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

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Brynn & Rhyss enjoying their camping trip. Photo: Mark Totten (CC)
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Camping With Your Dog: Guide to Rovering Around

Camping can be very exciting for a dog. All those new sights and smells will keep Bella’s tail wagging from the minute you pull into your dog-friendly campsite. And these days, camping may mean a lot more than just finding a place to pitch a tent in the woods.

RV Resorts: Not Just for RVs Anymore

Dog at family campsite
Petaluma KOA Photo courtesy Daniel Trumm (CC)
KOA (Kampgrounds of America) has been a leader for decades in expanding its amenities to attract a broad demographic of vacationers. Most of the company’s more than two dozen properties in California have dog-friendly cabins for rent, and almost all offer a dog run or other fenced area where Astro can stretch his legs. more »

A-Glamping We Will Go

KOA cabin at Devil's Tower
Luxurious cabin available at KOA campgrounds. Scott Wallace (CC)
What’s glamping? It’s one of those made-up fusion words meant to convey the idea of “glamorous” camping, a concept adopted from African safari tradition and catching on in California and elsewhere in the world. Glamping for DogTrekkers might involve a dog-friendly platform tent, yurt, tipi, Airstream trailer or any other kind of outdoors-oriented lodging where guests aren’t required to pitch a tent.    more »

Rover-friendly RV Rentals

Photo Phil King
Westfalia at Ocean Cover Photo courtesy Phil King (CC)
Who hasn’t seen those distinctive Cruise America rental RVs on the road on a summer road trip? If you’ve imagined yourself behind the wheel, Duke and Daisy perched on the seat beside you, it might be time to try a road trip of your own in one of these dog-friendly vehiclesmore »

Reserving a Camp Spot for Spot

Two dogs in a camp tent
Photo courtesy Bob White (CC)
So, a friend told you about a great place to camp with your dog. But how do you make reservations? Here are three places to start. Plus some tips to securing your favorite spot.  more »

Campground Petiquette

Dog Tethered at Campsite
A good way to keep Barney tethered. Peyri Herrera(CC)
California leash laws, revised in 2006, set out some rules for people leaving home with their pets, and individual RV parks and campgrounds may impose additional layers of regulations. A page at spells out the leash-law basics. Meanwhile, we at offer some advice to help keep tails wagging.  more »

KOA Welcomes DogTrekkers

Camp California ad featuring Dog
Camping in California is surging in popularity with DogTrekkers, in part because privately owned campgrounds such as the award-winning San Francisco North/Petaluma KOA have diversified to offer not just RV camping, but tent sites, camping cabins, dog-friendly full service lodges and resort amenities that appeal to a wide variety of vacationers.  more »

Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue 2014

Shiloh is up for adoption
This Saturday, July 26, head over to Molly's Pup-Purr-ee in Danville to meet some of Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue's great dogs. At this event and others throughout the year, GGLRR's dedicated volunteers meet with would-be adopters and introduce them to possible candidates who'd be a good fit. more »

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Dog Travel Events

San Francisco

Strut Your Mutt!
August 23, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
One Avenue of the Palms, San Francisco, California 94130
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San Francisco

Bark for Life of San Francisco
August 23, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California
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2014 Annual DogPound Poker Run Benefitting Pets Without Partners
September 6, 2014
4125 Riverside Place, Anderson, California 96007
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San Jose

Bark in the Park 2014
September 20, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
William and South 16th St, San Jose, California 95112
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Vet Buzz

Why is My Dog Shakin' Her Head?

Maggie the dog
By Melissa Robinett, DVM, Bel Marin Animal Hospital, Novato, CA.

If your dog won’t stop shaking his head and he looks miserable, he could be suffering from an ear infection. more »

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