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Where Are Perth's Top Dog Spots?

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by M Ed (subscribe)
Freelance writer who enjoys staying active, social and making the most of what Perth has to offer.
Published June 13th 2011

If your four-legged friend could talk, he'd be telling you just how much he loves to get out, run a muck in the sun, feel his ears flapping in the breeze and socialise with other dogs. Luckily for animal lovers, Perth offers a fantastic range of dog-friendly reserves, beaches and cafes scattered across the city. Here are a few of my favourite dog spots, I look forward to hearing yours.

Bayswater Riverside Gardens in Bayswater (Milne and King William Streets) offers everything you need in an exercise area for your dog. This popular park for pooches features river frontage with picturesque views and a small beach for swimmers. With gazebos, barbeque facilities and playground; the riverside gardens are also a great family picnic spot.

Jorgensen Park in Kalamunda (Spring Road), is set on an old golf course so you get a great combination of open space for off-leash running with an abundance of trees and lots of different walking tracks to follow. This scenic park also offers a playground and barbeque facilities.

Peasholm Beach in Scarborough (West Coast Highway) is a long stretch of soft white sand, which is also a great swimming beach for dogs and people alike. In the summer months you can take advantage of the dog washing service so your pup gets in your car clean, dry and smelling fresh. This is definitely a worthwhile beach to visit if you are happy to endure quite a long walk over the dunes, which can be tiring on hot summer days. It is also a good idea to look at the alternative carparks further South as parking spots can be hard to find on busy days.

Vera View Beach is relatively short beach walk in North Cottesloe (Marine Parade) – though dog access is restricted during the warmer months (October to end of March) to before 10am and after 4pm. While the beach itself isn't the best around, it's in a great location and only a short walk up to the café strip. My favourite is Beaches café with a shady grassed area outside to sit on with your fury friend while you wait for your coffee.

One of my favourite off-leash lakes is Gwelup Lake in Gwelup (Huntriss and North Beach Roads). It offers a few different walking trails, depending on how energetic you feel with a nice section through shrubbery and a boardwalk section with lookout. It also includes a large open area for throwing a ball.

Another popular spot for families with dogs is Jackadder Lake in Woodlands (Birchwood and Rosewood Avenues) with a relatively short circuit. There is also a huge playground under shade sails there that the kids will love and with plenty of shade it's a great spot for picnics.

There are so many other great dog spots that I haven't been to and I invite you to tell me about your favourites in the comments section below. It's fun to explore Perth with your dog so pick an afternoon and go somewhere new, they will love you for it.
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Bayswater Riverside Garden is definitely a top spot. In fact, when my daughter was much younger (and didn't know its proper name) she used to call it the doggy park! She used to think it was fun when we'd go there and watch the much-loved pooches race around like lively, cheeky kids. One thing to be aware of here, though, is to not let your dog off the leash at the adjoining Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary...some people forget.
By Carolyn Hopping - senior reviewer
Saturday, 26th of May @ 03:29 am
Whiteman Park has a fenced in dog park, with a smaller section for small dogs.

Whitfords dog beach is good too.
By chris - reader
Friday, 9th of August @ 02:27 am
Millington Reserve in Trigg is a great place to take your dog. Good sports ovals and lots of bush all round too. Then a short drive down to Yelo for a drink for you both
By capta - reader
Thursday, 12th of January @ 11:06 am
Riverside Gardens, Ashfield Flats, Leighton Beach
By modco - reader
Monday, 16th of January @ 04:38 am
Pet Lovers Cafe, bring your pooch down for a very specail bakery treat, funky accessories and good old fashion customer service. James Street Guildford, opening in Late January 2013.
By Anonymous
Sunday, 23rd of December @ 12:47 am
Kwinana Dog Park on Parmelia Ave. Grassed and fully fenced with water for dogs. Plastic bags and bins to remove their waste and BBQ's outside for human's. All provided and looked after by Kwinana Council.
By Anonymous
Tuesday, 29th of January @ 10:08 am
Swanbourne Beach - north
By jerem - reader
Tuesday, 17th of June @ 02:20 am
Aveley dog training grounds
By mark. - reader
Friday, 22nd of July @ 03:08 pm

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