Pet owners will find a pet supply store on El Cajon Boulevard just east of El Cerrito that they can walk to with their pup to shop for supplies, toys, and treats, and there are two veterinary services in the area: Colina Veterinary Hospital and College Animal Hospital.
San Diego enjoys warm, walkable weather most of the year with sub-freezing temperatures being exceedingly rare. Sunny skies are the norm, but overcast rainy and foggy days can occur in the winter and spring.
The neighborhood has a suburban-like feel with heavy landscaping and beautiful yards and gardens. Homes feature a variety of architectural styles and are predominantly single-family homes. The name El Cerrito means “little hill,” and the community is named for the hill on which it is situated. When walking with your dog, you will experience some inclines, although most are not steep. Homes often back on to rear lanes and alleys, and there are sidewalks along residential streets providing separate safe walkways for people and pets. There is some heavier traffic around commercial corridors and you should keep your dog securely leashed in these areas.
El Cerrito has a natural green space on its north side which extends along the border and sends canyon “fingers” into the residential areas. Trails in the Baja Canyon are dirt surfaced and can be affected by wet weather. The waterway in the canyon can flood and become dangerous, so use caution on muddy trails and near swollen creeks. Keep your dog securely leashed to avoid runaways or run-ins with local wildlife.
El Cerrito area schools have sports fields and facilities providing green space in the community that dog walkers and their pets can visit during off-hours.
The Colina del Sol Park is located just across the western border of El Cerrito. This large neighborhood park has recreational facilities and fields, including a basketball court, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a playground, and a gymnasium. Grassy fields and trees with a paved walking path nearby make this a nice place for a stroll with your dog.