Dog-friendly lodging, restaurants, and events in Northern California

Welcome to is your guide to California's favorite dog-friendly hikes, beaches, hotels, restaurants and more. If you are traveling in California with your dog, take us with you. And check out the new DogTrekker app.

Dog Day On The Bay
Dog Day On The Bay

Say "All On Deck!" to a Boat Excursion with Your Dog

Summertime is family travel time, and everyone, it seems, is looking for “something different” to make memories with their kids, dogs and mothers-in-law. We have some solutions: Just say “all on deck!” to an outing by boat. As far as planes go, we include a story about the great work Pilots N Paws is doing throughout California.

Houseboating on Lake Shasta With Your Dog

Dog on a houseboat
Photo Credit: Danny Wischenbarth (CC)
Yes, water levels are low this summer, but Shasta is a huge lake—and it’s also the houseboat capital of California. Rentals are available from several marinas, and the lake's 360 miles of jagged shoreline are indented with cove after cove where boaters more »

Paddling Mendocino Rivers

Photo Credit: Ben Salter (CC) 
Have you ever longed to kayak on a beautiful river but not been able to because you have your dog along? Come to Mendocino County, where it’s easy to go paddling with your pooch.
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Russian River with Rover

Dogs on the river
Photo courtesy: Russian River Adventures
Among our favorite DogTrekker activities is paddling a languidly flowing, 8.5-mile stretch of the Russian River around the dog-friendly, wine-centric town of Healdsburg in Sonoma County.

Russian River Adventures is the go-to outfitter here, providing stable and dog-friendly inflatable canoes. more »

Tahoe Time

Frankie the dog a boat in Tahoe
Photo Credit: Lisa Perlman
Dying to get out on “Big Blue” with your pup? Tahoe Keys Boat Rentals and its affiliate locations will fix you up with a dog-friendly boat (and a “boat butler” captain, if needed) for exploring scenic Emerald Bay or simply cruising along the shore. more »

SUP With Your Pup

Photo Credit: Alec Perkins (CC)
Stand-Up Paddle-boarding has caught on big-time with canine passengers as well as the people who do the paddling. Most dogs love to ride along, although it can take some coaxing at first. Whether you own your own board or are a first-timer, you’ll find instant community at Bluerush Boardsports more »

Catalina Adventure

Catalina Island Dog
Photo Credit: David Prasad (CC)
Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California is a favorite day-trip and weekend destination, and many travelers are surprised to discover that the Catalina Express, serving the island from Long Beach, Dana Point and San Pedro, does allow dogs. more »

Pilots N Paws

Pops. Photo courtesy: Pilots N Paws
Meet Pops. Things didn't look good for this elderly terrier mix when he landed in the Baldwin Park shelter in Los Angeles with no history and several health issues. The good folks at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in SF were willing to take the little guy in, but they weren't exactly local. more »

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Dog Travel Events


Napa Humane's Walk for Animals 2015
August 2, 2015 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Main St. and Third, Napa, California 94559
Map & directions


Dog Days of Summer 1st Wednesday Street Party
August 5, 2015 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Main Street, Pleasanton, California
Map & directions


Bark at the Park 2015
August 6, 2015 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, California
Map & directions

Mill Valley

7th Annual Mill Valley Dog Show
August 8, 2015 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
731 East Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley, California 94941
Map & directions

Vet Buzz

Canine Influenza

Dog with the flu
Photo Credit: Yoel Ben-Avraham (CC)
By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County.

More than 1,000 dogs in the Chicago area have been diagnosed with a new strain of canine flu. While there are currently no California cases, the flu is very contagious and we may see cases across the country. The recent Chicago strain is new to the United States. This flu cannot be transmitted to humans, but there is evidence it can be passed to felines. more »

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