You enjoy the company of your well-trained dog. But where should you go? In fact, there are numerous dog-friendly places in both San Antonio and Austin that are just begging to be explored! Here are our favorites:
1. Annual Schlotzsky’s Bun Run 5K – Austin
This family-friendly event takes place toward the end of September at the corner of Alterra Parkway and Kramer Lane (off Burnett Road) in Austin. It is designed for runners as well as children. But Schlotzsky’s takes it a step further. The organizer also welcomes pets. In fact, speedy dogs have the opportunity to win the title of “Fastest Dog in Austin!” If you cannot make it to this particular run, note that there are a lot of local 5K events that welcome well-behaved dogs alongside their human companion runners.
2. Tom Slick Dog Park - San Antonio
Located at 7400 Highway 151 in San Antonio, this is not your average dog park. Instead it is a one-acre facility that features separate off-leash areas for small and large dogs. There are benches, picnic tables and even a doggie shower to help the canines cool off after playtime.
3. Hike around Comanche Lookout Park - San Antonio
Head over to 15551 Nacogdoches in San Antonio for the opportunity to take a 4.55-mile hike with your four-legged friend. There are plenty of like-minded dog lovers who bring out their pets as well. Well-behaved dogs have a wide variety of opportunities for socializing – as do their owners.
4. Sisters Grimm Ghost Walk - San Antonio
Start at 300 Alamo Plaza and walk through one of the world’s oldest cities and hear tales no soul dares to tell! Tours are available Monday through Saturday and begin at 8:30. Cameras are recommended! Adult tickets are $15 and children (7-15) are $10. Don’t forget your walking shoes! Tour operators welcome the opportunity to share this walk with leashed dogs that are behaved around adults, children and other dogs.
5. Doga! – Austin
Would you like to do yoga with your dog? Austin’s Nicole Vykoukal makes it possible. The goal is for dog lovers to become healthier and for dogs and their humans to deepen their bonds. Join a group session or book a one-on-one class with the instructor. (If your dog has not yet gone through our obedience training, it may be best to opt for the one-on-one for right now.)
There are many more dog-friendly places in Austin as well as great places to take your dog in San Antonio. Please remember, all of these activities will only be pleasurable for both you and your canine companion if it is trained to follow at least basic commands and also behaves well around other people and dogs. If you are unsure whether your dog has the right training or temperament for these activities, talk to our friendly dog training experts.
We gladly evaluate your dog and ensure that you have a happy and confident animal that will do well at whatever event you intend to visit. Conversely, if your dog needs a bit more training or just some reinforcement, we can help you get the animal ready for the fun adventures that you are looking forward to having together.
We also invite you to check out our Calendar of Events. If you’re interested in any of these venues to have a great time with your pups, click on the images for links to each location!