By Maria del Cisne Vital
A lot of activities this summer may be fun, but think about what your dog is doing all alone back at home… Now that you have that sad image in your head, don’t feel bad because there are so many places you can bring your pup for a great time that will leave both of you with smiles on your faces! SoCal has dog-friendly parks and beaches that are bound to make your dog bark with joy while basking in the summer sun. Bring your loyal companion’s favorite toys, a leash and some water for all to sip on at these great sites.
Huntington Dog Beach
Whether you want an early morning or a late night with your dog, this beach is readily available for you from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Frolic in the cool beach water, or lay out in the sand with your best pal. Either way, you and your dog are making the most out of a summer’s day. The beach also has doggie bags on site just in case you forget! If your dog is new to beaches, just remember to keep it on a leash until you know it will behave in a calm manner. The Dog Beach is located on Pacific Coast Highway between Goldenwest Street/21st and Seapoint Street. Also, a helpful tip: keep your dog from drinking seawater because it doesn’t settle well in their stomachs!
100 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach
Dogs of all breeds and sizes are welcomed at Pooch Park. The park is split into three sections for small dogs, big dogs, and dogs of all sizes. However, dogs below four months old cannot enter the park. If your dog is only comfortable playing with pups its own size, then it can enjoy that feature of the park. Once inside of the park, your dog does not need to wear a leash. Note: the park is closed on Wednesdays for maintenance. Every other day though, you can toss a Frisbee around and enjoy the company of other dogs and dog owners here!
201 S. Basque Ave., Fullerton, CA 92833
Home Run Dog Park
From dawn till dusk, you and your dog can enjoy this park. The park is nestled in the northern edge of the larger Ryerson Park. The two-acre dog park actually earned its name, “Home Run Dog Park,” because of the nearby Little League baseball diamonds! This is a great park for both your kids and your dogs to enjoy a day in the park. Three major rules for this park are: your dog must be licensed with current tags, over 6 months old, and spayed/neutered. The park does include separate fenced areas for big and small dogs. Also, be aware that the park is closed on Mondays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for routine maintenance.
20357 Studebaker Rd, Lakewood, CA 90713
Rosie’s Dog Beach
Let your dog roam free at Rosie’s Dog Beach! With no fences or blocked areas, Rosie’s is the perfect place for a trained pup to enjoy the beauty of the beach. Located along Ocean Blvd between Roycroft and Argonne Avenues since 2003, it has been a place for dogs and owners to have summer fun. The “dog zone” is in effect from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., which is perfect for a walk during the sunset. As always, dog owners are encouraged to be respectful of the beach and clean up after their dogs. There are bags and scoopers on site, but you are encouraged to bring your own!
5000 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803
Ocean Beach Dog Beach
Ranked as one of the best destination dog beaches in the world by Rover, Ocean Beach Dog Beach is an iconic place where dogs, dog owners, dog lovers and surfers alike can all walk or run on the same sands. It was one of the first official leash-free beaches in the United States. The beach is a great place for relaxation, so you can read a book while your pup makes new dog friends! Also, people love this beach because the views are stunning. You could even have a small photo shoot of (or with) your dog. The pictures will be a great reminder of the amazing times you spent over the summer with your best friend.
Ocean Beach Bike Path, San Diego, CA 92107