Dog-friendly Southern California

Southern California

Dog-friendly 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. Be sure to visit dog-friendly Huntington Beach and its famous Dog Beach and the Greater Palm Springs Region, one of the most dog-friendly destinations on the planet.
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, almost every day is a dog day of summer.
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Go Big at Big Bear

Go Big at Big Bear


It’s a bit off the radar for Northern California residents, but if SoCal calls, consider soaking up a change of scenery at Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino county. Yes, there’s a major ski mountain there, but you and your pup will also find many dog-friendly diversions, including outdoor dining and trails where you can hike, cross-country ski, snowshoe and otherwise play in a winter wonderland. more »

Big Dog-Friendly Opportunities at Big Bear

Photo: Jen Ha / @HelloHoku
Photo: Jen Ha / @HelloHoku

Just as Lake Tahoe is a vacation magnet for NorCal residents, so Big Bear Lake, two hours from LA, is a major draw for South State residents. Sister ski areas Big Bear Mountain Resort and Snow Summit are family-friendly magnets for skiers and riders, but there are many snowy options for DogTrekkers, as well. more »

Nothing to Growl About at Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake - Photo Credit: @colterandkenai
Big Bear Lake - Photo Credit: @colterandkenai

Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino County is an under-the-radar destination for Northern Californians, but in SoCal, it’s been a dear-to-the heart, dog-friendly summer vacation magnet for more than a century. Perched at a slightly higher elevation than Lake Tahoe (6,743 feet vs. 6,225), it’s a purely snow-fed reservoir with clear water and lots of recreation options. more »

Share a Bite

The Grill on Main - Photo Credit: @lupi_sayer
The Grill on Main - Photo Credit: @lupi_sayer

Perfect weather for eating al fresco makes Greater Palm Springs an ideal locale to dine with your dog. In fact, countless eateries cater to pups with water bowls, treats, and plenty of social interaction—from casual cafés to fine dining under the stars. When happy hour rolls around, you’re likely to find a dog-friendly bar patio hosting yappy hour too. We’ve tracked down five top hotspots for hounds and humans alike. more »

Snoozing and Specials

Parker Palm Springs - Photo Credit: @mimi___cry
Parker Palm Springs - Photo Credit: @mimi___cry

In Greater Palm Springs, you’ll find plenty of options to accommodate your four-legged friend. At many hotels, expect to see your pooch pampered with a plethora of fantastic perks—from snuggly dog beds and signature pet menus to in-room massage and tantalizing munchies. And with the exception of the new Hotel Paseo, the historic properties below have been beautifully restored. You and Fido may never want to leave. more »

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Dog Travel Events

La Jolla

FACE Foundation: 15 Year Anniversary
September 11, 2021 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
7611 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, California 92037
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Encinitas

Wag & Wash by Amazing Strays Rescue
August 15, 2021 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
382 North El Camino Real, Encinitas, California
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San Diego

Barks & Brews Fest
August 21, 2021 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, California 92101
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San Diego

Doggie Street Festival
November 20, 2021 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
2455 Cushing Rd, San Diego, California 92106
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Emergency Services

Melrose-La Brea Animal Hospital
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

Rancho Sequoia Veterinary Hospital
3380 E. Los Angeles Ave.
Simi Valley, California 93063
Phone: (805) 522-7476


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