With a large pet population and an abundance of local businesses and attractions, Pleasanton, California is an exceptionally pet-friendly city. Whether you want a night on the town or a walk in the park, Pleasanton can accommodate both humans and four-legged friends.
For dining options, many Pleasanton restaurants offer outdoor seating for leashed dogs. Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar is a local favorite – try the Cajun fries or Hawaiian sticky ribs. Or for fresh tapas, take a walk down to Sabio on Main. Cellar Door Wine Bar, Lokanta, and Nonni’s Bistro are some other choices if you’re in the mood to bring Fido during lunch or dinner.
As for dog parks in the area, try the Muirwood Community Dog Park, which offers doggie bags and a water station. The shady trees lining the park can keep your dog cool from the hot California sun. If you’re looking for something with more space, why not try the Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park? This park offers on-leash hiking trails and off-leash undeveloped areas for adventurous pooches.
If you’re visiting the area from out of town, there are many options for lodging, such as the Sheraton Pleasanton Hotel, which charges no additional pet fee. Motel 6 also does not charge an additional fee. Other choices include the Doubletree, TriValley Inn & Suites, Extended Stay America, and Hyatt House. There’s no shortage of things to do along with your furry friend in the Pleasanton area!
Thanks to a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, Shadow Cliffs Regional Park is one of the nicest spots in the area. It wasn’t always so beautiful, though. Shadow Cliffs was once a gravel quarry. Now, it’s a prime spot for all things water. Swimming and boating are allowed in the main 80-acre lake that sits on the 266-acre property, only about a mile from downtown Pleasanton. Boats with electric motors under 17 feet are permitted to launch. Jet skis are not allowed, but no worries! Dogs can’t ride jet skis anyway. But, they do enjoy fishing and swimming. This park is stocked with catfish and trout weekly, and bluegill and bass are also commonly caught. There’s no way to know for sure which fish is a dog’s favorite, but our money’s on catfish. If your pups should take to the sport, look out for fishing derbies. We’re sure they’d love it! Dogs are allowed off-leash 100 ft from trails and at the dog beach area of the lake.
Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park is a 5,271-acre park in Sunol with views of Livermore Valley. Leashed dogs are welcome to accompany their humans for a day of trekking. Start at Foothill Road and choose a trail, while keeping an eye out for other hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. Some trails are exposed to bright sunlight, which is great for when it’s cold in the winter. If you’re looking for shade in the heat of summer, perhaps follow Sinbad Creek Trail. It’s cool and covered by trees. While dogs are supposed to wear leashes on the trail, they may be off leash if they are obedient to their humans in remote areas. When you reach the ridge top at over 1,600 feet, stop for a selfie. You won’t want to forget this view! Be sure to clean up any waste left behind by your dog and pack it out to dispose at a trash can.
The Dougherty Hills Dog Park in Dublin, California is a unique creative space. Livened up by sculptural installations by artist Michele Alcantara, this dog park unites doggie play time and art into one neat experience. The sculptures take their shapes from cats, dogs, and icons from the world of pets: bones, fire hydrants, and toys. While humans will enjoy admiring the artwork, dogs will certainly appreciate agility equipment, drinking fountains, and being separated by size in large dog and small dog areas. No one wants to play with someone five times their size, right? Humans are welcome to sit on park benches as long as they agree to pick up pet waste while enjoying the park.
On the northeast side of Pleasanton in Livermore, you’ll find a cool spot called Eight Bridges Brewing Co. It’s special because dogs are allowed both inside and out of the brewery. Taste housemade beers while you and your fur baby enjoy a snack (you’ll have to bring your own as they don’t serve food). If you’re looking to make a Saturday of it, head up Doolan Rd in the morning to hike at Doolan Canyon Preserve. When you’re tired and sweaty, head back down to Eight Bridges for a beer and big bowl of water. This brewery is very close to the Livermore Airport, making it a great place to stop after picking up your parents at the airport. Your dog won’t have to stay home and miss greeting their grandparents! Look out for games, live music, and events.