With more than 4.8 million dogs in Australia and an estimated 40 per cent of them presenting with some kind of fear, phobia or anxiety, safe spaces where dogs can train, sniff and have fun off-leash with their owners are a much needed asset.
With that in mind Hawkesbury resident Tracey Horey created Australia's only online directory of privately owned, safe and secure off-leash spaces for dogs around the country.
Sniffspace is the brainchild of Ms Horey and her business partner, thanks to inspiration provided by her anxious dog Rafferty.
For years she struggled with the lack of options for her and Raff to play safely without the unwelcome interactions of other dogs (or humans) at the local dog park. Add to that, the urban sprawl and housing blocks becoming smaller and smaller and she realised that if she was experiencing this kind of struggle, there must be thousands of other dog lovers around the country that felt the same way.
Armed with her idea, her passion and her Project Manager Rafferty, a Kelpie cross Sniffspace began to take shape.
The first Facebook video outlining the idea reached more than 75,000 people in the first 10 days and proved she was onto something.
Now with more than 600 registrations and well above 200 eager dogs waiting for spaces, it's clear that pups everywhere are keen to get off their leads and run free in a secure environment.
Sniffspace is an on-line platform where homeowners around the country can list their backyards, free space or paddocks as a secure space for dog owners and their fur-babies to book for an hour and play with, train and bond with their fur-kids, giving them the opportunity of a private 'sniffari' while earning a passive income for the homeowner.
For homeowners, it's as simple as registering their space, setting up their calendar and sitting back to watch the bookings come in.
For guests, the process is just as simple; building their (and their dogs) profile and searching for spaces they'd like to book.