Dog-friendly lodging, restaurants, and events in California

Last Week to Enter Video Contest! Go California Video Contest

Have a great video 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’s Go California! Video Contest before October 31st and you could win one of two GoPro® HERO4 Silver cameras.

Kayla unclipped
Kayla says "don't leash me in"

Unclip For a Fall Romp With Your Dog

As anyone who’s hiked with a dog on a leash knows, it doesn’t work too well on single-track trails where there’s not enough space for your pup to walk beside you. But in California, we’re lucky. If your dog is well mannered and has a solid recall, you’ll find lots of places where you can unclip and responsibly hike free of the umbilical cord that normally ties you together.’s new off-leash blog holds lots of suggestions. Here are a few more.

Leash-free Sand and Sea

Playing catch
Playing catch

The hands-down, No. 1 place to play in waves and sand in California is Carmel Beach, a powder-white, city-managed, mile-long strand on the outskirts of Carmel-by-the Sea, the chic vacation village on the Monterey Peninsula. DogTrekkers come from around the country to share their good fortune here. A trio of tips: more »

The National Forest/BLM Advantage

Garland Ranch Regional Park. Photo Credit: jdehaan (CC)
Garland Ranch Regional Park. Photo Credit: jdehaan (CC)

State parks and national parks are notoriously unaccommodating when it comes to dogs. With few exceptions, four-paw visitors aren’t allowed outside developed campgrounds or off of paved roads and paths. But on public lands administered by the USDA Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, as well as some tracts overseen by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, your pup is welcome to accompany you with only a few important rulesmore »

Doggin’ It On The Pacific Crest Trail

Photo Credit: Samantha Levang (CC)
Photo Credit: Samantha Levang (CC)

You don’t have to be a lean and hardy thru-hiker to enjoy sections of the famous Pacific Crest Trail stretching 2,560 miles from Mexico to Canada. It travels through some of America’s most exquisite scenery—and it’s all dog-friendly with the exception of segments transiting national parks, California state parks and a few heavily trafficked wilderness areas. more »

East Bay Regional Wonders

Hiking Sunol Regional Wilderness. Photo Credit: John Kay (CC)
Hiking Sunol Regional Wilderness. Photo Credit: John Kay (CC)

The East Bay Regional Park District, a network of 65 parks spanning Alameda and Contra Costa counties, is cherished by dogs and their people, and rightly so. Its 1,250 miles of trails dip and dive over 120,536 acres of open space and are enjoyed by hikers, bikers and equestrians as well as DogTrekkers grateful for the opportunity to disconnect from the leash. more »

Whiskeytown Calls

Whiskeytown Falls (Click For Video)
Whiskeytown Falls (Click For Video)

Haven’t figured out how to use those unused vacation days? We have just the perfect destination. Redding, the last major city on Interstate 5 as you near Mt. Shasta, is the undisputed Trail Capital of California with over 225 miles of trails within 15 miles of its city center.

Redding is also the gateway to the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Few areas managed by the National Park Service allow dogs out of campgrounds or off of paved roads, but this one is a welcome exception. Yes, you do have to leash-up on the 70 miles of trails, but it is worth it as dogs and humans can cool off paws and heels at any of the four waterfalls and go off-leash where the trails meet the lake as long as they respond well to voice commands. more »

The Tiny Pitbull

Photo: Shea (left) with foster brother and TTP alum Jackson.
Photo: Shea (left) with foster brother and TTP alum Jackson.

A few years ago, in the wake of harrowing treatments for a life-threatening cancer, North Bay resident Christine Del Ponte started volunteering with dogs in nearby shelters. "After all of my treatments, I was left feeling very depressed," she recalls. "I was looking for something to help me work my way out of that dark space, and I found dogs."

She was soon drawn to those who stood little chance of getting out alive—the shy ones, the terrified ones, the ones with medical issues, the ones who couldn't tolerate the shelter environment—and determined to help them change their fate, or, as she says, "make overlooked dogs appealing." more »

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Boo! Bark, Brews + Bites

Halloween event at Jack London Square
Halloween is in the air! It's time to pick out a fabulous costume for you and your dog and head to Oakland's waterfront on Saturday, October 29 for Boo! Bark, Brews + Bites, Jack London Square's free pet-centric Halloween celebration. more »

Dog Travel Events


City of Vacaville Howl-O-Ween
October 29, 2016 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
614 West Monte Vista Ave., Vacaville, California 95688
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Boo! Bark, Brews + Bites
October 29, 2016 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland, California 94607
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San Francisco

Pet Pride Day 2016
October 30, 2016 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1200 15th St., San Francisco, California 94103
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Walnut Creek

ARF Halloween Party
October 30, 2016 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2890 Mitchell Dr., Walnut Creek, California 94598
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Vet Buzz

Understanding and Treating Arthritis

Photo Credit: Mark Robinson (CC)
By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County.

Arthritis is the general term for inflammation in a joint. Early in life bones are well protected by cartilage at the joint surfaces and well padded with joint fluid. As dogs age, this cartilage starts to break down and the joint fluid is thicker. Therefore bones are less protected from wear and tear creating this joint inflammation and often pain. more »

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