Dublin, California is a relatively new town, incorporated in 1982, and was named after Dublin, Ireland. It is the fastest-growing city in California and is forecasted to have close to 76,000 inhabitants by 2030. An estimated 11,206 dogs live in 7,004 homes in Dublin, which means there are plenty of dog-friendly things to do in town.
There are two excellent dog parks in Dublin to keep Fido busy while you relax. Bray Commons on Finnian Way has almost five acres of land with picnic tables, barbeque pits, basketball, volleyball, trails, playgrounds, drinking fountains, and restrooms. When Fido wants to run off-leash, you can take him to the fenced-in dog park right there in Bray Commons. Dougherty Hills Dog Park has separate dog runs for small and large pups with turf, a doggie water fountain, benches, tunnels, seesaw ramps, and doggie poo bags. It is decorated with playful metal art made by local artist, Johanna Pothig.
If the beach is more your thing, you can visit North Beach on 29th and Solana Beach, Main Beach on Powerhouse Park and 29th, or South Beach Area on Powerhouse Park and 6th Street. Fido has to be leashed at the South and Main Beaches, but the North Beach allows your furbaby to have off-leash fun. These are family beaches with playgrounds so you have to keep an eye on your pup and pick up after him.
Dublin Hills Regional Park located in Dublin, California spans about 654 acres, and is surrounded by I-580, Schaefer Ranch, and private grazing land, giving it a truly secluded feel. This beautiful park includes trails that offer excellent views and plenty of exercise for both humans and pups, just don’t forget to bring plenty of water for you both! The local Panera Bread is dog friendly, and there is a PetSmart that hosts fun pet related events, and in the unfortunate case your pooch needs to see the doctor, Banfield Pet Hospital is nearby in the local Dublin shopping center.
This California locale is a dog owner’s dream! Dublin Trail allows you to take your pup off leash and enjoy the views. It is located south of Dougherty Hills dog park and right off of the Coyote Creek. Dougherty Hills Dog Park is located on Dougherty Hills Open Space, and has a separate turf area for large and small dogs, and a doggie drinking fountain. Alamo Creek Park is another community park that allows leashed pups to explore their 5.3 acres of walkways and trails. If you’re going out of town, there are local dog sitters in the area via Rover.com.
Six miles south of Dublin, CA, the town of Pleasanton provides plenty of shopping and restaurants, as well as fun activities for you and your pup to partake in, including Paws in the Park, which is a pledge sponsored doggie walk and community party. There are 1 and 3 mile dog walks to choose from, agility demonstrations, health, animal, and music vendors that provide entertainment. All proceeds go to the Valley Humane society in Pleasanton. During the holidays, Christmas Pet Portraits by Think MassMedia provides pet owners the chance to include them in with the family to capture their personality in a memorable portrait.
Asco is only twelve minutes southeast of Dublin and has several local parks that are dog friendly. Orloff, Bicentennial, and Nielsen Park have designated walking trails and open space that can be enjoyed by your pup, but keep in mind these are not off-leash parks and your dog must be leashed always. Down Stanley Boulevard, Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area is an 80-acre lake and outdoor area that provides both humans and dogs the opportunity to get some exercise, fresh air and a peaceful retreat. Shadow Cliffs Recreation Area loves dogs, owners just need to make sure they are kept on their leashes at all times.
San Ramon is located right off Donald D. Doyle Highway and about 9 minutes north of Dublin. There is plenty of shopping and fun activities for you and your dog to enjoy. Memorial Dog Park gives local pups a bit of fun, off-leash outdoor time with their fellow pooches; it has a separate area for large and small dogs and is completely fenced in to ensure safety. Iron Horse Regional Trail is a paved "rail-trail" that was previously a railroad track that spans about 55 miles, making it a perfect place to walk your pooch in the San Ramon area.