Dog-friendly lodging, restaurants, and events in California

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Whether you are traveling two miles to visit a local dog park or 200 miles to explore the hidden beaches of Lake Tahoe, plan your trip on and take us along with our new mobile app.

Kayla fetches a big one!
Kayla fetches a big one!

Summer Beach Bucket List for Dogs

Do your dog’s ears perk up when you say “beach”? They should, because California has countless waterfront venues for you and your pup to enjoy together. Here’s a look at some spots sure to set a-waggin’.

Tahoe Under Paws

Avery hits the beach running. <br/> Photo Credit: AverysAdventures
Avery hits the beach running.
Photo Credit: AverysAdventures

Lake Tahoe —aka “Big Blue—is Northern California’s favorite summer playground, but to enjoy it to the fullest with your B4LF (best four-legged friend), you’ll need to do your homework before heading up the hill. While there are quite a few places where you can stroll the shoreline with Fido on a leash, strands where you can legally cut the cord are few and far between. more »

Chasing Waves With Your Pup

Splash! Photo Credit: Sweetd67
Splash! Photo Credit: Sweetd67

For water-loving canines, nothing beats fetching a bright yellow tennis ball from the surf and romping full speed ahead on a sandy beach. But while there’s plenty of sand to share with your leashed pup along California’s 840 miles of coastline, you should know before you go where dogs are and aren’t allowed to get their ya-yas out. Here are a few of our favorite off-leash strands: more »

Go With the Rivers’ Flow

Captain of the canoe! <br/>Photo Credit: siroliversworld
Captain of the canoe!
Photo Credit: siroliversworld

Your dog may not be able to paddle her own canoe, but you’ll have a blast paddling for her with an assist from an outfitter who knows how to help water-loving canines and their people have fun. 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 Countymore »

More Wet Ways to Play

Oakley knows What
Oakley knows What'SUP. Photo Credit: thatstokedgolden

Stand-Up Paddleboarding, SUP for short, is an emerging sport with Hawaiian heritage that’s caught on big all up and down California. The newest craze: teaching dogs to hitch a ride. A great way for both of you to learn is with SUP PUPS, operating out of Waterman’s Landing Beach Café at Lake Tahoe. more »

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA 2016

Photo Courtesy: Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
Photo Courtesy: Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

Meet Coco! (ID# A802308) Today she's a happy, healthy girl in search of her forever home.

In January, when she first landed at Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA, it was another story entirely. She had a severe skin infection that had caused a lot of hair loss, and she was shut down and fearful. But the PHS veterinary staff started treating her skin miseries, while volunteers and training staff worked on her confidence.

Soon Coco was feeling a whole lot better, and now this two-year-old pit bull with the David Bowie eyes is showing her true self: happy, energetic, and playful.  more »

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Dog Travel Events


Bark (& Meow) Around the Block
July 23, 2016 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ninth and Carleton Streets, Berkeley, California 94710
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Napa Humane’s Walk for Animals
August 7, 2016 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
McKinstry St. (between First St. & Soscol Ave.), Napa, California 94559
Map & directions


East Bay SPCA Adopt-A-Thon
August 27, 2016 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Embarcadero West, Oakland, California 94607
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San Jose

Bark in the Park 2016
September 17, 2016 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
S. 16th St. and E. William St., San Jose, California 95112
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Acupuncture for Dogs

Canine Acupuncture.
Photo Credit: Rhona-Mae Arca (CC)
By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County.

Acupuncture is a system of Chinese medicine that revolves around the idea that there is a system of meridians that run through the body. Meridians can be thought of as highways through which energy flows. Sometimes these highways have blockages that cause local or systemic problems. Acupuncture uses needles inserted in specific points through the body to alleviate these blockages. more »

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