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Dog Areas in Orange County

Orange County is known around the world for its sun, surf and laid back SoCal atmosphere. With attractions such as Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and miles of Pacific Coast beach, it’s no wonder Orange County sees millions of visitors each year. Fur-tunately, the OC is extremely pet friendly, so your canine companion can also enjoy this sunny destination.

Orange County has plenty of pet friendly shopping, so leash up your pup and head out for a day of retail therapy. Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum both have a variety of stores that welcome four legged shoppers. Be sure to stop by the pet boutiques and peruse the selection of dog accessories, supplies and treats.

A trip to the beach is a must when visiting Orange County. Although dogs need to be leashed on most beaches, they can let loose in the waves at Huntington Beach’s Dog Beach.  There are also several dog friendly parks in the area with miles of trails to follow. For starters, check out Laguna Niguel Regional Park, Gum Grove Park and Heisler Park.

Whatever you choose to do, there’s no question that this coastal hotspot is an ideal place to soak up some rays while spending some quality time with your pooch.  

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Orange County

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    Population Density 6,000/sq mi

    #1 Huntington Beach

    Nestled conveniently between San Diego and Los Angeles, Huntington Beach is a thriving Orange County, California neighborhood known for its laid-back style of living.  As with most of Southern California, Huntington Beach is known for being a dog friendly locale.  Huntington Dog Beach is an off leash, dog friendly stretch of surf and sand where owners can let Fido soak up the sun and play in the waves.  Dogs from all over the world come to Huntington Beach to play catch, socialize, and enjoy some pawsitive doggy interactions in the beautiful California Sun.  Whether just visiting or a CA native, Huntington Beach is a dog lover’s dream destination.
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  2. Dog Parks 4
    Population Density 4,000/sq mi
    Known for its laid-back culture and thriving beach culture, Orange County, California’s Newport Beach is the destination for individuals, families and pet lovers alike.  The downtown shopping scene in Newport Beach is extremely pet friendly with a variety of businesses offering a bowl of water, quick snack, or dog friendly patio dining.  For those looking for a bit of adventure, the Fun Zone Boat Company offers Southern California coastline tours and is completely canine friendly.  Watch the seals frolic in the waves with Fido by your side and have comfort that you won’t be leaving your four-legged family member out of all the fun and entertainment that Orange County, CA has to offer.
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  3. Dog Parks 7
    Population Density 3,200/sq mi

    #3 Irvine

    Irvine is a popular neighborhood located in the heart of Orange County, CA.  From some of the largest outdoors shopping venues to a variety of entertainment options, Irvine is well known for being a dog friendly area.  Peters Canyon Wash Trail is the perfect place to stay active and take in a little outdoor adventure with your four-legged family member.  Well known for its hiking areas, the Santa Fe and Woodbridge Trails also originate in the Irvine neighborhood.  You and your pooch can enjoy a leisurely day outdoors or perhaps a picnic al fresco to take advantage of California’s temperate year-round weather.
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    Population Density 2,700/sq mi

    #4 Laguna Beach


    Orange County, California is known for its beach culture, but few can rival the diversity of plants and ecosystems like Laguna Beach.  You and your dog will enjoy a leisurely hike through the Niguel Botanical Preserve.  Through 18 acres, trails will lead you to a variety of bird, insect and native plant life.  The best part is that the preserve is completely dog friendly, opening up hours of enjoyment for you and your canine companions.  For some good old doggie socialization, the Laguna Beach Dog Park offers “pawsitive” experiences for both you and your pet.  Whether out in the wild or enjoying time with doggie friends, Laguna Beach has a variety of areas to explore for both you and your dog.

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    Population Density 1,200/sq mi

    #5 Dana Point

    Renowned for its surfing culture, the Dana Point Neighborhood of Orange County, CA has a variety of activities sure to entertain both you and your four-legged companion.  The San Juan Creek Trail originates in Dana Point and makes for the perfect day trip for you and your canine.  Easy access parking to trailheads ensures you can get on your way quickly and smoothly.  The Salt Creek Trail is another accessible and attractive hiking and outdoor activity spot, while the shops in downtown Dana Point include a variety of pooch friendly options, sure to provide for hours of socialization and human and doggie entertainment.
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