Encino is a large neighborhood of sunny Los Angeles, California, and is situated on the northern side of the Santa Monica Mountains. Being this close to the mountains, Encino offers many outdoor places for the adventurous pup, where wildlife can be a pawsome sight to see and sniff- from a distance, of course! For life's mishaps, or just routine care, Encino also features five veterinarians that can cater to all your dog’s health needs.
If your dog is an outdoorsy type, then be sure to take him on a great hike along the Mandeville Canyon Fire Road Trail. The trail is wide and has more than enough room for everyone to enjoy it. Encino is also home to big beautiful parks that your dog is itching to visit with you. Take your pup to the Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park to explore and get some good sniffs in. The park is not only a great place to explore, but also has a small hike inside of it to help burn off some of your dog’s energy.
There are numerous dogtastic places that Fido can go with you to get a bite to eat in Encino, such as Coral Tree Café which offers great outdoor area that welcomes your dog to enjoy a delicious meal with you.
Woodley Park is a great spot to take Fido for a fun adventure out. The park includes picnic tables to grab lunch at, plus plenty of trees for shade. If your dog likes to explore, then he will love the walking trail that Woodley Park has to offer. Here, the city has dedicated 1.5-acres of land in Woodley Park just for dogs to play in. Though it is considered a dog park, the city never finished construction, so be aware that there is no fence to keep dogs secure.
The Sepulveda Basil Off-leash Dog Park is a beautiful 6.5-acre park that your dog will love to visit. The park has benches and tables, water bowls for dogs, drinking fountains, and restrooms for the owners. The park is mainly composed of grass, which is perfect for fetch, and has plenty of trees to help provide shade. This dog park also offers two sections, one for more playful dogs, and another for dogs that are timid and may need some time to adjust to all the activity. Agility equipment is available in the playful dog park for adventurous dogs to run on.
Ventura Boulevard is the main street in Encino, and its filled with lots of dog-friendly restaurants. The Nook dishes out tasty breakfast style dishes, as well as tasty lunch specials. Green Cottage serves lush green salads and great meat options. The Habit Burger Grill has charbroiled grilled burgers plus a plethora of fries to choose from. Johnny Rockets allows you to create your own masterpiece burger with whatever you like on it. These eateries all welcome your dog to enjoy a meal with you on their outdoor patios.
The Caballero Canyon Trail is a pawsome spot to take your dog for an amazing outdoor hike. Located right next door to Encino in Tarzana, you and Fido won’t have to travel too far to enjoy it. The hike is 3.4-miles round trip with an elevation of 625 feet, and will take you on the north side of the Santa Monica Mountains. This is a nice and easy hike that's perfect if you’re a beginner. Make sure to bring plenty of water for Fido to stay hydrated, and your own clean-up bags. Also, watch out for snakes, hawks, and coyotes when exploring this trail as this is their natural home.
The Franklin Canyon Lake Loop and Chaparral Trail are located about nine miles out of Encino in Beverly Hills, but is well worth the trip for a great hike. Franklin Canyon Park offers 605-acres, and the trail is 3.2-miles round trip with an elevation gain of 600 feet. The hike will give you beautiful views of Franklin Canyon that will take your breath away. Be sure to bring water for your dog to drink and clean up bags. While hiking the trail, keep an eye out for wild animals that may be living there and could be a threat to the two of you.