by SHYANNE LOPEZ 

Explore the City With Your Pooch For a Doggone Good Time

The only thing San Diegans might enjoy more than beaches, burritos, and brews is enjoying all of those things with man’s best friend. Let’s face it, it’s tough to stay indoors in a city like San Diego. It’s even tougher to leave your dog behind to miss out on the adventure. Luckily, America’s Finest City might also be one of America’s most dog-friendly cities. From North County to downtown, local dog owners are constantly discovering outdoor and indoor destinations where they can be accompanied by their four-legged friend. So, if you’re looking to have some fun this fall with your pup, grab the leash and check out some of the dog-friendly activities we’ve put together – they’ll have Fido’s tail wagging in no time.

Sand and Surf

Beach days are not just for us – our canine companions love the waves too! For San Diego dog owners, there are plenty of dog-friendly beaches to choose from. From Del Mar Dog Beach to Coronado to the “Original Dog Beach” in Ocean Beach, there is no shortage of beaches to let your dog off-leash for some fun in the sun. Want to make your beach trip even more memorable? Sign you and your pup up for some surf or stand up paddle boarding lessons!

Howling Good Hikes

A key to keeping your dog happy and healthy is exercise. Not only does it keep dogs in peak physical condition but it also keeps their minds active. Many owners, especially those without a yard, know all too well the consequences of a bored dog. So get outside and take in the sights, sounds, and smells of local trails with your furry friend. Balboa Park, San Elijo Lagoon, and Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve are just some of the dog-friendly local hiking spots.

Brews and Bites

Tired from an afternoon of hiking or beach-going? Grab you and your pup some refreshments at any of the dog-friendly breweries throughout San Diego. Relax with a cold one while your dog enjoys some attention and treats of their own. Mission Brewery, Mother Earth Brew Co., and Bagby Beer Company are among some of the most dog-loving brew houses. Not interested in beer? San Diego boasts a variety of dog-friendly restaurants and cafés – just take your pick.

Meetups for Pups

One of the most fun aspects of being a dog owner is interacting and making friends with other owners and their dogs. While this can easily be done at a dog park, one of the most sure-fire ways to get some doggie play-dates scheduled is by attending a dog meetup. Meetups can vary in design from breed-specific to mutt-inclusive to hiking or Pokémon GO dog walkers, so be sure to choose the meetup that is right for you and your dog. Look for meetups in your area at www.meetup.com.