Dog-friendly Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County

For all its glitz and glamour, Los Angeles County is one of the most pet-centric places in California. West Hollywood devised a law stating that pets are to be called “companions” and their owners “guardians."
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A slew of hotels and restaurants will cater to your pooch after a long day frolicking on the beach, hiking in the hills or hobnobbing in one of the numerous dog parks scattered throughout the county.

Celebrities love dogs as much as the rest of us, so your Bella may even sniff out a famous Fido on your morning run in trendy Runyon Canyon. But even the stars can’t outshine the stunning natural beauty, stellar weather and welcoming atmosphere of LA County.
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Rosie’s Dog Beach

Photo Credit: @pongopig
Photo Credit: @pongopig

Rosie’s Dog Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles County. It’s not fenced and not a dedicated “dog beach,” but this strand of sand in the “dog zone” along Ocean Boulevard is open to off-leash dog play from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Believe it or not, this is the only legally off-leash beach in the entire county! more »

Sniffing Out Dog-Friendly Trails in LA

Dog hiking in LA County
On top of the world. Photo Credit: Jaclyn Guardado
Los Angeles is lots more than jammed freeways, as anyone who’s taken time to explore its hilly terrain and beautiful beaches knows. Take in the vibrant urban scene on a paved trail one day, then head to the hills for a rural repast. The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation maintains 177 parks, quite a few of which warmly welcome leashed canine visitors. And that’s not counting the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area or open space maintained under the stewardship of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancymore »

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 »

Not-so-hidden Escondido Falls

Dog on the trail in Malibu
Dog on the Escondido Trail. (CC) HermitSMoores
“Escondido” means “hidden” in Spanish, but there’s nothing remotely discreet about the approach to one of Southern California’s most stunning waterfalls, which just happens to do its thing near a “mansions of the stars” strip of real estate in Malibu. more »

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