Rainy day fun: 10 indoor activities for dog lovers in Sonoma County

By: Roger Coryell
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PepperJack and Skylar want you to take them somewhere. Photo by Roger Coryell.

Rainy days are the perfect time to stay indoors and have fun with your furry friend. Sonoma County is a great place to live if you love dogs, as both can enjoy plenty of indoor activities. We’ve got you covered, from dog parks to breweries that allow dogs. Keep reading for our top 10 recommendations for indoor activities in Sonoma County!

Four-legged shopping

There are several dog-friendly stores in Sonoma County, so you can bring your pet along when shopping. Fideaux in Healdsburg has everything you and your pup could want. This store has gorgeous leather collars, leashes, fun and colorful toys, and healthy biscuits that you can mix and match.

The Sebastopol Grange is a community center that hosts various dog-friendly events. This can include movie nights, game nights, agility classes, and more.

A class act

Taking your dog to dog classes can keep her mentally and physically active. There are indoor dog training classes at County Wide Dog Training Club in Santa Rosa, where you can find everything from basic obedience to agility and more.

Pubs for pups?

Looking for something more relaxed? Take your pup to one of the many dog-friendly breweries in Sonoma County. Russian River Pub in Forestville has covered outdoor areas where you and your dog can enjoy a beverage and a great meal. Try the steak sandwich!

Crooked Goat Brewing in Sebastopol offers an indoor-outdoor atmosphere thanks to its rolling doors. A great place to bring your dog for family fun is Brewsters Beer Garden in Petaluma. The outdoor beer garden serves a delicious BBQ, has fire pits, live music, and plenty of space for dogs and kids.. In Petaluma, Lagunitas Brewing Company offers fun for humans and dogs alike with its large semi-covered outdoor space.

Wine, don’t whine!

You can bring your dog along to taste some delicious wines at many wineries in Sonoma County that are dog-friendly. Visit the Deerfield Ranch Winery in Kenwood at (where you can meet the winery dog, Obi Wine Kenobi.)

Dogs are allowed in the tasting room and outside the picnic area at Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma Valley, a designated historic landmark. Russian River VIneyards in Forestville has covered outdoor tables and are super dog-friendly.

In addition to a dog-friendly outdoor tasting area, Larson Family Winery, Sonoma offers a dog-themed wine, Three Lab Cab, named after the winery’s dogs Buster, Bubba and Pete.

Stay!

Check out Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in Sonoma if you’re looking for a dog-friendly hotel. The resort has pet-centric amenities such as an outdoor patio and pool, special doggy beds and treats. And if you’re in the mood for some spa time, you can bring your pup along!

Have you watched “White Christmas“ this year? Boho Manor in Monte Rio, the former Village Inn, served as the setting for many of the interiors of that classic Christmas movie. The Manor is very dog-friendly, just call ahead.

Playtime

Visit K9 Activity Club in Santa Rosa for indoor and outdoor play areas if your dog needs to burn off some energy. This club offers dog daycare, boarding, and more.

Rainy days in Sonoma County don’t need to be boring for you and your pup. With these indoors activities, you can have a great time indoors, bonding with your furry friend! Just make sure you take the necessary precautions when taking your pet indoors. Stay safe and have fun exploring Sonoma County with your favorite canine companion.