Dog-friendly San Diego County

San Diego County

San Diego epitomizes the relaxed and friendly spirit that defines the best of the Southern California lifestyle. It’s also a dog-friendly trend setter, having established, back in 1972, the original Dog Beach, one of the country’s first leash-free beaches.
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In San Diego, it’s a dog’s life as Daisy can let loose on the beach or hike with her people among the lush eucalyptus forests, lunch at a quaint outdoor cafe, then top it off with a pooch-pampering bath and spa treatment. (We hear there are even a lot of fun things for humans to do, too!)
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Just Beach It, Beach It, Beach It

Coronado Dog Beach / Photo: Cindy Chow
Coronado Dog Beach / Photo: Cindy Chow

Sun, sand and surf are what drew you to bring your pup to San Diego in the first place, right? Well, you certainly hit bingo. No pilgrimage-con-canine would be complete without a romp on Ocean Beach, aka Dog Beach, San Diego’s only 24-hour sandy strand where dogs are permitted to tear joyously around off-leash. more »

Put Paws on Pillows in San Diego

Pendry San Diego / Photo: Danielle Kogan
Pendry San Diego / Photo: Danielle Kogan

So…your pup is coming with you to San Diego and you need a pet-friendly place to stay, preferably one with quick exits to the outdoors for you-know-what. There’s no end of choices in San Diego, whether you prefer to stay in the historic Gaslamp Quarter or somewhere closer to the beach. more »

Chow Down With Your Pup

Lazy Dog Restaurant / Photo: @dogwithaperm
Lazy Dog Restaurant / Photo: @dogwithaperm

Alfresco dining is a natural in San Diego’s mild climate, and virtually every restaurant in town with an outdoor deck or patio welcomes well-behaved canine companions. There’s no more scenic place to start than Pier Cafe, which sits, yes, right on the water at the end of a pier at Seaport Village. The New England-style menu features lots of fish, and the outdoor seating area is dog-friendly. more »

Hop On Over to a Dog-Friendly Craft Brewery

Societe Brewing Company / Photo: @tess.simp
Societe Brewing Company / Photo: @tess.simp

In the past few years, brewpubs have become all the rage, with more than 1,000 of them springing up across the state. So many are in San Diego that the city proudly calls itself the “Craft Beer Capital of America.” The main attraction is beer, of course, but another plus is that almost all of them are dog-friendly. more »

Visit a Close-In, Dog-Friendly Campground

Samuel P Taylor State Park - Photo Credit: @cchellyyy
Samuel P Taylor State Park - Photo Credit: @cchellyyy

Let’s say you want to go camping but don’t have hours to spare driving to a remote place. Even if you’re an urban dweller, you don’t have to go far to snag a spot in the woods (although you might have trouble with reservations). Here are some of our favorite campgrounds close to urban centers. more »

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Dog Travel Events

San Diego

San Diego Humane Society Walk for Animals
May 2, 2020 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
2455 Cushing Rd., San Diego, California 92106
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San Diego

Wag Wednesday at Mavericks Beach Club
January 22, 2020 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
860 Garnet Ave., San Diego, California 92109
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San Diego

Pet Wellness Fair
January 26, 2020 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
11189 Sorrento Valley Rd. Suite 105, San Diego, California 92121
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San Diego

Wag Wednesday at Mavericks Beach Club
January 29, 2020 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
860 Garnet Ave., San Diego, California 92109
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Emergency Services

VCA Animal Specialty Group of San Diego
5610 Kearny Mesa Rd., Ste. B
San Diego, California 92111
Phone: (858) 560-8006

Pet Emergency & Specialty Center - La Mesa
5232 Jackson Dr., Ste. 105
La Mesa, California 91942
Phone: (619) 462-4800

Veterinary Specialty Hospital
10435 Sorrento Valley Rd.
San Diego, California 92121
Phone: (858) 875-7500


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