Here are a few quick tips for recall training for use with both young puppies as well as older, more routine established dogs.

  1. Pick a recall command (not your dog’s name) and only use it when the dog is either running towards you, or can be enticed towards you because you are worth running to (what reward are you offering?).
  2. Start all training in a low distraction environment such as your house and/or garden.
  3.  Only call your dog to you when you are sure she will come back, or you can bring her back or go to get her. Don’t waste your recall command, no point in calling if she’s ignoring you.
  4. Always make it worth your dog’s while to come back to you, at first using food or her favourite toy. Surprise her with the reward, sometimes use his boring food kibble, sometimes using real chicken, liver, hot dog, cheese. Always keep her guessing & deliver the reward in a fun way. Don’t just push it into her mouth. Toss it, drop it or roll the food/toy.
  5. When first training recall on a long line expect your dog’s full attention. This means that even if she’s only on the long line for 2 minutes, during this time you are playing with her. This way, she’s really paying attention to you and enjoying her time as the most fun she has on a walk. If you cannot watch your dog, she should be on a short leash.
  6. Invent games to keep your dog thinking “it’s always worthwhile to check in with mum/dad”. Any voluntary engagement by the dog should be rewarded. Use tasty treats or take out her favorite toy and play for a short period when she’s not expecting it. Drop some food then quickly run away calling her recall command. When your dog catches up, drop some more food and run away again.
  7. Teach your dog a range in which to stay while walking off leash. When she’s reaching the end of her long line, give a command such as ‘this way’, then stand briefly on the line before immediately changing direction. This teaches your dog to watch you, as you’re unpredictable & she may loose you if she doesn’t keep an eye on where you are going. When you’ve done this a few times, begin to change direction without saying anything, always rewarding your dog when she catches up.
  8. The quickest way to teach a dog not to come when called, is by allowing her to run up to & play with every dog he sees. This is confirming in her mind that you are less fun than other dogs who are always worth investigating. This is also the quickest way to get your dog beaten up by other dogs. When you see another dog, always teach her to sit & not leave you until you release her. Just because your dog is friendly, does not mean the other dog is.
  9. Teach your dog that the quicker she comes back, the quicker she’ll get to resume what it was she was doing before you called her. This improves speed of response & enthusiasm & means you don’t always need to use a food or toy reward.

*Remember, if your dog does not reliably respond to her recall command she should never be off leash in non-gated areas. However, if she has mastered that command, running free is just about the best gift you can give her.

We’ve seen dogs do some pretty awesome things, but these 10 impressive dog tricks left us totally amazed! All dogs should know basic commands. Sit, stay, and leave it are the most common commands that all every puppy really needs to learn. While some dog owners stick to the basics, others go above and beyond to teach their dogs some awesome tricks. If you thought fetch and roll over were advanced, wait until you see these dog tricks. They are sure to blow your mind!

10 Most Impressive Dog Tricks

1. The most dramatic play dead you’ve ever seen! The Academy Award goes to…

2. And another cute “shot you dead” trick. Who doesn’t love corgis?!

3. This pup will give hugs for treats! Love this trick? Check out how to teach your own dog to give a hug!

4. This pup is an acrobat in training! I bet he’d rock the agility course!

5. Most dogs only perform this trick when they want your food!

6. This dog is so patient! Even we can’t wait with food so close.

7. Practice makes perfect.

8. Check out those twirls!

9. This dog cleans up his home better than we do.

10. We love this trick!

Teaching your dog advanced tricks like these definitely requires a lot of patience! Just remember, you can’t get to the advanced stuff without teaching them the basics first. Think of it this way: you can’t do advanced calculus without at least know addition and subtraction! Once they have those down, then the fun can really begin!

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how to keep dogs cool in summerWith the temperatures rising in the summer months it is important to take extra care of your dog. Prolonged heat can affect a dog’s health. Overheating can lead to heatstroke, which is very dangerous if left untreated.

Take good care of your dog in the heat by watching for signs of overheating and taking action to cool your dog down.

Signs of Overheating in Dogs

There are a few signs you can look out for that can indicate your dog is getting too hot. Make sure you check on your dog regularly in the heat. If you are feeling it then your dog most likely is as well.

Excessive panting

Dog’s cool off by panting. If your dog’s panting seems more excessive than usual this could be a sign that they are having trouble cooling down.

Excessive drooling

Overheating can manifest as excessive saliva in your dog’s mouth. If they seem to be drooling more than usual it could be a sign you need to help your dog cool down.

Dry nose and or mouth

A dry nose or mouth can indicate dehydration in your dog, which is often caused by overheating.

Problems breathing

A rapid increase in breathing or shortness of breath can be a sign of your dog getting too hot.

Increased heart rate

An increase in your dog’s heart rate is also an indicator of overheating.


Look for signs of your dog slowing down, particularly during regular exercise. If your dog seems visibly tired or unsteady on his feet it can be a sign of dizziness as a result of heatstroke.

Loss of appetite

Look for any change in your dog’s eating habits as well. A lack of interest in food can indicate overheating.

Dark urine

Any change in the color of your dog’s urine can indicate health issues. Darker urine can be a result of dehydration.


Agitation or irritability in your dog can indicate that they are feeling the effects of hotter temperatures.

How to Keep Dogs Cool in Summer

If you notice any of these warning signs in your dog you should immediately take steps to cool your dog down. If left unchecked, your dog can develop heatstroke which can lead to serious health issues. If your dog’s symptoms don’t subside you should take him to the vet for immediate treatment.


Keep your dog well hydrated. Make sure your dog has a constant supply of fresh and clean water and make sure they are drinking it. Water left in a bowl in the sun all day will heat up and your dog will be less likely to drink from it. Take a good supply of water for your dog when you leave the house as well. Get a portable dog water container with bowl to keep your dog hydrated while out and about.

Make cool treats

You can make up some DIY frozen dog treats to keep your dog cool and prevent dehydration. There are plenty of recipes you can find to make some ice block treats for your dog.


Reduce the amount of strenuous exercise you give your dog during the hotter parts of the day. Take plenty of breaks in any play or training sessions. Walk your dog in the cooler parts of the day nearer to dawn and dusk.

Adequate Shelter

If your dog is outside, make sure you give them a place to shelter from the sun’s rays and cool down. This could be some shelter on a deck or patio or under some trees. If you don’t have anything already, you can set up an umbrella or canopy shelter to make some shade. Get them a cooling mat and lay it down in the shade or stick a dog pool or a sprinkler under the tree. You can also soak a towel in cold water and let your dog lie on it, or freeze a plastic bottle filled with water and wrap it in a towel for them to cuddle.

Recommended Reading: Best Cooling Pad for Dogs – Why You Need One and How to Choose

Never Leave Your Dog in the Car

Don’t ever leave your dog unattended in a vehicle. On a hot day, the temperature inside a car far exceeds the outside temperature. Even if you leave the windows down your dog will still overheat. You might think it is okay if you are only leaving them for a minute or two, but the temperature will rise rapidly. If your dog can’t go with you wherever you are going then leave him at home.


Grooming your dog regularly is a great preventative measure to keep them cool in hot weather. Keeping your dog free of mats and tangles can help to keep your dog cool.

Recommended Reading: How to Detangle Matted Dog Hair

Avoid Hot Surfaces

Prevent your dog getting burnt pads by avoiding hot surfaces, paths, and roads when walking your dog. If you can’t hold your hand there for 30 seconds your dog shouldn’t walk on it. When walking always try to walk your dog on grass if possible. If you can’t avoid hot surfaces where you walk then get your dog some booties to protect his paws.

Leave Your Dog at Home

If you are planning to be out in the sun all day with little chance of shade or a way to cool them down, then think about leaving your dog at home.

Bring Your Dog Inside

Don’t leave your dog outside the house if it is too hot and there is no shelter or nowhere cool for him to be. Bring him inside and put him in front of the fan or air conditioner to cool down.

Dog Cooling Products

Try some of these products to cool your dog down in summer.

Dog cooling vest – We think the best cooling vest for dogs is the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler. But this lightweight one by LotFancy will also get the job done.

Dog cooling bandana – This All for Paws Chill Out Ice Bandana will help to keep your dog cool in the heat.

Dog cooling collar – Or try a K9 Chill Dog Cooling Collar to keep your pup cool.

Dog cooling towel – This Way 2 Cool Pet Microfiber Cooling Towel works well for instant cooling on the go. Throw it over your dog or let them lay down on it. 

Dog cooling chew toy – Buy a Dog Cooling Chew Toy for your dog to chomp on to help him cool down.

Dog cooling pad – Take a look at our recent article on the best dog cooling pad so your dog can beat the summer heat.

Additional Tips for Summer with your Dog

Sunscreen protection is a good idea if your dog is going to be outside in the sun for a few hours. It will protect your dog from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Get your dog some sunscreen and apply it regularly when outside.

Check your dog regularly for ticks and fleas, which are more prevalent in the hotter months. You can use a collar, a treatment, or a spray as preventative measures against these pests.

You can also use a dog-friendly bug spray if your dog is outside a lot.

Once you know what to look for there is plenty of things you can do to make sure you are keeping your dog cool in the summer heat.

Recommended Reading: Fun Outdoor Dog Activities To Do With Your Dog This Summer

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frozen treats for dogsOne of the easiest ways to cool your dog down in summer is by giving them homemade frozen dog treats to eat. They are a great way to keep your dog cool in the heat and provide healthy nourishment and hydration at the same time.

We have discovered a ton of great recipes for dog treats over the years, so here are a few of our favorites for the summer.

When making any of these dog treats make sure you are using good quality products that are the healthiest for your dog.

What You Need to Make Your Own Frozen Dog Treats

There are a few items you might need to make some of these frozen treats for your dog. You will need something to put your frozen dog treats into so you can put them in the freezer. This can be some ice cube trays you may already have around the house, or you can buy some of these cute dog inspired ones.

Ice cube trays These cute doggy ice molds make great shaped frozen treats for your pup.

Popsicle molds Ready made popsicle molds make a great container for your frozen treats.

Cake tins also come in handy if your dog loves larger icy treats. A bundt cake tin is a good type to use.

Cupcake liners like these are also another option to put your frozen treats into.

Blender or food processor is a quick and easy way to mix everything together. The Kitchen Aid blender is a good one for larger recipes, or the Nutribullet is great for smaller batches.

You can really make your own frozen dog treats any way you like and most of the recipes we have found follow a few simple rules. Here’s all you really need to create your own frozen treats for dogs.

The base:

Yogurt. Use natural or Greek yogurt with no added sugar.

Water. Filtered water is best.

Broth. Chicken, beef, or vegetable broth make a wonderful base for frozen treats. Choose a low sodium broth, or make your own.

Fruit juices. Make your own fresh juice, or buy juice without any added sugar.

The filling:

This can really be any food your dog loves. Get creative and come up with your own tasty concoctions or use the recipes below as a guide.

Fruits like berries, bananas, and apples.

Vegetables like pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot, and beans.

Tasty foods like peanut butter and honey

Superfoods like kale, oily fish, and broccoli.

Rawhide sticks make a great addition to popsicles or cupcake style treats.

Yogurt Dog Treats

When making dog treats with yogurt, try to buy the best quality yogurt you can. Natural or Greek yogurt with no added sugar is best. Do not use a particular food if you know your dog doesn’t like it or is allergic to it. With many of these recipes, you can substitute in foods your dog likes and leave out ones they don’t.

Banana Pup Pops

BitznGiggles Frozen Banana Pup Pops

BitznGiggles have a great recipe for frozen banana pup pops that look so cute and tasty for your dog. Yogurt, banana and peanut butter make up this easy frozen treat for your dog.

Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats

Petguide frozen yogurt dog treats recipe

This simple frozen yogurt treat recipe from Petguide is easy to make and you can adjust the recipe to your dog’s taste. The basic recipe has yogurt, peanut butter, honey, and banana. But you can add in berries or any other fruits or veggies that your dog loves.

DIY Frozen Apple Dog Treats

Irresistablepets frozen apple dog treat recipe

Irresistible Pets have a great recipe for DIY frozen dog treats using yogurt, apple, and water. Apples are a great healthy treat for your dog, packed with vitamins and fiber.

Frozen Pumpkin Dog Treats

Dogvills Frozen Pumpkin Dog Treat

Dogvills has a fantastic recipe for frozen pumpkin dog treats. Yogurt, pumpkin puree, honey, and banana is all you need to make this bright healthy dog treat.

Frozen Strawberry Banana Dog Treat

CottageMarket Frozen Strawberry Banana Smoothie Dog Treat

These frozen strawberry and banana smoothie dog treats by the Cottage Market look so tasty. With yogurt, strawberries, banana, skim milk, and honey, your dog is sure to love these bright looking treats.

Water Based Frozen Dog Treats

If your dog doesn’t like yogurt or doesn’t do well with dairy, there are plenty of other types of frozen treats you can make. These are simple water based ones that are easy to make.

Peanut Butter Strawberry Frozen Ring

DoggyDessertChef PB and Fruit

Doggy Dessert Chef has a recipe for a frozen ring of fruit that can be tasty and fun for your dog. For this one, you need a bundt or cake pan, peanut butter, fruit, and flax seeds. It makes a much larger treat than the ice cube tray treats and will last your dog a lot longer.

Peanut Butter Popsicles

HumaneSociety Peanut Butter Dog Popsicles

These peanut butter popsicles from the Humane Society are so easy to make. Just peanut butter, banana, and water will make a tasty frozen treat for your dog to enjoy in the heat.

Peanut Butter Jam Freezies

PawshMagazine PB Jam Freezies

Pawsh Magazine has another peanut butter frozen treat for dogs. This one is made with just strawberries and water with a dollop of peanut butter on the top.

Broth-Based Frozen Dog Treats

Bone or veggie broth is great for the health of your dog. It is good for their joints and gut and provides plenty of nourishment.

Apple Broth Pup Pops

FrugalCouponLiving Pup Pops

These pup pops from Frugal Coupon Living are so cute and a great healthy and tasty treat for your dog to cool off in the heat. They are made with just broth, apple, and water. You will even find easy instructions for making your own chicken broth.

Peanut Butter and Parsley Frozen Dog Treat

DamnDelicious Broth PB Frozen Dog Treats

Damn Delicious has a great recipe with only 3 ingredients, broth, peanut butter, and parsley. So easy to make and the parsley is great for bad dog breath as well.

Recommended Reading: What is Causing Your Dog’s Bad Breath and How to Fix It

Dog Friendly Popsicle

OhLardy Bone Broth Dog Popsicle

This recipe from Oh Lardy is a nourishing frozen popsicle treat with loads of tasty flavors for your dog to enjoy. With bone broth, coconut oil, blueberries, grass fed meat, and an edible stick, your dog will find plenty to love about this cool treat.

Beef Crunch Dog Treat

LolathePitty Beef Crunch Dog Treats

Lola the Pitty have a very simple recipe with beef broth and ready made dog biscuits. So quick and easy to make if you already have these two ingredients on hand.

Other Frozen Dog Treats

Frozen Coconut Oil and Blueberry Dog Treats

HelloNature Coconut Oil and Blueberry Dog Treats

Coconut oil is great for your dog’s health, especially their coat and skin. These frozen coconut oil and blueberry dog treats by Hello Nature are a great way to reward your dog with something tasty and good for them.

Peanut Butter and Coconut Oil Dog Treats

Live Laugh Rowe have another great coconut oil recipe. These frozen treats are so easy to make and use peanut butter for flavor.

Fresh Breath Dog Treats

DIYDogMom Fresh Breath Dog Treats

While not frozen, these fresh breath treats from DIY Dog Mom are cold. With coconut oil and parsley or mint, these cold treats will help to keep your dog’s breath fresh as well as helping to cool him down in the heat.

Always use a good quality coconut oil for dogs in your recipes.

If your dog has a Kong toy you can also stuff this with your pup’s favorite food and put it in the freezer. This adds a bit more of a challenge for your dog to get to the treat, which is great for mental stimulation.

Recommended Reading: How to Tell if Your Dog Needs More Mental Stimulation

You really can just turn any food into a frozen treat for your pup. Plain yogurt, mashed pumpkin, leftover veggies, tuna, broth, or whatever else your dog loves.

Make sure you give your dog somewhere to enjoy his treat that is easy to clean, like ofrozen dog treatsutside on the grass or patio. They do tend to make a bit of a mess.

Make your dog some of these fantastic, healthy dog treats this summer and your dog will love you for it.

Recommended Reading: Best Cooling Pad for Dogs – Why You Need One and How to Choose

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Biking With Dogs
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As temperatures warm up and daylight lingers just a bit longer, pet owners are taking advantage of the summer months with their dogs. While many pet owners choose to go on a walk, some enjoy biking with their dogs. Before grabbing your dog and bicycle, check out these dog safety tips first.

1. Size of Dog Matters

When humans pedal bikes, they move really fast, so only bike with a dog that can keep up. Think twice before exercising with an energetic Chihuahua, terrier or hyperactive young puppy. Small dogs must run at maximum capacity during a bike ride, and it’s impossible for them to comfortably maintain this speed.

Additionally, biking with a dog under two years old is highly discouraged because adolescent dogs are still growing, and high impact exercise can cause permanent damage. Ideally, it’s best to bike ride with healthy medium or large-sized dogs over two years old.

2. Introduce Dog to Bike First

Bikes are spooky to dogs, especially if dogs haven’t been introduced to one before. Think about it from a dog’s perspective: Bikes are big and move awkwardly plus they can run over dog toes.

To get your dog used to a bike, push your bike alongside slowly during a walk. If your dog still avoids your bike, have a friend push your bike during walks. Once your dog is comfortable with a moving bike right next to him, it’s time to bike slowly.

3. Position is Key

Teach your dog to hang out on the side of your bike. Your dog should not cross over in front while you’re riding. Better yet, use a safety device to hold your dog’s leash in place. This way, you can use both hands to steer your bike.

My favorite is the Springer Dog Exerciser. This device attaches to your bike and keeps your dog safely away from moving bike wheels. Before riding off into the sunset, attach your dog to this safety device and push your bike around for a few days.

4. Start Slow

Once you’ve installed a bike safety leash attachment and your dog is comfortable walking next to a moving bike, it’s time for a slow and short bike ride. Start by pedaling slowly up and down your driveway, which includes turns to the left and right. Reward your dog with tiny bits of yummy treats for moving with the bike.

After a few practice sessions on your driveway, try biking with your dog about a block away from your home. Continue to move slowly, so your dog learns to enjoy jogging alongside your bike.

Increasing distance and duration will slowly build your dog’s endurance. Each week, add 2-3 minutes to your bike ride. Don’t expect your dog to run at maximum speed for longer than a few minutes, so slow down and provide multiple breaks for your dog. Offer your dog plenty of water and potty breaks during exercise sessions. Take it slow.

5. Skip Warm & Hot Days

When it’s above 80 degrees, it’s probably a bit too warm for long bike rides with dogs. Your dog is covered with a fur coat that traps heat and causes him to warm up quickly. During hot summer days, bike ride with your dog early in the morning. If you’re biking with your dog at night or during dark early mornings, ensure your bike and your dog’s collar contain reflective strips. Better yet, skip hot and humid days.

6. Check Paw Pads Frequently

Your dog’s paw pads will take a beating during bike rides, especially on concrete and asphalt roads. Starting slowly provides time for a dog’s paw pad to adjust to rough surfaces, but sometimes it’s too much.

Before a bike ride, stand on a sidewalk or road with bare feet. If you’re unable to stand on it yourself, then your dog should not run or walk on it. Hot pavement will burn pads, but excessive running on hard surfaces can burn pads too. Check your dog’s paw pads often during bike rides. Choose sidewalks that have grassy areas. These will be much easier on your dog’s paw pads.

7. Allow Your Dog to Set the Pace

When walking, jogging or biking with a dog, it’s important to allow your dog to set the pace. Dogs feel most comfortable trotting when they’re able to cover ground effortlessly. Running at maximum speed is too much for a dog, so watch your dog’s gait as you vary speeds on your bike. Slow down and watch your dog’s movement for an easy trot, then adjust your pedaling speed to maintain that trot.

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Bringing Your Dog to the Beach
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Summertime means fun in the sun, so why not bring your dog too? Beach vacations provide plenty of opportunities to relax in the sand, splash in the ocean, work on your suntan and spend precious time with your dog. To ensure your beach vacation is enjoyable for both you and your dog, check out these tips for bringing your dog to the beach.

1. Check If Your Dog Likes the Beach

Before planning an amazing beach getaway with your dog, make sure she likes walking in sand and water. While it may seem like all dogs love the beach, some dogs really don’t like sand and water at all.

If you’re not sure, take a half-day trip to a local dog beach or lake, and try it out first. Over the last two decades, only two of my dogs enjoyed swimming while the other six refused to step one foot in the water. If your dog loves to swim and frolic on a sandy beach, then start planning your dog-friendly beach getaway now!

2. Beware of Loose Dogs

Most dog-friendly beaches allow dogs to play off-leash, which can become an issue quickly. Dog park-type beaches are not the safest place for dogs, as many are allowed to bully dogs.

More than 90% of my dog aggressive clients have been bullied at dog parks, and now we need to address the issue. If your dog is not dog-friendly, or you would rather skip a dog beach, then find a secluded dog beach vacation spot where dogs walk on-leash.

3. Use a Long Leash

Speaking of leashes, it’s best to use a long leash (10-foot) and harness to keep your dog safe during beach walks. Your dog can still swim with the safety equipment on, but you’ll be able to pull her back to shore if she swims out too far or waves become rough. While it’s cute to imagine your dog chasing seagulls, many dogs run away and get hurt chasing animals and birds. Leashes are safety lines, so keep your dog safe.

4. Beware of Hot Sand

Hot sand is painful—very painful. If a surface is too hot for you to stand on, then it’s too hot for your dog too. Carry your dog to wet sandy areas to prevent paw burns. Or place rubber bottom booties on large dog paws until you reach your shaded beach lounging spot. Check your dog’s paw pads frequently for burns or irritations from sea creatures or salt water.

5. Provide Shade & Water

It’s hot sitting on a beach, so provide plenty of shade for your dog. Bring a large umbrella, a cooling pad (keep it in an ice-packed cooler), and frozen food stuffed Kongs. Bring a gallon or more of cold water and keep it in your cooler.

Offer your dog cold water often, and keep his water bowl in the shade. Limit your dog’s sun exposure. If your dog starts panting excessively, cool him down with cold water, leave the beach ASAP and find the closest veterinary clinic.

6. Don’t Forget Sunscreen

Short-coated breeds, or freshly shaven dogs, will need sunscreen. Purchase a chemical-free sunscreen with at least 30 SPF and apply often per directions. If your dog swims, choose a waterproof chemical-free sunscreen for maximum protection. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen liberally on your dog’s ear tips, nose and paws!

7. Rinse With Clean Fresh Water

Once back home or in your hotel, wash your dog with a gentle dog shampoo and rinse thoroughly. Sand embedded in hair scratches and irritates skin, which can cause rashes and hot spots. In addition, salt water can damage your dog’s coat. As a best practice, wash and rinse your dog twice, then rinse again.

Enjoy your dog-friendly beach vacay!

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John Unger cradling his beloved senior dog Schoep in the calming waters of Lake Superior to help alleviate his arthritis.  Schoep lived to the ripe old age of 20.


Originally written and published by Frank McAndrew of Knox College on The Conversation


Recently, my wife and I went through one of the more excruciating experiences of our lives – the euthanasia of our beloved dog, Murphy. I remember making eye contact with Murphy moments before she took her last breath – she flashed me a look that was an endearing blend of confusion and the reassurance that everyone was ok because we were both by her side.

When people who have never had a dog see their dog-owning friends mourn the loss of a pet, they probably think it’s all a bit of an overreaction; after all, it’s “just a dog.”

However, those who have loved a dog know the truth: Your own pet is never “just a dog.”

Many times, I’ve had friends guiltily confide to me that they grieved more over the loss of a dog than over the loss of friends or relatives. Research has confirmed that for most people, the loss of a dog is, in almost every way, comparable to the loss of a human loved one. Unfortunately, there’s little in our cultural playbook – no grief rituals, no obituary in the local newspaper, no religious service – to help us get through the loss of a pet, which can make us feel more than a bit embarrassed to show too much public grief over our dead dogs.

Perhaps if people realized just how strong and intense the bond is between people and their dogs, such grief would become more widely accepted. This would greatly help dog owners to integrate the death into their lives and help them move forward.

An interspecies bond like no other

What is it about dogs, exactly, that make humans bond so closely with them?

For starters, dogs have had to adapt to living with humans over the past 10,000 years. And they’ve done it very well: They’re the only animal to have evolved specifically to be our companions and friends. Anthropologist Brian Hare has developed the “Domestication Hypothesis” to explain how dogs morphed from their grey wolf ancestors into the socially skilled animals that we now interact with in very much the same way as we interact with other people.

Perhaps one reason our relationships with dogs can be even more satisfying than our human relationships is that dogs provide us with such unconditional, uncritical positive feedback. (As the old saying goes, “May I become the kind of person that my dog thinks I already am.”)

This is no accident. They have been selectively bred through generations to pay attention to people, and MRI scans show that dog brains respond to praise from their owners just as strongly as they do to food (and for some dogs, praise is an even more effective incentive than food). Dogs recognize people and can learn to interpret human emotional states from facial expression alone. Scientific studies also indicate that dogs can understand human intentions, try to help their owners and even avoid people who don’t cooperate with their owners or treat them well.

Not surprisingly, humans respond positively to such unrequited affection, assistance and loyalty. Just looking at dogs can make people smile. Dog owners score higher on measures of well-being and they are happier, on average, than people who own cats or no pets at all.

Like a member of the family

Our strong attachment to dogs was subtly revealed in a recent study of “misnaming.” Misnaming happens when you call someone by the wrong name, like when parents mistakenly calls one of their kids by a sibling’s name. It turns out that the name of the family dog also gets confused with human family members, indicating that the dog’s name is being pulled from the same cognitive pool that contains other members of the family. (Curiously, the same thing rarely happens with cat names.)

It’s no wonder dog owners miss them so much when they’re gone.

Psychologist Julie Axelrod has pointed out that the loss of a dog is so painful because owners aren’t just losing the pet. It could mean the loss of a source of unconditional love, a primary companion who provides security and comfort, and maybe even a protégé that’s been mentored like a child.

The loss of a dog can also seriously disrupt an owner’s daily routine more profoundly than the loss of most friends and relatives. For owners, their daily schedules – even their vacation plans – can revolve around the needs of their pets. Changes in lifestyle and routine are some of the primary sources of stress.

According to a recent survey, many bereaved pet owners will even mistakenly interpret ambiguous sights and sounds as the movements, pants and whimpers of the deceased pet. This is most likely to happen shortly after the death of the pet, especially among owners who had very high levels of attachment to their pets.

While the death of a dog is horrible, dog owners have become so accustomed to the reassuring and nonjudgmental presence of their canine companions that, more often than not, they’ll eventually get a new one.

So yes, I miss my dog. But I’m sure that I’ll be putting myself through this ordeal again in the years to come.

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Shawna Harch didn’t plan on becoming a hero on Friday, but that’s exactly what she did.  It was about 90 degrees outside when she a dog in a black Mercedes barking in distress.  She tried other avenues, but eventually was forced to smash one of the windows with her car jack.  But it wouldn’t break….

The Portland, Oregon woman was meeting some friends and family for drinks on the evening of the 23rd and had just parked on a metered street when she heard a tiny dog barking frantically.  She walked towards the noise and saw the pup in a small crate in the back of a Mercedes.  All of the windows were rolled up, and the sun roof was cracked open about an inch.

The parking slip was time stamped from 4:47 till 6:47.  It was just about 5, so the owner might not return before it was too late to save the dog.  Shawna called Multnomah County Animal Services, who directed her to call the nonemergency police line.  But it would take them too long to arrive, and she knew the dog wouldn’t survive much longer.

“By this point, a passerby named Suzanne had stopped to ask what was going on. My sister, Lia, had also arrived. The three of us began going around to every business in the immediate area, asking if anyone owned the vehicle,” Shawna explained on her blog page.

“Everyone said no. At that point, a waitress from Caffe Allora came out and informed us that she’d noticed the owners of the car enter a big apartment building next door. I knew there was no way I’d be able to locate them in time, even if I could find a way to get into the building.”

As the minutes raced by, the situation grew more dire.  The dog had stopped barking, and was now slumped against the side of the crate, panting hard.  Shawna had been a communications and PR specialist for an emergency animal hospital, and had seen dogs with heatstroke.  But she had never been in this predicament before.

“I desperately tried to set off the car alarm, in the hopes that the owners would hear it and come outside. I shook the car and hit it with my hands, feeling like a crazy person. No luck.”

According to Suzanne, a law had just been passed the day before allowing good Samaritans to break windows to save dogs from hot cars without having to worry about getting in trouble.  Shawna remembered that she had a small jack in her trunk.

“I grabbed it, my fists clenched and heart racing. I’d never damaged anyone’s property, and I certainly don’t like making a scene,” she said.  “I’m an introvert, and this was way outside of my comfort zone. I clenched my teeth and swung the car jack like a baseball bat as hard as I could.”

But the window didn’t break.  It didn’t even crack.  She hit it again, harder this time, but still nothing.

“I began to feel the tears building up. I was trying with all my might to get to this poor dog, but I couldn’t physically break the window. My hands were bleeding and I was beginning to fear the worst.”

She saw two men approaching, and asked if they knew how to break the window.  They didn’t, but a minute later, three men pulled up, and one of them offered to let her use his stainless steel water bottle.  She held up the jack, and hurled it squarely at the center of the window.

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“Oh, shit!” he said in surprise.  “You won’t break it if you hit it in the middle – you have to aim for the corner.”

Shawna struck the corner, and this time the glass cracked.  She broke through it, unlocked the door, and pulled the crate out.

“The crew at Caffe Allora had brought over a big tub of water to help cool the animal.  After we tended to the dog, Suzanne began sweeping the glass and I went to clean myself up.  During all this commotion, another concerned passerby named Mary Ann had stopped to be a second witness, in case I needed support when the police arrived.”

Officers arrived just then, and Shawna showed them where the dog was.  As they checked it out and took down information from the heroine, two young men, about 18, emerged from the apartment building.  They were dumbfounded by the scene before them, seemingly unaware that having the moon roof cracked was inadequate.  Shawna and the police explained that it wasn’t, and the car owner thanked her for saving the dog.

It seems preposterous that so many people are oblivious to how quickly a life can perish inside of a hot vehicle (have these people never gotten into a car on a hot day and immediately rolled down the windows and blasted the ac??), but sadly, this sort of thing happens all the time, and the outcome is usually not this positive.

“In circumstances like these, inaction is unacceptable. The craziest thing we can do is nothing. Speak up. Act swiftly and responsibly,” Shawna said.  “In Oregon (and some other states), you have the law on your side. But more importantly, it’s the right thing to do.”

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Imagine going on a road trip with your dog where every restaurant you go to, trail you hike, and hotel you choose is dog-friendly. Is this possible? Yes! But who’s going to do all of that research for your route?

We did the digging for you, plus got advice from employees about the best dog-friendly places around the country. Here’s a goldmine of places to stop with your dog along 10 major interstate highways so you can make your dog the modern-day Marco Polo.

Organized by interstate and direction, this is a “must-stop” list for big-city dog-friendly pubs, restaurants, hikes, hotels, and more while on your adventure.

Don’t fret about wanting to visit some places that aren’t dog friendly. Book a sitter in the area you’re in for the day or night and get your adventure on while your dog has an adventure of his own.


  • Consider lodging like AirBnB to find unique, dog-friendly places to stay
  • Bring a tent along in case tent camping is the best choice for the area you’re in–it’s usually dog-friendly
  • Call ahead to ensure restaurants are open when you get there and are still dog-friendly (some places have seasonal hours, and laws may have changed)
  • For maximum safety, make sure your pet has all the required vaccinations, and follow local leash laws

Location Map For Listed Destinations

If you’re plotting your journey on a map, this is a handy tool.

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I-20 Texas to South Carolina
I-35 Texas to Minnesota
I-75 Florida to Michigan
I-95 Florida to Maine
I-94 Montana to Michigan
I-70 Maryland to Utah
I-10 Florida to California
I-40 North Carolina to California
I-80 New Jersey to California
I-90 Massachusetts to Washington

1-20 South to East (Texas to South Carolina)
Jackson, Mississippi
Pig and Pint: While in the South it’s important to enjoy some barbecue. Pig and Pint offers a uniquely delicious twist on the classics. Dogs are welcome on the patio here–just know that yours will likely beg for scraps the entire meal.

Outlets of Mississippi: Take your leashed dog on a shopping spree. This is a fun place to window shop–treat yourself and your pup!

Holiday Inn Express Jackson Downtown Coliseum: This is an affordable place for you to rest. Your dog is welcome for an additional fee that won’t break the bank.

Atlanta, Georgia
Joe’s on Juniper: Touted as one of Atlanta’s favorite dog-friendly outdoor dining spaces, Joe’s On Juniper has beer, cocktails, Thai nachos, and more.

ParkGrounds: This is a must-stop spot if there ever was one. This coffee shop has an attached dog park where your dog-friendly pooch can mingle with other dogs and play off some pent-up energy. There’s a covered patio here, with both the dog park and the cafe having separate entries. Beer, coffee, breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dogs. Solid decision for an afternoon.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Atlanta Paces Ferry: If you’re seeking a hotel with no extra pet fee, this is a good option.

Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel: For an additional pet fee (and a luxurious, unique experience), check this gem out.

Charleston, South Carolina
Lost Dog Cafe: Enjoy a bite and the Dog Wall of Fame in this eclectic cafe in Folly Beach. Named after the owner’s dog, Hocus, this bistro serves huge breakfast burritos and excellent coffee and is said to be a “must eat” in the Charleston area. The best part is you get to hang out indoors with your dog and a mason jar mimosa.

Old Charleston Ghost Tour: Give you and your dog a good spook on this fun walking tour. Starting in Washington Park and lasting 90 minutes, the tour is a unique way to bond with your dog and spend an evening in the city.


Best Western Charleston Inn: This inn has pet-friendly rooms for an extra fee. The location is accessible to historic tours, as well as the cruise terminal.

La Quinta Inn and Suites Charleston Riverview: For no pet fee, you and your dog can have a comfortable stay here.

1-35 South to North (Texas to Minnesota)
Austin, Texas
Red’s Porch: Aptly named, this restaurant has an awesome upstairs porch; outdoor seating is dog-friendly. If you’re in the mood for some corn hole, darts, and fried okra, this is the spot.

Barton Creek Greenbelt Preserve: Your dog is welcome here as long as he’s on-leash at all times. The path is shared with bicycles, so if your pup is skittish of bicycles this may not be a good fit for him.

Red Bud Isle: If you’re seeking an off-leash run for your dog, this is the spot. This piece of land is a peninsula, with swimming for water-loving dogs. Bring a towel and a tennis ball and enjoy a beautiful southern afternoon!

Hilton Austin: There’s a pet fee here, but this is an overall affordable stay in the Austin area.

Airbnb: There are numerous affordable, dog-friendly listings on Airbnb for the Austin area. Check out the website and make sure to double check with your host that it’s okay to have your four-legged buddy with you during your stay.

Kansas City, Missouri
La Bodega: If you’re in the mood for the traditional duo of tapas and wine, La Bodega is a solid choice. There’s ample outdoor seating where your dog is welcome. Also, bottles of wine are half price on Mondays–just saying.

Trolley Track Trail: This trail is part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to converting unused railroad tracks into hiking trails. Dogs are welcome on-leash here and the path is shared with bicycles so please be mindful if your dog is skittish of them.

Westin Kansas City and Crown Center: If you’re seeking an exquisite hotel stay to unwind from long days of travel, look no further. There’s no additional pet fee here (weight limit of 40-lb dog–larger dogs will require a fee) and your dog will be given a dog bed for his stay, courtesy of the hotel.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Wilde Cafe and Spirits: This cafe in Dinkytown, an exciting Minneapolis neighborhood, boasts an awesome patio view of the Mississippi River and delicious food. While you’re in the neighborhood, check out the Stone Arch Bridge–a Minneapolis landmark.

Luce Line State Trail Park of the Rails to Trails Conservancy: Get out and stretch your legs on this converted railroad through Minneapolis (This is the same nonprofit mentioned in the Kansas City trail recommendation).

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West: For an affordable and comfortable night under a roof, check in here with no extra fee for your dog.

Sheraton Bloomington Hotel: If you’re planning on checking out The Mall of America in Bloomington, MN, this is a great choice for lodging if you want to treat yourself. The room prices are higher than others in the area, but there’s no additional pet fee.

I-75 South to North (Florida to Michigan)

Tampa, Florida
Mad Dogs and Englishmen: Believe it or not, Tampa has been voted the number one dog city in the United States. Check out Mad Dogs and Englishmen for bangers and mash, which has a large patio for your and your dog to enjoy.

Picnic Island Beach Dog Park: If your dog could use a break from the Florida heat, take him to this off-leash beach for a romp in the water with some new friends.

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel: Two dogs are welcome with you here for no additional fee (80 lb. limit). There’s a swimming pool here and riverwalk right outside the hotel, which makes for a great place to stretch your legs with your four-legged travel companion.

Atlanta, Georgia
Brewhouse Cafe: There may be a trend here but if you’re still in for bangers and mash, try this cafe in Atlanta. This is also Atlanta’s premier soccer bar, if you’re a fan. The patio is dog friendly and it’s said that the wait staff is very attentive to four-legged friends.

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area: If you’re in the mood for a beautiful walk with your dog in Atlanta, check out this nature area. There’s a lot of birds and other woodland animals here, so be sure to keep your dog on leash while enjoying the walk.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Atlanta Paces Ferry: If you’re seeking a hotel with no extra pet fee, this is a good option.

Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel: For an additional pet fee (and a luxurious, unique experience), check this gem out.

Cincinnati, Ohio
Wurst Bar in the Square: Bring your dog–and grab a dog–and enjoy the back patio of this trendy spot. If you’re more of a taco person, they’re killer here.

Otto Armleder Dog Park: This 10-acre fenced dog park is separated into three sections, one of which is designated for small dogs and puppies.

Millennium Hotel: In the midst of downtown, this is a great option for taking a much needed rest. Your dog is welcome for an additional fee but must be crated if you leave the room without him, making this a good option for crate-trained dogs, or if you don’t plan on leaving your dog unattended.

I-95 South to North (Florida to Maine)

Raleigh, North Carolina
Lonerider Brewing: Join the outlaws and enjoy great beer with inventive names and clever descriptions. This brewery is just down the street from Sal’s Branch Trail, under the Play recommendation for Raleigh.

Sal’s Branch Trail: This is the perfect trail if you don’t have much time but in dire need of getting out for some fresh air. At 2.7 miles long, this trail takes about an hour.

La Quinta Inn and Suites Raleigh Crabtree: For a reasonable price and no pet fee, stay in a comfortable bed with your dog of any size.

Boston, Massachusetts
Wired Puppy Cafe: As the name implies, this is a dog-friendly coffee shop–even indoors! If you’re hankering for brunch and a bowl of biscuits by the door, this is the place for you.

Castle Island Beach: If you’re looking for some beach time, bring your dog to this on-leash area for a stroll along the water.

Peter’s Park: This off-leash area is a great choice for your small or shy dog, as there’s a separate section for them. It is a relatively new park and reviewers rave about its cleanliness.

Onyx Hotel: This hotel is on the pricier side, but boasts no additional pet fee for your dog of any size, who will receive a warm welcome here. There are paths right by the hotel for walks, and if you’re looking for some urban hiking, it’s right in the midst of the action of downtown Boston.

I-94 Mid to East (Montana to Michigan)

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Camp Bar: Enjoy a bloody mary with your pooch on this two-story patio.

The Backyard: This place is awesome for a unique picnic-style outing. Grills are available so you can cook your own meat and veggies and the large fenced-in grassy area is available for dogs to romp around. There’s also beer and a large projector which could be playing a movie. This is a must-see in Milwaukee.

Granville Dog Park: This park is large and has woods, hills, and a grassy area, all off-leash accessible. It is perfect for running around after a lovely picnic at The Backyard before getting back in the car to continue your journey.

Quality Inn Milwaukee: This affordable stay requires an additional pet fee but remains a good value. Free breakfast and close proximity to downtown make this a good spot to stay for a night or two on your journey.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Wilde Cafe and Spirits: This cafe in Dinkytown, an exciting Minneapolis neighborhood, boasts an awesome patio view of the Mississippi River and delicious food. While you’re in the neighborhood, check out the Stone Arch Bridge, a Minneapolis landmark.

Luce Line State Trail Park of the Rails to Trails Conservancy: Get out and stretch your legs on this converted railroad through Minneapolis (This is the same nonprofit mentioned in the Kansas City trail recommendation).

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West: For an affordable and comfortable night under a roof, check in here with no extra fee for your dog.

Sheraton Bloomington Hotel: If you’re planning on checking out The Mall of America in Bloomington, MN, this is a great choice for lodging if you want to treat yourself. The room prices are higher than others in the area, but there’s no additional pet fee.

I-70 East to West (Maryland to Utah)

St. Louis, Missouri
Boathouse Forest Park: American fare and dog-friendly paddleboats on the lake–truly a unique experience. There’s an off-leash area here as well for dogs, and outdoor seating to enjoy a meal with your dog at the restaurant.

Frenchtown Dog Park: This .75 acre park is well-kept and permits off-leash dogs for an adventure in the sun.

Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis: You can bring up to two dogs to stay with you here, 40-lb. Limit, for no extra fee. All of the rooms here welcome dogs, so you won’t have to worry about finding appropriate vacancy.

Denver, Colorado
Forest Room 5: Are you looking for a hip night spot in Denver with fire pits and a creek? Of course you are, and this is your spot. The beautiful, rustic patio is dog friendly and the food gets rave reviews.

The Watering Bowl: It should be a thing in every city to have dog parks attached to restaurants, right?! This gem of a spot is a tavern which boasts a 7000+ sq. ft. outdoor dog park. This, appropriately, is also nested under Play.

The Watering Bowl: So nice it’s mentioned twice. (See Eat for Denver)

Hotel Monaco, Denver: There’s no additional fee for your dog at this beautiful hotel. The hotel is on the expensive end, so it is a great place for treating yourself after being on the road. Plus, dogs of all sizes are allowed at no extra charge–win!

I-10 East to West (Florida to California)

Phoenix, Arizona
O.H.S.O. Eatery and Nanobrewery: Noted as one of the most dog-friendly places in Phoenix, this brewery has views of the canal and a dog-friendly porch.

South Mountain Park and Preserve: 51 miles of hiking trails for you and your on-leash dog to enjoy. Please be advised that dogs are prohibited on the trail when the temperature in Phoenix exceeds 100 degrees fahrenheit. Keep you and your dog safe!

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort: If you’re looking for a neat stay experience, this is the spot. The grounds are fun, with pools and interesting foliage. Two dogs can stay with you for an extra fee (75 lb. weight limit).

Los Angeles, California
Grand Central Market: Dogs are allowed just about everywhere here. This market is like an indoor food mall with tons of unique and delicious options. It is located in the Studio City area of Los Angeles, so there’s also a chance you’ll spot a celebrity (and maybe their dog!), or two.

The Waffle on Sunset: Get your dog a “woofle” to enjoy on the Waffle’s dog-friendly patio while you sip on a $6 double-sized mimosa. We’re not kidding.

Westridge Canyonback Wilderness Park: Make your way to this sliver of wilderness in the city. With amazing views of the city and seemingly endless trails, both you and your dog will have a great time.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Beverly Hills: This is a great place to stay while in the LA area–no additional fee for your dog and no size limit. Not to mention, you can order spa services to your room for yourself for an ultimate night of “treat-yourself”.

I-40 East to West (North Carolina to California)

Nashville, Tennessee
Cafe Fontanella: If you’re craving Italian food with homemade tomato sauce, followed up with a hike, go here! This cafe has a dog-friendly patio and has hiking trails right next to it to walk off some carbs prior to loading back in the car.

Jackson’s Bar and Bistro: Good food and covered outdoor seating for you and your dog to enjoy. Reviewers say this is a great place for their furry friend. If you’re hankering for some American fare and outdoor lounging, check it out!

The Trails at Fontanel: If you’re looking for some sightseeing as you stretch your legs, this is a good option. You and your leashed dog can walk along the well-maintained trail and take in a famous mansion (Fontanel) and Whites Creek.

La Quinta Inn and Suites, Nashville Airport: On trend with other La Quinta’s mentioned in this list, this is an affordable, comfortable stay with no extra charge for your four-legged buddy.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Rock & Brews: Good food, good beer, dog-friendly patio and a ton of fun. This is a chain of restaurants so there’s a chance that if you come across another with a dog-friendly patio elsewhere.

Edmond Dog Park at Bickham-Rudkin Park: A 5-acre park with swimming and plenty of room to run off-leash. This is a great place to stop while in Oklahoma City.

OKC PawPark: This large off-leash area is bordered by a pond (swimming!) and has a separate section for dogs who need a little less action, such as injured or elderly pups.

Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel: If your dog is under 50 lbs., he’s welcome for no additional fee. This is the largest business and convention hotel in downtown, so there’s sure to be a lot going on and exciting events to discover in the area surrounding the hotel. This is a good option if you’re looking to make the most of your stay in Oklahoma City.

I-80 East to West (New Jersey to California)

Omaha, Nebraska
Nebraska Brewing Company: Okay, there are a lot of places to drink beer on this list, I know. But they all have something unique to offer and this brewery is no exception. Dogs are welcome outdoors! It’s small, artisanal, and independent–a true Omaha gem.

Forge in the Forest: With a very dog friendly patio and menu just for Fido, this is a fun spot to stop in Omaha.

Walnut Creek Park Off-Leash Area: This park with swimming area is fenced on three sides, so if your dog likes to swim and keep swimming with no regard for recall, this may not be a great decision. For dogs who love to fetch and return consistently, this is a fun spot.

La Quinta Inn Omaha Southwest: No pet fee. Comfortable rooms. Well-rated. Per usual for this listing throughout the country. Three dogs, with no size limit, are allowed here for no extra charge–perfect if you’re traveling with a friend or two with a dog in tow.

Chicago, IL
Harry Caray’s Tavern on Navy Pier: Located on Navy Pier in Chicago, this is a great spot to hang out on a beautiful afternoon. They’ll bring your dog a souvenir water bowl to keep, and a treat, while lounging on the patio.

Mercury Canine Cruise: If you have a free afternoon in Chicago, take your dog on a historic boat cruise of Chicago. There’s a narrator who will detail the rich history of Chicago, with fun dog facts along the way.

Montrose Dog Beach: This off-leash area is great if your dog wants to actually swim in water, rather than cruise around on the water. There’s a dog wash station as well so you don’t have to return to the car with a happy, muddy mess.

Hotel Allegro: This beautiful, historic hotel is located in the theatre district of downtown Chicago. Plus, there’s no additional pet fee for your dog of any size.

I-90 East to West (Massachusetts to Washington)

Buffalo, New York
Resurgence Brewing Company: Great food and craft beer with a dog-friendly patio.

Niagara Falls Park: If you’re in the mood for sightseeing (and checking out one of the seven natural wonders of the world), leash up your dog and go for a stroll on the park grounds. Reviewers note that there’s no clean up stations or water available for your dog so come prepared.

Holiday Inn Buffalo International Airport: This spot has an extra fee for keeping your dog with you, and they must be under 50 lbs.

Cleveland, Ohio
Luxe Kitchen and Lounge: Dogs are welcome on the patio of this trendy spot. Folks rave about the Ricotta Gnocchi and deviled eggs on the menu.

Lakewood Dog Park: This is a fenced off-leash area which borders the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation, which features numerous trails to take your dog on-leash. This is a perfect stop for allowing your dog to expend energy off leash, then leash him up and walk around with him in a gorgeous area of the city.

Radisson Hotel Cleveland Gateway: This is an affordable hotel with a pet fee, chosen for its proximity to sightseeing in downtown Cleveland. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a 15 minute walk away. Cleveland sports stadiums are also in the area if you’re more of a sports fan.

Seattle, Washington
Norm’s Eatery and Ale House: Dogs are allowed indoors here–there’s even a menu just for them with an assortment of items, including sweets and chicken. Take a moment to appreciate all of their adorable patron photos (hint: mostly dogs.)

Buckley’s in Belltown: There are a couple of different locations, but if you want to stop in for a pint and Wisconsin cheese curds (this is a Green Bay Packers’ fan bar) while sightseeing around Belltown in Seattle, go here. Dogs are welcome indoors–just make sure to keep him on leash since it gets pretty busy in there.

Discovery Park: This wilderness area of Seattle is said to be what Seattle looked like before settlement. There are numerous trails to take your dog for an on-leash urban hike. A couple spots along the trail offer astounding views of the Puget Sound and surrounding land.

The Edgewater Hotel: Trust me on this one–this place is worth it. There will be an extra fee for your dog to stay with you, but you’ll be on the waterfront a walk away from amazing food and the ferris wheel. The hotel itself is beautiful and well-maintained with a lodge-type ambiance.

Canada, eh?

Our article covers U.S. destinations, but if you’re planning a summer journey through Canada, never fear. There are many amazing places to stop. You can find a list of must-see spots for you and your dog at Travel Canada.

Hit the road, explorers!