Dog-Friendly Vacationing in Orange County, California

Orange County, California, is blessed not only with many famous tourist attractions for humans, but also many dog-friendly spots and facilities. The towns of Long Beach, Newport Beach, Irvine, Huntington Beach and Anaheim are all packed with wonderful places to take canine companions, whether their human buddies are there for the beaches or Disneyland. As the weather is nice in Orange County almost year-round, there are many times to go enjoy the outdoor dining and recreational activities in this area.


Boat Rentals of America

The branches of this boat rental company (located in Newport Beach and Long Beach) welcome dogs to ride on their boats, so long as they are leashed and cleaned up after.


Central Park

Central Park is in Huntington Beach, and it contains a nice dog park with separate areas for big and little dogs. The remainder of this park takes up 350 acres, and is full of picnic facilities, an exercise course, horseshoes, lakes, paved paths and other facilities. Dogs must be leashed to roam the rest of the park.

Alta Laguna Park

Alta Laguna Park is located in Laguna Beach, and they allow dogs with a leash. It is a beautiful park that features nature trails, historic sites, nature viewing and more.

William R Mason Regional Park

The William R Mason Regional Park of Irvine is over 340 acres big, complete with a large lake, volleyball courts, picnic areas and hiking trails. Leashed dogs are welcome.

Outdoor Restaurants

Avila’s Mexican Restaurant

Avila’s Mexican Restaurant is an authentic restaurant with a few locations around Orange County and Los Angeles. Leashed dogs may sit in the outdoor seating area.

Madison Square

Madison Square is an American-style restaurant in Laguna Beach that serves breakfast and lunch. They have a pretty, landscaped backyard and sell some gifts for home and garden, and welcome dogs at the outdoor tables.

Clancy’s Clubhouse

Located in Anaheim, Clancy’s Clubhouse is a sports bar that also serves American-style comfort foods, and they have a dog-friendly patio.

Veggie Grill

The Veggie Grill is located in Irvine, and they are a vegetarian restaurant that serves healthy soups, salads, greens, sandwiches and children’s food. They allow dogs at a separate patio.

Spark Woodfire Grill

Spark Woodfire Grill has a restaurant in Huntington Beach, and they prepare quality meats and seafood dishes. They allow dogs at the outer tables, unless there is an event going on.

Upcoming Pet Events Around Los Angeles

There are lots of fun dog and cat events going around in proximity of Los Angeles, California. The Petcos in the area have many resources and useful sessions for pets and pet owners.


Dachshund Day


Northridge, California

December 23 & 30

It’s Dachshund Day at Petco Northridge on Wednesdays of December! You can bring your wiener down to get the works package free, if you purchase a Bath and Brush Service (which will be discounted). It starts at 7:00 AM.

Very Affordable Dog Training

My Pet Garden

Pasadena, California

December 27

There is a low-cost dog training session at My Pet Garden on Sundays from 12:00-4:00 PM. It is conducted by Sandy Redford, who is a dog trainer recommended by the Pasadena Humane Society. There are private and group lessons every week for as low as $15. You can stop by, or call for details: (626) 449-1600; or email: [email protected].

Dinner and a Dog Bath


Northridge, California

December 29

If you bring your cat or dog to the grooming salon at Petco after 3:00 PM, you can pick up some coupons for dinner at Marie Callenders, Denny’s, Rosie’s BBQ or Maroo.


Low Cost Vaccination Clinic


Tustin, California

January 3 & 31

From 10:00-11:30 AM, there will be a low cost vaccination clinic for cats and dogs. There will be licensed veterinarians, who will also perform heartworm and cat leukemia testing. There will also be discount flea and tick medications. No appointment is necessary.

K-9 Communication Seminar


Irvine, California

January 9

There will be a free seminar at Petco at 5:00-6:00 PM about how to better understand your dog or puppy. It will be a lively discussion on matters that your dog is trying to say to you.

Puppy Playtime


Tustin, California

January 9 & 16

This will be a free session, where your puppy can socialize with other puppies in a supervised environment. It will take place from 2:30-3:30 PM.


Clicker Dog Training Trick Class


Tustin, California

January 15

There will be a six-week class starting on Friday at 7:00-8:00 PM. Clicker Training is becoming a very popular method of dog training. You’ll be able to learn lots of fun tricks.

Potty Training Seminar


Irvine, California

January 16

There will be a free seminar at Petco Irvine from 5:00-6:00 PM, for dog owners of all kinds. It will cover issues like crate training, house breaking and what to do when accidents do happen.

Pet Stores Around Irvine, California


There are plenty of great pet stores and grooming places in and around Irvine, California. Many of the stores sell puppies, and some have grooming services. There are also stores that specialize in nutrition products, or help you set up and maintain your home aquarium.

The Doggie Spa

Irvine, California

This dog spa calls itself the “OC’s Premier Self & Full Service Dog Wash.” It is a chain around in OC that has been open since 2000, aiming to provide a clean, safe, friendly environment for dog washing. They have the option of leaving the dog to be washed by the trained staff, or use tubs where you can wash your dog yourself. For self service, they offer warm water, blow dryers, aprons, shampoo, brushes and towels. They offer some retail products as well.


Irvine, California

This store specializes in cat and dog nutrition and products. They include cat and dog foods, treats, supplements, toys, luxury goods and accessories. The Irvine store has been open since 2004, and it is located in the Quail Hill Village Shopping Center. Read what they have to say about Pet Nutrition.


Puppy Shop Boys

Costa Mesa, California

This store sells a variety of puppies, especially small ones, like Pomeranians, Yorkies and Maltese. They also have great grooming facilities with professionals. They offer an extensive array of products for sale, including collars, eye wear, gates, carriers, training supplies, dishes, beds, flea treatment, chewing toys, clothes, food, exercise pens and more. This spot is mostly geared towards smaller and toy breeds of dogs.

Pet City

Costa Mesa, California

This store has five locations in Southern California. They have many available puppies at the Costa Mesa location. They also offer pet supplies and food for all sorts of animals, and some other services.

Puppies N Guppies

Tustin, California

Whether you’re into dogs or fish, this store offers some great services and supplies. Puppies N Guppies has puppies that go up for adoption on certain days. They also have an array of frozen fish and coral supplements. They have services for aquarium maintenance, like tank set up, clean up, water delivery and vacation service. There are even dog walking and pet sitting services!

Pet Supply

Fountain Valley, California

This store offers products for cats, dogs, birds, fish, small animals and reptiles. They also have locations in Huntington Beach and Trabuco Canyon, California.