
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The Lord Wolseley on Pupsy

The Lord Wolseley on Pupsy

(Photo: @pupsy)

It doesn’t get more local than The Lord Wolseley in Ultimo. Dogs are not only allowed at the public bar but insisted to come and greet all the folk inside. Great craft beers and all time favourites and do they know how to make specials! If you are lucky you will be treated with $1 oysters on Saturday. Do not walk past without dropping in.
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The Marlborough Hotel on Pupsy

The Marlborough Hotel on Pupsy

(Photo: @pupsy)

Newtown’s favourite dog friendly pub The Marlborough Hotel (or simply Marly as it is know to locals) is known for all things live music, sport and its twist on the classic pub meal. Doggies are welcome to join you for a refreshing drink and chilled out vibes at the partly covered beer garden.
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The Newport on Pupsy

The Newport on Pupsy

(Photo: The Newport)

Not only are dogs welcome everywhere in The Newport, they also regularly organise dog events at this fantastic Northern Beaches venue! Extensive food and drinks menus have something for everyone and weekend live tunes are not to be missed!
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The Newtown Hotel on Pupsy

The Newtown Hotel on Pupsy

(Photo: @pupsy)

Vibrant and trendy inner city district wouldn’t be the same without The Newtown Hotel. This local’s favourite invites you and your dog inside the bar, back at the courtyard or even upstairs at the balcony, which is a great viewing spot towards the trendy Kings Street.
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The Noble Hops on Pupsy

The Noble Hops on Pupsy

(Photo: Noble Hops)

One of the several dog friendly pubs in Redfern, The Noble Hops offers you a hard to beat crafts beer journey of local and global drops. Your pup is requested to join you for the experience but be aware, you will be drawing a lot of attention for all the locals eager to give your dog a pat!
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The Paddo Inn on Pupsy

The Paddo Inn on Pupsy

(Photo: Paddo Inn)

With high ceilings and painted brick walls, Paddo Inn has a very cosy pub feel and most importantly the entire front bar is dedicated to our furry friends. The bartenders even have treats to share, with your dog that is. Paddo Inn is a must visit as part of your Paddington pub crawl with your dog!
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The Paddo Inn on Pupsy

The Regent Hotel Inn on Pupsy

(Photo: The Regent)

The Rege is a dog friendly pub in Kingsford close to the UNSW, which makes it always a vibrant place to hang out. Your pup is allowed everywhere at the venue except the bistro area.
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The Unicorn Hotel on Pupsy

(Photo: The Unicorn)

The Unicorn Hotel in Paddington is a proud boiling billy of aussie wine, beer, music, art, food, conversation…. and of course the local doggies!

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The Vic on Pupsy

The Vic on Pupsy

(Photo: The Vic)

The Vic has been dog friendly since the beginning and there are no signs of that changing. There’s even a graffiti at the back of the building to confirm that. It is not unusual to see dogs inside the front bar or on the terrace at the back. Great place to visit anytime, however Sat arvos in our opinion have the best vibes!
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Lord Raglan on Pupsy

(Photo: The Village Inn)

Visit this cosy country style pub in the heart of Paddington. Dogs are welcome anywhere downstairs so no need to worry about the weather. Great burgers and good selection of beers!

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The Welcome Hotel on Pupsy

The Welcome Hotel on Pupsy

(Photo: The Welcome Hotel)

Dog friendly since 1877, how about that! Your pooch is welcome in the front bar and the beer garden, and for both areas The Welcome Hotel offers a mouthwatering menu and 15 beers on tap from around the world!
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The Tudor Hotel on Pupsy

The Tudor Hotel on Pupsy

(Photo: Tudor Hotel)

If you enjoy craft beers, like a little grungy environment, love dogs and support Swannies, it is hard to find a better place than The Tudor! This old school Redfern pub might look rough from the outside but should definitely have a spot on your bucket list of places to visit with your dog!
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The Woolpack on Pupsy

The Woolpack on Pupsy

(Photo: Woolpack)

We haven’t seen any sheep at the Woolpack (other than in the logo) but in stead there are heaps of furry four-legged companions. And they all really seemed to love the place. Why wouldn’t they? They are welcome inside the pub and there is even a puppy treat jar with voluntary donations going to the local rescue shelters.
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BREWERIES YOUR DOG IS WELCOME INSIDE (in alphabetical order):

During the recent years, Sydney has become one of the craft beer centrals in Australia. And this trend is not showing any signs of decline, which is great news for all the doggies in town as most of the breweries are super dog friendly! We have listed all the craft breweries in Sydney, you and your pup are not only allowed, but welcomed to have a drink or two indoors or outdoors!

7th Day Brewery on Pupsy

(Photo: 7th Day Brewery)

Name of this dog friendly brewery tells it all. It’s all about celebrating the hard week’s work with some stunning crafts. With your dog of course!p>

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Akasha Brewing on Pupsy

Akasha Brewing on Pupsy

(Photo: Akasha)

Brew the beer you like yourself. That’s the mantra at Akasha. Brewery attracts locals who stop by to sample the latest beers, with their pooches of course! Have a beer right next to the tanks with your dog and enjoy the relaxing environment at Akasha!
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All Hands Brewing House on Pupsy

All Hands Brewing House on Pupsy

(Photo: AHBH)

A.H.B.H is the only dog friendly craft brew house in the CBD. The combination of the amazing views across the harbour and yummy craft beers is impossible to beat. And they even have a craft for your pup as well, irresistible A.H.B.H Puppy Pale Ale!
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Batch Brewing on Pupsy

Batch Brewing on Pupsy

(Photo: @pupsy)

You must check out this old warehouse come brewery complex. Your dog is more than welcome to join you, staff even recommending them to take a seat with you at one of the couches while you are enjoying any of the delicious craft brews.
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Grifter Brewing on Pupsy

Grifter Brewing on Pupsy

(Photo: Grifter)

Grifter Brewing is located in the large warehouse area with pool tables and food trucks driving inside the venue to feed the hungry crowds. There are always locals with their dogs and why wouldn’t there be. Beer is tasty, dogs get heaps of attention and the atmosphere is grungy and comfy at the same time!
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One Drop Brewing on Pupsy

(Photo: One Drop Brewing)

One of the best dog friendly spots in the area. Great drops to explore with your pup right by your side, rain or shine. Great vibes! p>

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Modus Operandi on Pupsy

Modus Operandi on Pupsy

(Photo: Modus Operandi)

Brewery outside Inner West, does that even exist? There are few and Modus Operandi is definitely one to visit if you are up at the Northern Beaches. Located conveniently in the heart of Mona Vale, it is easy to access. Your pup is likely to be greeted by the local Labrador “brewdog”, Stout?
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Nomad Brewing on Pupsy

Nomad Brewing on Pupsy

(Photo: Nomad)

Nomad is another Northern Beaches favourite brewhouse. They summarise their attitude towards the four legged customers by “more tails at the brewery the better”. Mouth watering beers, casual dog friendly indoor & outdoor areas and a local “beaches” crowd. Hard to resist!
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Riverside Brewing on Pupsy

Riverside Brewing on Pupsy

(Photo: Riverside)

Riverside is the only dog friendly craft brewery further out in the west. The brewery is taking their name from the views of the Darling Mills Creek in North Parramatta. Riverside is dedicated to brew pure, natural, hand-crafted beers that are bursting with flavour and aroma whilst being free of additives and preservatives.
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Rocks Brewing on Pupsy

Rocks Brewing on Pupsy

(Photo: @pupsy)

Located in the busy urban centre between O’Riordan Street and Bourke Road next to Sky Zone and All Sorts Indoor Centre, Rocks Brewing Co is a great place to visit with the entire family. And this of course includes the furrier members as well. Try the all time favourite Convict Lager while your pup is relaxing at your feet, inside or outside.
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Sauce Brewing on Pupsy

Sauce Brewing on Pupsy

(Photo: @pupsy)

A bit harder to find but once you get there, you won’t be disappointed! In our opinion, their Pilsner is the one to go for. Cool warehouse building hiding from the main roads with an outside sitting area you and your dog will both love!
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Stockade Brewing on Pupsy

Stockade Brewing on Pupsy

(Photo: Stockade)

Stockade is a multi award winning craft brewery in Marrickville, the craft beer centre of Sydney. Taste their regular line up or bi-monthly changing small batches and let your dog sniff the hoods and make some new friends in a meanwhile (humans & pups that is).
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Wayward Brewing Co. on Pupsy

The Wayward Brewing Co. on Pupsy

(Photo: @pupsy)

Now what’s better than a dog friendly pub for a beer loving dog owner? That’s right, a dog friendly brewery! Wayward Brewing was actually built with our furry friends in mind. They wanted to make sure from the beginning that it is inclusive to all, including our dogs. The selection of craft beers on offer is simply amazing! From award winning favourites to single batch brews only available at the brewery. Must, must, must!
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Wildflower Brewing on Pupsy

Wildflower Brewing on Pupsy

(Photo: Wildflower)

Wildflower is focused on fermenting beers with a mixed house culture of brewers yeast mixed with wild yeast and bacteria foraged from New South Wales. The goal is to balance the tart, funky characteristics of the house culture to deliver a beer with length, nuance and subtlety. We recommend you to add Wildflower in your “brew crawl” list with your dog!
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Young Henrys Brewing on Pupsy

Young Henrys Brewing on Pupsy

(Photo: @pupsy)

Young Henrys is one of the most famous craft breweries in Sydney and not only in our books but also with the likes of Foo Fighters! Your pup can hang out with you in the brew bar and will not be short of cuddles from the crowd and staff. Their Newtowner is the all time favourite drop to try out.
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Yullis Brews on Pupsy

Yullis Brews on Pupsy

(Photo: Yulli’s Brews)

Located next door to Sydney Park, one of the largest off lead areas in Sydney, Yulli’s Brews is a great place to visit with your dog after a play at the park. Their funky beer can designs are guaranteed to put a smile on your face?
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5 best dog friendly pubs in Sydney

5 best dog friendly pubs in Sydney

There are several dog friendly pubs in Sydney.
But are they all truly dog friendly pubs?
We see some advertised as dog friendly pubs only to find out that our pups are ok to wait outside tied to a post while we are having a drink.
We have tried and tested these 5 dog friendly pubs in Sydney and are very happy to give them the Pupsy stamp of approval 🙂
For more recommendations also check out our dog friendly pubs & bars directory:
https://pupsy.com.au/places/dog-friendly-pubs-bars/

We have selected the Top 5 dog friendly pubs in Sydney based on:

    • Area your dog is allowed with you

    • How dog friendly is the staff

    • Does your pup have access to water

    • Any other special treats for your dog (events, dog menu, treats on offer…)

       

 The Carrington


(Picture: @thecarringtonsydney)

It’s all about steak and wine at this third oldest pub in Sydney. The Carrington was built in 1877 and true to their early days, dogs are allowed to roam anywhere in the pub. Friendly staff is always ready to bring your pup some water and a dog menu is available.
This is like it should be in our opinion!

The Beresford


(Picture: Chris Pavlich)

The iconic Beresford is one of the largest dog friendly pubs in Sydney. Head out to the dog friendly beer garden at the back and simply chill. Your dog is likely to meet a friend or two.

Gazebo


(Picture: @bonditobali)

Party in style with your pup. This Italian style cocktail bar and restaurant is one of the Sydney hot spots for you and your pooch. Dogs are allowed at the terrace and the staff is always happy to bring water for them. Gazebo even has a full Dog Menu available so make sure you ask for it.

The Vic on the Park


(Picture: Chris Pavlich)

Legendary Vic is located in the heart of Marrickville. The Vic is a home away from home for locals and their pups alike. The iconic inner west local will put classic pub food on your plate. Save a table on the deck for beers and something sizzling from the kitchen, or catch a gig by your favourite local band.

Dogs are allowed everywhere and will always be warmly welcomed by other pub goers and the staff. Be ready for some serious cuddling action.

The Newport


(Picture: @minniethefoodiepup)

Newport’s waterfront location, stunning Pittwater views, huge outdoor area and super dog loving staff makes The Newport the best dog friendly pub in Sydney!

There’s a huge communal deck surrounded by gardens providing shade during the hot summer’s day. Your pup is allowed everywhere in the venue and there are plenty of dog events taking place every month. Staff is super dog friendly and will always bring your pup a private water bowl when asked.

Just across the water is one of the most popular dog beaches on the Northern Beaches:  Rowland Reserve.

 

For the full list of truly dog friendly pubs in Sydney go to https://pupsy.com.au/places/dog-friendly-pubs-bars/.

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Puppy Checklist – What do I really need?

Puppy Checklist – What do I really need?

You can download our checklist here: Puppy Checklist
Looking at the Puppy Checklist can be daunting as there are so many things you need to buy. Do I really need all of this? What can I live without? This article will help you to know what to consider before spending thousands of dollars on your puppy.

Sleeping

Find a bed that is suitable size for your puppy. Consider how fast your puppy will grow to make sure you don’t need to buy another one after a few months. Pay attention to how you can clean the bed, as it WILL get dirty.
Good quality crates can also work as beds, especially during the night as you don’t want your puppy to wonder around the house while not observed. Another benefit of your puppy sleeping in the crate is that dogs don’t relief themselves where they sleep. Crates with an open top are good as you can calm your puppy without taking them out of the crate.

Your puppy will miss his/her mother and siblings during the first few days. If possible, take your puppy’s future blanket with you when you pick him/her up. Rub the blanket (or soft toy) to the mother. This will leave a familiar scent onto the blanket, which will give comfort to your puppy during the first few days in the new forever home.

Eating

Unlike us humans, dogs love to eat the same food every day. Try not to change their diet during the puppy stage too much. Their stomachs cannot handle many changes yet and therefore diarrhea is a very likely result.
Also keep in mind; the way you prepare the food at puppy stage will become the expectation.

Heating up meals or pouring hot water on to the dry food might feel a reasonable thing to do for your new family member. Ask yourself whether you are prepared to do this every day for the next 15 years. It is entirely up to you, however your dog does not require that kind of service. Your puppy will be very happy with good quality dog food with high nutrition levels.
Stay tuned for our “Food your puppy should not eat” –list for the items you have to avoid giving your puppy. This includes items such as nuts, onions, apples and chocolate.

You naturally need some bowls for your puppy. Two bowls will do. One for food and another one for water is all you need. Think about the size of bowls you will need in 6 -12 months time. Too small and you will buy them again very soon. Too big and your puppy will take a swim in the water bowl.
What about the treats? Shops are full of treats for puppies. Be aware about the artificial ingredients, salt and sugar. It is safer and better to stick to natural treats such as poached chicken, ham or dried liver. Do not buy rawhides (at least watch the following video first https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc265q0ZRss) or any high sugar, salt or fat content treats. Normally the cheap ones on your local supermarket shelf contain high levels of sugar and salt.

If you want to be 100% sure, you can make the treats yourself. It is surprising how easy some of them are to make. Check out our  “DIY Toys and Treats” blog. In a meanwhile, you can connect with other puppy owners on Pupsy to ask and share experiences.

Walking

Before your puppy has learned the correct etiquette of walking with you, pulling is inevitable. Pulling can hurt your puppy’s neck if wearing the wrong type of collar. A harness where you can attach the lead also on the front will be your best option. Every time your puppy is pulling, the harness will move your puppy sideways and pulling becomes impossible. A harness is also required for your puppy’s seat belt . The seat belt attaches to the harness as opposed to a collar so your pup does not get strangled in an accident.

Probably the most offended rule by dog owners is to not pick after their dog. Get into the habit from day one and always carry a sufficient number of poo bags with you. Your puppy might surprise you with 2-3 toilet breaks in a single walk, so be prepared. Shop around as prices vary a lot between supermarkets, pet shops and online stores.

Registration

You have to register your puppy at your local council by law. It is a very simple, online process (check your council website for more details). Before you register your pup you have to decide whether your puppy will be de-sexed as the registration fees are higher for non-desexed puppies.
We also recommend getting your puppy an ID Tag with your puppy’s name and your phone number in case he/she will go exploring beyond the boundaries. Ask your local locksmiths as they normally carry ID Tags and can engrave them for you in few minutes.

 

Health & Safety

Locate a Vet close to you and read some reviews about their customer service, prices etc.
You will need to visit a vet in the first few weeks for an overall health check and vaccinations. Consider medication against ticks, fleas and worms depending on where you live. Your vet will be able to take you through all the essentials. Remember that before your puppy has had all the vaccinations, you should not introduce him/her to other dogs or walk him in areas where other dogs have been. Our blog about “How to socialise my Puppy” is coming soon.

Pet insurance is becoming more popular, however only around 5% of all dogs in Australia are insured. If you are considering insuring your puppy, do your homework before signing up. Be absolutely clear what’s covered and what’s excluded and shop around. What happens if your dog gets sick and needs antibiotics? What about accidents with other dogs? Do I get compensation on x-rays and veterinary hospital fees? What if my puppy needs a surgery? What about hip problems on larger breeds when they get older? And what happens to the premium when my dog gets older?
Proofing your home for the newcomer is very important. How often have you inspected your home from the level of where your puppy will operate? Go onto your fours and check for cables, sockets, shoes, plants or any loose items that could be tempting to pull. Make sure you get into the habit of closing all drawers and closets and don’t leave your papers, books or clothes around the house.

Playing

As there are so many toys out there, it is difficult to know what to buy. The secret lies within understanding and observing your puppy’s playing style.

Wrestler Puppy

Likes to “kill the toys” and investigate what’s in them.
Choose toys that are made to be ripped apart or have the option of being pulled. Also, more durable toys, like those made of rubber or canvas, may be better choices.

Chaser Puppy

Loves chasing everything.
These puppies may not be as interested in stuffed toys. Instead, opt for balls (rubber is better than a tennis ball, which can wear down their teeth!), rubber Frisbees (easier on the mouth than hard plastic), etc.

Cuddler Puppy

Loves to hug and hold toys in their mouth and even sleeps with them.
These puppies will do fine with cute stuffed toys! You may want to avoid hard toys, balls, etc., because they won’t be as interested in them.

Chewer Puppy

Likes to chew everything.
Make sure you avoid anything that cannot withstand chewing. Instead of stuffed animals, opt for rubber or rope toys that are made for chewing. Keep an eye on your puppy as small pieces can be swallowed.
If your puppy gets bored with the toys he/she liked earlier, simply put them away and rotate them. After a few weeks an old toy seems like new again.

You can save a lot of money by getting creative with toys. You can create toys from egg boxes (just hide some treats inside and close it) or place an empty plastic water bottle in and old sock (bottle makes an interesting sound and sock has your smell).

Check out our blog  “DIY Toys and Treats” for more inspiration.

However, it is very important to remember that toys should never replace the socialisation and playtime with other dogs. Especially, at puppy stage it is important to find suitable playmates to keep the play safe. You can use Pupsy app to connect and find other puppies in your area for some safe and happy playtime.

 

Training

Training your puppy is critical for many reasons.
– You need to be in control of your dog at all times.
– You have to protect your dog from picking things that are harmful, running of to the road or getting into fights
– Your dog loves learning new things
– Your dog loves pleasing you by obeying your commands and being rewarded
– Training is a great stimulation for your dog and one of the best bonding opportunities

So what do you need for training?
Most importantly, sign up to your local Puppy Pre-School.
You can find some excellent puppy trainers on Pupsy here.
Professional dog trainers will teach you how to understand, control and train your dog. It is also a great way to socialise with other puppies. It is important for you to continue to train and socialise your puppy after Puppy School. Remember to keep socialisation safe and positive. Many Dog Trainers recommend using Pupsy as a safe way to socialise puppies of similar age and therefore avoiding incidents with adult dogs.
See our blog on “Play it Safe” for more tips & tricks.

 

From your point of view, toilet training is likely to be very high on the list. Allow your puppy outside every hour if possible and praise him/her every time he/she goes to the toilet outside.
If this is not possible, use wee pads or newspaper and encourage your puppy to use them as toilet. As accidents will happen elsewhere, simply use proper wee cleaners. Dogs wee on spots they recognise from the scent. Wee cleaners remove the scent and your puppy will not choose the same spot again.
Bitter apple spray is effective for proactive measures. Spray bitter apple spray to areas or items you don’t want your puppy to be interested in. The strong bitter scent will be unappealing for your puppy and he/she will stay away from items.

Grooming

Depending on the breed, your puppy will need different levels of grooming. You need a good brush to ensure your puppy doesn’t get matted. You can ask your local groomer for advice. If your puppy gets too matted the only option left for the groomer is to shave him/her completely. Matted fur will also cause a lot of pain for your puppy.

 

You will also need a comb to get down to the skin of your puppy. This is particularly important for shaggier breeds such as poodles and sheep dogs.
Dogs pick up a lot of things from the ground, roll in the dirt, get wet and muddy. Get your puppy a dog shampoo and rinse him/her everytime after a swim as the salt from the ocean can be very itchy and pool chemicals are not good for the fur.
If you want to get your pup professionally groomed, check out our recommendations.
Although various dental sticks are good, vets recommend to brush your puppy’s teeth once a week.
Get your puppy a dog toothbrush and toothpaste. It is significantly cheaper than the potential dentist bill that might be heading your way, as your puppy gets older. Start brushing your puppy’s teeth from a young age so he/she gets used to it. This will save you a lot of wrestling later on.

Shop around for all puppy supplies you decide to buy as prices and quality varies a lot.
Join the growing Pupsy community at https://pupsy.com.au and connect with other dog owners and dog services. It is a great opportunity to ask for advice, share experiences and of course get together for a happy play, every day.

Play it Safe

Play it Safe

 

These are some of the common phrases about dog play we hear at the dog parks all the time:
“Look how cute they play despite of the size difference”.
“He just likes to play rough but won’t hurt anyone”.
“Look at the energy levels these two have”.
Most of the time they are in deed accurate and will not escalate any further. However, there are always risks involved in Dog Play and we as owners have the full responsibility to observe and intervene when required.
Before we go through some of the risks and control mechanisms for Dog Play, let’s be very clear that as humans also dogs are all individuals. Their behaviours depend heavily on how they have been socialised and trained. So we cannot generalise that all terriers are aggressive and all retrievers calm.

Monitor early warnings in Dog Play

Size difference doesn’t necessarily cause a problem, however it does increase the risk of accidents, which we need to be aware of. Breeds with strong predatory instinct such as terriers might grab the smaller dog too hard confusing it with prey. Large breeds such as Bernese Mountain Dogs, Golden Retrievers or many guardian dogs may accidentally roll over a smaller dog causing some serious pain and damage. They need to be monitored very closely to ensure excitement levels do not rise too much. If the smaller dog shows any signs of stress or fear such as tail positioned between legslip licking (see image), closed mouth, heavy panting or hiding behind the owner the play should be stopped immediately and the dogs should be separated into different play groups.


Style of Play

Some dogs like to play rough with high intensity, which is fine as long as they find playmates with similar style of play. Even in these circumstances the play should be stopped and both players should be calmed down to ensure nothing escalates. Again, look for early signs such as imbalance of power or dominance.
If one of the dogs seems to be on top all the time, then play should be stopped. Dogs engaged in a healthy wrestle take turns on top.
Also watch for their posture. Stiff posture and whale eyes (when eyes are wide open and you can see the white part of the eye in a half moon shape) are signals of increasing stress levels.

Puppy Safety

And finally, puppies should always play with puppies.
Many older dogs seriously dislike puppies as they are too energetic and in their face. As a new puppy owner, always ask whether the older dog is ok with puppies and even then, proceed with caution and high alert.
When we got our cute little groodle named Lumi in June 2016 we learned the importance of finding suitable playmates the hardest possible way. At the age of 4 months, Lumi was playing off leash at the park. So was a 4 year old American Pitbull. There was no aggression at the beginning and they seemed to get along just fine and then it happened. Out of nowhere the other dog attacked Lumi and broke his front leg and the elbow joint. I can still hear Lumi’s panicked cry in my head. After a couple of months of intensive care and rest, Lumi started to go for short walks again and luckily made a full physical and mental recovery from the incident and is one happy dog today.

A final word