Despite its name, West L.A. is nowhere near the westernmost part of the city. Instead, it is a quiet urban neighborhood of cottage-style residences and multi-family apartment complexes. But there is so much more to the area than a trendy yet inauspicious residential neighborhood. Here, you will find several "indie" theaters, a host of incredible vintage diners, and one of the most popular culinary neighborhoods in the city.
No matter what you're into, you can find it here. There is an amazing selection of shops and stores to visit as well as pet supply stores and dog parks within driving distance. West LA is a thriving community and the perfect place to raise a family.
Winters are quite pleasant here with temperatures hovering around the 50s and a little rain from time to time. Summers here are glorious with temperatures in the 80s and 90s and virtually no sign of rain to be seen.
West L.A. is an urban area and, as you might expect, most of what you will find for you and Fido to walk on is pavement. Some of the residential areas do have wide grass berms for Fido to walk on along with the concrete sidewalks you will be using. In the residential areas, there are plenty of sidewalks to utilize.
The only thing you need to do is to figure out as many different routes as you can. This will help keep the walks refreshing and exciting. Remember that Fido sees as much with their nose as they do with their eyes. The harder you work to keep things interesting, the happier Fido will be to go walking with you.
Do keep in mind that during the summer months, the pavement can get hot enough to cause discomfort and burns to sensitive puppy paws. Take extra caution in the heat to avoid any injury.
West L.A. is devoid of anything in the way of green space. However, you are close to the Los Angeles Veteran's Park where there are trails and plenty of grass for the two of you to walk and play on.
If you and Fido want something a lot more challenging in the way of hiking, then you need to cruise north to the Westridge-Canyonback Park in the Santa Monica Mountains. The park covers 1,500 acres and is part of the "Big Wild" urban wilderness park that covers over 20,000 acres. It is safe for you to walk alone with Fido and offers some absolutely stunning views of the city and the mountains. This is a fantastic place to go walking and let Fido run around off-leash. The only things you have to do is keep an eye out for the mountain bikers and make sure you clean up after any messes your pup leaves behind.