Dog-Friendly Dallas: Parks, Restaurants and Hotels for Fido


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The most populous city in Texas is Dallas: home to many a cowboy, cowgirl and cow-pup. Luckily, Dallas welcomes city slickers of both two and four legs to participate in much of what the city has to offer. Below are some of the best dog-friendly places to check out while in Dallas, Texas!

Parks

Bark Park Central: This 1.2 acre off-leash park features a younger crowd of dog owners and hip artwork for you and your pup to enjoy.

White Rock Lake Dog Park: Bring your dog to the popular White Rock Lake Dog Park for its separate play areas and plenty of open space to roam free by the lake.

Meadows Foundation Dog Park: This off-leash park is frequented by a community of familiar faces in the neighborhood. Open every day, visitors appreciate the park for its homey feel and well-kept play areas.

Central Dog Park: The Central Christian Church owns this park and provides special features you won’t see in other dog parks, such as fans and misters for temperature control and a dog washing station to clean up after a day of fun in the grass and dirt.

NorthBark: This place is 5 acres of puppy fun! There are separate play areas for large and small dogs, water fountains, a secure fence and of course, the beautiful lake.

Restaurants

Katy Trail Ice House: Cool down from the nearby trail with some beers on the outside patio, and a water bowl for your pup.

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar: With “dog” in the title, you know this place has got to be Fido-friendly. Dogs are not only welcome on the outside patio, but with their very own menu, they don’t have to go hungry watching you dine at the table!

Lee Harvey’s: While this bar is dog-friendly Monday through Friday, Sundays from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. are “Dog Days” with Happy Hour prices.

Mutts Canine Cantina: With a name like this one, it’s no surprise dogs are allowed. The menu has a section just for your pup to enjoy, and dog lovers can purchase memberships for access to the restaurant’s exclusive dog park. That’s puptastic!

Hotels

The Joule: The luxurious Dallas hotel features a modern, artsy atmosphere and allows your four-legged friend to stay with you at no extra cost.

Omni Dallas Hotel: At the Omni, you and your pup can feel like royalty with its year-round pool and spa, as well as convenient dog-walking space right outside.

Hyatt Regency Dallas: Four-legged guests at the Hyatt are treated just as well as human visitors. Your pup will receive a letter of welcome upon arrival, as well as his own water bowl and bed delivered to the room.

A List of Dog-Friendly Places in San Francisco


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San Francisco is one of the most puppy-friendly cities in the country; in fact, the city has more dogs than kids! Because of this, you’re sure to find plenty of places in the city to spend with your four-legged friend. We’ve rounded up some of the best dog-friendly parks, restaurants, bars, hotels and other spots in San Francisco!

Places to Walk
San Francisco has plenty of parks, trails and beaches to offer where your pup is welcome. One such place is Crissy Field, where your pup can play with other dogs on the beach. The off-leash area allows pups to splash in the calm waters, but access to the Wildlife Protection Area is prohibited. Another dog-friendly beach, Baker Beach, offers off-leash play north of Lobos Creek, as well as stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Golden Gate Park is one of San Francisco’s most dog-friendly parks, with four off-leash areas to choose from. It’s a popular place for pups to come with their owners, so your furry friend won’t be alone. At Land’s End, your leashed pup is welcome to hike on this beautiful trail with views of the rocky California coast.

Places to Eat and Drink
Hungry for a bite to eat but don’t want to leave your precious pup behind? Thankfully, there are restaurants and bars in the city that happily accept four-legged friends. Formerly known as “Stray Bar,” Holy Water in Bernal Heights is a local favorite that welcomes pups of all kinds through its doors. Toronado is another Fido-friendly bar, open from 11:30am to 2am daily, but we recommend you don’t bring your pup here on a busy night. Swing by Park Chow with your pup and sit outside on the lovely patio while you enjoy some quality dishes. Your pup can get a water bowl, too. For a lazy weekend or eventful weekday with your best pup pal, Park Chalet Coastal Beer Garden offers one of the most popular restaurants in San Francisco for dog owners. The restaurant is the perfect social spot for pups and their people to listen to live music on their big, green lawn out back.

Places to Stay
Need a dog-friendly place to lodge while you’re in town? There are several to choose from, but we’d like to share a couple of our favorites. Right by Crissy Field, the Inn at the Presidio makes a great choice for boarding with your pup. For an added $40, the hotel will accommodate your room to suit you and your furry friend. Plus, there’s even a bowling alley! At the Argonaut Hotel, each pup can join you for an extra $50, with “no size restrictions or extra charges,” according to the hotel’s website. This dog-friendly hotel in Fisherman’s Wharf is iconic for its coastal feel and under-the-sea theme. They also boast nearby recreational areas for you and your pup to enjoy.

Places to Ride

Before planning your route for the day, it’s important to know which public transportation services are welcoming to your pup. The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) line allows dogs in carriers to ride with no extra charge. To get to places the Bart line doesn’t cover, you can take Muni, which is short for the San Francisco Municipal Railway. Pets on Muni can ride in a carrier during non-peak hours for a fee equal to the fare of its owner. When using the rideshare services Uber and Lyft, the acceptance of four-legged passengers is completely up to the driver. “Once you request a car, you can call the driver and ask if they allow dogs in their car. Lyft will refund any charges if you have to cancel the car” (7×7).

Your Puppy’s Development: 6-12 months


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Congratulations, your puppy is now reaching adolescence! During these “teenage years” you can expect your pup to be a bit of a handful, but she’ll emerge as a full-grown doggy adult before you know it and you will miss these silly puppy days. She may be a bit awkward physically as well, as she reaches her adult height well before reaching her adult weight. Her appetite is likely to fluctuate along with her changes in height and weight. Both physically and behaviorally, this can be an age of inconsistency, but with the proper guidance and training, your puppy will settle into her adult body and temperament.

Training
Much like human teenagers, adolescent pups use their newfound sense of independence to test their limits, which sometimes means acting out. While there may be occasional lapses in your puppy’s behavior, your reactions should remain consistent, firm and most of all patient. You may see further tests of dominance and ranking in the home around this time. Some misbehavior is normal as your dog explores her dominance in the pack, but it is important to continue to be firm about where she ranks in the hierarchy.

Physical Changes
By now, your puppy should have lost all her baby teeth and grown a full set of adult teeth. Her last teeth to fall out will be her upper canines, or “fangs.” You will need to continue to provide approved chew toys at least until all of her adult teeth have come in, although many dogs enjoy chewing on toys well into their adult years.

A puppy that has not been neutered will reach sexual maturity around this time and begin exhibiting sexual behaviors, such as mounting in male dogs. This is normal behavior, but can be minimized by spaying or neutering your dog before they reach maturity.

Playtime
During the last stage of puppyhood, a puppy’s energy level skyrockets, and her need for activity goes up along with it. Keep her mind and mouth busy with sturdy toys and plenty of play. This can be a demanding time for puppy parents, especially if they did not establish boundaries with their puppy earlier. Try not to let your puppy get bored or leave her alone for too long, as this could lead to unwanted behaviors like chewing up the furniture or investigating the trash, especially at this age. Though it can be exhausting, this can be a very fun age with your pup and you should be sure to enjoy every minute!

Patience is key during this last stage of your puppy’s development, and so is practice, practice, practice! It may take a while to see results in your puppy’s training, but if you stay persistent, you will have a very well-behaved adult dog before you know it. Soon your furry friend won’t be a puppy anymore—but she will always be your baby.