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The GGNRA is at it AGAIN!

Not Just in Marin County
Not Just in Marin County
From Marin Dog:

Take Action to Stop the 2019 Superintendent’s Compendium!

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area recently released a Superintendent’s Compendium that attempts to implement parts of the withdrawn Dog Management Plan—but without a public process.  If the National Park Service gets its way, there will be new restrictions in Marin County, right in the middle of our most popular off-leash areas.

These changes are unnecessary, unjustified and almost impossible to enforce. This also impacts GGNRA lands in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. DogTrekker asks that you continue reading to better understand this new approach and what you can do to once again stop this craziness. more »

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Fall Into the East Bay With Your Dog

The change of seasons is upon us, and soon will come the rains that green up the land almost overnight. In the meantime, your pup is surely begging you to get out and enjoy October’s nice weather and fall colors. Here are some ideas on how to do just that in the East Bay Area.

Wag Tails for Oakland!

Photo: Instagram @thecharliebean
Photo: Instagram @thecharliebean

Yes, Oakland is a vibrant urban place to visit, but it’s not all about dog-friendly ale and wine trails, waterfront dining and hotels (more about that below). As dog-centric locals know, one of the pleasures of living here is proximity to many open-space preserves where you can flee the big-city hustle-bustle and revel with your pup in the shade of redwoods or atop grassy ridges with panoramic views. more »

Paws Up for the Mount Diablo Region

Photo: Instagram @foxandtheroo
Photo: Instagram @foxandtheroo

The dog-friendly East Bay communities of Concord and Pleasant Hill in Contra Costa County have something very much in common:  both look out on Mount Diablo, an isolated peak that juts up almost 4,000 feet between the East Bay and the Central Valley. From the summit on a clear day (and there are lots of them in fall and winter, especially following a storm), one of the most expansive views in North America opens up. more »

Tri-Valley - Open Space and Wine Country for Your Dog

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park / Photo: Gregory Macias
Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park / Photo: Gregory Macias

Three valleys and four small cities in the Tri-Valley (Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and Danville) comprise this triangle-shaped region set amid rolling hills and valleys 35 miles east of San Francisco. This is dog-friendly wine country for sure, and it’s also blessed with tens of thousands of acres of dog-friendly open space managed by the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD). more »

Vacaville: A Dog-Friendly Base Camp for New Discoveries

Pena Adobe Regional Park / Photo: Mindy Lamont @fiandmimi
Pena Adobe Regional Park / Photo: Mindy Lamont @fiandmimi

There’s a lot more to this Vacaville than meets the eye when whizzing past it on Interstate 80. Dog-friendly lodging abounds (take note: it’s lot less expensive than in nearby Napa or Sonoma), but perhaps one of Vacaville’s biggest assets its central location as a basecamp. If you’re a wine lover, get settled and head straight to Suisun Valley Rustic Wine Country, where wine grapes were first planted more than 100 years ago. more »

East Bay Regional Park District

Happy dogs at Point Isabel. Photo Credit: @theemmanation
Happy dogs at Point Isabel. Photo Credit: @theemmanation

The Bay Area wouldn’t be what it is without its tawny, oak-studded hills, and we have the East Bay Regional Parks District to thank for keeping many of them accessible to the public. The district manages 65 parks spanning 114,000 acres in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, offering between them some 1,200 miles of dog-friendly trails. Away from developed areas, four-legged friends trained to come when called can trek with you leash freemore »

New Training Classes at the East Bay SPCA

Photo: Jordan - East Bay SPCA
Photo: Jordan - East Bay SPCA

The East Bay SPCA has completely revamped their training classes to accommodate the modern needs of the urban or suburban dog while using the most effective, cutting-edge, scientifically supported learning theory and teaching methods.

"Skill Builders" is the entry level class designed to teach general good manners in the home and the foundation necessary for more advanced training. "Connection Boosters" provides that more advanced training and focuses on the skills and relationship enabling a dog to join their owner anywhere dogs are allowed, from outdoor restaurants to off-leash hikes or city walks. more »

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Dog Travel Events

Huntington Beach

2019 Corgi Beach Day
October 26, 2019 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
100 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, California 92648
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DogFest Bay Area 2019
October 26, 2019 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Broadway, Oakland, California 94607
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San Francisco

Pawtrero Dog Day Afternoon
November 3, 2019 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
199 Brannan Street, San Francisco, California 94107
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Santa Monica

Puppy Hour at Tacotopia
September 23, 2019 to November 11, 2019
3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
1254 3rd St., Santa Monica, California 90401
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Vet Buzz

Choosing a Final Good-Bye Away from the Vet's Office

By Dr. Jeannine Berger, SF SPCA Veterinarian & Behavior Specialist

After giving us a lifetime of unconditional love, devotion, and loyalty, dogs carry only one fault. And that one fault is that they just don’t live as long as we often hope. So, after receiving a lifetime of beauty and selflessness, how do we honor them in their darkest hour? In fact, one of the most compassionate actions we can take is knowing how and when to give them a kind, gentle death. And as bittersweet as the choice may be, planning ahead and being prepared for a pet’s euthanasia often helps make it a very compassionate decision. more »

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