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A beige-coated dog lies on the grass, wearing a colorful bandana and blue harness. Behind the dog stands a large white historic building with tall columns and many windows, framed by trees against a clear blue sky. This is an ideal location for one of Sacramento's top five dog-friendly activities.

Top five dog-friendly activities in Sacramento

California’s capital city promises sun-splashed fun for families and their four-legged friends. From history and culture along the Old Sacramento …
Two dogs are running on a grassy field in Sacramento. The larger, brown dog carries a red ball in its mouth, while the smaller, brown and white dog runs excitedly beside it. The background, blurred with trees, suggests they are in a park. Both dogs look joyful and energetic.

Activities in Sacramento’s big backyard

For best-in-show access to hiking trails, water sports, cycling routes and mountain scenery, there’s no place like Sacramento. The city …
A golden retriever swims in a serene lake along the Sacramento trails. Only its head breaks the water's surface, the reflection uncannily sharp. Trees and a bright, blue sky form the backdrop.

Splashy fun and trails to explore

With nearly a dozen fenced dog parks, miles of multiuse trails, and annual events like the Sacramento SPCA’s Doggy Dash …
Two fluffy dogs, one light brown and one black, sit attentively in front of a large wooden structure with "DRAKE'S" painted in blue letters. Both dogs are secured with leashes and wear colorful harnesses. Green plants hang over the top of the wall, suggesting a welcoming environment suitable for visiting tasting rooms with your pets.

Say cheers to pup-friendly tasting rooms

Sacramento’s culinary stars include creative chefs along with innovative winemakers, brewers and distillers. Tasting rooms and taprooms dot the city’s ...
Under a table at a Sacramento restaurant, a seated man in brown pants and a woman in a cream-colored skirt sit with their legs crossed. A tan dog with a red collar stands between them, looking up.

Farm-to-fork dining with four-legged friends

Sacramento chefs build menus around fresh produce from the nearby Central Valley. That's helped the city earn its reputation as ...
In a warmly decorated room with white drapes and modern wooden accents, four curly-furred dogs gather. Three of the dogs wear matching red and black checkered outfits. One dog sits on a step platform, while others stand or sit nearby. The setting resembles the chic interiors typical of Sacramento hotels.

Great places to sit, stay and play

Sacramento’s lodging properties include both major brands and boutique gems. You’ll find amenities galore and alternatives for any budget, whether ...
A brown dog drinks from a metal bowl on the ground. Warm, golden sunlight suggests it is either sunrise or sunset, creating a calm setting. California pet owners should consistently provide fresh water to prevent heatstroke in their dogs.

How to protect your dog from heatstroke: essential tips for California pet owners and travelers

As temperatures rise in California, dog owners and travelers must be vigilant about the dangers of heatstroke in dogs. Recognizing ...
Two small white dogs stand on a rocky ledge, overlooking a scenic lake surrounded by lush greenery in California. The dog on the left pants with its tongue out, while the dog on the right gazes ahead. Both appear content and relaxed in the sunlight—an ideal image for a DogTrekker photo contest.

Enter the DogTrekker California photo contest and capture stunning shots of your dog

Are you a proud dog owner with a knack for photography? DogTrekker’s California Photo Contest is your chance to showcase ...
Two brown dogs lean out of a car window, enjoying the wind and the view of California's coastline. The scene includes a rugged coast, blue ocean waves, and a partly cloudy sky on a sunny day. This road trip has the dogs looking content.

Three amazing dog-friendly road trips in California

California's diverse landscapes offer endless opportunities for road trip adventures, especially for those traveling with their dogs. Here are three ...
A dog stands on a rock at the edge of a calm lake, surrounded by pine trees and mountains. The clear water mirrors the sky and trees, providing a scenic setting ideal for those looking for outdoor activities with their dogs.

Dog-friendly Lake Tahoe: Why your dog will thank you

Dog-friendly Lake Tahoe is a dream for outdoor lovers and their four-legged friends. With pristine waters, majestic peaks, and numerous ...
A black and tan German Shepherd rests on a wooden deck, soaking up the sun. The setting includes outdoor furniture and surrounding greenery, indicating a patio or backyard. The dog lies relaxed but alert, ears pricked as it keeps watch over its environment.

Keep your sun-loving dog safe

Q: Dear Doctor DogTrekker, My big black German Shepherd LOVES to lie in the hot sun. I'm concerned that he ...
A golden Labrador retriever in Yosemite

Yosemite and Mariposa County: awesome dog-friendly guide

Mariposa County, California, is a fantastic destination for dog lovers, especially when visiting Yosemite. Here are some dog-friendly activities and ...
A dog wearing a brightly colored bandana sits contentedly on a pathway, its tongue hanging out. Behind it stands a large green dinosaur statue, one of California's notable historical landmarks. The sky is mostly clear with some clouds scattered above. In the background, several people stroll by and take in the sight of the dinosaur.

Dog-friendly roadside attractions in California

California, renowned for its natural beauty and historical significance, offers plenty of sites where dog owners can explore with their ...
Three puppies play in a gently flowing stream bordered by dense greenery. Sunlight pierces through the trees, illuminating the area with a warm glow. Their fur wet from the water, the puppies exhibit curiosity and happiness.

Discover California’s dog-friendly waterfalls: A nature lover’s guide

California, with its diverse landscapes and stunning natural beauty, is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and their four-legged friends. Among ...
A painting shows a woman in a long dress walking with her dog through a grassy field. Behind her, there's a row of Victorian houses that bring to mind San Francisco. The scene features cats and dogs at play, along with a teddy bear and birds in the cloudy sky. It's an inviting setting for those who enjoy spending time with animals.

San Francisco: the ultimate dog-friendly destination

San Francisco has been getting a lot of grief lately for being a "broken" city, but if you’re traveling with ...
A small French Bulldog, sporting a red bow and a pink outfit, stands on the red railing of the Skunk Train. The dog looks directly at the camera while behind it, blurred tracks and surrounding greenery suggest a scenic train ride.

Skunk Train named top scenic train ride

The Skunk Train, a beloved heritage railroad in Northern California's Mendocino County, has been named fifth in USA Today's 2024 ...
A person strolls with their dog across a modern suspension bridge with a glass floor in Redding. Another dog is ahead, and two people walk in the distance. The sky is cloudy, and trees and water flank both sides of the bridge, offering a scenic spot for an outing.

Redding: The perfect pit stop for you and your pooch

So, you're plotting a getaway to Northern California's most stunning landscapes and need a place to crash that's as dog-friendly ...
A group of people and their dogs hike through a rocky trail in a forested area. Large boulders and tall trees surround them. They take in the scenic view of South Lake Tahoe's lake and mountains under a clear sky, enjoying the fall season.

Find fall fun with your dog on the shores of South Lake Tahoe

Fall is a great time to visit Lake Tahoe, thanks to fewer crowds, comfortable weather, and, of course, that dazzling ...
A golden retriever runs through the shallow water at a California beach, a blue ball clamped in its mouth. Waves roll and crash behind the dog, whose wet fur suggests it has been swimming. The background features churning surf and a distant horizon.

California coasting with your dog

Summer in California means sandcastles, swimming, shoreline walks, and patio dinners at sunset – all with your dog in tow ...
A person with curly hair smiles at their dog. They both share a quiet moment, lit by the warm glow of a sunset. The background shows soft, blurred trees and grass, highlighting the close bond between them and their recently adopted pet.

The joy of a ‘foster fail’ in dog rescue

The foster system: a lifeline for dogs In the world of dog rescue, the term "foster fail" is widely recognized ...
A black dog with pointed ears and a white snout sits on a gravel surface in front of a red wooden building and green foliage. The rescue dog wears a black and orange bandana with a pumpkin pattern, gazing attentively into the distance.

How to pick the right rescue dog for your lifestyle

Walking into a shelter, the atmosphere is a mix of hopeful barks and the quiet shuffling of paws. You pass ...

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