2016 Dog-Friendly Events in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is pretty much the perfect place for dog parents to have a four-legged friend. From the numerous hiking trails to all the dog-friendly restaurants and year-round amazing weather, the options are pretty much endless.

But what if you are looking for something specific to do with your dog? Well, there are several events you can take your favorite companion along with you.

Here are some of the dog-friendly events in Los Angeles that you might want to consider going to.

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Unleashed by Petco Surf City Surf Dog Competition

Happening in Huntington Beach, this is the 11th year for the annual dog surfing contest.Occurring on September 25, there is the surfing competition with a number of different events, along with an opening ceremony and a surfing history exhibit. Your $10 registration fee will go to a number of charities including the San Diego Humane Society, the French Bulldog Rescue Network, Westie Rescue of Orange County, Golden Retriever Rescue and Huntington Beach Dog Beach. There’s also a number of dog-friendly hotels in the area, including the Shorebreak, for those who are traveling.

Eat See Hear

Put on my Showtime, Eat See Hear is a series of movie, music and food events around the Los Angeles area. Starting in May and occurring through September, there is something going on every Saturday evening. Some of the upcoming movies include Spaceballs, Pretty in Pink and Purple Rain. Dogs are welcome to enjoy the events with you. At the door, pups are greeted with free treats and biscuits, while a water bowl is always nearby. There is also doggie bags on hand in case of emergencies.

More Than A Cone’s 2016 Avant Garden Party

Occurring at the Autry museum on September 10, the avant garden party transforms the “cone of shames” into artwork to support animal-welfare organizations. There will be a number of musical performances, along with movies and food. There will also be an auction to raise money and a runway cone fashion show. While dogs are allowed in outdoor areas — The Plaza, Gathering Circle and South Lawn — they are not permitted inside the museum.

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The Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade

Another big dog-friendly event in the Los Angeles area is the Howl’oween Parade. Hosted at Marina Vista Park in Long Beach, this is a huge Halloween party in Southern California for dog lovers. Occuring this year on Oct. 29, there are prizes and hundreds of cute dogs strutting their stuff. (Last year about 500 costumed dogs participated in the event.) The event is free to watch, but you can get premium seating for $5 to $10 if you wish. These seats are given on a first-come-first-serve basis. To enter the parade, it will cost you $10. The event benefits animal welfare programs.

Strut Your Mutt

Put on by Best Friends Animal Society, the dog walk/run raises money for local shelters, along with the animals at Best Friend. Happening on Oct. 22, Strut Your Mutt takes place at Exposition Park, and the entry fee is $35, $18 for kids (ages 6 to 12) or free for those five and under. Besides getting a little bit of exercise for a good cause, there will also be interactive games, contests and challenges at the event.

PetTech CPR & First Aid Training

Another recommended dog-friendly event in Los Angeles you might like to go to is PetTech CPR & First Aid Training. While it doesn’t necessarily scream fun, it could be a lifesaver.

The course is an eight-hour workshop, and it teaches you first aid for your pet, along with training techniques. You’ll learn how to handle emergency situations and assess the vital signs of your dog. This is also an excellend opportunity for dog professionals. After you finish this course you’ll get a certification. This course costs $75 and is in various spots close to Los Angeles. The nearest one is on Oct. 23 in Pasedena.

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