Pittsburgh has officially gone to the dogs! Whether you own a scruffy mutt or a pure-bred princess, the Steel City is a great place to raise a happy and healthy four-legged friend. Sure, dogs like to lounge and get in a good nap, but the opportunity to run around, get dirty, and be a dog is what really gets their tails wagging!
Summertime in the Burgh is what man’s best friend lives for. Here are five places that will keep you and your pooch happy and active during the dog days of summer.
Go beyond the backyard or city sidewalks and head to North Park. The wooded trails will offer you and your dog a fun hike and great scenery. There is also a dog park for off-leash play if you have a social canine who wants to frolic and make some new friends.
If your pup loves the water, check out the dog pond at Misty Pines. Located in the North Hills, the spring-fed pond is the perfect place to let your dog take a dip and cool off. Dogs can swim, dock dive and play fetch before drying off in a sunny patch of green grass. Misty Pines even offers swimming lessons for your doggo!
Pup Nights at PNC Park is a Tuesday night home game tradition! Bucco fans and their dogs can watch the game, share a hot dog, and take advantage of endless water bowls. A cute doggie date will definitely increase your chances of being featured on the PNC Park scoreboard!
A weekend in the woods with family and your four-foot requires some advanced planning – but your dog will thank you for it! Moraine State Park offers dog-friendly cabins, two beaches along the shore of Lake Arthur, fishing and 28 miles of hiking trails. The campground is only a 30-mile car ride from the Soggy Doggy Shop so you can stop in on your way home and give Fido a quick bath.
If room service is your idea of a weekend adventure, plan a hotel slumber party with your pooch. There are more dog friendly options in Pittsburgh than you think. The Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh, for example, offers swanky rooms with dog bowls, dog beds, and there are no restrictions on pet size.
Remember, a happy and healthy dog needs love from its human, fresh air, exercise, socialization, and an off-leash adventure every once in a while!