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50 Things To Do With Your Dog In Sydney

By Millie Hilton - 17 Apr 2016

things to do with your dog sydney

For all the dog-owners out there we know how frustrating it can be not being able to bring your dog anywhere and everywhere. They already walk in the bathroom while we shower, sleep in our beds, and stare longingly at us (or rather, our food) while we eat.

So is it really so bad that we want to bring them to work, to the gym, to the beach, and even to the bar? Okay some of them are a bit more of a stretch than others, but we’ve sniffed out the best things you can do with your furry companion in Sydney so you have all of the options.

  1. Park your pooch at Coogee Pavilion (he’ll probably gain a fan club by the time you return).
  2. Chase the sunrise along the beachside path at Manly and the Steyne.
  3. And then rest at the Boathouse for your morning coffee and a puppy power nap.
  4. On the way home, stop off at Manly Lagoon for a doggy dip.
  5. Start up an account and become #instafamous—your dog was made for the camera.
  6. Take a doga class. That’s dog yoga for those who didn’t know. Where do you think downward dog came from?
  7. Go bike riding with your dog running loyally by your side (or put it in your basket).
  8. Be adventurous and attempt rollerblading—then have your dog kiss all the bruises better.
  9. What makes for a puppy paradise? Sand, mud, dirt and sticks, lucky Sirius Cove has it all.
  10. Make Sunday sessions complete at the Sheaf’s beer garden.
  11. Roll around the ample grass at Rowland Reserve.
  12. Or let Fido loose at Gladstone Park after scoring some take away brekky from the Little Marionette in Balmain.
  13. Head to the Beresford’s courtyard any day of the week for a good feed (how much you share with your dog is up to you).
  14. Stretch your legs (and your dog’s) at Hawthorne Canal Reserve.
  15. And then order a coffee, pupacino, and dog biscuits for your pooch at Leichhardt’s Café Bones.
  16. Adopt a police-training dog—the perfect role model and companion to teach your pup a few new tricks.
  17. Test your dog’s intelligence with the Pooch IQ Kit.
  18. Visit a hospital or nursing home to cheer up patients (just make sure you get permission first, mmkay?)
  19. Get your heart and legs pumping by running through the 154 glorious hectares of the Centennial Parklands.
  20. Or for some more sporty action, kick the footy with your dog at North Harbour Reserve.
  21. Enjoy some sunshine and rosé at The Winery while your fluffy companion dozes at your feet.
  22. Dress up your dog sassy and fabulous with the cutest costumes ever.
  23. Let loose and get sandy at the Rosebay Foreshore (or one of these other dog-friendly beaches).
  24. Then head to the Grumpy Baker for some freshly baked goodies.
  25. Stand up paddle boarding—they can snooze on the board or paddle along with you (there’s no ‘I’ in ‘team’ after all).
  26. If balance isn’t your thing (we can’t all be yogi masters), try kayaking with pup in tow instead.
  27. Mingle with the other doggies and their owners at Laneway Café.
  28. Spoil yourselves with a spa day, nail pawlish available here.
  29. Glamping. There’s no reason why your dog can’t enjoy a luxe retreat with their favourite human.
  30. Enjoy million dollar views at Observatory Hill Park (major plus: off leash at all times!).
  31. When it rains, it pours, and we’d prefer to stay in doors. Snuggle up on the sofa with a movie (your furry friend will provide that extra warmth). We rounded up a few Netflix suggestions to get you going.
  32. Play fetch-the-halls to give your dog an indoor run (rain can’t stop us).
  33. Then again, splashing about in the rain is made that much cuter with this pup-mbrella.
  34. If the smell of wet dog doesn’t bother you (because it clearly doesn’t bother your dog), take your furry friend to Clontarf Reserve for an ocean dip.
  35. Dry off at Petbarn’s DIY Dog Wash.
  36. Take your dog for a pawfect picnic at Barangaroo Reserve.
  37. Go celeb spotting; we’re dying to see Surry Hills legend Mochi (@justanotherdogblog).
  38. Dust off the Sunday hangover with sensational views and a sunshine walk along Beare Park.
  39. Take your dog to an outdoor cinema.
  40. Learn to skateboard—your dog will probably be a pro before you will.
  41. Take a selfie at Rushcutters Bay Park.
  42. Create an agility course in the comfort of your own backyard. You’ll totally win gold if you enter a Dog Show.
  43. Heat up the BBQ at Connie Lowe Reserve with every man and his dog (literally) and good luck resisting those puppy eyes as you bite into your burger.
  44. Throw a ball at one of the city’s largest off leash parks, Sydney Park in St Peters.
  45. Grab a big, delicious burger from The Tuckshop, grab a rug in the park across the street and let your little mate have a run around.
  46. Teach your dog a new trick—isn’t it about time you share the housework?
  47. Throw your fave fluffy friend a birthday bash with all your dog’s closest pals.
  48. No party is complete without sweets, so bake a doggy-friendly cake.
  49. Head down to Vic On The Park for a Sunday session.
  50. Enjoy a quiet night out with a Guinness pie and schooner at the Lord Dudley Hotel. Your pup can be parked safely outside with a water bowl while you tuck in.

Feeling a little under the weather? Check out the best spots to chuck a sickie in Sydney here.

Image credit: Nicolas Tessari via Unsplash

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