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.
San Diego Map
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!)
Showing 1 to 5 of 13 Page 1 of 3
  next >  last >>

Ocean Beach Dog Beach, San Diego County

Lucy - Photo Credit: Kevin Schraer (CC)
Lucy - Photo Credit: Kevin Schraer (CC)

Ocean Beach Dog BeachSan Diego County. Ocean Beach, in the community of the same name, is quintessential Southern California—surfers, bikinis, lifeguards and all. In the “dog-run”, four-legged visitors tear around sand and surf, adding to the carefree vibe. (Leash rules apply elsewhere on the beach, so keep an eye on the signs.) more »

The Pendry, San Diego

Dogs at Pendry Hotel
With 317 rooms on 12 floors, The Pendry opened in 2017 in the heart of the city’s vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, close to dog-friendly restaurants and breweries. An “urban coastal California aesthetic” predominates, with some rooms offering sweeping views over the bay. more »

The Season of Giving


DogTrekker operates on the principles set forth in its 4-Paw Promise: “To deliver local and accurate listings, provide engaging and actionable content and focus on social commitment to the communities we serve.” The “social commitment” part of that promise encompasses more than 300 rescues, shelters and adoption centers listed on our website and mobile app. We provide visibility, awareness campaigns, adoptathon coverage and fundraising opportunities to many of these. Here’s a short list of organizations that would deeply appreciate your holiday remembrance. more »

San Diego Bound

Westley's adventures in Balboa Park. Photo Credit: Kendra Losee

In San Diego County, it’s a dog life when it comes to hikingbeachingdining and sharing a hotel room with your pup. Given the topography, there are many options when it comes to fresh-air exploration, from aerobic treks into the hills surrounding the city to urban hikes taking in iconic sights. more »

Chasing Waves With Your Pup

Splash! Photo Credit: @Sweetd67
Splash! Photo Credit: @Sweetd67

For water-loving canines, nothing beats fetching a bright yellow tennis ball from the surf and romping full speed ahead on a sandy beach. But while there’s plenty of sand to share with your leashed pup along California’s 840 miles of coastline, you should know before you go where dogs are and aren’t allowed to get their ya-yas out. Here are a few of our favorite off-leash strands: more »

Showing 1 to 5 of 13 Page 1 of 3
  next >  last >>

Download Our Free Mobile App

Dog Travel Events

San Diego

Doggie Gras 5K & Dog Parade
March 3, 2019 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
400 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, California 92101
Map & directions

Rancho Santa Fe

9th Annual Bags & Baubles
April 28, 2019 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Rancho Santa Fe, California 92067
Map & directions

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

© 2019