Whether you’re looking to move in a new city or you’re simply going on a city-break, if you’re taking your four-legged friend with you, odds are that you’re asking yourself if the place you’re going to is dog-friendly.
It can have dog parks, walking trails, dog beaches and events. There are plenty of cities spread across America that your canine friend will certainly enjoy.
Michael Schoeff, a pet product designer, inventor of a revolutionary potty training system and dog enthusiast with over 10 years experience in working with canines has chosen 10 cities where dogs and dog owners truly feel at home.
Portland, OR is the city of dog owners and lovers. The dog crazy city has 33 dog parks including chimney parks. They have a vast area with grassy space for your dog to run around. It also has the Lucky Labrador Beer Hall, which is a famous site there. It is also a good city to find like-minded people that like the same breed as you.
San Diego, CA
San Diego has a bunch of restaurants and beaches where many dogs hang out with their families. Yes, you can take your dog surfing! The restaurants have patios too, so dogs can join in with their owners.
The population of dogs is, to many people’s surprise, larger than the child population living in the city. Seattle is a rainy city and you need to know how well your dog tolerates rain. Seattle has more than 32 meet-ups for dog owners and a few dog-friendly spots where you and your dog can hang out.
Austin has a pet-friendly environment in most shops. Also, there’s even a dog-centered yoga studio named Doga. You can also go to a swimming spot by checking out Red Bud Isle, an off-leash dog park for walking and swimming.
Chicago is one of the most dog-friendly cities in America. What sets it apart from other cities on the list is the fact that dogs can stop by a restaurant to drink some water. There are restaurants that serve large bowls of ice water for dogs. It even has a dog-exclusive beach known as Montrose Dog Beach.
Albuquerque has a whopping 33,000 acres of land full of parks. It only rains approximately every 60 days throughout the year, so you have much time to play around with your pup outside.
If your dog prefers dry weather, then you should consider Tucson, Arizona. It’s sunny almost every day of the year. You’ll find local parks with breathtaking scenic desert views to enjoy with your pup.
New York City, NY
When you think about this bustling “city that never sleeps” with its over-crowdedness and high cost of living, pet-friendliness is certainly not something that automatically comes into mind. Nevertheless, New York has many parks and approximately 180 dog-friendly restaurants spread across the city.
Boston can be a lot of fun for you and your dog. Bars offer “Yappy Hours” where dog-owners can bring along their four-legged companions to sit for a pint.
Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado is full of nature, which can be a unique experience not only for your dog, but for you too. There are number of dog parks and popular attractions such as the Pike National Forest or Seven Falls, a canyon with breath-taking waterfalls.
If you’re a dog owner and you live in one of these cities, you’ve got yourself covered. Your dog will enjoy a rich social life and you will also get to meet other dog lovers. If you think that there’s something missing from this list, tell us in the comments below!
Michael Schoeff is a pet product entrepreneur from Ohio. Having over 10 years of experience in pet product design has certainly taught him a lot regarding dog behavior and house training, in addition to designing around a puppy’s basic needs.