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A black Labrador Retriever in an orange life jacket sits on a boat, looking out over a calm, dog-friendly lake. The water is surrounded by forested mountains and the sky above is bright blue with scattered clouds.

Dog-friendly lakes not named “Tahoe”

On a sun-drenched summer afternoon, few activities feel better than splashing in a cool lake – and that goes for …
A brown dachshund in a yellow life jacket stands at the forefront, gazing directly into the camera. In the blurred background, two people are rowing a boat on a lake encircled by thick, green forest. The dog takes center stage, highlighting the importance of water safety for pets while still capturing an active outdoor scene.

Six water safety tips to protect your dog

Plenty of dog breeds love swimming, splashing and playing fetch on the beach, especially on hot summer afternoons. By following …
Folsom Lake offers a serene setting with calm waters reflecting the surrounding green trees and hills. The clear blue sky enhances the picturesque landscape, where small patches of land extend into the lake. This tranquil spot provides a great experience for nature enthusiasts looking to explore with their dogs.

Have a dog-gone good time at Folsom Lake

While the rules for four-legged visitors vary across California’s state parks, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (SRA) offers a very …
A golden retriever stands ankle-deep in Shasta Lake, amid scattered rocks. Evergreen trees frame the background, dominated by a tall, snow-capped mountain under a sky filled with clouds. The setting is calm and scenic.

Make a splash on Shasta Lake

Three rivers feed Shasta Lake, a recreational treasure that doubles as California’s largest reservoir. Interstate 5 crosses the 30,000-acre body ...
A black and white dog stands in the shallow water at Big Bear Lake. Nearby, several boats are docked beside a marina building with blue awnings. In the background, green-forested mountains rise under a clear blue sky.

California’s coolest mountain getaway: Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake puts an alpine spin on classic California adventures. Set high in the San Bernardino National Forest, just ...
A Golden Retriever stands in the shallow water beside a lakeside dock in Lake County. The dog's wet fur glistens under the sunlight. In the background, a serene lake is framed by mountainous terrain, with a clear blue sky overhead.

Water fun and wineries in Lake County

Fresh air, bright skies and pretty scenery distinguish Lake County. Tucked about two hours north of San Francisco, it’s anchored ...
A bearded man in fur clothes sits on a rock next to a spear, holding a bone. Nearby, a large dog with a content expression rests on another rock. In the background are a primitive hut, a tree, and distant mountains. Two smaller dogs approach the man while two pieces of meat lie on the ground.

A day in the life of the first “domesticated” dog

Morning: Ah, another glorious sunrise. My human is still snoring away, blissfully unaware of the world. Time to begin my ...
Health benefits of owning a dog. A puppy cuddle can save your life.

Unlocking the health benefits and energy boost of having dogs in your life

Yes, there are some serious health benefits from having a dog in your life. I was going through a terribly ...
A carved wooden sculpture of a dog's head stands out, showcasing detailed craftsmanship. Behind it, an Oakland street appears blurred but recognizable with trees and parked cars lining the pavement. The sculpture features a collar adorned with intricate patterns.

Discover dog-friendly Oakland: A canine paradise in California

We moved to Oakland because of dogs. We were looking for a rental in the East Bay that would welcome ...
Dogs at Tenaya Lodge

A guide to pet-friendly lodging in Yosemite Mariposa County

Traveling through Yosemite can be the experience of a lifetime; sharing the experience with your favorite furry companion is a ...
Two dogs, one with light fur and the other with dark fur, sit on the grass looking up. They are surrounded by people and colorful items such as orange and green fabric. Both dogs look happy and are wearing collars and leashes, capturing a moment worth remembering in newsletter archives.

Must-attend events this summer and fall

Summer in much of California means bright days and warm nights – plus plenty of dog-friendly celebrations! Explore DogTrekker.com's event section ...
A large gray dog wearing a neon green collar sits at an outdoor table in Sacramento. Its tongue hangs out as it looks at a plate of food and a glass of orange beverage. Green trees surround the area, and part of a person is visible nearby.

Sacramento: A beer-lover’s magnet

Old Sacramento is a must-visit for history buffs and dog lovers alike. The area features wooden sidewalks, horse-drawn carriages, and ...
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

With history and fun in Old Sacramento to o expansive parks and delicious restaurants with patios, Sacramento has great options ...
A large, light-colored dog with floppy ears lies on a stone floor. Its head rests on one paw, with a calm and slightly sad expression. The softly blurred background suggests an indoor or patio setting lit by warm, natural light. This peaceful image commonly depicts dogs with arthritis looking for comfort.

New stem cell therapy offers relief for dogs with arthritis

As dogs age, many face the discomfort of osteoarthritis (OA), a degenerative joint disease that significantly impacts their quality of ...
dalmation peeking out window of an SUV

Discover dog-friendly Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill is a picturesque town with scenic views where you'll find a variety of dog-friendly activities that will keep ...
Dogs and wildfires

Five critical things to know about dogs and wildfires

Let's talk about dogs and wildfires. California's wildfire season brings numerous challenges, not just for people but for their four-legged ...
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 ...
Dog on breakfast restaurant patio

Chow Down in Sacramento

I'll have the chicken salad... Photo:Kennejima Several years ago, Sacramento branded itself “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.” And no wonder: virtually every ...

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