5 Dog-Friendly Places You and Your Dog Will Love!

Hey everyone! Hope you are all having a fantastic week!

This week’s blog post is a list of dog-friendly places you and your dog will love to visit together. If you have a friendly and social pup like mine, sometimes you want to treat them to something extra in addition to their daily walk. Here is a list of five fun places to try! *Just a reminder that all posts may contain affiliate links and ads that don’t cost you a thing πŸ˜€ *

1.) Shopping at a Dog-Friendly Store. Why not have Spot help you pick out some light fixtures or patio furniture? Maybe even a new book? Lowes, Home Depot, and Barnes and Noble tend to be dog friendly! According to Huffington Post, here is a list of 19 dog-friendly stores. Before you go make sure to call that specific store and confirm their dog policy. **Never ever… EVER leave Rex in a hot car, even if you are only going to go inside for a “minute”**.

2.) Outdoor Flea Markets. Scoring a one of a kind item you can’t get anywhere else while you two socialize with other people? That sounds like a great afternoon. You can find a list of events online or in your local paper. I am a member of Dog-Friendly events in Tampa Bay on Facebook. I get an event notification every once in a while about a dog friendly event coming up. It is great for finding something different to do together!

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Enjoying a downtown stroll!

3.) Sunday Brunch at a Dog-Friendly Restaurant. Our World of Beer in Orlando FL had a dog-friendly patio and a KILLER Sunday Brunch. Research dog-friendly restaurants in your area. Patches will enjoy sitting by your side taking in the smells while you enjoy mimosas with your girls πŸ˜‰

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Pongo enjoying some brunch!


4.) Dog-Friendly Beaches. Here in Florida we have a great selection of beaches, most are on-leash only which can still be a great time for Daisy. But over on the Gulf side of Florida there is Fort Desoto Dog Beach. This is an off-leash dog beach AND a huge dog park. Pongo loves going here! In Orlando there is also Lake Baldwin Park where I took my all time favorite picture of Pongo.Β  There are warning signs on the lake to beware of gators, so use your discretion there. Pack a cooler, your sunscreen, fresh water for all, and of course heed beach and tide warnings. Salt water can upset Ginger’s tummy too so make sure to offer her fresh water at all times, but most important… HAVE FUN!!!

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Mom, throw the ball already!

5.) If your precious Bella realizes she’s a natural swimmer during your trip to the dog-beach why not enroll her in a Dock Diving program? There are programs like DockDogs all over the country. If you join, the weekend practices and competitions will keep you two busy and is sure to be a great time !


Where are some dog-friendly places you like to take your dog to? I’d love for you to post some more ideas in the comments! Pongo is so high-energy we are always looking for new ideas to entertain him!! Click below to share us on Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook if you don’t mind πŸ™‚Have a great week!


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36 thoughts on “5 Dog-Friendly Places You and Your Dog Will Love!

  1. We have friends that live in FL and we are so jealous of all the dog friendly places they get to enjoy with their dogs. Where we live in MA isn’t so friendly when it comes to our furry pals. I love the photo of Patches at Brunch, what a happy boy! πŸ™‚


    1. Aw, I know hopefully more and more places will become dog friendly when they realize there is a whole group of people that love to take their dog with them! He loves brunch for sure maybe not as much as me though. Thanks for commenting!


  2. Gonzo and Beau are both highly social, but Beau gets stressed in large crowds so I don’t tend to bring him out for a long period of time. Short bursts for training are pretty much it. But Gonzo loves it and I like to take him on wooded trails, and to the local dog beach. I’ve tried bringing them to the barn but they were just too excited when seeing the horses.


  3. We live in San Francisco, the most dog friendly city in USA! (I think I am biased). Sunday brunch with our dog and city hikes are our favorite!


  4. Love this list and although I primarily write about individual places on dogtrotting.net, I’m going to do some round up pieces too. (And I’ll like back to this). I like watching Dock Diving (and have a new club near me) but my water avoiding terrier would never give it a try.


  5. Sadly for many in North America there are no options for patios for dining (and in our case in Ottawa Canada with 6 months of winter….) and I am stunned at how difficult a pet friendly beach can be to find. You driven the Jersey shore? It is mile upon mile upon mile of sand and “no dogs” signs. *sigh* We do have a few stores we can go to.


  6. We always appreciated dog-friendly places; specifically sought them. Now we don’t travel much at all but when we have to we always make sure that we don’t land any place where we can’t take the pups along and places where we’d have nowhere to walk them.


  7. There aren’t a lot of dog-friendly places here, but it is always super exciting for me to see a dog in a local business. We have a new bar in town and I’ve seen 3 different dogs inside, but they don’t advertise that they are dog-friendly.


  8. Great dog friendly ideas! I love bringing my Sadie to the home improvement stores – she’s always a big hit smiling at everyone from the shopping cart. We’ve never tried the flea market idea though. I’ll have to check the newspaper to see if there’s one coming up nearby.


  9. We’re blessed to live in Charleston SC – the pet friendliest place in the country! Everything we do, we do with the Boys (except grocery shop) – Trader Joe’s just added a pup sitting section for their customers. Too cute.


  10. Sophie loves going to PetSmart and HomeDepot, although I get nervous she’s going to knock plants over, LOL. And she’s a big hit at farmers’ markets. She always scores free food.


    1. I know I worry about that too sometimes, mine also like to grab items off the bottom shelf and walk around with them until I realize… little shoplifter πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Score free food ! Thanks for visiting!


  11. Thanks for sharing. Jacksonville is slowly becoming pet-friendly. I make it a point to shop/eat at pet-friendly businesses (even if I have to spend a little more) and I always tell the owner/manager that I am there BECAUSE they are pet friendly.

    BTW, Academy Sports and Bass Pro Shop are both dog-friendly.


  12. I never thought about needing dog friendly locations until researching places at Myrtle Beach for the BlogPaws conference. I didn’t realize how restrictive some places could be and the need for more places for people who travel with their pets.


  13. Love these all and our most favorite is the Sunday brunch! Here in Seattle we have so many dog-friendly outdoor (and quite a few indoor) restaurants that it’s nice to sit and sip a mimosa and nosh on a bagel while the pups take in some sunshine! Great post and will share!


  14. These are all great ideas! I’d love my dogs to get involved in dock diving, but it’s so not in the cards. They do not like to swim, they just wade. Yes, they’re champion waders LOL!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them


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