Take your dog on a Sniffari at our Hobart Home ...

Looking for a relaxing outing with your dog where you won’t run into the ‘don’t worry he’s friendly’ brigade with off-lead dogs pestering you?

Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania has extensive private bushland grounds behind our Home in Risdon Vale, and you can book your dog in for a private walk around our Sniffari route followed by a private play session in our fenced off-lead doggie play yard.

What’s a sniffari?

A sniffari is a relaxed walk with your dog on a long lead, with some ‘Sniff Stations’ set up along the way to give your dog some unusual and interesting things to sniff. We’ll be putting out lots of interesting things for your dog to smell, and there will also be all the usual good things to smell in the bush.



How it works

You book a time online and pay in advance (every $ raised goes to caring for our dogs). Arrive at the Home a few minutes early and you’ll be met by a volunteer or staff member who will give you a map of the walking route and send you on your way. 

You do the walk at your own pace.

Can I come with Friends?

Yes, if it’s just one dog and a group of human friends that’s fine.  If you want to bring friends with their dogs, when you book you will be given the option to add up to two friends with their dogs to your booking. 

Will there be other dogs around? 

No other dogs will be on the walking route. The route goes around our Home, so you and your dog may be able to hear other dogs in the distance, but these dogs will all be a safe distance away and out of sight.

The only way other dogs will be on your walking route is if you decide to book and come with a friend and their dog – it’s up to you!



Can I do the walk off lead?

Sorry, there is wildlife on the property, so your dog must stay on lead during the Sniffari. 

But they’ll have a great time on a long lead and after your sniffari you can spend some together off lead in our securely fenced play yard. The play yard has ramps, platforms, tunnels and more good things to sniff.

Do I need to be fit?

The sniffari route is a 20 minute walk but we hope you’ll be taking it slowly and letting your dog explore.  There’s a short (100m) uphill section at the start but you don’t need to be super-fit.

Each session is 45 minutes, and when you’ve finished your Sniffari you and your dog can spend some off-lead time playing in our securely fenced Education Yard. 



When can I go?

We’re running sessions in the afternoons on Mon-Fri from Wed 24 November.  You can book up to 7 days ahead. 

How do I book? 

Just click the button to book your Sniffari. 

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