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

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Dog Running full speed toward camera
Travel with your dog in California? Here's your chance to win one of two GoPro® HERO3 cameras. Submit your best dog photos here, or on Twitter or Instagram with hashtag #GoCaliforniaDog. One winner will be chosen by voters, one winner will be chosen by DogTrekker staff. We're looking for great dog photos taken in California that capture a sense of where the picture was taken. Please tell us where you took the photo, and any story behind the shot. Enter here...

Sonoma County's West Side Story

If you live in the Bay Area, you won’t have to put many miles on your car to explore some of the often overlooked dog-friendly communities in Sonoma County. From urban delights to rolling hills and glorious stretches of coastline, the county’s west side is doggone delightful. Before setting out, please note that Sonoma County requires all dogs in public places, including parks and beaches, to be licensed.

Go California! DogTrekker Photo Contest

Dog running on beach at sunset
Have a great photo of your best friend frolicking on a California beach, hightailing it up a trail through the redwoods, or maybe strolling among the vines of your favorite winery? Submit it to our Go California! DogTrekker Photo Contest and you could win one of two GoPro® HERO3 Cameras.  more »

Bet on Bodega Bay

Dog on bench in Bodega Bay
RV Camping in Bodega Bay. Photo:Lisa Frischeisen
Follow the Pacific coast through Sonoma County and you’ll find plenty of gorgeous scenery to share with your best friend. Bodega Bay makes an ideal hub for discovering the region’s many attributes. Bed down at a dog-friendly property such as Bodega Coast Inn & Suites, Sonoma Coast Villa & Spa, Bay Hill Mansion B&B or Bodega Bay RV Park and prepare to get sandy, as you’ll likely be exploring nearby beaches and coastal trails. more »

Scenic Sebastopol

Dog by Dog Parking sign
Hanging out at the Sebastopol Apple Fair.(CC) e.t.
This West Sonoma County hub is fast becoming a DogTrekker favorite, particularly since the advent of The Barlow, a dog- and family-friendly shopping district with over 38 outlets connecting consumers with local artists, food producers, winemakers, distillers and brewers. Tree-lined streets, grassy areas and lots of outdoor seating make it a fun place to explore with your dog at your side.  more »

Furry Fun in Petaluma

Dogs playing in the grass in Petaluma
Dogs Playing at the dog park in Petaluma. Photo: LeeAnne Martin
This delightful town on the Petaluma River charms first-time DogTrekkers with a historic downtown whose sidewalks are set about with water bowls for visiting canines. Cuddle up at the historic Hotel Petaluma to be right in the middle of the action, or move a bit away from the downtown core to the Sheraton Sonoma County Hotel, where you can relax in a peaceful, resort-like setting.    more »

Roam Santa Rosa With Your Dog

Dog in pond
Mack at Hood Mountain Regional Preserve. Photo: Laura Crocker.
Your first stop when visiting Santa Rosa should be the California Welcome Center in Railroad Square, where you’ll see a statue of Santa Rosa’s most famous dog, “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz’s Snoopy, and receive a dog bone for your own furry friend.  more »

Strut Your Mutt 2014

People and dogs dressed up at Strutt Your Mutt 2014
Fun for all at Strut Your Mutt.
On August 23, head for Treasure Island in San Francisco. Once you get there, join the happy throngs converging on the Great Lawn for the second annual Strut Your Mutt festival, where you, Sadie, and your BFFs can take part in a walk or fun run and raise funds for animal rescue.  more »

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Bark for Life San Francisco

Bark for life walkers and their dogs 2013
You don't want to miss the inspiring Bark For Life event is happening Saturday, August 23 at Hellman Hollow in Golden Gate Park. 

Bark For Life is a community building, fundraising (and super dog-friendly) event for the American Cancer Society, with proceeds going toward cancer research. more »

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
Map & directions

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
Map & directions


2014 Annual DogPound Poker Run Benefitting Pets Without Partners
September 6, 2014
4125 Riverside Place, Anderson, California 96007
Map & directions


Doggie Pool-Ooza
September 6, 2014 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
800 N. Archibald Avenue, Ontario, California 91764
Map & directions

Vet Buzz

Separation Anxiety

Sad puppy missing her friend
Don't leave me all by myself.
By Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB, San Francisco SPCA

Separation anxiety is a serious and heart-breaking disorder. Dogs who suffer from separation anxiety experience the canine equivalent of panic attacks every time they are left alone. They might urinate, defecate, bark and cry, ignore food left for them, and frantically scratch and chew at door frames in an attempt to get out and find their owners. It’s important to understand that these dogs are not getting back at their owners for leaving or behaving the way they do out of spite or anger. Rather, they are consumed with terror at being left alone. more »

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