Dog friendly places in San Francisco

In a city that ranks in the top 10 for ‘outdoor pet friendliness,’ you should have no problem finding things to do and places to stay with your pet. Here are some of them. 

If you like your dog to be off-leash, head to this park close to Mission District. Dolores Park is great for pets and their owners. Picnics happen in the main space of the park regularly too. If you’re looking for some more exercise, get to Skyline Boulevard and enjoy a whole day of exploration at Fort Funston. There are beach spaces and nature trails to explore here. By far the most popular park in the city is the Golden Gate Park. It is also the biggest pet-friendly park here. Sit on a bench and watch life pass by, or get up and play a game with your pet in any of the four off leash areas the park has. If your dog loves the water (and which dog does not) go to Crissy Field. This is an off-leash beach and your four-legged friend can have a wonderful time chasing the waves here. 

If your young dog and you have a lot of energy to burn, you should certainly head to the many hiking parks in San Francisco. For example, the Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve. Put your dog on a leash for this hike and explore to your heart’s content. Many birds call this space home, making their dwellings in a forest that’s over a century old. You may be able to spot some wildlife too. The Bernal Heights Park is another joyful space that is known for its spectacular views. Take a picture of your dog against the San Francisco Bay or the Golden Gate and make a great memory. A very popular hike with the locals is Grandview Park. There are wooden stairs here and the trail is soft and sandy, so watch out for that. The trails are small, and the plants along the dunes are a pleasure to see. Another park that’s talked about often is Lands End Trail. Check that out for some spectacular coastline and gorgeous flowers. San Francisco also has a host of bars and restaurants that welcome dogs and their people. 
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Flying With Your Dog In-Cabin: What You Need to Know

Have you ever thought about how to fly in-cabin hassle-free with your dog? Truth be told, “hassle-free” might just be too much to ask if you’re flying with your pet. No matter how much you prepare, there might be some sort of snafu just waiting to happen while you’re in an airplane thousands of miles up in the air! It can be a barking spell, a poop emergency, or a dog-hating individual who just has to complain about something even though your dog is not bothering anyone.

While the possibility of hassles is always there, there are actually many things that you can do to make the flight as comfortable as possible for your pet. In this article, we’ll provide you with a few tips on who to fly in-cabin with your dog.

A Note on Plane Travel with Pet Dogs

Before deciding to bring your dog along for air travel, make sure to ask yourself first whether it’s worth the trouble, or more importantly, the risk. Take note that while some airline companies are more than happy to welcome small dogs in the cabin as long as they are inside a carrier, many others require all pets to be transported as cargo.

Extreme heat and cold are the most significant risks to dogs when they are placed in a plane’s cargo area, although underlying medical conditions can also considerably increase the risk for many other dogs. Snub-nosed or brachycephalic dogs such as pugs, bulldogs, boxers, and chow chows are also at an increased risk for respiratory stress because their physiology impairs their capacity to breath, especially under extreme temperatures or when they are stressed out.

In the 1990s, some 5000 animals were lost, injured, or killed on commercial flights annually according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which is why they advocated the passage of the Safe Air Transport for Animals Act. Given the possibilities, if traveling with your pet is not of absolute necessity, you’d be well advised to leave them at home in the care of your friends or family. Otherwise, make sure to talk to your veterinarian in advance so you can discuss the best way to transport your dog.

Traveling with Your Dog In-Cabin

Thankfully, there are airliners that allow smaller dogs to be carried in the cabin, where they can be more comfortable and near their owners. However, certain rules are typically specified by individual airline companies. You will want to make sure that you have an appropriate carrier for your dog. For example, American Airlines requires the dog and the carrier to weigh just 20 pounds (9 Kg) combined, and the carrier itself must fit underneath the seat in front of the passenger. Other airline companies will have their own rules, so make sure to check in advance what these rules are. For example, many airliners will not allow very young puppies or snub-nosed dogs to fly. The fees also vary from airline to airline.
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