Skipper Recommendations: Dog-Friendly Dallas

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Outdoors & Parks

Bark Park Central

2530 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
Bark Central is a fun and artsy urban dog park right between downtown Dallas and Deep Ellum. You can even catch a glimpse of the Dallas skyline from the park! It’s recently undergone a makeover to include fun and quirky dog art painted on the overpass bases by local artists. Which makes it the perfect background for your dog’s next social media moment. It’s also a great spot for city dogs to get a good run in on the 1.2 arche fenced in lawn. The park also features doggie and human water fountains, bone-shaped benches, strong fences and a utilitarian bathing area. Take note that the park is closed Mondays for maintenance and cleaning, so you know it’s well maintained.

Central Dog Park

4711 Westside Dr, Dallas, TX 75209
Looking for the backyard feel but live in an apartment? Central Dog Park has a community backyard feel complete with shady trees, lawn chairs, and picnic tables that encourage dog owners to socialize while their pups play. The off-leash dog park has a couple of cool features that make it one of the best dog parks in town including big fans and misters, and a dog washing station. This park inspires community connection and courtesy among Dallas dog owners and is located in the Park Cities neighborhood.

Wagging Tail Dog Park

5841 Keller Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75248
Located on the Northside of town, Wagging Tail Dog Park has all you and your pup could want on a weekend afternoon including plenty of shade, water stations, and community tennis balls for hours of fetch with your dog and their new best friends. You’ll make friends too with the regular and loyal visitors that can be seen at the park weekly.

Restaurants

Lazy Dog Bar & Cafe

5100 Belt Line Rd #500, Dallas, TX 75254
As the name suggests, Lay Dog Bar and Cafe offers a dog friendly atmosphere, drinks, and food. Dogs are welcome on the large patio where humans can enjoy all American cuisine with a Texas twist. The food and bar menus have so many choices, you’ll want to stay a while, and in the company of your pup, you’ll have no reason to rush home!

Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House

1154 Peavy Rd, Dallas, TX 75218
Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House is exactly what it sounds like, your friendly neighborhood pub and burger joint but as a bonus they have a flowery covered patio that welcomes furry friends with open arms and cold water bowls. Both you and your dog will be drooling when you catch a glimpse of the melty cheese burger with endless toppings piled high. Wash it down with one (or two) of the many beers they offer on tap.

Mutts Canine Cantina

2889 Cityplace W Blvd, Dallas, TX 75204
What do you get when you cross a dog park with a quality eatery and pub? Mutts Canine Cantina brings the best in all three categories! They have a full service restaurant offering all American food as well as a off leash dog park area. Become a member and get year around benefits and invitations to exclusive events like dog yoga, or grab a day pass so your dog can play while you drink beer with both hands free. They even have a menu of treats you can order for your dog including ice cream for pups! You and your dog will both leave happy.

Breweries

Katy Trail Ice House

3127 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201
Katy Trail is one of the most iconic Dallas hot spots. The bar is popular among locals and has a laid back atmosphere. It’s Right off the famous Katy Train, perfect for a long evening walk with your pup. After the walk, hang out on the huge lawn and patio for beer, socialization and bar food. Let the afternoon fade to evening and make a night of it as the stringed lights light up the faces of friends new and old. Katy Ice House has the backyard BBQ feel you are missing when living in one of the nearby luxury apartments, a top choice for millennial Dallasites. Catch some live music or a game, and keep the drinks coming all with your dog by your side. The patio has heaters and fans for creature comfort any time of year.

Noble Rey Brewing Co.

2636 Farrington St, Dallas, TX 75207
Noble Brewing has a quirky and artsy personality. Their can label designs are one example of the vibes they cultivate at the brewery and tasting room. The cans can be stacked on top of one another to create a more complete picture of a cartoon character’s head on one can and body on the back of another. Each beer has a creative name and character to go with it. Their fun playful vibe touches all parts of the brewery including welcome dogs on their patio. Plus the beer prices are reasonable, all the more reason to have more than one and hang out a while!

Deep Ellum Brewing Co.

2823 St Louis St, Dallas, TX 75226
Deep Ellum Brewing is named after the artsy and edgy Dallas neighborhood with an atmosphere to match. In the beer garden, you’ll find tattoos, friendly mutts, great beer, fans and misters, and stage for live music! Even on a hot summer Dallas afternoon, you and your dog will stay cool and comfortable while sipping one of their famous IPAs.

Groomers

Urban Dog

2402 N Haskell Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Urban Dog offers self service baths stations or full service grooming and are located right in Uptown Dallas. They have several dog washing and drying stations at a good price, perfect for a quick maintenance bath to keep your pup smelling and feeling great!

Billi Bonze

4225 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209
Billi Bonze is Dallas’ upscale grooming dog spa and boutique owned by a local family and located right in the heart of Dallas. The family oriented business takes pride in making each and every client feel like part of the family. Locals are loyal to Billi Bonze and swear by their quality service. After your dog gets groomed, pick up a special treat or new accessory in the botique side to reward them for good behavior.

Pet Bar Inc.

3406 Asbury St, Dallas, TX 75205
Pet Bar has it all! From self service or full service grooming and baths, to a convenient pet taxi service to transport your pup. Pet Bar is located in University Park, and is a family owned and operated business that prides itself on customer service and a true love for dogs. They are also give back to the pet community and support local dog rescues.

Veterinarians

Holt

5619 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75206
Dallasites really trust the vets, the veterinary technicians, and the front desk staff at Holt. The head vet, Dr. Bratton is often described as a thoughtful, methodical, caring doctor. The facility is new, clean, with a modern design. The staff is nice and friendly and their prices are fair. Holt vet upholds a great reputation in the North Dallas area.

Hillside Vet Clinic

6150 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75214
Hillside Veterinary Clinic is a full-service companion animal hospital providing a broad spectrum of treatments and procedures. Its entire staff is committed to superior veterinary care throughout the life of your pet and quality client satisfaction for pet parents. The staff is compassionate and their rates are affordable. They are open 24/7 with a large staff of doctors. Hillside Vet Clinic is the best option for after hours and weekend emergency care.

East Dallas Vet Clinic

8541 Ferguson Rd, Dallas, TX 75228
The staff at East Dallas Vet Clinic is incredibly knowledgeable and give the utmost care to their pet patients. Appointments are often on time and quick. Rates for pet care are reasonable and they never try to sell you on services that you don’t need. A great option for pet medical care if you live in the East Dallas area.

Supply Stores

Hollywood Feed

2031 Abrams Rd, Dallas, TX 75214
Hollywood Feed is a South Eastern pet supply chain with most of their products available online at good prices. Their online autoship program keeps pet food coming to your door on a regular basis so you’ll never have to run out and get food again! They also carry locally made treats and make an effort to support the community. They have three locations in Dallas.

Green Pet Supply

315 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
Green Pet is a local, independently owned all-natural pet food shop. They carry the best foods, treats, chews, toys, leashes, collars and supplies for dogs and cats. Shop guilt free by supporting a locally owned and operated store that offers healthy and natural pet products with no fillers. Too many food choices? They offer one-on-one food consultation to help you choose the best food for your pet’s unique needs and preferences.

Lucky Dog Barkery

8320 Preston Center Plaza, Dallas, TX 75225
Lucky Dog Barkery is an adorable boutique style speciality shop. They offer delicious looking locally made dog bakery items, locally made pet accessories, and healthy pet food. You’ll go in to pick up some food and come out with a new cute collar and special bakery treat to spoil your pet.

Dog Trainers

USA Dog Behavior

13212 Cedar Ln, Dallas, TX 75234
USA dog behavior was founded by professional certified dog trainer, Scott Sheaffer. He is a canine behavior consultant located in the Dallas area who specializes in the assessment and treatment of fear, anxiety, aggression and phobias in dogs six months and older. If have a dog with behavioral issues, Scott offers classes at his location, private in-home lessons or even a phone consultation if all you need is some advice and support.

Park Cities Obedience School

5543 Dyer St, Dallas, TX 75206
Park Cities Obedience School stands out among other dog training services because of their unique and holistic approach to dog training. They don’t use treats or e-collars to train but instead short consistent commands combined with well timed praise that works with a dog’s innate desire to please its owner. Graduates from their programs are often successful in real life situations when treats are not available or expected. They also offer board and train programs that immerse your dog in training and practice 24/7.

Bark Busters

Bark Busters is an in-home training program that focuses on teaching and empowering the owners to “speak dog” and how to deal with their dog’s behavior in a humane, non-physical manner and help them become their pack’s leader. They can help stop dog aggression, separation anxiety, leash pulling and much more.

Pet Adoptions / Rescues

SPCA of Texas

2400 Lone Star Dr, Dallas, TX 75212
The SPCA of Texas is a local, independent animal rescue supported by the North Texas Community. The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas with two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and serves as an active resource center providing an array of programs and services that bring people and animals together to enrich each others’ lives. The SPCA relies on donations, fundraising and volunteers to continue their work and saving the lives of animals in need.

Dog & Kitty City

2719 Manor Way, Dallas, TX 75235
The Humane Society of Dallas County has operated the Dog & Kitty City shelter for over 40 years. Their goal is to provide a safe and healthy environment for the abused and neglected animals of Dallas and to educate the Dallas community on responsible pet ownership. They are a no-kill shelter. As a non-profit, they rely solely on private donations and their service to the animals depends completely on the generosity of the community and committed, dedicated volunteers.

Operation Kindness

3201 Earhart Dr, Carrollton, TX 75006
Operation Kindness is the original and largest no-kill animal shelter in North Texas. Since their founding in 1976, Operation Kindness has saved the lives of nearly 100,000 homeless animals. They never turn an animal away because of the cost for medical care, and they take pride in their ability to treat and rehabilitate any dog or cat and give them the opportunity to experience a good quality of life.

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