by Ariane Resnick, CNC
With rents less than San Francisco and New York, you get more space for your money in Los Angeles, a dog-friendly city that both you and your pet can enjoy. The city is full of dog-friendly hikes, beaches, offices, and restaurants. However, if you have a large dog, you might have to live in a Los Angeles suburb for your fur baby to have sufficient exercise space.
Small home or large, LA makes owning a dog a fun experience and easy. Check out some of the things you can do with your dog(s) in Los Angeles:
Play Fetch at Dog-Friendly Beaches
If you want to bring your pooch to get some sun and sand, Los Angeles won't disappoint. Dog-friendly beaches include:
- Rosie's Dog Beach in Long Beach where no leash is no problem. It’s also part of a Granada Beach, which is home to annual events and has volleyball nets.
- Huntington Dog Beach in Orange County might be a little bit of a drive, but they compensate for the distance with free photo session dates. This beach also owns dogbeach.org and they've got their own merchandise.
- Contrary to its name, there is no staircase at Staircase Beach in Malibu, but there is a warm welcome for your pup as long as it’s on a leash.
Take Your Best Friend(s) on a Hike
When you’re ready to hit the trails with your best friend, LA offers numerous hiking opportunities i ncluding:
- Bronson Canyon Cave Trail isn't so much a cave as an overhang, but it’s referred to as such due to being filmed as one. Most notably, you'll recognize the setting as the bat cave from television's “Batman” series in the 1960s.
- Eaton Canyon Nature Center is a preserve nestled in the San Gabriel Mountains that has a waterfall and live oak trees, and you may bring your dog on the three-mile round-trip hike there.
Bring Your Pup(s) to Work
It’s not unusual for companies to allow dogs at their offices. Among these businessesm are:
- The Jim Henson Company. Located just a short drive from LA in Hollywood, this company has dogs on the lot every day. An employee commented, “Sometimes you can't be sure if the dogs are real or props!”
- BBJ Linen on La Cienega has a “supervisor” named Josie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
- Rhythm & Hues Studios allows employee dogs in any department for their staff of over 300.
Socialize Them at Doggy Day Care
If bringing your Fido to work isn't the relationship you had in mind, check out these doggie daycare sites that will take perfect care of your furry friend while you’re at the office:
- Located near Griffith Park, Wagville boasts a five-star Google rating.
- GoDogLA offers award-winning cage-free daycare and overnight boarding.
- Chateau Marmutt is an upscale take on doggy daycare and also provides grooming services.
Wine & Dine at Dog-Friendly Restaurants
Thanks to LA's incredible weather, restaurants often have large outdoor areas and are happy to seat you with your pup. In fact, there are so many dog-friendly restaurants in Los Angeles, this selection is limited to only those with “dog” in the name:
- Blue Dog Beer Tavern in Sherman Oaks doesn't just allow your dog—they have menu items specifically for your pooch!
- The Fat Dog has locations in both the Melrose District of West Hollywood and in North Hollywood. They've got craft beer and “Whiskey Wednesdays,” too.
- Lazy Dog has an enormous menu as well as a good number of SoCal locations, including Torrance and Thousand Oaks.
Ariane Resnick is a special diet chef, certified nutritionist, and bestselling author. She has been featured in media such as Forbes, CBS’ “The Doctors,” and Huffington Post, and her private clientele includes celebrities such as P!nk. Ariane has two books published (the first of which, The Bone Broth Miracle, reached the ranking of #1 cookbook on Amazon on multiple occasions) and two books releasing in 2019.