Special Report

The Most Dog-Friendly Cities in America

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16. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
> Dog parks per 100,000 residents: 2.3
> Total dog parks: 7
> City population: 310,884

Frick Park, Pittsburgh’s largest historic regional park (644 acres), has an off-leash area and a swimming area known as “Hot Dog Dam.” As well as city parks, Pittsburgh also has a number of commercial dog parks and resorts and lots of dog-friendly hotels and restaurants.

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15. Anchorage, Alaska
> Dog parks per 100,000 residents: 2.3
> Total dog parks: 7
> City population: 303,421

Anchorage’s dog parks all have dedicated off-leash areas. One thing to keep in mind — Anchorage is also bear country, and the Parks & Recreation website carries information on bear safety. Anchorage is also home to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, one of Alaska’s iconic winter events, which starts on the first Saturday of March each year.

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14. Sacramento, California
> Dog parks per 100,000 residents: 2.4
> Total dog parks: 12
> City population: 500,667

Dog lovers are well provided for in Sacramento, and the city is committed to opening new dog parks. The latest addition is Barandas Dog Park, which opened in July this year. Two years before that, Truitt Bark Park opened in Midtown. All dog parks are fenced, with a double-gate system for safety. Owners can even use tennis ball launchers to play fetch with their dogs.

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13. Albuquerque, New Mexico
> Dog parks per 100,000 residents: 2.4
> Total dog parks: 14
> City population: 571,471

What makes Albuquerque a great place for dog owners is the city’s great climate and many recreation options. There are plenty of dog parks, dog-friendly restaurants, and even dog-friendly shopping centers. Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department offered free microchipping for dogs (and cats) earlier in the summer.

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12. Jersey City, New Jersey
> Dog parks per 100,000 residents: 2.5
> Total dog parks: 7
> City population: 278,539

Jersey City is developing fast, due in part to its proximity to New York City, and is keeping the needs of dog owners and their pets in mind. In 2018, a new dog run was added in Jersey City Heights, and a new park that features small and large dog runs opened at Harborside. Liberty State Park offers amenities for dogs and views of the Hudson River for their owners.

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