Dog Days of Seattle: A Dog’s Guide to the Emerald City

Seattle gum wall with Mickey the dog

Travelling with your dog can be a challenge, especially when you’re headed to a city. But, Seattleites love their dogs just as much as the next guy and bringing your pooch to the Emerald City is totally doable. You just need to know where to go and what to do. On a recent Klout Perks-sponsored trip to the Emerald City, I was lucky enough to bring my dog Mickey. Here are some tips for visiting Seattle with your pup:

Crossing the Border

Canadians can bring their pooches across the border, but there are some things you should know. First up, you must have up to date rabies vaccinations and documentation to prove it. The Border Control guards do have discretion to refuse entry if your animal looks unhealthy. Also, there are some restrictions surrounding dog food made with certain ingredients, although we didn’t have any issues. Stay up to date on all the animal control rules and regulations by visiting the Centers for Disease Control website. You should also keep up to date on any regulations about bringing animals back into Canada by visiting the Canadian Food Inspection Agency site.


We stayed at the Renaissance Hotel Marriott,which is located on 6th and Madison in the heart of the city. Their dog fee ranges, so it’s a good idea to ask in advance so there are no surprises. There are a number of other dog friendly hotels, so you may want to check out the for suggestions. The Renaissance a short walking distance from all the tourist hotspots along the waterfront.  Because it’s in the downtown core, there aren’t a ton of good dog parks nearby, but there are a few spots we were able to take Mickey out for a break: Freeway Park and Plymouth Pillars Park.

Hanging out in Seattle

A dog basks in the sea breeze on the Seattle Ferry to Bainbridge Island

I enjoyed a coffee with Seattle’s ambassador, @SeattleMaven AKA Ann, who acts as a Twitter Concierge for the city. She has 2 dogs of her own, so knows all the go-to places, from dog-friendly Brew pubs to the best dog parks in town.

One of the things we discovered quickly is that the Water Taxis do not allow dogs. But the good thing is that the State Ferries do allow dogs. So, we changed course from Alki Beach and headed to Bainbridge Island instead.

Once on Bainbridge, we headed straight for the canoe rental shop, which was located at the first dock off the Waterfront Trail. Mickey is pretty familiar with boats, so this was a great way for us to explore the island, while keeping him entertained.

Canoe off Bainbridge Island

Another fun activity, though slightly more expensive is hopping on a float plane. Yes, you can take your pet to new heights with Kenmore Air’s pet friendly sightseeing. It costs about $100 per person for a 20 minute tour, but definitely a memorable trip for both you and your pup.


Post Alley hustle and bustle in Seattle

Similar to other Canadian cities, municipal regulations prevent down owners from bringing their pup into most restaurants and bars. However, some places allow for dogs to be out on the patio. You may need to visit one of the surrounding neighbourhoods, such as Capitol Hill or Ballard. Here’s a great Yelp list of the friendly spots in the city.  As well as this fabulous list, many of the brew pubs allow dogs, and I’ve heard the Barking Dog Alehouse is a good one. One of my favourite meals we had with Mickey was in Post Alley, where we simply got a picnic and soaked up the action.

Parks and Dog Parks

Beachfront views with a man and his dog from Discovery Park, Seattle

Discovery Park, which is about 20 minutes from downtown, is a great spot for outdoor adventure and to give your pooch some exercise. We took Mickey there for a run around. The park regulations state that no dogs are allowed on the beach, but they are allowed on nearby hiking trails, as long as they are on leash.

Magnuson Dog Park is listed among the 10 dog parks in the country and is a short drive away from downtown. We didn’t make it there due to time constraints, but this spot is definitely on our list for next time.

We had a great time with Mr. Mickey and would bring him again next time, as there’s still so much more to explore.  Do you have any other dog-friendly recommendations? Write them in the comments below.

Full Disclosure: I received this trip for free as part of the #2daysinseattle tourism campaign through Klout Perks. I did not receive payment for blogging, however did receive complimentary hotel accommodation and spending money to experience Seattle. The opinions expressed within this blog are my own. For more information on this perk, please visit

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