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Dog-Friendly in San Luis Obispo

In SLO, celebrate our furry friends just as much as our human friends in dog-friendly San Luis Obispo, CA! With sunny skies and endless outdoor activities, San Luis Obispo is the ideal pet-friendly destination.


Whether you are a local or just visiting, if you need suggestions on where to stay, play, or dine with your pup, you’ve come to the right place. From our pet-friendly hotels and restaurants to our beaches and hikes, there are endless dog-friendly things to do in San Luis Obispo.

El Chorro Dog Park

Located within El Chorro Regional Park on Highway 1, El Chorro Dog Park was the first dog park in San Luis Obispo. The park is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to sunset and is equipped with two fully fenced areas with wood chips, water stations, mutt mitts, and doggie splash tubs. The large park offers 1.3 acres of play space for big dogs and the small park is .25 acres and designated for small dogs to play. El Chorro Regional Park also offers hiking trails, a botanical garden and shaded picnic tables.

Laguna Lake Dog Park

Surrounding Laguna Lake, the Laguna Lake Dog Park offers a large open space for frolicking leash-free and endless games of fetch. Bring the whole family out for a fun day of picnicking and hiking with your furry friend.


Running around at the local parks and dipping your paws in the waters at some Central Coast beaches works up an appetite.

Out by the train station lies one of SLO’s most popular and trendy spots for brunch, Sally Loo’s Wholesome Café. Sip on coffee and enjoy a plate of Nutella-drizzled waffles while soaking up the sun in the dog-friendly seating area.

A few of Downtown SLO’s fine dining restaurants, like Giuseppe’s Cucina RusticaNovo Restaurant & Loungeand Luna Red, have great outdoor patios and allow furry friends to accompany their owners. On the outskirts of downtown near the Cal Poly campus, Milestone Tavern is a great place to enjoy a draft brew and burger with your pet. High Street Deli and Lincoln Market Deli, two of the town’s iconic sandwich spots, allow dogs outside to drool as they watch their owners bite into a mouthwatering masterpiece.

Dog-Friendly Wineries

Wine not bring your dog to the vineyard for some tasting? Several wineries, including Edna Valley’s Wolff VineyardsSaucelito Canyon VineyardsClaiborne & Churchill WineryChamisal Vineyardsand Tolosa Winery are hospitable to dogs and humans alike.

Craft Breweries

Over the past few years, San Luis Obispo has continued to gain recognition for the booming craft beer scene. What better combination than a nice cold one, your four-legged bestie, and a scenic backdrop of those bewildering San Luis Obispo hillsides? A few of our pet-friendly favorites are Libertine Brewing Company – SLOSLO Brew RockCentral Coast Brewingand Bang the Drum.

Boutiques and Shops

Tails Pet Boutique is a mecca for animal lovers and their pets, selling a wide variety of foods, collars, toys, beds, bowls and other care supplies to keep your companion happy and healthy. The owner also owns Doggie Salon and Spa, in case your pet needs a nail trim, bath or full grooming. Lemos Feed and Pet Supply, a local pet store, offers special treats and toys for cats and dogs to enjoy.