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A dog-spotters’ guide to Melbourne

Having a dog to walk is the perfect excuse to get outside. And if you don’t have your own pooch, you can now tag along with (up to 4) dog-owning friends. If you’re local to these pooch-friendly spots, give them a go on your next park adventure.

Off-leash parks

Fawkner Park

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.

A person walking their dog through a tree lined garden

Dog spot in Fawkner Park

Princes Park

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. It’s as bucolic as heck, and the flat grounds are perfect for throwing (and catching) balls. 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.

Gosch’s Paddock

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.

Buluk Park

Dogs in Docklands make a beeline for 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? You’ll find everything you need online. That includes the puppy carer info session, your property inspection and some training. During the info 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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