Dog-Friendly Restaurant Dos and Don’ts for You and Your Pup

With summer in full swing, many dog owners are looking forward to bringing their four-legged friends out and about with them.  One of the most popular destinations…dog-friendly outdoor dining patios at restaurants and bars!

Our friends at San Diego Pets Magazine put together a helpful list of tips for dining out with your dog.  Since we’re lucky enough here to bring our pups with us year-round, we’ve got the dog-friendly etiquette down!

  • Bring a chew toy or treat to keep your dog occupied while the humans are dining.
  • Know your dog before you go.  Not all dogs are comfortable in social situations.  If your dog is the shy type, she might be happier at home.
  • Barking and begging for food are definite “don’ts” at any dog-friendly dining establishment.
  • Most facilities don’t let dogs walk through the restaurant to get to the patio, so be sure to stop at the hostess stand and let folks know you’d like to access the patio with your dog.
  • Keep your dog (even very small ones) off the table and chairs when dining outside.

  • It’s safest to always keep your dog on leash while on the patio.  Make sure to keep the lead short so it doesn’t get tangled up or become a tripping hazard.
  • Be aware that there may be multiple dogs on the patio, so if your dog doesn’t play well with others, keep him home.
  • Feed your dog before you go to discourage begging, and take her on a walk to tire her out a bit and to make sure she relieves herself before heading to the restaurant.

  • Don’t assume the restaurant will have enough water bowls to go around during peak times.  Bring your own travel water bowl just in case.

Now you’re ready to enjoy some al fresco dining with your best friend!


America’s Most Dog-Friendly Cities for 2016

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The personal finance company SmartAsset recently released its latest list of the most dog-friendly cities in the U.S. They analyzed data on a number of factors, including:

  • Number of dog parks
  • Number of dog-friendly shopping areas
  • Number of dog-friendly restaurants
  • Walkability
  • Weather
  • Housing costs

The first 3 factors were given the most weight in the analysis.

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What are some of the key findings before we get to the big reveal?

  • 7 of the top 10 dog-friendliest cities are in the Western U.S.
  • The Southern states scored lowest on the metrics used in the study.
  • 3 of the top 10 cities are located right here in California.

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And the winners are….

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Las Vegas, NV
  3. Denver, CO
  4. San Diego, CA (we’re #1 for dog-friendly restaurants—woop woop!)
  5. Albuquerque, NM
  6. Sacramento, CA
  7. Chicago, IL
  8. Minneapolis, MN
  9. Tucson, AZ
  10. New York, NY


The Top Dog-Friendly Cities of 2014


Planning a road trip with your best friend this summer? You might want to take a look at Dog Fancy (now called Dogster) magazine’s most recent list of the top dog-friendly cities in the U.S. Every year, the magazine asks its readers to nominate their pick for most dog-friendly city. Criteria include the presence of dog-friendly businesses, parks, activities, veterinarians, and dog-related legislation and rescue efforts.

Austin, Texas was the winner of DogTown USA 2014, largely because of its progressive rescue and adoption programs. Austin saves the lives of an amazing 90% of all animals that enter shelters, making it the city with the most successful no-kill initiative.


Austin also has as many as 12 off-leash parks, and lots of pet-friendly trails, many of which include spots for doggy swims. Hundreds of shops and restaurants welcome dogs, and dogs are also welcome at Austin’s popular outdoor events and music festivals.

The other cities that made the list are:

  • Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Eureka Springs, Arkansas
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota

For more information on Austin’s commitment to being a dog-friendly city, click HERE.