Spring is upon us! The weather is warmer, the birds are chirping and our pets are begging to go outside. Not sure what to do? Here are our favorite outdoor activities in Los Angeles!
Walking is excellent exercise for you and your pet, whether you have a dog or cat. And yes, cats can go for walks too! As with dogs, we recommend you get a walking harness and leash (both available at Adopt & Shop!) for your cat to keep them safe.
Before you even put on the leash, first introduce your cat to the harness indoors and let them walk around the house with it on. When they seem comfortable, clip on the leash indoors. Let your cat take the lead. Let them lead you around the house. When your cat gets used to indoor walks, you can try going for a walk outside. Only gently use the leash to veer your kitty away from obstacles like busy streets.
Los Angeles may be a major city — complete with smog, traffic and skyscrapers — but it also happens to be a great place to unplug and connect with nature on a nice hike. The number one choice of celebrities and regular folk alike is Runyon Canyon. It’s both dog-friendly and Instagram-friendly so you’ll want to take a photo or two. You might also want to try Bronson Canyon, home to Adam West’s Batcave!
Going Out to Eat
Springtime is before the oppressive heat of summer sets in, so it’s the perfect time to eat outside. LA is riddled with fabulous restaurants that have pet-friendly patios. Many of them will even provide a bowl of water for your canine buddy. We’re big fans of Sage Bistro in Culver City. It’s vegan too!
Picnics and BBQs
Another dining option when the weather is good is having a picnic or BBQ! Los Angeles has tons of pet-friendly parks that simply require you pick up after your animal and keep them on a leash. We love Lake Hollywood Park. It has picnic tables, grills and a dog park and is located smack underneath the Hollywood Sign!
Not exactly the rugged type but still want to get a little sunshine? After all, even if you’re not outdoorsy, you still need to get a lil’ vitamin D. If this sounds like you, then you might want to hit up one of LA’s outdoor malls. Many of these are dog-friendly, including the Americana, Third Street Promenade and the Grove. If you’re looking for something totally unique, try the Melrose Trading Post. They even share snaps of visiting pups on their Instagram page!
Spring is the perfect time to go to the dog park with your pooch! LA is home to a bunch of terrific dog parks too. We are a big fan of Alice’s Dog Park in Pasadena. It has two main areas — 2.5 acres for large pups and 1 acre for the little ones. The park is lush, grassy and fenced in so you can let your dog off leash.
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