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10 Great Public Spots For You And Your Dog To Get Socializing

10 Great Public Spots For You And Your Dog To Get Socializing

We all love our furry friends and want the best for them, including having them get some exercise and socializing with other dogs and people. But where can you take your pup to do this? Here are 10 great public places for you and your pup to get out and be social!


Dogs are social creatures by nature. In the wild, they live in packs and rely on one another for survival. When domestic dogs live in homes with humans, they still crave that social interaction. Unfortunately, not all public places are welcoming to our furry friends.

Luckily, there are more and more businesses and public areas opening up that are dog-friendly. This is great news for dog owners who want to socialize their pups! Here are a few great public spots for you and your dog to get socializing:

Parks and Dog Runs

There are plenty of great public parks and dog runs in the city that are perfect for socializing with your furry friend. 

Dog Friendly Cafes

Sure, your dog may be the life of the party at home, but sometimes it's nice to take them out and about to socialize with other pups. Fortunately, there are plenty of great cafes that welcome dogs with open arms (and often have a few doggy treats on hand)! 

Pet Stores

There are plenty of public places where you and your pup can get some socializing in. Pet stores are a great place to start, since many of them have designated areas for dogs and their owners to socialize. Many pet stores also offer classes and events that can help you bond with your dog while learning new skills.

Local Vet Clinics

There are many great public places to take your dog to get some socialization. Local vet clinics are a great place to start. Most vet clinics offer a variety of services for dogs, including vaccinations, microchipping, and spaying or neutering. They also offer a variety of classes and events that can help your dog socialize with other dogs and people. Check with your local vet clinic to see what they have to offer. It's a good idea to take your dog to the vet when they don't need to go, just to say hi and get accustom to the office. 

Dog Training Classes

There are plenty of great public spots for you and your dog to get socializing. One great option is dog training classes. These classes provide a structured environment for you and your pup to learn basic obedience commands and socialize with other dogs and people.

Most dog training classes will cover the basics like sit, stay, come, down, and heel. You'll also likely work on recall, which is important for when your dog gets loose or runs off. And of course, there will be plenty of opportunities for your pup to socialize with other dogs and people in a controlled setting. The Puppy Trained Right online video course is a great way to watch the videos in the comfort of your own home at your convenience, however those skills will have to be practiced with other people, animals and sights and sounds. 

Dog training classes are a great way to socialize your pup and help them learn good manners. They're also a fun way to bond with your furry friend and meet other dog lovers in your community.

Dog Grooming Services

There are plenty of dog grooming services out there that can help your furry friend look and feel their best. Check our Find a Pet Pro for one in your area that has been rated by one of our past clients. 

Beach or Lakeside Walks

Whether you're at the beach or by the lake, there's nothing like a scenic walk with your furry friend. And what better way to socialize your dog than by meeting new people and other pups along the way?

So leash up and hit the pavement! Here are some great public spots for you and your dog to get socializing:

Pet Friendly Hotels/Accommodations

If you're looking for a pet friendly hotel or accommodation, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind. First, check to see if the hotel/accommodation has any size or breed restrictions. Second, make sure that the hotel/accommodation is willing to provide any necessary amenities for your pet, such as food and water bowls, beds, and waste bags. Finally, you'll want to research the area around the hotel/accommodation to make sure that there are plenty of public parks and walking trails nearby so that you and your dog can get some exercise.

On Leash Hikes or Camping Trips

There are plenty of great public spots for you and your dog to get socializing, even if you have to keep them on a leash. Many hiking trails and camping areas are very dog-friendly, and provide a great opportunity for your pup to explore their surroundings while meeting new friends (both two-legged and four-legged). Just be sure to clean up after your dog, and keep them under control so they don't disturb other campers or hikers.

In Canada, Canadian Tire allows dogs

That's right you can leash your friendly dog and take them with you into the any of the Canadian Tire locations. While you are there, you can have your dog meet a great many people to cover that base as well. 


We hope that these 10 great public spots have given you some ideas of where to take your pup for a bit of socializing. Taking your dog out for regular walks and visits to the park can be hugely beneficial for both you and your pooch, providing exercise, fresh air, mental stimulation and fun opportunities to meet new people. Don't forget to bring plenty of water with you on any adventures with your pup!

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