Downtown, Los Angeles is a hustling and bustling district of the world-famous Californian city. It is the business district and is home to a number of high rise commercial buildings, residential apartment blocks, and shopping malls. It is home to 58,000 people but offers more than half a million jobs and deals with a large amount of commuter traffic.
There is a vast array of pet services in the area providing everything from simple pet stores to veterinary medicine. On Hope St., you have a pet supply store, offering a vast array of products from food and toys to grooming products. On South Los Angeles Street near Little Tokyo, you have Little Tokyo Animal Hospital if your pooch is feeling under the weather. There are a number of other supply and specialty stores to look into if you're feeling like spending a little bit more of your money on your canine companion.
Los Angeles as a whole is a mixture of both flat and hilly terrain. Downtown LA makes up the eastern tip of the Santa Monica Mountains and can be quite steep in places. LA can also get incredibly hot during the summer months and even during other periods, so for this reason, it is recommended that you bring plenty of water for your outings.
You should also wear appropriate shoes if you’re planning a longer route. If your pup has a thick coat, do not take him out for walks between the hours of 11am-3pm on a hot day. This could cause him to overheat or dehydrate since dogs don’t cool down in the same way as humans do.
As one of the busiest parts of the city, Downtown LA is mostly made up of a built up environment. There is pretty much no area that is left in its natural state, so most of your walks will consist of sidewalks and on-the-leash walking.
There aren’t many large greenways in Downtown LA because this is one of the city’s major hubs. Most of the parks on offer are small curated gardens. However, just to the north, you have Vista Hermosa Natural Park and Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority which hosts a wealth of trails, fields, and picnic areas. This is a great place to take your dog if you’re wanting an opportunity to let him off the leash. There are no cars in this area, making it ideal for allowing his roaming instincts to run wild.
To the east, you have Pico Gardens which is home to Hollenbeck Park. This is another large grassy area that has a huge lake. It’s a great place to walk around if you fancy a waterside stroll. Grand Park is another grassy area near Little Tokyo. While not the largest of fields, it does provide a little open space if you need something in the area.