Taking our pets with us when we travel and even to the park for a daily romp is about as American as apple pie. Depending upon where we live in the good ole USA, some cities are simply more pet-friendly than others.
Pet-friendly locales are deemed such based on their number of dog parks, dog-friendly businesses, special animal events, the local cost of pet care, and the area’s “walkability” rankings.
Since exercising our dogs offers so many health benefits, you may well want to check out our list of eight of the friendliest cities when it comes to accommodating our four-legged friends:
#1 – San Diego, California
There’s plenty of sand and surf for pets to enjoy in San Diego, which also is home to 16 off-leash dog parks where Rover can run and stretch his legs. With pleasant temperatures year-round, you and your dog can enjoy the beach, hit the hiking trails, go shopping in tandem, and dine out at many dog-friendly locations.
#2 – Portland, Oregon
This eclectic city has the most dog parks per capita of any town, for a whopping 33 of these green areas. While most are fenced and others may not be; however, they’re all off-leash places for your dog to roam free. There are also a number of different licensed dog massage therapists and social networks specifically designed for pet lovers.
#3 – Seattle, Washington
Home of the iconic Space Needle, Seattle is also host to 11 off-leash dog parks, outdoor shopping venues that allow pets, and other dog-friendly environments disperse throughout the city. There are selected few ferry services that allow well-behaved, leashed dogs on board.
#4 – Chicago, Illinois
The windy city of Chicago has 18 dog parks that don’t require pets to wear a leash and they also don’t need a lead at Montrose Beach. At the Navy Pier, one of the city’s biggest attractions, leashed dogs are allowed to wander about the outdoor common areas with their humans in tow.
#5 – Austin, Texas
This capital city also has 18 parks for dogs that don’t need to be confined to their leash. If you’re from out of town and want to see the sights, take your leashed dog along on a tour of the city. There’s also “Austin Doga” or yoga for dogs for a relaxing exercise routine to enjoy with your pet in Texas.
#6 – Las Vegas, Nevada
Who would have thought that Sin City is also crawling with off-leash dog parks? With 25 of them located around the famous Las Vegas strip, there’s also Dock Dogs where your pet can beat the heat of this desert oasis.
#7 – San Francisco, California
The City by the Bay and home of the Golden Gate Bridge is also privy to a plethora of pet pleasures. With over 50 parks and dozens of hiking trails, like Seattle, several San Francisco ferry services will allow leashed dogs on deck.
#8 – Orlando, Florida
While dogs aren’t allowed at the many theme parks located in this sunny city, they’re welcome at seven different off-leash dog parks. At the downtown farmer’s market, they’re welcome to shop with their owners while leashed.
With plenty of parks and other pet perks, these towns have really gone out of their way to offer the best environment for our dogs.
Did your city make the list?
Note: Vet Organics would like to thank Amber Kingsley for sharing these tips with 4Knines readers. Amber is a pet blogger who also volunteers at animal shelters in her home city of Santa Monica, CA.
Craig Davis, CEO and Chief Happiness Officer at www.vet-organics.com
Craig is the founder of Vet Organics, where he and his team share additional pet-related articles on the company’s blog. Vet Organics is an eCommerce provider of EcoEars and an array of premium natural products dedicated to the health and wellness of pets.