Want to Bring Fido Along? Here Are Three of the Best Cities in America for Dog Lovers


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When you are a dog parent, you can’t imagine your life without your four-legged family member. Many people choose where they are going to live and vacation based on what is best for their dog. Sadly, some people don’t vacation at all because they think it is too hard to bring their dog; however, that is not the case. Here are three of the best cities in the United States for dog lovers to live and visit.

  1. New York City, New York

New York City has a mind-blowing 450 dog-friendly restaurants, 365 dog-friendly hotels, and 3 dog-friendly shopping centers.

You can go nearly anywhere throughout the city with your furry best friend. With so many options, New York City is ideal for people who may want to go on vacation for other reasons. For example, if you get Book of Mormon Tickets on Broadway, but you don’t want to go on vacation without your dog, you can take him with you!

You can stay at a pet-friendly hotel and enjoy the outrageous musical comedy that won 9 Tony Awards. The play that the New York Times called the best musical of the century.

  1. Austin, Texas

Austin is home to over 15 off-leash dog parks, as well as over 300 pet-friendly restaurants and almost 300 hotels.

For travelers, Austin ranks as one of the most pet-friendly cities in the country. Austin is also home to one of the first-ever mobile food trucks for dogs. Austin is known for its food truck scenes that are unparalleled by food trucks anywhere else in the entire country. As a city that is known for keeping things weird, they are at the forefront of many trends, including the mobile food business.

Bow-Wow Bones brings the fun and accessibility of food trucks to dogs. With so many open-air, dog-friendly places, you can enjoy the food, music, and art of Austin with your furry best friend.

  1. Seattle, Washington

According to Seattle Magazine, there are more dogs than children in the city.

There is a wide range of businesses and restaurants that allow patrons to bring their four-legged friends. Additionally, Seattle has over 35 activity groups that plan outings and events for dogs and their owners.

rom meeting at dog parks to going on ice cream cruises, dogs have very active social lives throughout Seattle. Seattle has a beautiful coast and many outdoor markets that you can check out with your dog. You can take in the ocean air and even go for a swim. The multiple off-leash dog parks make it easy for your dog to get the exercise they need.

Regardless of the city you visit or choose to live in, you will need to ensure your dog behaves to enjoy everything the city has to offer for you and your dog.

If your dog gets really excited and pulls when it sees other dogs or people, you should invest in the best dog harness for pulling. This will allow you to maintain control of your pup while also teaching it how to behave in public. The problem with training a dog is that you can’t just keep them isolated hoping they behave in public. You have to actually take them into different settings and make sure they react and respond accordingly.

It is also critical you always clean up after your dog and ensure it doesn’t get too friendly with other dogs.

Dog owner etiquette is expected in public and group settings. You will not be welcomed back if you do not clean up after your pet or allow it to start playing rough with another dog. Dog parks have strict rules about these behaviors.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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