Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dog Friendly Living In Toronto - From Our Guest Blogger Lindsay At The Hydrant!

Toronto: Dog Friendly Living

Toronto has a lot to offer to dedicated dog owners. Have you ever wondered what you can do with your dog in Toronto?

Try new things! Expose your dog to everything!

Not only does this provide you with the time to bond and connect with your pooch, many of these adventures can also be a considered a ‘brain’ day - Every dog needs and thrives with mental stimulation and challenges. Keeping your dog safe and under control will increase your awareness and connection with your dog.

One of the most common issues dog owners have is that they don't keep their dogs busy enough. When a dog gets bored, they get destructive and when a dog gets destructive, well, you know what happens!

Getting Around

Did you know the TTC allows dogs on the subway, buses & streetcars?

Leashed pets or pets secured in an enclosed container are welcome to travel on the TTC during weekday off-peak periods - that is before 6:30 am; 10:00 am to 3:30 pm; after 7:00 pm. Visit the TTC By-law, Section 3, for full details.

Plus, it’s free for your dog (finally, something that’s free!)

Let’s go Shopping!

Many downtown stores happily welcome dogs. Just double check before dragging Fido into the change room with you! All stores listed below have street-entrances. (No shopping mall/centres)

Lululemon Atheltica - Queen St W location
Davids’ Tea
Winner’s
Timothy’s Coffee - Located inside of PawsWay

Patio Party

Many Toronto patios make bringing your dog along easy & adaptable. Look for a sturdy fence to securely tie your pooch next to your table along with shade (umbrella, trees, etc) you can calmly enjoy your meal out, while keeping your best buddy close by. Look for patios that have dog bowls full of fresh water, strategically placed along the fence ..This is a tell tail sign that it’s a dog-friendly joint!

These are a few of my neighbourhood favourites:

- The Bier Markt - King St W
- Bar Wellington - Portland/Wellington
- The Rivoli - Queen St W
- The Black Bull - Queen St W

Find your own neighbourhood dog-friendly places. Don’t be scared to ask the staff if they’ll allow dogs - you’ll be surprised at how many do. Your dog will appreciate the training & challenge of seeing new things and experiencing most of the city, and so will you.

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