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Niko and Jax in Redwood Regional Park, Oakland. Photo by Stephanie Smith.

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Pleasant Hill: It’s a dog’s world

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Pup-friendly Pleasant Hill puts Northern California’s best within easy reach. Hike scenic East Bay canyons with your furry friend. Hop over to San Francisco for family attractions and culture. Sample...

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Spa comforts for pets and their people

Dalmation dog getting a treat from a staff member at Noni’s Pet Grooming Boutique in Pleasant Hill.

All that hiking can sure make a dog dusty. Noni's Pet Grooming Boutique is ready to help. Tshaka loves the

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Outdoor activities and off-leash surprises

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Dogs with wanderlust love Pleasant Hill’s tree-lined trails and parks. Tshaka looks for grassy playgrounds with room to roam,

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The dish on dog-friendly restaurants

Dalmation dog with beer cans at Morgan Territory Brewing.

Fuel up for the day’s adventures with a Starbucks puppacino, followed by the famous pupcakes at Batter ‘N Icing. Plan a

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Pups love Pleasant Hill’s pedigreed hotels 

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Tshaka the Dog sniffed out the most comfortable, well-priced hotels at the center of everything in Pleasant Hill. Book a

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Concord Taco Trail

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Mmmmm tacos! Concord has long been home to deliciously authentic, family-owned taquerias and restaurants. The Concord Taco Trail has 40+ places offering specialty and signature tacos including al pastor, carnitas,...

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woman hiking with dog at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland.

Sunset calls Oakland “a diverse cultural hub in the heart of the Bay Area,” with art, culinary attractions and activities that promise fun for all ages.

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Bark & Meow Around the Block

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Berkeley Humane’s biggest annual adopt-a-thon and family-friendly event, Bark & Meow Around the Block, will return on Saturday, August 26, 2023! 

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Hotels with a pup-friendly pedigree

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Oakland hotels extend a warm welcome to four-legged family members, whether you choose a trendsetting boutique property or stylish resort.

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Get a taste of The Town

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Diverse cultural and culinary traditions define Oakland. The Town also offers delicious, dog-friendly dining options.

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Pup-friendly play by the bay

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Oakland, affectionately known as “The Town,” stretches between the San Francisco Bay and the Oakland and Berkeley Hills.

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Outline your dream Oakland adventure

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The Oakland DogCation® from DogTrekker and Visit Oakland introduces best-in-show options across this dog-friendly Oakland in the East Bay.

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Special events for you and your dog

Sacramento SPCA Doggy Dash.

DogTrekkers are a giving bunch as witnessed by their support for the adoption/rescue community through donations, volunteering, and attendance at

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Lodging for furry friends and their families

Welsh corgi laying on carpet in a dog-friendly Concord hotel.

A new Concord hotel that debuted in the summer of 2023 features outstanding, dog-friendly service. The 86-room Hampton Inn is

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Committed to accessibility and awareness

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Concord is an inclusive city that welcomes guests of all abilities. Families whose loved ones live with sensory challenges—someone on the autism spectrum or with a diagnosed sensory sensitivity, for...

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Engage with Concord’s creative side

Graphic list of dog-friendly Concord mural locations

Concord's newest, most colorful attractions anchor the downtown corridor. Nine professional muralists participated in Creative Concord events, and they outfitted buildings

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Take a walk through time

Salvio Pacheco Plaza in Concord.

Todos Santos Plaza, in the heart of downtown Concord, has been a community gathering space since 1869. A bronze statue

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Concord Visitor Center First Annual Perro Costume Parade

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Join us for the Concord Visitor Center First Annual Perro (Dog) Costume Contest and Parade from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM on Friday, October 28!

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Playtime with your pup in the East Bay’s big back yard

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Yes, San Francisco traffic congestion can be a turnoff, but head to the East Bay and you’ll be amazed by all the open-to-the-public lands at your disposal – not to...

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Favorite California campgrounds for dog lovers

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New discoveries are nice, but so are places to which you and your four-legged buddy return time after time. Here are a few of our paw-tested California campgrounds for dogs.

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Proactively accessible Concord for you and your dog

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Concord prides itself on being a proactively ADA-accessible city offering many ways for visitors with disabilities to experience and enjoy the region.

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Dog-friendly EBMUD: What is it?

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While many visitors to the Concord/East Bay are familiar with the expansive East Bay Regional Park District, the preserves managed by the East Bay Municipal Utility District are off-the-grid for...

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Pick A dog-friendly trail, any trail

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If all 1,250 miles of trails within the East Bay Regional Park District stretched in a straight line up and down the West Coast, they’d reach from San Diego to...

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Contra Costa Humane Society

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Contra Costa Humane Society is a small independent humane society formed in 1991 by the merger of two local animal welfare

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Briones Regional Park, Pleasant Hill’s hidden gem

Frenchie sitting and looking at camera with Mt Diablo in the background. Briones Regional Park, Contra Costa County, California, USA.

DogTrekker followers are continually astonished by the wealth of possibilities offered by the 64 parks in the East Bay Regional Park District,

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Best dog-friendly hiking near Concord

Frenchie sitting and looking at camera with Mt Diablo in the background. Briones Regional Park, Contra Costa County, California, USA.

The East Bay has a remarkable network of hiking trails, and Concord offers easy access from within the city limits, as well as several great dog hikes just a short...

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Play and Rest Your Head in Concord

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When you Visit Concord, you’ll enjoy a warm, hospitable welcome from any of their dog-friendly hotels. From executive suites to economical accommodations, Concord offers a lodging option for you and...

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Hike your tails off

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Oakland is surrounded by hills, and the hills—luscious green at this time of year—are laced with hiking trails. You don’t have to go far from downtown Oakland to access one...

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East Bay Regional Park District

Golden retriever overlooks aerial view of Sunol Regional Wilderness.

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...

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East Bay hikes for fresh-air fiends

Bright Red Golden Retriever Dog by the River

Don’t come to Oakland or the Tri-Valley without your hiking shoes! You’ll need them, along with a leash, to explore open-space preserves.

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John Muir’s Legacy in Contra Costa County

Axel hiking Acalanes Ridge. Photo Credit: Karen Booth, JMLT staff Be grateful for the folks behind the John Muir Land Trust—and consider donating to the Saving Contra Costa campaign if...

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Livermore: Tri-Valley’s dog park mecca

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Tri-Valley’s newspaper, the Independent, reported that when most cities have one to three dog parks; Livermore boasts a whopping SEVEN dog parks for you and your pup to frolic off-leash....

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Vroom over to Vacaville

Panoramic view of Lagoon Valley Park in Vacaville, California, USA, featuring oak tree and a lake and pedestrian walkway around it, from above

Sometimes the places in our own backyard are the least explored. And for many Northern Californians, Vacaville, a familiar name on Interstate 80, is one of them.

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Yo, Little Yosemite!

Golden retriever overlooks aerial view of Sunol Regional Wilderness.

Don’t have time to visit the real Yosemite Valley? Little Yosemite, a scenic gorge on Alameda Creek in Sunol Regional Wilderness, might not be so grand, but it’s a lot...

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Contra Costa Humane Society

Founded in 1991, Contra Costa Humane Society (CCHS) works to improve and save the lives of animals in the county through a variety of successful programs, from low-cost spay-neuter assistance...

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On being a good hotel guest

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Too often, rules are in place because the human/canine parties who visited before caused trouble or annoyance to management or other guests.

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No fee for Fido

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Kimpton and Joie de Vivre, the leading boutique hotel players in Northern California, are also leaders of the pack when it comes to dog-friendly policies.

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Regional Parks tightening leash?

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From Point Isabel to Lake Del Valle, Black Diamond Mines to Sunol Regional Wilderness, Point Pinole to Mission Peak, the East Bay Regional Parks

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Lake Del Valle: Paradise for water dogs

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One of the few places you and your dog can go for a sail. And fish!  You'll want to spend the day, the night, or the weekend at  Del Valle...

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All paws on deck

Crissy Field San Francisco

If you and your canine pal are visiting, you owe it to yourself not to miss this internationally known, 23-acre place for off-leash doggie fun.

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Explore Concord with free doggie visitor’s guide

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“Dogs Welcome Here!” isn’t just a tagline in Concord. Pups are central to the community’s fabric, and you’ll see that in the way hotels, restaurants, breweries, bars and parks put out...

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