A favourite exercise of many Melburnians is to drive somewhere for a walk, and take their best mate along with them. And no, I'm not referring to your beer buddy. I'm talking about another special member of the family – the much loved pet dog. Man's best friend has been traditionally known as your pet dog, and so it's important to spend quality time cultivating the relationship.
An image of your dog walking route is probably already springing to mind, but in case it hasn't you might be familiar with these popular destinations.
St Kilda Beach is a place where you can sometimes see people running ahead on the footpath, with their dogs trailing behind. Other individuals prefer to ride a bike with their dog rushing alongside them. It is also not uncommon for those with a keen interest in rollerblades to skate ahead while their best mate struggles to catch up. If you're inspired to do the same, just don't let him or her take you for a rollerblading session - unless your dog happens to be a husky.
The Boulevard in Moonee Ponds is another dog walking destination amongst avid dog walkers, although it's not the best and fairest of ideas to send your dog on a swimming lesson in the adjacent Maribyrnong River. You're there for a walk, remember? Not a swim.
You may insist that nothing beats a good old walk around the block or up the street with your dog. But how can we know unless you tell us your stories? Share your thoughts now. Let the dog walking community know where to best treat their best friends.
Altona has two off lead areas, one at the eastern end of the beach, the other at the western end. Dogs love it and people are friendly. There are footpaths too if you want to walk, ride a bike or rollerblade.
By refuo - reader Monday, 25th of July @ 07:23 am
I recently took my dog for a walk around Albert Park Lake... It was a bit of a pain to find a car park, but once we did, the track was great. It is a pretty long walk, takes about an hour to walk around. The only thing I'd say to be cautious of would be the wildlife - there's HUGE swans there with babies at the moment, the male swans seemed to get pretty protective of the bubs, so we needed to keep the dog away from them... But he was very happy with such a long walk, and was utterly pooped by the end.
I loved taking my little fella down to the Lilydale Lake in his hay-day. The track is a good three kilometres, and there are two dog-off-lead areas where you can let them loose to run off any extra energy. They can even take a dip in the Yarra River that runs by one of these grassy areas. It's perfect!
By Lisa Williams - senior reviewer Monday, 18th of July @ 08:26 am
Ruffey Lake Doncaster. This is a great park for dogs as it is an 'off the lead' park where your dog can run free and socialise with other dogs. There is also a beautiful lake for a swim. Bbq facilities as well so you can make a day of it for all the family:)
By ms_da - reader Thursday, 21st of July @ 06:37 am
Burnley Gardens on Swan Street, Burnley. This is a great off-leash area where you can let you best friend run to his/her hearts content. There are some lovely big eucalyptus trees, as well as a stretch of native bushland, and a sacred old Aboriginal tree. On the other side, there is lots of room to throw a ball, or kick a football, and plenty of birds for your furry friend to chase (but never catch).
By Anonymous Monday, 25th of July @ 12:33 pm
Port Melbourne has a great beach and lovely park for dogs.
By Anonymous Friday, 3rd of February @ 11:12 pm
Banskia Dog Park in Bulleen, it's fully enclosed. Nothing better than letting your dog run free without having to worry about them getting out/onto a road..
Westerfolds Park in Templestowe is a great place to take your dog for a walk and there is a cycle path which will take you along the Yarra River into the City if you are feeling fit. There are also free BBQ's if you are feeling peckish and the Mia Mia coffee shop which offers great views and outdoor seating.
By janef - reader Saturday, 23rd of June @ 11:51 pm
Mullum Mullum Reserve Cr Springvale and Reynolds rd Doncaster. Both on and off lead walking trails. Doggie wast disposal bins, but bring your own bag and scoop.
By Anonymous Friday, 12th of April @ 04:20 am
Fairbairn Park, Ascot Vale. Great park on the Maribynong River.
By bronw - reader Tuesday, 20th of December @ 06:39 am