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Raleigh, NC, 27612

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Raleigh, NC, 27615

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Raleigh, NC, 27612

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Raleigh, NC, 27616

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Raleigh, NC, 27603

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Raleigh, NC, 27607

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Raleigh, NC, 27610

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Raleigh, NC, 27613

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Why book a dog walker in Raleigh?

Raleigh, NC has plenty of "pawesome" places for your pup to explore, and booking a walk through Wag! is the easiest way to let them get out to sniff, scratch, and spot squirrels. Local dog walkers all over the Raleigh, NC are vetted by Wag! and ready to pick up your pooch for a stroll around the neighborhood. Many Raleigh, NC parks are dog-friendly and have plenty of space for your pup to get their steps in. Whether you're stuck at work or out on your own adventure, book a trusted dog walker to keep your pup happy and healthy.

The best dog friendly neighborhoods in Raleigh

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Northwest Raleigh

Northwest Raleigh is a puptastic, dog-friendly neighborhood in Raleigh, NC. Dog owners and their dogs love visiting the popular Great Outdoor Provision Co., where dog owners can enjoy shopping for hiking gear, camping gear, sporting goods, and more with their leashed pooch.聽

There are also many dog-friendly places to eat in Northwest Raleigh. Right up the road from Great Outdoor Provision Co. is Sugarland, where there鈥檚 plenty of dog-friendly outdoor seating and yummy, sweet-tooth-satisfying dishes. In fact, Sugarland is known as the most popular bakery in North Carolina.聽

If you鈥檙e looking for a different dining option, check out the Village Draft House. There are 100 beers on tap, a great food menu, and dogs are allowed in the outdoor seating area.

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North Raleigh

The North area of Raleigh is a super dog friendly place to visit or live. If you believe that 鈥渞escued is the best breed鈥, then you鈥檒l love the feel of this area in Raleigh.聽There is also a totally pawsome dog park here.聽

The Millbrook Exchange Dog Park has three--count 鈥榚m, three-- separate fenced in areas. So, regardless of how 鈥渟killed鈥 your pup is when it comes to dog parks -- they will find the right area for them!聽

Your pooch can also run off some nighttime energy since the park is lighted at night. There is also a double gated picnic area where you are your pooch can enjoy a picnic between playing. In April, the park is also the host for the annual, dog-friendly Bark in The Park event.

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Mordecai

Mordecai is a Raleigh neighborhood that is often recommended when dog owners seek advice on areas that are considered dog-friendly. You should expect your pup to get a pat on the head at least two or three times during your walks in this Raleigh neighborhood.聽

Locals also constantly rave about the annual Cause for Paws Pup Crawl. This dog-friendly, annual event is held every June and benefits some great pup causes! Plus, it鈥檚 a great way to mingle with your neighbors and their dogs. Just think: possible future puppy playdates!聽

Local dog owners often gather at a popular Mordecai restaurant as well. The dog-friendly The Station at Person St. is a popular choice when it comes to getting a bite to eat in the area.

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Five Points

When moving to Raleigh, many people often seek out the Five Points neighborhood, thanks to all the good things residents have to say about it. 聽Five Points is a popular, dog-friendly neighborhood where you will find parks throughout, as well as in surrounding neighborhoods. Almost anytime you visit one of these parks you will be greeted with a friendly tail wag.聽

Many of the popular local dining establishments also offer dog-friendly seating. Do you enjoy the modern feel when you鈥檙e out grabbing something to eat? Then you must check out the dog-friendly NOFO Cafe. This award-winning cafe offers outdoor seating for your dog, but the best part is that you and your dog can enjoy a meal. There鈥檚 no question as to why dog owners moving to Raleigh show interest in the Five Points neighborhood.

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Central Raleigh

Let鈥檚 be real. What dog isn鈥檛 a foodie?! If you and your pup love food, you will love the Central area of Raleigh. There are many popular spots that are super dog-friendly. In fact, most of them are happy to cater to your pup, too.聽

You and your dog will love the tail waggin鈥 time you will have a popular dining spots such as Raleigh Times Bar, Sitti, and Remedy Diner.聽

Make sure you also find time in September for the annual Pints 4 Paws, a dog friendly event that supports Cause for Paws in NC. There is beer, raffle prizes, and a good time for you and your four-legged friend. If you鈥檙e looking for good, dog-friendly food and a good time, you will definitely want to visit the Central area of Raleigh.

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There鈥檚 no shortage of dog-friendly places and activities in Raleigh. Here鈥檚 where you can take your four-legged BFF in the City of Oaks!


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Dog-friendly event in Raleigh

Barks 鈥榥 Brew

Barks 鈥榥 Brews is an annual Halloween party hosted by Raleigh Brewing Company and Second Chance Pet Adoptions. This free event is open to two- and four-legged attendees, so come one, come all! Pet parents can enjoy beer and food trucks, and pick up some swag for their furbabies from pet vendors. There鈥檚 also a Howl-o-ween costume contest where the best-dressed pups can win prizes. Humans are encouraged to come in costume too, but all prizes go to the dogs (literally).聽

Barks 鈥榥 Brews聽is happening on October 29, 2023 from 1 PM to 4 PM at Raleigh Brewing Company. A percentage of beer sales from the event will be donated to Second Chance, which will be on-site with some adoptable pups.聽



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Dog-friendly bars in Raleigh

Here are just a few of the many聽watering holes in Raleigh聽that welcome dogs!

Raleigh Beer Garden

With almost 400 beers on tap, this beer garden in Glenwood South is a favorite haunt of beer lovers. Dogs love to tag along here too鈥攆urry friends are not just allowed on the patio (which has heaters for cold days), but they also have their own menu, which includes bacon and puppy patties.

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Located in an old newspaper building, this Downtown bar is known for its local craft beers and Belgian beers. They also have a food menu with gluten-free and vegetarian options. Four-legged patrons can hang out with their human companions on the curbside patio.

Tap Yard

This 1-acre beer garden just outside of Downtown Raleigh features 16 craft beers on tap plus a full menu of spirits, cocktails, and non-alcoholic drinks. Speaking of non-alcoholic drinks, they even have聽dog beer聽for canine customers! Pups can join their people both indoors and out.聽



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Dog-friendly activities in Raleigh聽

What are some activities you can enjoy with your pooch in the City of Oaks?

Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park

There鈥檚 plenty to do for both human and canine visitors at the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park. This 164-acre outdoor sculpture park at the North Carolina Museum of Art features more than 30 art installations, 4.7 miles of trails, landscapes, gardens, and a pond. It鈥檚 hard to cover everything in one day, but good thing it's free!聽

Historic Oak View County Park

Step back in time with your pup and see what life was like in 19th century North Carolina at a former antebellum plantation. This historic site is home to farm buildings and structures, gardens and orchards, and hiking trails鈥攊t鈥檚 a great spot to spend a relaxing and educational afternoon with your dog!聽

Lafayette Village

Shop and dine with your pup in tow at this European-themed shopping center. Furry friends are allowed in most stores, and there are paved walkways and green space for your pooch to explore. This outdoor mall also has a dog spa and hosts dog-friendly events regularly!

Raleigh Night Market

The Raleigh Night Market is back for the fall and winter at City Market. Enjoy live music and entertainment as you discover local goods, food, and drinks by Triangle area artisans and vendors. Dogs are welcome so you don鈥檛 have to leave your best friend at home!



Dog-friendly trails in Raleigh

Get your steps in with your pup at these Raleigh trails!

Neuse River off the Neuse River Greenway Trail, Raleigh, NC

Neuse River Greenway Trail

This uninterrupted paved trail along the Neuse River stretches 34.5 miles from North Raleigh to Southeast Raleigh. In addition to offering scenic views of the water, it passes by historic sites, wetlands, and agricultural fields. The聽Neuse River Greenway Trail聽mostly steers clear of commercial areas, but there are lots of benches and shaded spots along the way.

Sal鈥檚 Branch Trail

Sal鈥檚 Branch Trail聽is one of the many trails in the William B. Umstead State Park. A favorite among locals, this easy to moderate 2.8-mile loop will take you and your pup through the woods and to Big Lake. This trail is hiking only and is good to visit any time of year.聽


View of Shelly Lake from the Shelly Lake Trail, Raleigh, NC

Shelley Lake Trail

The聽Shelley Lake Trail聽is an easy, paved trail that goes around Shelley Lake in Shelley Lake Park. Along the way, you and your canine companion will be met with beautiful views and possibly wildlife. The entire loop is just 2 miles, but it connects to the city's greenway system so you have the option to make it a longer walk.



Evening skyline of Raleigh, NC

Animal rescue spotlight in Raleigh

Cause for Paws of North Carolina聽

Cause for Paws is dedicated to protecting, nurturing, and finding homes for animals in need in North Carolina. The nonprofit has been saving animals since 2005 and is known for being the rescue that鈥檚 willing to take on the most difficult cases, including those with higher medical needs. Another thing that makes CFP unique is that it runs two thrift stores to not only care for its animals, but also to create jobs in the community and help the environment.聽

While CFP is not a shelter, it provides a safe haven for unwanted cats and dogs until they鈥檙e adopted. Cats are housed in the thrift stores in North and South Raleigh, while dogs stay in private foster homes around the Triangle. To see the animals available for adoption, visit the Cause for Paws聽website,聽Facebook, or聽Instagram!


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