Join us for three Miami dog-friendly events in December!
We believe the best month for Miami dog-friendly events is December (and January isn’t bad, either!). The weather is gorgeous, the dogs are happy, and the mosquitoes are gone, so let’s take advantage of it!
Dog-friendly pack walk in South Miami
Join us and other like-minded dog lovers as we go on our monthly pack walk in South Miami. The whole family is welcome to attend. We will be meeting promptly at 9 AM in front of Town Kitchen and Bar!
We’ll walk for an hour into the beautiful adjacent neighborhoods and then return to our starting point where water bowls will be waiting for our doggies. Pack walks are a great opportunity to enjoy the weather, spend time with your dog, and a good way to provide essential exercise. This walk is also appropriate for dogs who are recovered reactive rovers. Town is dog-friendly as long as you eat outdoors- you can choose to stay for a delicious brunch after (we love their avocado toast and we’re not ashamed to say it).
When: Sunday, December 2, 2018
Time: 9-10 AM
Where: Town Kitchen and Bar- we meet by the manatee across from Town.
7301 SW 57 CT
South Miami, FL 33143
Are your dogs LOVING this cool weather? Then join us for an on-leash walk session starting and ending at DIRT in Mary Brickell Village. We meet up with fellow dog parents and their pups on a 2-mile guided walk throughout the Brickell area.*
When: Sunday, December 9th, 2018
Time: 9 AM
Where: Meet at DIRT inside Mary Brickell Village, West Courtyard near Elevators
The Shops at Mary Brickell Village
901 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
*Coffee provided by DIRT. Water and potty bags for pets provided by Equipaws Pet Services. This is a guided walk with a dog trainer from Applause Your Paws, Inc.
Dogs will be kept separate from each other to keep energy low and ensure an enjoyable experience. Please avoid retractable leashes. Not all dogs are on the same fitness level or expected to complete the full walk.
Bring your furry good boys and girls and join us for Santa Paws Pet Photos on Thursday, December 6th and meet Santa! In partnership with Equipaws Pet Sitters, Applause Your Paws, and Miami-Dade Animal Services, Santa Paws will feature pet photos with Santa for $5 (proceeds to benefit Magic City K9), a holiday market of pet products, adoptable pets, and more!*
WHERE: Mary Brickell Village, West Courtyard (near elevators)
WHEN: Thursday, December 6th from 6PM-8PM
WHAT: $5 Donation required for Photos with Santa.
Admission is free for the Holiday Market.
*Professional Photographer will be onsite. All images will be provided via Facebook album. Feel free to bring your camera for photos as well.
Dogs who love playing with other well-behaved pups are in luck in Miami. We have plenty of dog-friendly parks for them to choose from, from the beach to the more residential areas in Miami. Our dog walking clients have asked us to take their pups on little excursions, and we’ve come to love several dog-friendly parks, which we list below. Give your pup a treat and take them out for a fun play date and healthy socialization!
Amelia Earhart Bark Park
The Amelia Earhart Dog Park has a separate area for small dogs, benches, exercise equipment, shade, and gardens. There are also picnic tables, human and doggie drinking fountains, poop bag dispensers, and trash cans. The bark park is open from 8am to sunset, seven days a week. Parking is free during the week, but there is a fee on weekends.
Many pet parents take their pups to this popular park. Expect a big dog and a small dog park near Applause Your Paws and Lincoln’s Beard Brewery. There is an obstacle course, a small water fountain for dogs, plenty of poop bags, and of course an off-leash area. There is a lot of dirt so expect your pups to get dirty!
Where: 7900 SW 40th ST, Miami FL 33155
Chapman Field Dog Park
This beautiful nine-acre dog park can be found between Deering Estate and Matheson Hammock. The dog park runs from the entrance at the canoe launch to the open-field area within the turn-around at the eastern edge of the property. This park also had poop bag dispensers. Perfect place for residents living in the south of South Florida.
Coconut Grove doggies love Blanche Park (and prefer it to Kennedy Park, so keep that in mind!). It’s a small, well-kept doggie park that has astro turf instead of grass, nestled in the middle of the Grove where your pup can run free off leash. The park isn’t divided into large/small dog park because there is no room, so small dogs may not like it if there are many large dogs the day you go, and maybe vice versa. The parking can be tough, so walking there is your best bet.
Where: 3070 Virginia ST, Miami, FL 33133
Small and large dogs can run together off-leash in this cute little park sprinkled with a few obstacles for your pup’s entertainment. There is a gazebo hut, two benches and a water fountain for both pups and their owners, as well as poop bag dispensers and garbage cans. Parking can be challenging, but it’s nice to walk to if you live in the neighborhood!
Where: 6380 SW 78th ST, South Miami, FL 33143
South Pointe Park: Dogs must be leashed at this oceanfront park, but it’s gorgeous. This is the City of Miami Beach’s only off-leash park, but you must bring your pup in on leash, and your dog can be off-leash only at designated hours.
Miami is a dog-friendly city, paws down. There’s so much to do with your dogs, in fact, that it can get overwhelming. We’re happy to help you focus on some quality ideas for how to keep your dog active and fit in our beautiful Magic City. Check them out and let us know which activity you decide to enjoy with your pups this weekend!
1. Pack Walks:
Color us biased, but our favorite way to get moving while meeting new pups is at our Pack Walks! At Equipaws, we host Pack Walks in partnership with Applause Your Paws, Miami’s top positive reinforcement dog trainers, in the cooler months. All pups and parents meet in front of Town Kitchen & Bar in South Miami around 9 AM and take a nice 45-60 minute walk. There’s a good group of dog owners who walk together and work on their leash skills and socializing their pets. And if you’re feeling extra social, stay afterwards for a delicious and relaxing brunch at Town in their outside seating with the pups!
We also take the pack walk to Mary Brickell Village every second Sunday of the month. We meet in front of DIRT for coffee and take an hour to explore the neighborhoods, rain or shine.
When: The first and second Sunday of every month, from November to March!
South Miami Pack Walk: Every first Sunday of the month. Meet in front of Town Kitchen & Bar, then walk around beautiful South Miami! 7301 SW 57th CT South Miami, FL 33143 Parking: Street parking is available. RSVP on our Facebook Event.
Mary Brickell Village Pack Walk: Every second Sunday of the month. Meet in front of DIRT, then walk around beautiful Brickell! 900 S Miami Ave #125, Miami, FL 33130 Street parking is available. RSVP on our Facebook Event.
2. Dog Agility Courses and Doga!
Did you know Miami has some of the most exciting activities for dogs? We’re talking agility classes, dance classes, and more! Applause Your Paws offers a popular Introduction to Agility Course and then offers a level two agility course for those pups who want more.
Agility is a dog sport where you help your dog maneuver through, over, or around obstacles and it’s loads of fun. This is perfect for your active pup who loves to play and run. This is a great way for you and your pooch to get good exercise and strengthen your bond.
Doga: Dogs + Yoga = Doga!
It sounds, and is, incredibly fun and rewarding to share in this activity with your pups. Take your dogs for a monthly yoga session, held every first Saturday of the month at different parks in Miami. In December, Doga will be held on the second Saturday of the month (December 12th), and is now at 8am to accommodate some scheduling requests.
Each class starts out with thirty minutes of yoga , then a thirty minute run with your dog, and then finishes off with Doga poses. Doga definitely brings you and your pups closer together. Check out their Meetup page and let us know if you go!
3. Dog-friendly destinations:
Miami is blessed – we’re surrounded by plenty of dog friendly parks where there are dog-friendly events set up, such as Downward with Your Dog at Margaret Pace Park.. There’s so much to do that we divided dog-friendly destinations into two location-based categories:beaches and restaurants.
Dog-friendly beaches and parks:
Hobie Beach: If your dog loves water, you MUST go to Hobie Beach. We’re lucky that we live a short drive away from a dog-friendly beach. People love Hobie Beach. enjoy warm water, beach activities, and amenities at this popular and dog-friendly destination
expect a toll to pay on the bridge to Hobie Island, use of the park (and parking) is free
please be aware that this beach is not extremely well-maintained because it is free
Where: Old Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149
Bark Beach at North Shore: This dog-friendly beach has been voted the #1 Dog Park Metro Miami. It’s one of six of the designated Bark Parks provided by the city of Miami Beach parks and recreation. Your pups can run off leash here, play in the water fountains, or hang with you while you sit on a bench and take in the beautiful weather. You can take your dogs to neighboring dog-friendly restaurants such as Burgers and Shakes on Collins & 74th.
Miami Dog Parks: Head over to our blog post on our favorite Miami Dog parks for a good list of fun places to take your dog for play and exercise!
Restaurants and Breweries:
You can’t walk through Coconut Grove without passing by a dog-friendly restaurant. We recommend the Lokaland The Spillover for Coconut Grove. They have dog-friendly menus (Yeyo’s fried chicken, then a good bone to chew). They regularly host Yappy Hour events like the annual Halloween Costume Contest at The Spillover on October 31st, so walk your pups down to socialize in a friendly environment.
If Coral Gables is more your territory, pass byBooks & Booksfor their balmy outdoor seating or head inside to have a bite or browse their selection of books.The Village of Merrick Park is very pet friendly, and several restaurants such as Sawa and Cafe Ibiza allow outdoor seating for dogs.
We’re partial to Lincoln’sBeard Brewery out by Tropical Park. You can hop over to the brewery after a nice class at Applause Your Paws. If it’s the second Friday of the month, you can enjoy Bark and Brew Bark and Brew, hosted by the dog trainers at Applause Your Paws. 6 p.m. Friday at Lincoln’s Beard Brewing Company, 7360 SW 41st St., Miami; 305-912-7390; lincolnsbeardbrewing.com. Admission is free.