Dog-friendly Southern California

Southern California

Southern California is known world wide for its warm, welcoming hospitality, near perfect weather, breathtaking beauty and fun-filled recreation for you and your best dog buddy.
We’ve DogTrekk’d through the rugged beauty of the Desert Region, where cool tile floors invite afternoon snoozes; basked in the glitz and glam of Los Angeles County, and chilled out in the laid-back lifestyle of Orange County’s dog-loving beach communities. We’ve also ventured into ever dog-friendly, ever sunny San Diego to bring you the best of SoCal dog travel. You and your pooch can rest assured that in Southern California, every day is a dog day of summer.
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San Diego Bound

Westley
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 »

Pet Sounds of the OC

Arizona at Huntington Dog Beach. Photo Credit: @lismariede
Arizona at Huntington Dog Beach. Photo Credit: @lismariede

Even in November and December, you’ll find yourself humming a Beach Boys tune as you stroll the sands of aptly named Dog Beach, a leash-free segment of a longer strand in Huntington Beach, aka “Surf City USA.” You’ll find a flip-flop casual welcome almost anywhere you go in this quintessential Orange County beach town just 35 miles south of Los Angeles on the Pacific Coast Highwaymore »

Save Room for Desert Delights With Dreyfus

Vacation time at Ace Hotel, Palm Springs. Photo Credit: @admiralackbar
Vacation time at Ace Hotel, Palm Springs. Photo Credit: @admiralackbar

Cool nights, warm days, turquoise pools, nodding palms and stylish lodgings welcome fall visitors of both the two-legged and four-legged varieties to the Greater Palm Springs resort area. With so many dog-friendly lodgings, finding places to rest your heads (and paws) couldn’t be easier. more »

More Wet Ways to Play

Oakley knows What
Oakley knows What'SUP. Photo Credit: @thatstokedgolden

Stand-Up Paddleboarding, SUP for short, is an emerging sport with Hawaiian heritage that’s caught on big all up and down California. The newest craze: teaching dogs to hitch a ride. A great way for both of you to learn is with SUP PUPS, operating out of Waterman’s Landing Beach Café at Lake Tahoe. 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 »

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Dog Travel Events

Huntington Beach

Doggie Date Night at Fred's
January 23, 2017 to August 14, 2017
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, California 92648
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Huntington Beach

Doggie Date Night at Fred's
January 30, 2017 to August 21, 2017
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, California 92648
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Huntington Beach

Doggie Date Night at Fred's
February 6, 2017 to August 28, 2017
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, California 92648
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Huntington Beach

Doggie Date Night at Fred's
February 13, 2017 to September 4, 2017
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, California 92648
Map & directions

Emergency Services

Melrose-La Brea Animal Hospital Redirected
7116 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90046
Phone: (323) 937-2334

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

Animal Specialty & Emergency Center
1535 South Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90025
Phone: (310) 473-1561

Humane Societies/Shelters

SPCA LA - Long Beach
7700 East Spring St.
Long Beach, California 90815
Phone: (562) 570-7722

SPCA LA - Hawthorne
12910 Yukon Ave.
Hawthorne, California 90250
Phone: (310) 676-1149

WAGS Pet Adoption
6621 Westminster Blvd.
Westminster, California 92683
Phone: (714) 887-6156


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