There are few neighborhoods in Seattle that have as much happening in them as the University District. Not only is it home to one of the largest universities in the state, but it has a lively culture all of its own.
While the culture is partially driven by the students who go to school here, there are plenty of young professionals and others who move here just because of the unique atmosphere that permeates this neighborhood. A stroll down University Way will yield just about anything to drink or eat that you want. A large pet retailer provides access to everything your pup will need.
Seattle weather overall is quite mild. Snow is very rare and extreme temperatures are uncommon and usually only last for a few days. Pacific Storms can cause havoc for walkers and their pups with lots of rain and wind, but they pass fairly quickly, letting you and Raider get back to walking.
University District is one of the flatter neighborhoods in Seattle. It is not devoid of hills, but there are plenty of places to walk where you will not have to work overly hard if that is your wish. The area does tend to be congested, especially in the area around the university and along University Way where much of the commercial district lies. You can also expect a lot of congestion to the west and south.
To the north, there is a lot of student housing, but the streets are generally much quieter. Sidewalks are available through most of the University District but only some of the sidewalks have a shoulder that Raider can use to do their business. Expect that most of the streets will have a fair amount of traffic at times as this is an urban area, so you will need to be mindful when crossing streets.
The University District has a lot of little greenways interspersed throughout the neighborhood. Most of these greenways do not make for places to walk, but they are great for allowing your pup a chance to sink their paws into the grass or explore.
The 17th Avenue Northeast Centerstrip is an alternative for dog walkers who might want a place to walk in the grass. If you are looking for a long walk, the Burke Gilman Trail runs down along the south end of the University of Washington heading west on one side and north on the other. The trail intersects with other trails, allowing you to go miles in either direction.
Finally, at the north boundary of the University District is the Cowen-Ravenna Park. 50 acres total, it runs along the creek bed and is a little taste of nature in an urban area. There are trails running throughout the park, many of which are unpaved.