Miami Dog-Friendly Events in December

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


Invite your friends to this dog-friendly walk via Facebook.


Dog-friendly pack walk in Mary Brickell Village

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.

FREE ADMISSION, but you must sign up for this dog-friendly pack walk through Eventbrite.

Santa Paws pet photos!

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.

Register for photos with Santa Paws here.

3 Ways To Keep Your Dog Active in The City.


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.

Where: 8232 Collins Ave Miami, FL 33141 (305)-673-7730
Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 3pm – 7pm
Cost: $5 Resident/ $25 Non-Resident/ Annual Pass $20 (for residents only) CASH PAYMENT ONLY!

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 Lokal and 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 by Books & Books for 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’s Beard 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; Admission is free.

Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

Dog walkers and pet sitters are healthy Miami

Pets: An Hour with Them a Day Keeps You Healthy Today

No matter if it is five minutes or five hours a day, being around your dog or cat is a great way to improve your health on a daily basis. We may be biased as pet sitters, but our clients agree…animals naturally give us that warm feeling inside. Your favorite companion can also make you extremely fit and help you keep it that way!

Our pets are natural mood boosters. It only takes a short period of time with them for you to feel less stressed and at ease. In essence, your body initially goes through changes that make a difference in your mood; the American Heart Association says that our heart rates slow down within just 10 seconds of touching one of our fur kids. That’s a great help to those with high blood pressure; many studies even go so far as to recommend patients who have the time and the means to adopt! (Find source) have shown that the interaction with pets assists in lowering blood pressure and heart rates.
Dogs especially help people achieve the physical activity they need to stay healthy.

They also strengthen us mentally and emotionally. Dogs, cats, birds… they help us lead a life free of depression, anxiety, and even asthma. Did you know that children who grew up with pets are less likely to have asthma?  Besides their unconditional love and affection, pets give you as their owner a sense of determination, a purpose.

We believe in this purpose. We feel the urge to create a pet-friendly atmosphere that brings together love, energy, and companionship. Its just one of the many reasons why we feel the need to not only cherish your adorable loved ones, but embrace them.