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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 ...
A small dog with brown and white fur perches on a stone wall in a lush desert landscape. Palm trees, agave plants, and red flowers dot the surroundings. In the background, mountains rise under a blue sky with scattered white clouds, showcasing the dog-friendly environment of Greater Palm Springs.

Exploring Greater Palm Springs with your dog

Arrival and accommodations Traveling with your dog to Greater Palm Springs and the surrounding California desert region offers a unique ...
Three dogs run along a narrow dirt path in the forest at Big Bear Lake, CA. A smiling golden retriever is on the left. In the center is a smaller dog, and to the right is a larger black-and-white dog with its tongue out. Trees line the sides of the path, and sunlight filters through the branches in this dog-friendly area.

Big Bear Lake, CA: the ultimate dog-friendly destination year-round

Big Bear Lake, CA, in the San Bernardino Mountains, is a haven for dog lovers looking for a getaway in ...
A woman in a knit hat and dark jacket holds a small, fluffy dog close to her on the sidewalk in Ukiah. Shops line the street behind them, and people walk by as cars move along the road. A sign with partially visible text hangs above her head.

Dog-friendly Ukiah: A dog lover’s paradise in Mendocino County

A haven for furry friends When most people think of Mendocino, they picture the quaint coastal town where "Murder, She ...
A golden retriever sits on a sidewalk flanked by trees on a quaint street in Calistoga, Napa Valley. The storefront nearby is decorated with vibrant flowers. In the background, there are small shops, hanging signs, and fall-colored leaves on the trees. It’s an ideal spot for dog lovers looking to explore with their pets.

Discover Calistoga in Napa Valley: a VERY dog-friendly wine country city

Napa Valley offers more than just great wine—it's a top spot for dog lovers. Calistoga, in particular, is very dog-friendly ...
A child with long hair and a yellow shirt sits on a sandy beach in California next to a large golden-brown dog. Rocky cliffs frame the background. They both watch the calm ocean waves under a cloudy sky, enjoying their safe outing together.

Navigating kids and dogs: tips for a safe and enjoyable outing in California

Stay calm and assess the situation You're out on a hike with your dog, enjoying a walk in the park, ...
A fluffy dog with grey and black fur lies on rough, textured ground, partially under a white, weathered fence at their California home. The dog's head and front legs are visible; its ears are perked up and its eyes gaze to the side. Nearby, grass emerges through the ground.

Keeping your California home safe for pets

Ensuring your home is safe for pets is crucial, especially in a state as diverse and active as California. Here ...

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