Carlsbad is a Dog-Friendly Community – Here’s How I Know
I find, from personal observation, that Carlsbad is a pretty dog-friendly community. Perhaps not any more so than other communities, but it’s noticeable.
Perhaps if I had a dog I would be aware of other things doggie in Carlsbad, but between my adventures around town and working with clients from time to time where a 4-legged fur friend is incredibly important, I’ve notice quite a bit. And I did some research.
Walking around Carlsbad Village and some other areas as well you will often see doggie water bowls outside restaurants and retailers. And sometime dog treats, free for the taking. I think it’s a nice thing to do. But check with them before bringing your doggie inside to shop or dine.
And speaking of Carlsbad restaurants, I have been in quite a number where dogs appear to be allowed, at least outside – Café Elysa, a fav breakfast place in the heart of Carlsbad Village, is a great example, especially on the weekends. I did some research and found a great site that lists 33 Carlsbad restaurants that are dog-friendly. That’s pretty impressive. Dog lovers who live to dine outdoors will rejoice.
Carlsbad has several dog parks, an important thing to know for many who own dogs. The biggest, and most impressive, is at the Alga Norte Community Dog Park in La Costa Greens (at the corner of Alicante and Poinsettia). If I had a dog that’s where I would hang out, in a beautiful setting (with all sorts of other amenities for all to enjoy). The Ann D. L’Heureux Memorial Dog Park is also popular, on Carlsbad Village Drive east of El Camino Real – great views of snow-covered mountains from this park. Bressi Ranch, a master planned community, has a dog park as well.
There are plenty of places to walk your dogs (and PLEASE bring along those dog poop bags in case you are in an area where they are not provided). The Carlsbad Boardwalk along the ocean is very popular with 2 and 4-legged residents and visitors. There are plenty of hiking trails, too where you can take your dogs, but they must be on leashes. Dogs are not supposed to be on the beaches in Carlsbad, but we see them anyway. I wouldn’t take a chance, personally (but Dog Beach, aka North Beach, in Del Mar IS dog friendly and very popular). Dogs are also not supposed to hang out at the city parks, but, well…
Does your pooch need some training? Well, Carlsbad has that too. John’s Natural Dog Training may be your answer. Dog Training San Diego also has classes in Carlsbad. Check also with the various pet food stores in Carlsbad who may either offer classes or know of them – Pupologie, Kahoots, Petco, and Dexter’s Deli, to name a few. And these are good to know about for dog food, supplies, treats, and advice.
No doubt your fur friend will occasionally need some spiffing up, and there are plenty of dog grooming salons to enjoy – Dirty Dogs is just one, with multiple locations in North County. Or if you really want to pamper your pooch, and yourself, engage one of the local mobile groomers that service Carlsbad (I see Spawtique Grooming and Aussie Pet Mobile around a lot!).
Need someone to take you dog for walks while you are at work? Or doggie daycare or pet sitting. There seem to be a number of people who advertise on Craigslist and Nextdoor about their dog walking and other services. Dogs on the Run services North San Diego County, and more, and provides a range of in-home care, pet taxi, boarding, training and dog walking. Tricia Reeves Pet Services is a Carlsbad-based pet service.
I hope this gets you off on the right feet, so to speak, in dog-friendly Carlsbad. Be sure to chat with other dog owners who know doubt can really give you the scoop.