Dog-friendly City of San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo

Ths City of San Luis Obispo says welcome! Tucked between the Coast Range, the Pacific Ocean and right in the middle of Central Coast Wine Country, San Luis Obispo enjoys all the spoils of a life well lived on the California coast.

A family vacation isn’t complete if a certain four-legged and furry member has to stay home. Whether you are hiking, dining or simply relaxing in the sun, San Luis Obispo is very dog friendly. No sense in leaving your loyal companion behind, bring your pup along to sniff out all the hot spots.
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Fall Trekking in the SLO Lane

Benni in Morro Bay. Photo Credit: Bennilover (CC)
Benni in Morro Bay. Photo Credit: Bennilover (CC)

San Luis Obispo County encompasses just about everything California is known for, from mountains to ocean to wine country to laid-back vibe. Sure, you can shoot down from the Bay Area on Interstate 5 and Highway 46, but it’s much more rewarding to take the slow lane (Highway 101) all the way to Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and beyond. more »

SLO Trekking With Your Dog

Puppy bliss at Laguna Lake Park. Photo Credit: Jo Christina
Puppy bliss at Laguna Lake Park. Photo Credit: Jo Christina

San Luis Obispo, the Central Coast college town about 12 miles inland from the Pacific shore, is a great jumping-off place for DogTrekkers who’d like to visit Paso Robles wine country or romp on a beach. But you don’t have to leave town to enjoy one of the region’s top dog-friendly assets, Laguna Lake Open Space, a 375-acre preserve with an off-leash (but not fenced) dog play area and miles of trails leading into the scenic hills. more »

Traveling the SLO Lane With Your Dog

Dogs on San Luis Obispo Beach
Fun at the beach. (CC) SLO dogs in the fast lane.
From Ragged Point in the north to Pismo Beach in the south, the San Luis Obispo County coast is a dog-friendly wonderland loaded with things to do and places to stay with your pup. Along the 70 miles of Highway 1 that hug it, you’ll encounter everything from secluded tide pools and shimmering coves to classic SoCal beaches packed shoulder to shoulder with surfer dudes, bikini babes and dogs with jaunty bandanas around their necks. more »

Dining with Daisy in SLO

Dog at a restaurant
Bella dining out in Paso Robles. (CC) Diane Main
So long as the weather is good, which is 90 percent of the time on the Central Coast, visitors with dogs will have no problem finding a place to chow down at an outdoor table where Daisy can relax, too.  In downtown SLO, head for Luna Red, across from the mission, which offers fine dining with outdoor seating for dogs and their families. The menu changes seasonally based on supply from local farmers and fishermen. Outdoor dining is complemented with views of the mission, and of course your happy pooch at your feet. more »

Take to the Hills Around SLO

Cute dogThe town of San Luis Obispo prides itself on surrounding open space where dog-friendly hiking trails dot the hillsides. The most popular and certainly the most rigorous of day hikes is local landmark Bishop’s Peak, tallest of the Nine Sisters, a string of peaks spanning the 12 miles between Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. The hike to Bishop’s Peak’s 1,546-foot summit is a 3.5-mile, out-and-back adventure with an elevation change of more than 1,200 feet. Normal hike times range from three to five hours, and temperatures along the trail will vary, becoming quite hot in summer. Be sure to bring plenty of water for yourself and your dog even when the weather is cool, as this is a strenuous outing.  more »

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Dog Travel Events

San Luis Obispo

9th Annual Wine 4 Paws
April 8, 2017 to April 9, 2017

875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo, California 93405
Map & directions

Emergency Services

El Chorro Regional Park Redirected
2990 Dairy Creek Rd, Highway 1
San Luis Obispo, California 93401
Phone: (805) 788-2381

Petit Soleil
1473 Monterey St.
San Luis Obispo, California 93401
Phone: (805) 549-0321

Sands Inn & Suites
1930 Monterey St.
San Luis Obispo, California 93401
Phone: (805) 544-0500

Humane Societies/Shelters

Woods Humane Society
875 Oklahoma Avenue
San Luis Obispo, California 93405
Phone: (805) 543-9316


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