The city of Detroit isn’t just for humans to enjoy. Dog parks, pet-friendly bars and restaurants and dog-centered events are popping up around the city and fur parents are rejoicing. Give your pup something to bark about this summer with room to run, bars to hang out in and engaging activities fit for the goodest boys and girls.
Events With Your Dog
If you and your dog are tired of the typical walk and are looking for something different to do this summer, check out one of these events specifically created to enjoy with your dog.
Give your dog a chance to exercise and socialize at a pack walk with Canine to Five Detroit. The local doggy daycare and boarding facility hosts these walks along the Detroit Riverfront or the Dequindre Cut every Sunday. Each walk lasts between 60 and 90 minutes and includes a 10-minute break. Meet the crew at Rivard Plaza at 10:30 a.m. and bring a leash, water and bags to clean up after your dog.
Grand Circus Dog Park Themed Parties
The Paw-ty is at Grand Circus Dog Park this summer with monthly themed events for dogs and their owners. Enjoy cool treats at the ice cream social on July 27 and splash around at the pool party on August 24.
Downward With Dog
Teach your dog to sit and nama-stay at Downward with Dog in Capitol Park on August 6 and 20. The pup-friendly yoga class is hosted by Living Waters Yoga Detroit. All abilities are welcome and there is no need to preregister for the event. Bring your own mat, water and towel.
Dog Days Of Summer
Michigan’s DNR is getting in on the four-legged fun too by hosting a day of outdoor fun for dogs. The Dog Days of Summer event will include dog-friendly activities, dog toys, doggie pools and a guided walk through the Dequindre Cut. The free outdoor event will be held at the Outdoor Adventure Center on August 25 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Dogs must be friendly and up-to-date on their vaccinations and licenses. Please bring your own bags to clean up after your dog.
Drinking With Dogs
Grab a cocktail with your leash-friendly dog at The Old Miami on August 27 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The bar’s spacious backyard features a cozy patio, koi pond and bonfire area. The event helps support Rebel Dogs Detroit, a dog rescue for abandoned and abused dogs of Detroit that also provides support for Detroit residents who wish to keep their dogs but need assistance. Drinking with dogs is a monthly event hosted by Canine to Five.
Dog-Friendly Restaurants and Bars
Looking for other places to enjoy a drink or meal with your dog? Here’s a list of dog-friendly restaurants and bars in Detroit.
- The Skip
- Detroit Shipping Company
- Jolly Pumpkin
- Brew Detroit
- Great Lakes Coffee
- McShane’s Pub
- Batch Brewing Company
- ASHE Supply Co.
- Traffic Jam & Snug
- Bronx Bar
- Mercury Burger Bar
- Motor City Wine
- PJ’s Lager House
- Woodbridge Pub
- Eastern Market Brewing Co.
Dog Parks In Detroit
Take your dog to a space that’s designed just for them to safely run and play in. They may even make a few new friends while they’re there.
Detroit Dog Park
Located just down the street of the historic Michigan Central Station, Detroit Dog Park features a fenced-in area with plenty of room to run. Dogs of all sizes are welcome as long as they are licensed and vaccinated. Make sure to bring your own water since the park does not have any on-site. The park is located at 17th Street and Rose Street.
Midtown Detroit Dog Park
Midtown Dog Park provides a grassy space to play off the leash from 7 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., seven days a week. Located at the corner of Cass Avenue and West Canfield, near Wayne State University. You’ll be able to rest at one of the park’s picnic tables as your dog expels some energy.
Grand Circus Dog Park
Grand Circus Dog Park is open year-round from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. and located in Grand Circus Park right outside of Comerica Park. The park has several seating options and features grassy spots, shaded areas and spaces with woodchips. Going above and beyond the normal dog park, Grand Circus Dog Park also hosts free events for dogs and their owners, including the ice cream social and pool party listed above.
Downtown Detroit Parks
Dogs are allowed in Downtown Detroit parks but must be on a leash, unless otherwise noted. Owners must be present at all times. Most parks are open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., but some hours may differ. Check out each park’s site to get more information.