Go dog, or go home. If you don’t have a four-legged friend, that’s probably the message you’re receiving, because Dallas has an ever-growing legion of dog-friendly restaurants, bars, shops, communities and activities. Spending time with your pup is always a priority — yours and his. After all, your dog never says no to cuddling, never passes on playtime or turns away from adventure.
So grab the smartphone (for snaps, of course) and your best friend’s leash and head out to experience eight exciting things to do with your dog in Dallas.
No. 1: Dog Dinner Date
The number of al fresco dining establishments has grown by leaps and bounds across the city, partly because restaurant owners and operators recognize how much humans love to bring their canine counterparts along.
As such, Bread Winners, Eatzi’s, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Ginger Man, Gloria’s, Henry’s Majestic, Twisted Root Burgers and The Quarter bar are among many area restaurants that invite dogs to dine on the outdoor patio. Bread Winners even bakes its own line of housemade dog treats called Sole Mates that you can purchase onsite. (Tip: The staff gives out samples to your pooch for free when dining there.)
No. 2: Hang Out in Harmony
All children need to be taught manners – even your canine kids. Dog trainer Art Ortiz holds training classes every fourth Saturday at Klyde Warren Park that teach you and your BFF (best furry friend) tips for building an even better relationship.
After the lesson, hang out in the park for some fun in the sun. Learn more about the free DogFit classes here.
No. 3: Sip and See
Your pup’s the cutest/cuddliest/smartest/silliest/most obedient one in the pack, and you absolutely have the right to brag about it.
Get your chance to boast and mingle with other proud parents at Mutts Cantina, where pups can strut their stuff in the off-leash dog park. (There are separate areas for large and small breeds.) And don’t forget you can enjoy a cocktail and bites while you watch.
No. 4: Let Him Eat Cake
Sprinkles Cupcakes are the definition of decadence. While you’re enjoying your favorite, your pup can too, with a selection made especially for canines. Doggy cupcakes are available in stores during business hours, or 24-7 at the cupcake ATM at the Plaza at Preston Center.
No. 5: Dog’s Perfect Dwelling
ilume Park offers the ultimate in pet-friendly living. Pups lucky enough to live in this luxury apartment community get to hang out in the bone-shaped dog pool and two off-leash play areas. ilume Park also pampers pooches with a washing/grooming studio and dog lounge, and helps owners out with pet sitting services.
Humans get the luxe treatment too — each residence offers fine finishes, great views and spacious rooms. Community amenities include a 4,000-square-foot fitness center, dry cleaning and housekeeping services, onsite handyman, and more.
No. 6: Your Own Caddy
In Dallas, leashed pups can critique your golf game by joining you on municipal courses and driving ranges. Just don’t be upset if his game is better than yours. Your dog will love watching you show off, and you’ll love the guaranteed audience. Get a list of city-run locations at Golf In Dallas.
No. 7: Join in Worship
Your pup wants to be a part of every facet of your life, so bring him (on a leash) to Sunday services at Rafter J Cowboy Church. Services take place in a covered riding area, so you don’t have to worry about formality. People and pups of all denominations are welcome. Amen.
No. 8: Yappy Hour
RAW by Canines First is an organic dog food retailer with an awesome treat bar. Bring your pal by either of its two locations to sample a wide variety of dog treats and see which goodies garner the biggest wags.
After they graze their way through various flavors — including bison, venison, duck, chicken and beef — you’ll know exactly which snacks to purchase to show your appreciation at home for a trick well done.
Do you have a favorite dog-friendly adventure? Let us know in the comments below.