Dog Friendly Los Angeles Guide

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When you’re a dog, Los Angeles can be a difficult place to live. Most of the city is not built with dogs in mind. But dogs deserve to enjoy the perfect L.A. weather just as much as us humans do. If you’re looking for a few activities that your dog can tag along with you on, we have a few great ideas that dog lovers who know the L.A. area suggested to us.

Dog Friendly Parks in LA

dog friendly parks

 

Runyon Canyon Hiking Trail

A stone’s throw away from the Chinese Theater in the Hollywood Hills, Runyon Canyon Park offers a refreshing change of scenery from urban LA’s hustle and bustle. Within Runyon Canyon, a lovely hiking trail that loops for about 2.5 miles. To the park’s “Inspiration Point”, where the hiker and their companion can take a great view of Los Angeles in, the walk is less than a mile. Andre Millan, son of Cesar Millan (“The Dog Whisperer”) and Host of Nat GEO Wild’s Pet Talk, had plenty of praises for the park. This place is awesome for a long walk, while bonding with your dog.”  “Runyon Canyon has a leash-free area that people bring their dogs to”, says Diana Lamon of Poppy & Rose LA who also recommend the park. Runyon Canyon is well-regarded as one of LA’s best off-leash spots for dogs. Unfortunately, its hiking trail is set to close on April 1st for months of repair, but is open until then. Go enjoy the trail with your dog while you can!  

Address: 2000 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

 

Lake Hollywood Hills Dog Park

 

Lake Hollywood Park

Lake Hollywood Park offers a great view of the scenic hollywood sign as well as a lot of open space for dogs to run around safely. On a nice clear day (so almost every day in LA), this is a perfect place to take your dog to mingle with other pets and enjoy Los Angeles’s nearly perfect weather. For families, the park also offers barbecue pits, children's play areas, and picnic tables. The nearly unobstructed view of the Hollywood sign is alone worth a visit to this park.

Address: 3160 Canyon Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

 

Zoom Room

Zoom Room is an indoor dog training centre which offers a variety of courses to teach your pup various tricks and skills. What makes Zoom Room such a great spot, however, is what they call “Playgroups”. L.A. dog lover Jesse Harrison told us Zoom Room was like an indoor dog park, but playgroups sound even better. You can “enjoy free use of most of the dog agility obstacles, plus [the] awesomely-stocked toy chest.” These playgroups are watched over by experienced trainers to ensure everything goes smoothly, and all dogs are screened prior to entry to ensure they are safe and social.

Address: 726 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

 

Dog Friendly Activities in L.A.

 
Balanced Fitness L.A.

Are you and your dog serious about fitness? Personal Trainer Bruce Gilbert of Balanced Fitness L.A. offers special “bowwow workouts”, offered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6pm in Runyon Canyon Park. “Balanced Fitness is a great place for your dog to get exercise, if he/she likes to exercise.” Harrison adds. Gilbert’s website claims the bowwow workout “combines love of fitness with love of animals to benefit everyone.” “Anyone can do this high-energy workout that combines aerobics, muscle toning, balance, flexibility, martial arts and visualization.” The class costs only 15$ and offers a great opportunity for fitness loving angelenos to meet fellow fitness loving dog owners.

Address: Runyon Canyon Park (N Fuller Rd Entrance), Los Angeles, CA 90046

 

Eat|See|Hear

Eat|See|Hear is a series of outdoor moving screenings outdoor that happens every weekend during the summer in L.A. that is dog-friendly. Running from May through September, Eat See Hear shows a great selection of classic movies, whether they’re from the lore of noir or the 90s.   “You can bring your pup to watch some great movies outdoors with food trucks, picnics, etc.” Diana Lamon tells us while recommending E|S|H. Once you and your pup enter the event space, they’ll receive a complimentary treat as a welcome! Dogs have access to a number of water bowls throughout the event space, and the space is well-equipped with doggy bags in case of accidents. Eat See Hear proudly supports Best Friends Animal Society-Los Angeles and NKLA (No Kill Los Angeles) and has boasted of having some of the most pet-friendly programs in Los Angeles. For information on the screenings visit EatSeeHear.com

Address: Various (check website for schedule & details)


Dog Friendly Beaches in LA

 
Dog Friendly Beaches LA 
Rosie’s Dog Beach

Rosie’s Dog Beach is an undisputed Angellino favorite. In 2014, Rosie’s Dog Park was voted to be L.A.’s favorite Dog Park by Curbed Los Angeles. “Not only was it absolutely beautiful, but it also allowed dogs to run freely off the leash without worry of getting fined,” wrote Sam Williamson of Dog Walking Dunfermline (UK) to us on his trip to the beach. The beach is free to the public as well, but there is a fee associated with on-site parking. “The Belmont Shore neighborhood adjacent to the beach is very dog friendly (restaurants give out free biscuits to dogs, etc.) so you can make a day of it.” says Lamon. The beach has some rules that you should be aware of, such as a strict “one person, one dog” policy. Overall, it is still a care-free, fun place for you and your dog to splash around and soak up the sun.  

Address: 5000 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803 

 

Huntington Dog Beach

 

Huntington Dog Beach

“Just south of Long Beach, nestled along the northernmost shore of Huntington Beach is the perfect dog haven, Dog Beach,” longtime LA-resident Marianne Petsana tells me. “This is the only off leash beach where dogs can play in the surf or with other dogs until they pass out!” For those in the Huntington Beach area, Dog Beach is a great place to get away and spend a day with your pup. “The beach out here is super friendly. People love socializing and talking about their pet!” Andre Millan of Nat Geo WILD’s Pet Talk tells us. There’s no fee to visiting the beach, other than for parking. Marianne's tip for owners and their dogs in L.A.? “Make sure that you pack plenty of water (and doggie bags!) for your four-legged friend and prepare for an afternoon of fun in the surf!”

See Also: For those up north, Venice Beach and Santa Monica Beach may be more convenient.

Address: 100 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

 

Dog Friendly Eats in LA

Pussy & Pooch

Part dog one-stop-shop and part social experiment, the new-age pet boutiques Pussy & Pooch are a unique experience  for dog lovers and their companions. P&P provides obedience classes and grooming services as well as selling boutique pet offerings in their L.A. store. If that wasn’t enough, P&P bolsters a “PawBar”, an in-store pet café with offerings catered for pups, and a “social club” offering communal experiences for pets, from hikes to brain-training puzzles and games. For those who like to spoil their dog, or for those looking for a bit of a different experience,  Pussy & Pooch might be what you’re looking for.

Address: Pussy & Pooch has 4 Southern California locations.

 
Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is well regarded for its dog-friendly policies in Los Angeles. All Lazy Dog restaurants have patios which allow dogs and many even have a dog menu (with chicken and rice, which any human could appreciate.) With 21 California locations, it’s likely that one of their restaurants isn't too far away. Lazy dog is just one of the many restaurants Diane Larmon recommends in the LA Examiner - if you’re looking to try a few different pet-friendly restaurants, check the article out.

Address: Various (see website)

 

Black Dog Coffee

Black Dog Coffee is a family owned neighborhood coffee shop and restaurant that has been in L.A. for 18 years. Jamie Coker-Robertson, a representative of the cafe, is quick to point out their love for dogs; “We have always been dog friendly and have treats in the cafe for our four legged friends whenever they come in. We have many regular dogs who come in to see us for their treats and we love when our customers bring in their animal babies!” The owners of the cafe, Brad and Evie, are passionate animal lovers and give a portion of their Friday profits every week to Best Friends Animal Society, of whom they are a proud business supporter. Come in for a treat for you and your pup!

Address: 5657 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036


Dog Friendly Shopping in LA

 

Take your dog shopping in LA
 
Amoeba Music

The famous Amoeba Music store once featured in Guitar Hero is also one of Los Angeles’s most dog-friendly hangouts. Along with classic records, new CDs, and all the music you can handle, you may also find a few furry friends across those Amoeba aisles. They welcome pets inside, provided they are on a leash and in the owner’s control. Ameoba’s employees have many pets of their own so it’s easy to understand why they have open arms to those with paws. The store hosts many adoption events and sometimes they’ll even have dog-oriented events (in the past they’ve done halloween costume contests for pups!) We’d recommend Amoeba to everyone regardless of their pets due to their excellent selection and great history, and their excellent accommodation of L.A.’s dogs is only a plus.  
Address: 6400 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028

 Third Street Promenade

 
Third Street Promenade

The Third Street Promenade is the centerpoint of downtown Santa Monica. Complete with shopping, dining and entertainment, there’s no lack of things to do when you visit. “There's so much happening and people bring their dogs any time of the day to socialize with others!” says Nat Geo WILD’s Andre Millan. Almost all the stores should allow pets inside, and there are plenty of sidestreet activities to keep your pets stimulated. Best of all, the beach is a stone’s throw away.

Address: 1351 3rd Street Promenade #201, Santa Monica, CA 90401

 The Grove LA

 
The Grove 

Looking to go shopping with your four-legged friend? The Grove is a glamorous shopping centre with dining and entertainment options as well that your dog will be happy to tag along with you to walk around. The many luxury stores and intriguing boutiques are paired nicely by a “dancing fountain” which is sure to draw a reaction from your dog, and a beautiful statue titled “The Spirit of Los Angeles” made from bronze. Certain restrictions apply for some dogs, based on breed and behavior, but The Grove’s attitude towards pets is very much welcoming.

Address: 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

Dog Friendly Hotels in LA


Dog Friendly LA Hotels

 
Beverly Hills Hotel / Hotel Bel-Air

The famous Beverly Hills Hotel is also one of LA’s friendliest hotels for pups. After hosting nearly every star on the Hollywood walk of fame over the past century, its next guest could be your dog. Dogs can get a taste of the luxe life emanating from Beverly Hills when they stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel too; each morning, all pet guests receive an artisanal cookie treat customized with their name (in edible form). Pets’ rooms are provided with a dog bed and a bowl to ensure they feel at home. At the Hills & its sister resort Hotel Bel-Air, dogs are allowed anywhere in the premises, other than the restaurants (where only service dogs are allowed.) So while there won’t be any pets re-creations of famous rat pack anecdotes at the Polo Lounge,  you and your puppy pal are free to enjoy the glamorous pools and beautiful scenic greenery surrounding these hotels. Note that there is a daily pet fee during your stay, but what it covers is definitely worth it for your pet.

Address: 9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California 90210 (Beverly Hills Hotel), 701 Stone Canyon Road, Los Angeles, California, 90077 (Hotel Bel-Air)

 

The Standard

The Standard in Downtown LA might have a familiar name for NYC expats; there's a Standard Hotel in the East Village right by Astor Place, and another Standard Hotel right above the High Line. Downtown LA’s Standard features similar themes of contemporary elegance and modernism. And of course, they also love dogs. The Standard has no extra fees for guests with pets, and dogs are welcome most everywhere, other than in the restaurants like with the Beverly Hills Hotel. The Standard offers a more modest stay than other luxe hotels in Los Angeles, but still has fabulous amenities that you and your furry companion can enjoy, including a rooftop pool.  

Address: 550 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

 

Motel 6 Hollywood

For the budget conscious LA traveller, the Downtown Hollywood Motel 6 offers a central location and a pet-friendly room for a two-digit per-night price. Right in the heart of hollywood, your room at Motel 6 will help you get your day started close to so many of LA’s best attractions. The low prices at Motel 6 seem even lower because there’s no fee for pets at all! For value and location, the Motel 6 Hollywood is a great option for you and your pet.

Address: 1738 N Whitley Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028

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