9 Summer Essentials to Keep Dogs Cool

The dog days of summer are right around the corner, and that means spending spending all day outside with your pooch. From dog cooling mats to hydrating dog toys, these summer must-haves will keep your pup having fun in the sun for longer.

1. TechNiche Cooling Dog Coat

A German Shepherd Runs While Wearing the TechNiche Cooling Dog Coat.

“I’ll admit it. I have a vest-ed interest in this company!” – Photo by Facebook.com/TechNicheInternational

Have you ever thought it would make your dog’s life a lot easier if she could sweat? Available in a range of sizes, the TechNiche Cooling Dog Coat will give your dog the perspire she desires. The fabric is designed to work with her natural cooling process to create a “sweat-like” system and evaporate water on the jacket when it gets hot. All you need to do is soak it in water for a couple of minutes before putting it on.

TechNiche Cooling Dog Coat is $32.87 on Chewy.

2. KONG Aqua Dog Toy

A German Shepherd plays with a KONG Aqua toy.

“Maybe next time don’t throw it THAT far.” – Photo by Amazon

When it comes to dog toys, KONG is one of the big boys. The “pupular” brand provides playthings for every occasion, including lake days. KONG Aqua Dog Toy gives Fido the chance to play fetch out on the water. Swing it, fling it and watch him bring it back to shore. The durable rope makes it great for tug of war and helps humans throw it farther than ever before.

KONG Aqua Dog Toy is $15.99 on Amazon.

3. Jasonwell Foldable Pool

A Husky enjoys his dog pool.

“I swear I’m loving this.” – Photo by @nukas_resilientpack

While a pool in the backyard might be a pipe dream for you, installing one for Fido doesn’t have to be. In fact, Jasonwell Foldable Pool allows you to place one wherever you are, thanks to its easy-to-use foldable design. This portable pool is ideal for dogs on the move who love to splash and play in the water. The best part is that it doesn’t require inflation and it’s made of extra-tough PVC to prevent scratches.

Jasonwell Foldable Pool is $29.99 on Amazon.

4. Superjare Outdoor Dog Bed

A dog enjoys his elevated and shaded dog bed.

“This bed lifts my spirits.” – Photo by @findlay_hayden_bc

Playing outside is overrated. Laying outside is where it’s at. With the easy-to-install Superjare Outdoor Dog Bed, your pooch can hang out with you all day, even if there isn’t a cloud in the sky. The two biggest ways a dog bed gets hot on sunny days is exposure to direct sunlight from above and the ground overheating below. This one is raised and has a canopy, protecting from both of these heat sources. It’s also made from breathable fabric, which will keep your canine comfy.

Superjare Outdoor Dog Bed is $73.99 on Amazon.

5. Pikolai Outdoor Water Dispenser

A Retreiver Steps on the Pikolai Outdoor Water Dispenser to Drink Water.

“Oh, this is what you mean by step on it!” – Photo by Amazon

If your dog wants to stay and play outside in the sun, how do you make sure she keeps hydrated? It won’t take long for a bowl of water to become contaminated with hair, mud and creepy crawlies. Pikolai Outdoor Water Dispenser solves the problem by giving pups access to fresh water at the paw of a button. Simply connect the split-adapter to your hose, and your pooch can quench her thirst whenever she likes.

Pikolai Outdoor Water Dispenser is $51.99 on Amazon.

6. All For Paws Chill Out Ice Bandana

A dog wears an ice bandana to beat the summer heat.

“Ice, ice, baby.” – Photo by @sprockettdogs

Similar to a dog cooling vest, this ice bandana is a great accessory for pups who love to sunbathe. Fit the bandana to your furry friend, remove it, run it under water, and place it in the freezer for a few hours (around a frozen item like an ice cream tub to keep its shape). And voila, you’ll be left with a super-chill, comfortable and wearable canine ice pack.

All For Paws Chill Out Ice Bandana starts at $8.49 on Amazon.

7. Happy Hours Dog Hat

A dog wears her dog hat while playing outside.

“Hats off? I think you mean hats on!” – Photo by Amazon

From droopy sun hats in Renaissance paintings to cowboy hats of the Old West, shady headwear has been utilized by humans for sun protection for centuries, so why not protect our dog’s faces in the same way? Happy Hours Dog Hat is a baseball cap with ear holes that welcome even the pointiest of ears to protrude comfortably, and a strap underneath that keeps it safe and secure on the head of active pups all day long.

Happy Hours Dog Hat is $8.29 on Amazon.

8. My Dog Nose It! Sun Protection Balm

Dogs Looks at Woman's Hand Holding a Pot of My Dog Nose It! Sun Protection Balm.

“Dogs burn too, y’all!” – Photo by @shuffle_all

Every dog is susceptible to sunburn. Even the hairiest of hounds have vulnerable areas with less of a covering. My Dog Nose It! Sun Protection Balm can help keep your dog safe without the toxic ingredients found in certain human sunscreens. You can use it on your pup’s nose, ears and other exposed areas to protect, soothe and heal by adding moisture. Pair it with a dog coat and body spray to disperse the protectant evenly across your pup.

My Dog Nose It! Sun Protection Balm is $12.94 on Chewy.

9. K&H Pet Products Coolin’ Comfort Bed

Retriever Receives Pets on a Blue K&H Pet Products Coolin' Comfort Bed.

“Cool bed, right?” – Photo by @adventures_of_flerken

Dogs who suffer from excessive panting on hot days need somewhere to lay that helps, rather than overheating them even more. Just add water to the K&H Coolin’ Comfort Bed, and your pooch will have somewhere icy-cold to hang out for hours. The orthopedic core makes it great for dogs of all ages, shapes and needs.

K&H Pet Products Coolin’ Comfort Bed is $46.64 on Amazon.

This post from BringFido originally appeared as 9 Summer Essentials to Keep Dogs Cool.

Route 66: A Pet-Friendly Road Trip

Upon completion in 1938, Route 66 spanned 2,400 miles, passed through eight states and three time zones, and connected urban and rural destinations from Chicago to LA. Unfortunately, the days for the “Mother Road” were numbered. After the introduction of new highways across the country, the legendary road was finally decommissioned. Nowadays, the remaining sections of Route 66 and the iconic attractions along the way are the ideal setting for your pooch’s very own classic American road trip.

Illinois

A White Dog Stands at the Historic Route 66 Sign in Pet-Friendly Illinois.

“I got my kicks on Route 66!” – Photo by @hhanreck

Route 66 begins at Grant Park in Chicago, where you and Fido can explore the dog park before putting the keys in the ignition. The Chicago section of the road is lined with murals and untouched historic gas stations. In nearby Collinsville, the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle is the first of many oddities you’ll see along the way. For a break from the road and some gorgeous hiking opportunities, stop at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, a former ammunition factory during World War Two and the Vietnam Conflict. Bullets are no longer made here; instead, the whole area has been converted into a 7000-acre tall grass preservation with 20 miles of pet-friendly trails.

Back in its heyday, drive-in movie theaters were packed every night along the Mother Road. Litchfield Sky View Drive-In is featured in the Route 66 Hall of Fame and is the last remaining drive-in on the highway in Illinois. After the credits start to roll, you can hang your hat for the night at one of Litchfield’s pet-friendly hotels.

Missouri

A White Dog Sits in Front of the Arch at Pet-Friendly Gateway Arch National Park.

“This thing is my arch-nemesis.” – Photo by @thegoldenretrieverotis

Home to one million people along the Route 66 corridor, Missouri is the next state en route. Although not the capital, St. Louis is a major city in the Show-Me State. Take “paws” and pay Fido’s respects to 19th-century westward pioneers at Gateway Arch National Park on the banks of the Mississippi River. The world-famous arch, which celebrates the city’s role as the “Gateway to the West,” towers 630 feet into the sky and is a sight to behold. St. Louis Riverfront Trail is a pet-friendly paved pathway that covers just over 21 miles and provides great views of the monument.

After a day in Saint Louis, drive to nearby Cuba, MO, and spend the night at one of the state’s most popular attractions, The Wagon Wheel Motel. The 75-year-old structure has earned its place on the National Registry of Historic Places and offers a couple of pet-friendly rooms.

Before leaving Missouri, swing by Devil’s Elbow. The centerpiece is an old steel truss bridge that crosses the Big Piney River. Remnants of the popular pathway can be found throughout this area, including eerie old buildings that once thrived with tourists.

Kansas

A couple and their dog pose next to Cars On the Route in Kansas.

“I meet celebrities all the time.” – Photo by @raggyjo

Kansas has the shortest stretch of Route 66 of any state. The 13 miles that wind through the county of Galena are well preserved and still have a few whacky attractions that provide a great backdrop for photoshoots. Cars on the Route doesn’t allow canines inside to dine, but the outdoor area houses several “living” vehicles, including the mining boom truck that inspired the character “Tow Mater” in the Pixar movie “Cars.” Luckily, Old Riverton Store & Deli is just six minutes up the road. The classic grocer has been feeding locals and travelers since 1925. To this day, you can grab a delicious deli bite with your dog outside the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Spend the night at the Old Riverton Post B&B. Located just two blocks from the highway, this historic house was built in the late 1800s.

Oklahoma

Two Dogs Sit in Front of the Dog-Friendly Blue Whale of Catoosa.

“When you’ve seen one giant fake Blue Whale, you’ve seen them all!” – Photo by @sam_scicc

Cyrus Avery, the Godfather of Route 66, lived in Oklahoma and it’s where he first hatched his plan to construct it. The Oklahoman corridor is lined with gaudy roadside attractions and old-style vendors. Begin your tour at Commerce, OH, and the Hole in the Wall Conoco Station. This quirky filling station was built into a wall in the 1920s. Keep driving and you’ll end up at Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park, full of bright totem poles constructed by yet another quirky artist. You can explore the pet-friendly trail around the huge handmade sculptures with your pup for free. Half an hour away, you’ll arrive at one of the strangest anniversary gifts of all time, The Blue Whale of Catoosa. Hugh Davis built it in the early 1970s as a surprise for his whale-obsessed wife Zelta.

Sleep three minutes from your new friend the whale at this beautiful gingerbread house. Be careful not to shoot your pooch a grumpy glare when he steals your last bite of dinner here; you can still face jail time in Oklahoma for pulling a face at a canine!

Texas

Woman and Dog Stan in Front of the Historic Route 66 Sign in Pet-Friendly Amarillo.

“Is this the way to Amarillo?” – Photo by @sarac829

The Texas stretch of Route 66 goes through the panhandle for 179 miles, taking in 17 towns along the way. Fido’s first stop should be at the Leaning Water Tower in Groom. Not as widely known as the tower in Pisa, passersby often wondered how it got its lean. Was it lightning, an earthquake or a UFO crash? No, it was actually a marketing ploy by the owner to draw attention to his nearby truck stop. Half an hour from the tower, you’ll reach one the biggest towns en-route in Amarillo. Stop to check out your second oddity of the state, Cadillac Ranch. Forget about all the other fields you’ve seen with Cadillacs buried nose down in the mud, this totally Instagram-worthy roadside attraction is the original and was first installed in 1974.

After your pooch has left his mark at Cadillac Ranch, refuel at The Big Texan Steak Ranch and Brewery. Grab a seat in the pet-friendly beer garden and see if anybody can take on the 72oz steak challenge (humans only, Fido). Customers who eat the monster slab of meat in under an hour don’t have to pay a dime. Sleep off the meal at Texas Space, a bright blue house with an awesome balcony and a “mascot” by the name of Peabody. Fido will love getting to know the plastic moss-covered dog hiking his leg in the grass.

New Mexico

Two Woman and a Dog Pose for a Photo in the Middle of a Street in Pet-Friendly Santa Fe.

“Route 66 is for rebels like me.” – Photo by @overthemoonabovethemountain

Just as you’re starting to get used to the weird and wonderful sights of Texas, you’ll find yourself in New Mexico. Follow the brown road signs along the original 1926 section of the highway to downtown Santa Fe, which is easily worth exploring over a weekend. Next up is Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico, and a historic stay at a classic accommodation. El Rancho Hotel was popular during the glory days of Route 66 and was even favored by Hollywood superstars like John “Wagging” Wayne and Kirk “Dog-less” Douglas.

After a long drive, Fido can stretch his legs at El Morro National Monument. Dogs are welcome on the short trek to the monument and beyond to a view of Native American ruins and protected inscriptions that date back centuries.

Arizona

A Man and Dog Sit and Take in the View at the Pet-Friendly Bell Rock Vortex.

“What do you mean, ‘red rocks.’” – Photo by @official_hamlett

The I-40 was placed directly over Route 66 in parts of Arizona. If Fido can sniff it out, he’ll be rewarded with some of the longest sections of the old road sandwiched between the beautiful red rocky mountains and the Colorado River. Stop for a hike in Petrified Forest National Park, which leads to magnificent views of the surrounding area.

After your trek, refuel at La Posada Hotel. This eclectic inn is architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter’s southwestern masterpiece. Explore the gardens, gallery and museum with your leashed pup, just avoid the hotel cat. From here, head to Walnut Canyon National Monument, one of the few canyons in the country that allows pets. You and your pooch can descend down 185 feet of steps and check out 25 rooms that were built into the walls 700 years ago.

Follow up your hike with a gentle stroll on the Route 66 Trail in nearby Flagstaff and a stay at The Shop, a cabin with a hot tub and hammock.

California

Woman and Dog Look at a Retro Car at the Pet-Friendly Wigwam Motel.

“Waggin’ at the Wigwam!” – Photo by @anokiart

Your epic road trip ends in California, but there’s so much to see in the Golden State before you head home. Swing by Amboy Crater, an extinct volcano only 1.5 miles south of Route 66. Estimated to be 79,000 years old, the volcano last erupted 10,000 years ago. The drive to get there will take you through stunning scenery, and it’s a great place to visit at sunset. Neighboring Mojave National Preserve has sections that welcome dogs to roam off-leash as long as they are under voice control. For a taste of the Old West, bring your pooch to Calico Ghost Town. This old mining town is the ideal destination for furry ghost hunters to experience the “paw-ranormal.”

Hit the road again to San Bernardino and The Wigwam Motel, one of the last remaining lodgings of its type in the world. Stay together in one of the big concrete wigwam rooms before making your final journey on Route 66, which leads you right to the Pacific Ocean. Stroll along the pet-friendly boardwalk to Santa Monica Pier, where you’ll find a sign for the “End of the Trail.”

What a great adventure, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, another box ticked off Fido’s bucket list. Now all you have to do is drive home!

This post from BringFido originally appeared as Route 66: A Pet-Friendly Road Trip.

The 12 Most Pet-Friendly Cities in the U.S.

Welcome to the United States of America, where Fido can dream big. He’ll discover cities that welcome him from coast to coast and new experiences in every state, but some destinations stand out from the pack in the “Land of Paw-portunity.” From their delicious restaurants with unique dog menus to their off-leash play areas etched into the great American landscape, our favorite pet-friendly cities are a must-visit for all four-legged travelers.

1. Portland, OR

“One park down, 32 left to go!” – Photo by Roshelle

Portland has more dog parks per capita than any other city in the U.S., so you know “Paw-tlandians” are proud of their city’s pet-friendly status. Sellwood Riverfront Park is popular with canines who love water and getting sandy paws. Dogs who are more at home on the trails will find many options around the city. Forest Park is full of winding paths for leashed pups to enjoy, but the more adventurous outdoor lovers should fetch a map for Wildwood Trail. This moderate pathway spans 30 miles and will take a couple of days to complete. For more leisurely walks, there’s the vibrant and captivating International Rose Test Garden, home to 10,000 rose bushes. When it’s mealtime, stroll over to Tin Shed Garden Cafe, which boasts a dog menu featuring chicken, ground beef or pork mixed with rice or sweet potatoes, and peanut butter banana ice cream for dessert.

Turn up the heat at Dotty the House in SE Portland. During your stay, Fido can play in the fenced area while you sweat it out in the sauna or hot tub.

2. Asheville, NC

A Dog Stands in Front of Biltmore at Pet-Friendly Asheville.

“Biltmore? It’s pretty big already!” – Photo by Cheddar bacon cheese

Asheville is one of America’s hippest cities, boasting a thriving arts scene, live music venues and a walkable downtown full of quaint shops. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s also a desirable destination for dogs who love to hike. Stride out across 10 miles of varied trails through thick woodland at the North Carolina Arboretum. For more refined “aristo-dogs,” the historic Biltmore Estate just outside the city is home to 250 acres of pet-friendly landscaped gardens. You can get a different perspective of the estate from the water on a pet-friendly kayak trip with French Broad Outfitters. Among the quirky gift shops and stylish boutiques downtown, visitors will find a mouthwatering food scene. Posana serves up farm-to-table eats for all, including canines. Fido can sink his teeth into dog biscuit appetizers made in-house, local bison burgers for his main, and bacon-soy ice cream for dessert. After a day of shopping, spend a delightful afternoon with a good book and your pup by your side at Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar, or grab a craft beer at one of the many pet-friendly breweries around town.

Experience the natural beauty surrounding Asheville with a stay in this upscale cozy cabin, featured in our winter cabin roundup.

3. San Diego, CA

“Home time? It thought you said roam time!” – Photo by Michele Friszell Wells

San Diego has everything to attract road-tripping dogs and owners. The sprawling west coast city is packed full of pet-friendly beaches, parks and eateries. Two of BringFido’s favorite pet-friendly beaches on the West Coast are found in San Diego. Located within 15 minutes of one another, Original Dog Beach was one of the first off-leash beaches in the country, while Fiesta Island offers calm waters on the bayside and bigger surf on the beachside. You can explore the waters around Fiesta Island in a pet-friendly kayak provided by Aqua Adventures Kayaks & Paddleboards. After an active day, cool down with a cold one at San Diego’s only outdoor Beer Garden, Quartyard. Fido will be kept busy with sausages, a dog park and live music. If sausages don’t hit the spot, head over to Sally’s Fish House & Bar for a taster from Sally’s dog menu. Canine items include pupcakes, chicken and rice, crab cookies, and rawhide bones. Check out our Ruff Guide to San Diego for even more pet-friendly tips before you visit.

Rest up at this centrally located tiny home retreat. The artsy urban homestead is fenced-in and has an urban farm in the backyard.

4. Colorado Springs, CO

“Keep throwing it in the lake … it’s your car we’re driving home in!” – Photo by @colorado.aussie.tales

Positioned at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs’ idyllic location makes it an enticing destination for outbound hounds. Here you’ll find the world famous Garden of the Gods, which allows leashed pups to explore 21 miles of hiking trails around vibrant red rock formations. Well-behaved dogs will also want to visit Stratton Open Space, where they can swim off-leash in a lake and explore hiking trails if they’re under voice command. Elsewhere in the city, Pub Dog Colorado is the first and only dog-approved eatery and outdoor play park in the state. Let Fido romp around, grab a bite from the canine menu and dine indoors with you, or simply unwind after a long weekend of adventures.

Continue your escape to nature with a few nights at The Broadmoor. This 5-star hotel is located on the shores of Lake Cheyenne and offers furry guests treats, bowls and a pet bed.

5. Boston, MA

“We might be small, but we are strong!” – Photo by @jasperandfeeb

Boston is the historic center of New England. Founded in 1630 by “Paw-ritan” colonists from England, every street has a tale to tell, and thankfully Fido can share in the stories. The Freedom Trail will give you a basic rundown of the city’s history, but one of its many pet-friendly tours offers a bigger scoop. BHC Water Taxi also offers an affordable, heated and pet-friendly trip on the Charles River. Along the banks of the river lies one of the most popular pet-friendly walks in the city, The Esplanade. Dogs can pause for a picnic in luscious green surroundings and pay a visit to the Lotta Fountain for a refreshing bowl of water. Don’t forget to pay a visit to one of the dog-friendly breweries around the city, too.

Loews Boston Hotel is the place to be for four-legged travelers in Beantown. Pups receive a goodie bag upon arrival and can take an evening wander around nearby Boston Public Garden.

6. Austin, TX

“Please keep on the grass!” – Photo by @mavfromtopgun

Living by the slogan “Keep Austin Weird,” the natives of Texas’ capital are proud to be alternative. With a huge community of yoga lovers, including the world’s most-watched yoga instructor Adriene Mishler and her blue heeler Benji, the city is a great place to relax. Pooches who want to try a paw at the practice for themselves can pay a visit to Austin Doga. Fido can also enjoy a leisurely stroll in Zilker Botanical Gardens, a pet-friendly botanical garden on the Colorado River. The city is popular among foodies for its ever-expanding food truck scene, but a number of brick and mortar restaurants catch the eye, too. One thing that’s sure to turn Fido’s head is the smell of sausages. Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden has a fenced dog area and a special canine sausage just for him. For dessert, head over to Amy’s Ice Cream for a doggy yogurt with peanut butter, honey and bananas.

Practice mindfulness at this quiet refuge with a fenced yard. It may feel like a secluded escape, but it’s actually just minutes from all the action of downtown Austin.

7. Tampa, FL

“This is one long sidewalk!” – Photo by @theballadofbarkley

Tampa is famous for groovy neighborhoods full of delicious eateries and vast stretches of sandy beaches. Picnic Island Beach Dog Park combines the best bits of a dog park with a day at the beach. If Fido works up an appetite playing, he won’t have to trek far from downtown to locate a restaurant that goes all out for canine customers. The dog menu at Square 1 Burgers & Bar includes chicken patties served with steamed broccoli, ice water and a doggy treat. Before you head to the next pet-friendly city, take to the high seas for a view of Tampa’s beautiful skyline on a voyage with Shell Key Shuttle Sunset Cruises. Come for the sun, stay for the pet-friendly fun!

Shower your snowbird in treats at Westin Tampa Bay, where furry guests receive beds, bowls and sea views.

8. Salt Lake City, UT

A dog poses in front of the State Capitol in Salt Lake City.

“I don’t see a State Capitol!?” – Photo by @tanyahnt

In 1847, a group of Mormon pioneers (and their dogs) settled in Salt Lake Valley. From then on, Salt Lake City became the world headquarters for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The stunning architecture of Salt Lake Temple is a sight to behold, but there are also plenty of attractions for canine visitors. Wherever you are in the city, you’re never far from an epic pet-friendly hike. Responsive pups can run free on trails and dive into the creeks at Memory Grove Off Leash Area at Freedom Trail and Tanner Park. Your very own “Michael Yelps” can also practice swimming at Barley’s Canine Recreation Center. And don’t worry about missing out on the slopes while you’re here. Nearby Park City is home to Round Valley Ski Trails, which allows snow-dogs. Back in SLC, swing by Uinta Brewing Company and hang out on the fully fenced patio.

Located within walking distance to downtown and with easy access to the slopes and hiking trails, this “perfectly curated” home is a gem for two- and four-legged tourists looking to experience everything the city has to offer.

9. Phoenix, AZ

A Couple Walks Through a Cactus Garden in Pet-Friendly Phoenix.

“I tried to make friends with a plant, but he was too prickly!” – Photo by Facebook.com/visitphoenix

Phoenix has grown a lot since settlers began farming the land in the mid-19th century. Nowadays, the city is a sought-after desert destination. Give Fido a taste of life in the Wild West with a tour of Pioneer Living History Museum, which covers 90 acres of authentic buildings, historically accurate reproductions and costumed interpreters. Then head to Shaw Butte, which introduces canine visitors to the surrounding landscape. For that classic cactus shot for his instagram, take your pooch for a hike at South Mountain Park and Preserve. You’ll need frequent water breaks in Arizona’s warm climate, which is where O.H.S.O Eatery and Nanobrewery comes in handy. Dogs can refuel with homemade treats and rehydrate with a water bowl while overlooking a pretty canal from the patio. If you’re in the city during baseball season, don’t forget to check out the PetSmart Patio at Chase Field, home to the very dog-friendly Arizona Diamondbacks.

Reward your good boy with a stay at the Happy Hippie Dog House. The backyard is fenced, full of colorful agility equipment, and completely chemical-free.

10. Seattle, WA

“Take me back to the Emerald City!” – Photo by @dallasthebulldoginseattle

Bring your pooch to the birthplace of grunge, Frasier and, most importantly, the Starbucks Puppuccino. Seattle has many reasons to stamp its paw as a dog-friendly destination. Located a short drive from downtown, Warren G. Magnuson Park Off-Leash Dog Area is one of the most epic dog parks in the country. Seattleites flock to the fully fenced, 8.6-acre park to play on beaches and explore its diverse trails. Local treat vendor Seattle Barkery also rocks up at the park from time to time to supply handmade treats to four-legged tourists. Get a different perspective of the city from high above on a pet-friendly tour in a seaplane with Kenmore Air. Back on dry land, grab a treat at Fremont Brewing Company, which offers snacks for pups and delicious beers for humans.

Sleep in Seattle near the Starbucks flagship store in Pike Place Market at this gorgeous pet-friendly loft.

11. San Francisco, CA

Dogs Run on Baker Beach in Pet-Friendly San Francisco.

“Last one to the bridge loves cats!” – Photo by Joe Potato

Many of San Francisco’s most popular tourist attractions are pet-friendly. Its most recognizable landmark, The Golden Gate Bridge, allows dogs on the walkway from 5 p.m. until dusk everyday. But to see this amazing feat of engineering in all its glory, bring Fido to Baker Beach, which offers lovely views of the bridge. Dogs are welcome on certain sections of this stretch of sand without a leash and can meet local pups chasing tail in the South Bay sunshine. Golden Gate Park is just around the corner from Baker Beach and is said to be visited by a spooky “Lady in White,” but you’re much more likely to see happy hounds having fun in the off-leash section. After burning off calories while sightseeing, let your pup indulge in a barker’s dozen of made-from-scratch, all-natural, hypoallergenic pastries from Le Marcel. While he’s enjoying his pastries, explore the iconic Embarcadero together, or take a pet-friendly tour of Fisherman’s Wharf.

Stay at the Westin St Francis Union Square in downtown SF. Four-legged guests are treated to a welcome bag at check-in and Heavenly Dog Beds in the room.

12. Kansas City, MO

“This city is off the leash!” – Photo by Facebook.com/kcmoparks

Swope Park Off Leash Dog Park is a good place to start your pet-friendly adventures in Kansas City. Described as the crown jewel by the local park system, you and your pooch can explore trails that wind around 1,805 acres of woodlands and grassy meadows. For a slice of culture, sniff out the best sculptures at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. No trip to Kansas City would be complete without a visit to Bar K Dog Bar. Equipped with a doggie jungle gym, a giant bowl filled with tennis balls and two fenced dog parks, you’ll have to drag Fido away to see the other sights.

The heart of KC is at your doorstep at this luxurious historical home that has stood the test of time.

This post from BringFido originally appeared as The 12 Most Pet-Friendly Cities in the U.S..

How To Persuade Your Boss To Go Pet-Friendly

The success of companies like Amazon, Airbnb and of course, BringFido, isn’t entirely due to operating dog-friendly workplaces, but there’s no doubting the “paw-sitive” effects of inviting pups to attend water cooler discussions. According to a 2019 study conducted by Society for Human Resource Management, 11 percent of offices in the U.S. are pet-friendly. While you might think your business could benefit from four-legged interns, convincing the boss isn’t as simple as showing them pics of your pooch. Instead, forward this article to them and look forward to the joys of working with Fido.

Start With an Adoption Drive

A Fluffy Dog Sits in a Pet-Friendly Office.

“So, this is my new office?” – Photo by @my.two.shelties.fla

Get the ball rolling by suggesting an adoption drive at the office. These fun events are a great way to find a home for pups in need and provide positive press for any company. Welcoming foster dogs into the workplace for a day can also act as a blueprint for making your business pet-friendly on a more permanent basis

Use a Holiday as a Test-Drive

A Dog Wears Black Eyeglasses.

“Have you seen my glasses? I know I left them around here somewhere.” – Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash

National Pet Day? National Have Fun at Work Day? Casual Friday? Give your boss a preview of a canine workplace by bringing Fido to the office during a fun holiday or event. Who knows, maybe every day will soon be Take Your Dog To Work Day!

Survey the Room

A Yorkie Sits on a Black Office Chair.

“This is my seat now.” – Photo by vlad shu on Unsplash

Before buying Fido his own chair and cancelling doggy daycare, canvas the other members of your team. Unfortunately, Karen might not like the idea of introducing furry employees to the office. She could have a valid reason, like allergies, or simply not like pets (it happens); either way, it’s necessary to check. Another problem could be pups not getting along. You can address this by organizing a timetable so that your coworkers can enjoy a different dog’s presence each day. If you’ve thought through the potential roadblocks to a pet-friendly office, you’ll be more likely to get your boss’s buy-in.

Explain the Benefits

A Man Sitting on an Office Chair Pets a Dog.

“I’ve told you about wearing that hat to work!” – Photo by DEVN on Unsplash

Fur Means Morale

Every good boss is an expert at boosting team morale, but you don’t have to order pizza for the whole office to get employees on your side. Having their best friends napping at their feet will keep them active, engaged and in their comfort zone all day.

A Girl Holds a Phone to a Dog's Ear In an Office.

“Hello, Treats and Bones, Inc. How can I direct your call?”Photo by @matterofform

Team Building

Have you ever snuck into the break room hoping to avoid that awkward colleague you have nothing in common with? Thankfully, Fido’s there to break the ice. A common love of dogs can help coworkers bond and come together as a team.

A Black Dog Pushes a Cart With Beer in the Dog-Friendly BringFido Office

“Okay, this is my kind of exercise!”Photo by @lily_monet

Keeping Pace

Healthier workforces are more productive, and dogs in the office can help! Staying active and taking periodic breaks is important, especially if you’re at your desk for hours at a time. Dogs give people a reason to achieve their recommended steps every day. Additionally, the average adult can only spend around 20 minutes on a task before they lose concentration. When you return from Fido’s pee break, you’ll both be refreshed and ready to produce your best work.

A Man Opens a Computer to Type With a Dog by His Side

“You don’t have to pretend to type, Steve. We can all see the computer’s turned off!”Photo by @dreamypixel

Stress Relief

Pets are an all-day commitment, even when you’re at work. Employees who don’t need to rush home during lunch break or exactly at 5 p.m. to let their dogs out are more likely to stay a little late to finish that pressing project. They won’t obsess about their best friend’s mental wellbeing if she’s sitting right beside them. And they can alleviate a significant financial burden if they’re used to sending Fido to doggy daycare or arranging for a walker/sitter.

A Dog Sits on a Desk in a Pet-Friendly Office.

“I can help sniff out all the best places to go.”Photo by @lily_monet

The Cool Factor

“Wait, is that a puppy in your cubicle?” People who work in pet-friendly places often hear comments like this from jealous family and friends. Prospective business partners will never forget the day they went to an office and were greeted by an adorable canine employee; future workers will be drawn to the benefits of bringing their best friends to work; and seasoned personnel are much more likely to stick around if their pooch can, too.

This post from BringFido originally appeared as How To Persuade Your Boss To Go Pet-Friendly.