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Having a dog to walk is the perfect excuse to get outside. Don't have a fur baby? Go puppy watching anyway. If you’re local to these pooch-friendly spots, give them a go on your next park adventure.
Let your four-legged friend off-leash at Fawkner Park. This laid-back doggy hot spot is the perfect place to relax while your companion enjoys a run around. If you’d prefer to stay active, the walking paths are lined with Moreton Bag figs and oak trees. Enter from Commercial Road or St Kilda Road for the off-leash area.
For a dog walk in the centre of Melbourne’s sporting precinct, make your way to Gosch’s Paddock. The two ovals here are bordered by Swan Street and Punt Road. Exercising is on-leash on the ovals, off-leash in the grassy bits in-between. It’s best suited to more confident dogs, as the cyclists, runners and road traffic can be distracting.
Yarra Park isn't far away, where you can run with your mutt in the shadow of the MCG. It’s a beautiful expanse of green, dotted with shady gums. Enter from Vale Street, where you’ll also find a water tap with a bowl and bin.
Sprawling Princes Park has two unfenced off-leash areas to let your dog run free. Head south for Crawford Oval, or to the north of the park along Bowen Crescent. Bowen is the better option, with everything your furry friend could want. Grass, trees, shaded seating, bins and a tap with a built-in water bowl.
Nearby Royal Park has a couple of other off-leash options. Take Snoopy to the oval south of Macarthur Road, or to the north of the park at Poplar Oval and McPherson Field. This is the city's biggest park, so there's plenty of space for a game of fetch.
Dogs in Docklands make a beeline for the puppy playground at Buluk Park. It’s mostly sandy rather than grassy, but semi-fenced and kitted out with a water bowl. Fido can run through hollow pipes and bounce on concrete blocks, while you make the most of this urban oasis in the city.
Virtual puppy sessions
Would you like to care for a Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dog puppy? Head along to a puppy carer info session and see if your lifestyle is a good fit. During the free session, carers and staff will share how rewarding it is to become a carer. And if you’re successful, you can look forward to a year of lab pup ownership, with all expenses covered.
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Walking your dog
Do have fun with your pooch, but please be considerate of others when walking your dog.
Last updated on Wed 22 Sep 2021
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Planted with eucalypts, this inner-city park sits on the site of former rail yard.