Dog lovers across the country will likely agree that life is more fun with their furry friend around. But whether you’re planning a move to a new city or just a visit, some locales are more pet-friendly than others. That could mean plenty of dog parks, restaurants that welcome your pooch or even yoga classes for the two of you (yes, really!). Here are five U.S. cities with notable dog-friendly amenities:
You may find that the perks for pets in Seattle outweigh its reputation for frequent rainfall. With more than 8 acres of public parks per thousand residents and over 100 restaurants with dog-friendly outdoor seating (plus a few where you and your best friend can dine together inside), it makes sense that Seattle is a favorite of dog owners. According to Realtor.com, 52 percent of households there own one! Plus, Fido may be able to catch a ride when it rains, as leashed dogs are allowed on city buses at the discretion of the bus operators, according to the King County Department of Transportation.
Residents of this music-loving town have thought of some creative ways to spend time with their dogs. There are yoga studios that offer “doga” (practice your down dog with your actual dog!) and even a food truck just for your furry friend. More into traditional playtime at the park? Austin also has 12 off-leash areas, according to the city’s website. And if you’re in the market for a new apartment, the Texas state capital boasts the highest proportion of pet-friendly rental listings of any major city, according to Zumper.
This sunny city is in first place when it comes to both the number of pet businesses and the number of animal shelters per capita, according to Entrepreneur.com. Enjoy the weather with Rover at any of the city’s three dog parks: Chaparral, Horizon or Vista del Camino. Scottsdale is also home to pet spas where you can book a “pawdicure” to have someone trim and paint your dog’s nails.
With a whopping 12 dog parks and leash-free areas listed on its city website, Tampa is tied with Las Vegas for the most dog parks per capita, according to Entrepreneur.com. Your furry friend can even accompany you to the city’s array of dog-friendly shops and boutiques, such as those in Hyde Park Village. Some stores will go the extra mile and provide water and treats.
Believe it or not, there are multiple restaurants in this beach town that have menus specifically for dogs. Once you’ve both filled up on good eats, you can stroll along either of San Diego’s dog beaches: the north end of Ocean Beach or Fiesta Island in Mission Bay Park. Coronado Dog Beach is another Fido-friendly spot that’s a quick drive from San Diego, according to the Coronado Visitor Center.