The Most Dog-Friendly Cities in The U.S.
For many people, their dog is the most important part of their family. We’ve no longer banned our furry-friends to the doghouse. These days, our dogs sleep in our beds with us, come with us when we run errands, and even eat dinner when we do. If you’re thinking about moving to a different part of the country, it’s important to think about how the move will impact your dog. Below are some of the most dog-friendly cities in the United States, where both you and your pooch are sure to have a great time.
With 27 dog parks, several dog-friendly restaurants and business, and even the ability to bring your favorite member of the family along with you on the famous trolley cars and ferries, it’s no wonder San Francisco is considered one of the most dog-friendly cities in the United States.
Don’t Miss: Duboce Park with both on-leash and off-leash areas, this park is a favorite for dog-owners and dog-walkers. Duboce Park also hosts the annual Dog Fest, the biggest dog event in San Francisco where your dog can compete in Best Trick competitions as well as dog show competitions. There are many dog vendors at the festival as well as entertainment to make the festival a full-family event.
If You’re Visiting: Stay at Hotel Monaco, a pet-friendly hotel without size or weight restrictions, and even without an additional charge for your pet. All dog families staying at this hotel receive a copy of The Dog Lover’s Companion to the Bay Area, a luxury dog bed (available in different sizes), a designer food and water bowl set, some doggie “clean-up” bags, a dog toy (you can take this home), and Bone Appetite menus for your dog.
184 veterinarians, a dedicated number of pet photographers, and even a food truck for dogs (Bow-Wow Chow) all make Austin an excellent city for dogs.
Don’t miss: Auditorium shores, an off-leash park with a view of the Austin skyline, as well as access to Town Lake if your dog likes to swim and play in the water. Also don’t miss the Austin Dog Fair at Brentwood Park featuring a dog obstacle course and a Fastest Dog contest.
If You’re Visiting: Stay at Hotel Driskill, recognized as the nation’s most pet-friendly hotel. Each dog staying at this hotel receives a custom Driskill pet bed, designer food and water dishes, bottled spring water, gourmet pet treats from 1886 Café & Bakery, a dog toy (you can take home as a souvenir), doggie “clean-up” bags, Driskill leashes and collars (for loan or purchase), and a map of Austin with marked pet-friendly areas.
This city boasts more households with dogs than household with children (granted, some of them overlap). It’s clear that Seattle considers dogs part of the family with a number of dog-friendly businesses, welcoming dogs on bus systems, the light rail, and ferries, not to mention that Seattle is home to the creators of Rover.com, an excellent resource for dog sitters and traveling with dogs.
Don’t miss: Marymoor Park, also known as “Doggie Disneyland”, for its 40 acres of off-leash park and a creek. Seattle also hosts a 5K9 walk/run race for both owners and their dogs to raise money for the PetCo foundation.
If You’re Visiting: Stay at Hotel Monaco where your dog will be made a VIP (Very Important Pet) with food and water bowls for use in your room, bottle of spring water and doggie treats, and doggie “clean-up” bags. The concierge is also quick to refer dog walkers and sitters as well as a personalized doggie itinerary for the best pet-friendly places in town.
San Diego makes it easy for both you and your pet to have a great day in the city with plenty of dog-friendly beaches, dog festivals, and an abundance of dog sitters near business for business that do not allow dogs (most notably, the Otay Ranch Shopping Center).
Don’t miss: Ocean Beach Dog Beach, the most popular dog beach in San Diego. This beach is incredibly accessible, which also makes it one of the more crowded dog beaches. Also don’t miss the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, which is, you guessed it, a surfing competition for dogs (and humans). This fundraiser for the Helen Woodward Animal Center is an exciting even to both participate in and to watch. If you or your pooch aren’t exactly surf-savvy, you can still participate in the costume contest, games, and of course delicious food.
If you’re visiting: stay at Hotel Palomar, which accepts pets without weigh limit, or extra charge. Your dog will receive a pet bed and food/water bowls, doggie “clean-up” bags, and a concierge, who is happy to arrange for dog walkers, sitters, and groomers as well as pointing out the best pet-friendly establishments.
Portland is almost unanimously considered the best dog-friendly city in the United States with 33 dog parks (most dog parks per capita), a plethora of pet professionals (from skilled Veterinarians to Pet Massage Therapists), as well as a number of pet-friendly businesses with menus for dogs—even a pet-friendly brewery tour!
Don’t miss: The Portland Pet Expo at the Portland Metropolitan Center with exhibitors, discounted vaccinations, free nail trimmings, entertainment, and adoption opportunities. Also don’t forget to go on one of the dog-friendly hiking trails around Portland.
If you’re visiting: stay at Hotel Monaco, host of the annual Portland’s Next Top Dog Model contest. Your dog will receive food and water bowls in the room, a bottle of spring water and treats, and eco-friendly doggie “clean-up” bags. Dog walking, dog sitting, grooming, and even pet psychic services are available as well.