A Guide by Puppies ‘N Love & Animal Kingdom
Build Your Bond & Confidence
Going out in public spaces together is a great opportunity for a ton of benefits for both you and your dog. It builds your bond, socializes them, and exposes them to new environments, which builds their confidence and trust in fellow dogs and humans alike. Not to mention, it’s plain fun!
As the weather finally cools off in Arizona, we find the perfect opportunity to explore what is right in our own backyard. The Phoenix Metropolis (Phoenix, Glendale, Tempe, Carefree, Scottsdale) is rich with puppy opportunities. Arizona in general is a very dog friendly state, with at least 43% of the population owning a dog in 2020.
Of course, in 2020 you also want to be cautious with regards to Covid-19. Lucky for Arizonans, it is much safer to gather outside versus indoors. While many other states are gearing up to be bundled up in the next few months, Arizona residents are dusting off their favorite light jackets and ready to enjoy some beautiful Arizona winter weather. Many bars and restaurants with pet friendly patios are still open with safety measures including social distancing, mask wearing, and readily available hand sanitizer.
Before you go to any public space with your pet, check online to see if they have any updated guidelines and do your best to follow them. If you have a very social pet, chances are they love to lick strangers faces, which you may not want to allow during this time.
Additionally, it is perfectly fine to social distance your dogs on the trails if you feel more comfortable. It is generally safer to keep your dogs at a distance when you come up to strangers and their pets on trails and walks. You know your dog, but you cannot predict where a simple sniff exchange could lead. It doesn’t hurt to ask when you approach!
Of course, you must be sure your dog is up-to-date on all of their vaccines before they go out on the town with you.
We dug up the dirt on the best places to take your dog in Phoenix. Check them out!
Taking your dog to the trail is an awesome way to exercise and explore! Most big dogs, like German Shepherds, Labradors, Aussies, and Golden Retrievers will thrive on a daily walk or hike.
Remember, if you have a brachiocephalic breed (Pugs, French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, Pekingese, Shih Tzus) then they will be better suited to a short, easy walk. Always be mindful of the danger of heat prostration, especially with these breeds.
Phoenix Mountain Preserve – Phoenix
- Easy, good for dogs and kids
Photo Credit: Phoenix Mountain Preserve, Mike Brenneman, Alltrails.com
Gateway Loop – Scottsdale
- Easy, lots of dogs on this hike
Photo Credit: Gateway Loop Scottsdale, Timothy Strong, Alltrails.com
If you have a lapdog who thrives on the opportunity to enjoy the finer things in life, these places are great for you. Most places don’t mind big dogs either, in fact, if you are a large breed owner, you proudly know what a beloved spectacle your gentle giant is in the public eye. Of course, if your dog “can’t hang” then don’t bring them into a formal dining situation where they could make a ruckus.
Here are some fabulous local food establishments that feature pet friendly patios:
32 Shea – North Phoenix
10626 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85028
- Does Happy hour
- Coffee spot in the morning
- Dog friendly Patio is open during Covid
Photo Credit: 32 shea, 32shea.com
Sleepy Whale – Downtown Chandler
290 S Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225
- Great Patio
- Unique craft beers
- Is open during Covid, dog friendly patio
Photo Credit: Sleepy Whale, Instagram
The Farm – South Mountain
6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85042
- Farm to table selections
- Space to run around, all outdoors
- Is open during Covid, dog friendly patio
Photo Credit: The Farm, Thefarmatsouthmountain.com
The Henry – Scottsdale
4455 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018
- Dog friendly patio
- Tableside Bloody Mary Service on weekends
- Open during Covid, dog friendly patio, service dogs allowed inside
Photo Credit: The Henry, Foxrcevents.com
O.H.S.O. Eatery & nano-Brewery – Gilbert, Paradise Valley, and Scottsdale
- Voted “Best Dog Patio” in Arizona
- Great selection of beer, wine, vodka and whiskey, plus tasty food menu
- Is open during Covid, Dogs are allowed inside and outside
Photo Credit:OHSO Brewery, Bringfido.com
Dog parks are a great way to let your dog play, exercise, and release energy. When taking your pup to the dog park, it is important to know your dog. Stay close to prevent any issues before they occur. Of course, if you can’t control your dog, consider a more isolated way to exercise/play. Don’t overreact. Dogs feed off their owner’s emotions. If your dog is being pushed around, don’t yell at the situation. Calmly approach and pull the other dog off your dog. Most of the time, it’s just play, and a firm hand will fix the problem. Don’t be offended if someone pulls your dog off theirs, either. Remember, dogs don’t play like people. They mouth each other, knock each other over, flip each other around, pin each other down, run around like crazy, etc. Sometimes they growl and bark. Most of the time, it’s all good. Let them have fun and be dogs. Also, don’t ever bring a female in heat to the park, and always pick up after your dog.
Hance Park – Downtown Phoenix
323 W Culver St, Phoenix, AZ 85003
- Only Urban Dog park in downtown
- “Friends of Hance” Facebook Page has regular updates
- Ample lighting for the evening
- Shaded and seating area
Photo Credit: Hance Park Dog Park, Ashlee M., Yelp.com
Paseo Vista Recreation – Chandler
3850 S. McQueen Rd.
- Agility amenities: see-saw, balance beam, tunnel, hurdles
- Fencing, grass, plenty of parking
Photo Credit: Paseo Vista, Scott Xavier, Google.com
Chaparral Off Leash Dog Park – Scottsdale
SE corner of Hayden Rd & McDonald Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85250
- Three large fenced off areas that are well maintained
- Ramadas for shade, water for dogs
Photo Credit: Chaparral dog Park, Username: P51rayf, Tripadvisor.com
Pioneer Dog Park – Peoria
8755 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ, US, 85345
- Split in two sections for dogs less than 30 lbs. and all sizes
- Large space, ample lighting for evenings
Photo Credit: Pioneer Dog Park, Andrew Tornell, Google.com
Deem Hills Recreational Area – North Phoenix
W Deem Hills Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ, US, 85083
- Large space with mountain views
- Split in large and small dog sections
- In the middle of hiking trails and a kid’s playground
Photo Credit: Deem Hills, Kimberly Navarro, Google.com
There are plenty of places that you can shop with your pup! These experiences are always a great tool for your puppy to learn manners. Taking puppies out on these kind of errands gives them the opportunity to socialize and experience the world! If you can, it helps to bring a puppy partner to handle your dog while you go into stores that don’t allow pets.
Antique Gatherings – Phoenix
E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018
- Leashed dogs are very welcome!
- 60 fine dealers with merchandise
- Fabulous antiques, mid-century modern, industrial, art, and jewelry, furniture, etc.
- Very nice owners, love dogs
Photo Credit:Antique Gatherings, Alice Geus, Google.com
Scottsdale Quarter – Scottsdale
15059 N Scottsdale Rd Ste 205, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
- One of the largest outdoor shopping centers in Arizona
- Take a walk by the quad, the largest pop-jet fountain in the region
- Not all stores are dog friendly though (check before entering)
Photo Credit:Scottsdale Quarter, Liberty Action, Google.com
Home Depot – Multiple locations valleywide
- Pet friendly and often carry dog treats
- Great training opportunity for dogs to learn with distractions
- Leash training and socialization
Photo Credit: Home Depot, Sydney Cisco
The Plant Stand of Arizona – Phoenix
6420 S 28th St, Phoenix, AZ 85042
- Fabulous place to acquire plants
- Friendly staff
- Mascot Golden Retriever who will happily greet you
- Photo booth spot for your puppy
Photo Credit:The Plant Stand of Arizona, Vicks vrgs, Google.com