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Dog Friendly Activities in Scottsdale

Dog Friendly Activities in Scottsdale

There is really nothing worse than having to leave your dog at home while you head out for a fun activity. Especially after being at home so much over the last year, our dogs really love spending time with us and taking part in whatever is going on. Most pet owners would love to be able to bring their pup along for the journey, but often don’t know what spots are dog-friendly around Scottsdale. 

From going on a day hike in the mountains to eating brunch at Scottsdale Quarter, there are actually plenty of dog-friendly spots to visit. So take advantage of the beautiful weather in Scottsdale, and bring your pup along for the fun to these pet-friendly spots. Everything really is more enjoyable with your canine friend by your side! 

Sip a Brew at O.H.S.O Brewery & Distillery 

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With several locations throughout the city including North Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Gilbert, and Arcadia, thi s trendy brewpub offers a wide selection of over thirty six draft beers. The best part is that all of this brewery’s locations have large outdoor patios, and your dog is more than welcome to come along for the outing. 

Even in the heat of the Arizona summers, their patios have tons of cooling misters and fans which will keep you and your pet comfortable on the warmest days.The servers will even bring over a special water dish and a treat for your dog! O.H.S.O really is a great place to hang out to watch sports or catch up with friends. 

Enjoy BBQ at The Thumb at Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market

Photo credit: Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market

This spot is an unsuspecting hidden gem in North Scottsdale. Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market is tucked in between a car wash and gas station, right off of Bell Road. This casual spot is a barbeque smokehouse that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. This quirky concept restaurant offers a quick dining experience and also has an outdoor patio, making it the perfect spot to stop for lunch with your dog! 

While The Thumb is a very convenient spot- you can get a car wash and lunch, it is also a bonus that the barbeque is very good! Make sure you try the brisket and the mac & cheese. 

Make Dog Friends at Vista del Camino Park 

Photo credit: City of Scottsdale

On a day when your dog just needs a wide open area to run and play, head over to Vista del Camino Park. This enormous 71 acre park is located in South Scottsdale, and offers ample playtime activities for your dog. This is a great spot to hang out if you recently moved to the city and are looking for a way to meet other dog lovers! 

There is a large dedicated dog park area with plenty of shaded trees and benches for you to hang out on while your dog plays with their canine friends. 

Enjoy Happy Hour at Rhythm + Wine

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Happy hour is even better when you get to bring your pet! The next time you are ready to unwind with a glass of wine, stop by Rhythm + Wine. It is a charming wine bar situated close to Pinnacle Peak that offers small plates like bruschetta and cheese boards. While they do have happy hour specials Tuesday thru Sunday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, the restaurant is only dog friendly on Sundays. If you want to take your canine companion, head over on Sundays to participate in their exclusive Bow Wow Happy Hour! 

Spend a Morning Hiking at the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead 

If you are looking for a wide variety of hiking trails, the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead is the perfect spot for a hike with your dog. Within the trailhead there are several different hiking options, so you can consult with the trail map or with one of the on-duty rangers to pick out the right hike for you before you begin. 

The Lost Dog Wash hike is one of the most dog-friendly hikes within the trailhead, as it does not have a very large elevation change and it is less rocky. If you notice your dog enjoys hiking but struggles to walk over the rocks or rugged terrain, consider investing in a set of hiking booties for your dog. They protect your dog’s feet and ensure you both enjoy your outdoor adventures together! 

Keep in mind when doing any outdoor activity with your pet to make sure you pack enough water for both you and your dog. The Arizona desert can get quite hot especially on some of the unshaded trails, and you want to make sure neither of you end up dehydrated! 

Additionally, living in the desert means keeping your dog from getting too close to any of the cacti that often cling to the hiking trails. Make sure to bring a pair of tweezers in case your dog accidentally ends up with a cholla cactus limb in their fur. 

Indulge in Retail Therapy at Scottsdale Quarter 

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Tired of walking your same old neighborhood route? Put your pup in the car and drive over to the Scottsdale Quarter for their afternoon walk! Scottsdale Quarter and Kierland Commons both offer a happening outdoor mall experience, which gives you an opportunity to simultaneously walk your dog and do some window shopping. The only requirement is that your dog must be on their leash at all times, and dog owners are expected to clean up after their pets. 

All of the retail stores make their own rules about whether they are pet-friendly or not, but many of the restaurants have outdoor patios and courtyards that are dog-friendly. There is also a large plaza area in the middle of the Scottsdale Quarter that is ideal for sipping a latte and enjoying some fresh air with your dog at your side. 

Walk Along the Canal Path 

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Another unique place for a dog walking stroll is along the extensive canal system in Scottsdale. The canal paths run through the length of the city, so there are plenty of spots where you can easily pop on and off. You can also make your walk as long as you want, so this is a great spot to go if you enjoy long distance running with your dog. Just keep an eye out for bikers, as you do have to share the trail with cyclists and other pedestrians. 

The next time you are planning a fun outing, consult this list to ensure you can include your pup. They will love you for taking them along for the adventure, and you will both enjoy getting to spend time together outside of your home. As an added bonus, it is likely you will meet some other dog loving friends!

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