Located in western-central San Fernando Valley, Winnetka, Los Angeles is a largely residential area. It boasts a number of schools including three private and six public schools. Towards its northern border, you have Chatsworth with Northridge to the northeast. Woodland Hills is set towards its southern border whereas Canoga Park is on the western side.
Winnetka has a variety of amenities available for your doggie pals. Winnetka Animal Clinic is just off Saticoy Street and will service any of your veterinary needs. Just around the corner on Winnetka Avenue, you have Dog Groomers On The Go. It’s great for popping in to deliver your pooch. You’ll come back later to a clean and perfectly groomed pup. In the north, you have Roswinn Pet Hospital on Roscoe Boulevard which is another great place for veterinary services if you’re in the area. There are a couple of suppy stores, one in the south on Victory Boulevard and one in the north on Tampa Avenue.
As Winnetka is part of the San Fernando Valley, it narrowly misses out on being part of the Santa Monica Mountains. Therefore, it’s relatively low lying in comparison to its surroundings. It’s also relatively flat, making it ideal for leisurely strolls around on a weekday. However, if you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, you’re never far from your nearest hills if you want to test your doggy's head for heights.
Winnetka is a built-up inner-city area so there is practically no natural terrain. There are a couple of parks, but these are settled amongst residential areas. What this means for your walks is that you’ll spend a lot of time on sidewalks. It should always be noted, however, that Los Angeles has a sub-tropical climate and is incredibly warm during the summer months. If your dog has a thick coat, please be wary about taking him out during the hottest part of the day.
Since Winnetka is a heavily built-up area, it has very few greenways or parks. The areas that it does have are relatively small, so if you’re looking for a long walk off the beaten path, you’ll have to head to one of its surrounding areas such as Lake Balboa, Upper Las Virgenes Canyon, or Deer Lake Highlands in the north.
Winnetka Recreation center offers a grassy space to run and play but it also has a number of playing fields which are often used for team sports. Runnymede Recreation Centre is a little further south. It has fairly large grassy areas which are ideal for your daily stretch of the legs.
The Santa Susana Pass Trail heads right through Chatsworth Oaks Park towards the northwest of Winnetka. This is where you’ll have to head if you want to visit somewhere larger than your average residential park. Luckily, this isn’t too far out of the neighborhood, so it’s no problem to reach during your weekends.