Make today about the dogs by heading out to a few of L.A.’s most dog-friendly venues. Whether it’s a day at the beach, cavorting at the park or doing a doggy meet and greet, Fido is sure to have fun here.
Runyon Canyon Park
2001 N. Fuller Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Hours: Mon to Sun – 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Runyon Canyon offers three hiking trails perfectly suited for a stroll or a more vigorous workout with your pet. Here you will enjoy scenic views of the city and the beaches from the canyon peaks. This 160-acre park has three entrances: Fuller Avenue, N. Vista Street and Runyon Canyon Road. CBS LA Insider’s Tip: Although the area features plenty of refreshments, there are no restrooms, so be prepared.
Redondo Beach Dog Park
300 Flagler Ln.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Hours: Dawn until Dusk. Closed Wednesday mornings until noon for maintenance.
The Redondo Beach Dog Park in Dominguez Park features a turfed and fenced three-acre dog run with separate areas for large and small dogs. Dog owners may relax on benches without worry while the pups play, sniff and sip from provided water bowls. CBS LA Insider’s tip: At peak hours parking may be a bit of challenge, so opt for street parking.
The Fat Dog
Los Angeles, CA 90046
An afternoon for your four-legged friend warrants a stop off at a dog-friendly eatery for a bite to eat, and this gastropub is just the ticket. Dine on the patio with your dog until 7 p.m. with potato skins, Buffalo wings, salads, burgers and sandwiches. Be sure to order one of its canine-themed drinks such as the Rockin’ Hound or Off the Leash. Weekday happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; beer is $3, house wine is $4 and well drinks are $5. Saturday and Sunday brunch specials are served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Los Angeles, CA 90019
Price: $14 self-serve dog wash for dogs less than 30pounds/$18 for dogs more than 30 pounds/$25 basic wash for all dogs/$5 daycare for stays longer than an hour/$10 nails
Hours: Mon to Fri – 7:15 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bathe your pet in an eco-friendly environment at Eco Dog Wash & Daycare. It uses grooming products that are gentle, hypoallergenic and completely safe for people and pets. Your pet’s skin will appreciate the essential oil-infused shampoo and conditioners. The best part of Eco Dog Wash & Daycare is you can grab an apron and wash your pet yourself, or allow the grooming to be done by Eco’s professional staff.
4818 E. 2nd St.
Long Beach, CA 90803
Hours: Mon – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Tues to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Treat your lucky dog to some social time, a pet café and a pet boutique all in one location. Join in on a monthly Mutt Mingles on the third Friday of every month, or splurge on your pampered pet in the Pawbar, Pussy and Pooch’s pet café, which features seating for three pets at a time, serving up freshly prepared meals or treats to order. Then browse through the pet boutique for a great selection of traditional and boutique-style pet food and treats.
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