This is a bit different from the other dog parks you'll see on this website, but then again, Carmel-by-the-Sea (the town's official name) is a bit different from most other towns. As the name suggests, Carmel, California is right on the Pacific Ocean. The town was founded as an artist's colony, and still has a lot of people who have devoted their lives to creativity.
The town is small and secluded, but it isn't exclusive. People in town are friendly and out-going, and the town is known for its gorgeous views, its bohemian atmosphere, and its dog-friendly attitude. Carmel, like many other beautiful seaside towns, has very nice stores and restaurants. Your dog won't be allowed in all of them, but your puppy will be welcome in more establishments than you might think.
You can get a real sense of just how many places your dog will be welcome by taking a walking tour. Accompanied by your best friend, of course. Carmel Walks gives walking tours of the town for you and your dog. When you go on a walking tour with Carmel Walks, you will be taken to parts of Carmel that tourists don't usually see, such as hidden pathways, tiny, perfect gardens, and secret courtyards.
You'll see the beautiful little houses that look like the kind of cottages that are only found in storybooks, and you'll get to hear the kind of stories that you won't find in the guidebooks. The best part is that you will get to do all of this with your dog. Carmel may be very dog-friendly, but you will still need to bring proper supplies for your puppy on the tour.
Make sure you have extra poop bags (you can never have too many, after all), and water. Because the weather in Carmel can be unpredictable, you may want to bring rain gear. Carmel Walks gives tours Tuesday through Friday at 10:00 AM and on Saturday at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The walking tours last for about two hours. Tours are not available on Sunday and Monday.