The ultimate guide to dog friendly Austin

December 14, 2021 - 3 min read

Austin keeps it weird by pushing the rest of the country to discover the latest trends and catch up already. From the craft beer and music scenes to street art and startups, Austinites have their fingers on the pulse.

And it’s not just the barbecue, breakfast tacos and expansive fleet of food trucks that places Austin ahead of many other locales. It’s how the city allowed dogs on restaurant patios in 2006, 15 years before the rest of Texas joined the dog-friendly culinary scene. This demonstrates how dog-friendly policies are in the city’s DNA — and why it ranks No. 8 on Forbes’ “Best Cities for Dogs 2021” list. From a long list of breweries to the Round Rock Express’ Pints & Pups nights, you’ll find dogs are right at home throughout the Austin city limits and beyond.

Oh, and let's not forget Austin's boundless supply of top-notch shelters, committed veterinarians, expert groomers, and spacious dog parks. Here's the ultimate dog-lovers' guide to Austin, Texas.

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5 Great Animal Shelters in Austin

Everything is bigger in Texas, and Austin is no exception for saving the lives of vulnerable animals. The city council passed a resolution in 2010 to establish it as a no-kill city —achieving a 90% or higher success rate since 2011 — it now stands as the largest municipality in the United States committed to animal rescue and placement.

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5 Amazing Veterinarians in Austin

From preventative and emergency care to integrative wellness and chiropractic services, these Austin veterinary clinics and services offer exceptional service.

5 Veterinarians to Check Out

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5 Fantastic Groomers in Austin

When it’s time for your dog’s closeup — either on Instagram or IRL — there’s always a stylist, spa or shampoo that’s sure to show off their best features. From Master Certified groomers to those who specialize in the realm of the doodles, these stylists not only give great cuts they also pamper the pups.

5 Spots to Spa

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5 Awesome Dog-Friendly Restaurants and Bars in Austin

From craft cocktails and local drafts to delectable dishes and a fleet of food trucks, foodies flock to Austin for good reason. Add dog-friendly dining and drinking to the menu just seals the deal. Make a pitstop at a dog park before dinner and don’t forget to bring the essentials, including a travel water bowl, treats and toys, so you both enjoy the culinary experience.

5 Spots That Are Sure to Hit the Spot

Zilker Botannical Garden in Austin

5 Terrific Dog Parks in Austin

Austin Parks and Recreation maintains several off-leash parks, so whether your dog prefers grassy space, hiking trails or water features, there’s a place where you’ll both enjoy the great outdoors. Be sure and look for the official off-leash areas, because failing to follow Austin’s leash ordinance (all dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet on all city land) can result in a maximum fine of $500.

Where to Take a Walk