Lawton Park is on the north side of the much larger Magnolia neighborhood. While part of the Seattle urban core, its location on a peninsula to the northwest of the downtown area does a lot to take away the sting of being part of an urban city. With its almost suburban feel, this neighbor benefits greatly from access to several natural areas that takes it out of the congested flow of traffic entering in and out of Seattle.
The closest pet stores and grooming shops for your pup are on the south side of Magnolia Hill which is only a few minutes away. There are a couple of corner stores and restaurants, but beyond that, most commercial businesses are service oriented rather than retail.
Weather in Seattle is mild, although rain and wind are common enough to be an occasional barrier. Cold temperatures and snow are rare and only once every few years does it snow enough to make it not possible to walk.
Situated on Magnolia Hill, you can expect lots of changes in elevation in Lawton Park. Some of the hills through here can be quite challenging which is great if you and your pup are really into exercising, but can be intimidating if you are just starting out. There are a few areas where the terrain evens out.
The presence of a large park, however, might make this unnecessary, provided you live close enough to the park to take advantage of it. The streets in this neighborhood have sidewalks and many of them have generous shoulders with grass and trees that your pup will enjoy exploring.
Lawton Park is out of the way enough that it should allow for some quiet walks with not a lot of traffic to wait for, but the park is one of the most popular in the city, so you may find that the roads leading to it may be more congested.
At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in Seattle and is located inside the bounds of Lawton Park. It features miles of trails for hiking through natural vistas, magnificent views over the Magnolia Bluff of the Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, and a number of different types of ecosystems. You can walk to the park from most of the neighborhood or you can take your car.
There is also Commodore Park which offers a green space, but it also offers access to the Ballard Locks as well. On the other side of the locks is another park and access to the Burke Gilman Trail, a 27-mile trail system that goes west towards the Puget Sound and east towards Lake Washington.
Other parks of interest include Kiwanis Memorial Preserve Park with trails through a wooded ravine, Lawton Park with lots of grass and wooded paths to explore, and Magnolia Manor Park which features an off-leash area.