Dog-friendly Davis


Kids and dogs in parade
UC Davis Picnic Day. (CC) Donna S.

From its inception as a farming community, Davis has proved how animal passionate the city is through its contributions to veterinary care and animal husbandry, and the fact that it has seven dog parks within city limits!

There are hundreds of dog-friendly things to do in and around Davis. Be sure to take your pup for a stroll through the colorful gardens at the U.C. Davis Arboretum, or get some exercise at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, a 25-square-mile wildlife preserve that offers off-leash open space to run free and ponds to dive into and cool off on a hot summer’s day. There are also a host of dog-friendly hotels, restaurants and local services to make sure you have a dog-gone good time on your next visit to Davis.

Check out the dog-friendly Yolo County Wine Trail.

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Tiptoe Through the Tulips in Davis

A delicate floral nose...
A delicate floral nose...

Sometimes a lovely May day beckons with a leisurely stroll, rather than a full-on hike. For DogTrekkers who enjoy spring blooms, few places bring richer rewards than the UC Davis Arboretum, 100 acres of meticulously curated botanical gardens bordering a  paved path that runs for almost two miles along Putah Creek, a scenic stream burbling through the university campus on the edge of dog-friendly Davis. With so many plants in flower, you’ll have as many aromas to sniff as your dog, whose nose will naturally gravitate to places yours doesn’t. more »

Take a Yolo County Detour

Toad Hollow Dog Park
Toad Hollow Dog Park, Davis, CA. Photo Credit: Eileen (CC)
In Yolo County, Interstate 80 runs right past the UC Davis campus and within ball-throwing distance of Sudwerk, one of the state’s pioneering craft breweries. It’s worth making a DogTrekking date with both. On campus, take a stroll through the UC Davis Arboretum, 100 acres of meticulously curated botanic gardens along the banks of Putah Creek, which flows through the sprawling campus. more »

Yearning for Yolo

Yolo county sunset
Yolo County - Photo: Robert Couse-Baker (CC)
You can’t know what you’re missing if you don’t pull off the highway, and for DogTrekkers speeding through Yolo County on Interstate 80, there are myriad reasons to put on the brakes and clip on the leash. Youthful Davis and historic downtown Winters have been undergoing a renaissance of late, with dog-friendly patio dining and winery tasting rooms providing new excuses to explore and linger with your four-legged friend. Dog-friendly Woodland is all about history and fun.   more »

Flower Power

dogs on a bench
Not all botanical gardens are dog-friendly, but we know some that are—and if you’re into tulips and other early-blooming florals, now’s the time for the two of you to watch spring springing into action. more »

Dallying in Davis

Dallying in Davis

The drive east on Interstate 80 from the San Francisco Bay Area to points beyond can hardly be described asscenic, but you don’t have to go far off the road to immerse yourself in an oasis of cool, leafy beauty. more »

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UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
One Shields Avenue
Davis, California 95616
Phone: (530) 752-0290

Yolo County SPCA - Lost Dogs
P.O. Box 510
Davis, California 95617
Phone: (530) 662-8858

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