Not every pet owner is as responsible as you, and unfortunately, that means that dogs aren't allowed at all beaches. If you're looking forward to seeing your pup run along the shoreline and jump through the waves, check out DogFriendly.com's Beach Guide. In addition to the well known Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Dog Beach in San Diego, you'll also find on- and off-leash parks along every U.S. and Canadian coastline.
Outdoor adventurers should check out Dog Paddling Adventures, a company based in Canada that plans and executes special trips specifically for pet owners and their dogs. You can take a weekend canoe trip during the summer months or hit the snow during the winter for a snowshoeing or cross-country ski trip. Not sure you're up for that type of adventure? You can find pet-friendly cabins, bed and breakfasts, and campgrounds throughout the United States on the CampingPet Adventure Club website.
When all you want to do is sit down for a nice meal with friends without leaving your dog at home, look no further than some of the top pet-friendly eateries in the country. You can dine with your pet and still expect great food and service from The Dog Bar in Charlotte, North Carolina; Louie's Backyard in Key West Florida; the Lucky Lab Brewery in Portland, Oregon; and Cornelia Street Café in New York City.
If you're planning a trip to Washington state, consider making a stop at Dunham Cellars, a dog- and pet-friendly winery in Walla Walla. Not only can your pet enjoy the tour and tasting with you, you're also likely to try wines named after four-legged friends.