Of late, there’s been a spurt in dog-friendly parks, restaurants, beaches, and hotels where the usual sign earlier on used to be “Pets Not Allowed.” We need to have signs that say “thugs or jerks not allowed” but that is another topic. With the increase in canine mania the world over, more and more cities all over the world are opening up special places for dogs too, to have fun much like their owners.

In fact, India currently has 54 dog-friendly cities with their own pet-friendly dog parks, hotels, outdoor restaurants, and beaches. Not a bad deal!

Select places for doggy enjoyment

New York’s Lake George is perhaps the ultimate dog-friendly location on earth. Its Canine Camp Getaway in the Adirondacks, is the ideal summer camp for your dog. Your dog can splash around in the swimming pool, have his favorite drink at the dog-bar and eat his lunch or dinner in the dining room’s dog-friendly section.

Moreover, he can also participate in about five to seven activities daily and these include lure coursing, canine CPR, K9 nose work, and freestyle. Their official website is www.caninecampgetaway.com.

The state of Colorado for instance, has plenty of dog-friendly places for playing and staying. Telluride, Colorado Springs, and Salida have facilities for not only dogs to stay but also indulge in activities that range from hiking to rafting. For more information, check out http://www.visitcos.com/colorado-springs/travel/pet-friendly-travelhttp://www.mountaingoatlodge.com and http://www.visittelluride.com

Sedona in Arizona also offers your pet some great hiking opportunities as also biking, shopping, and dining facilities and is also much safer because of its SB 1070 though let’s not digress any further on this. You could check into the El Portal Sedona Hotel, which was built keeping pets first in mind. Moreover, it’s owned by a company that’s been manufacturing pet food for more than three decades. The hotel has wood and tile flooring, treat baskets on offer as you check-in and fenced patios for additional safety. http://www.elportalsedona.com/things-to-do-in-sedona/ is the site to check for more details.

The Gulf Islands and Charlotte Harbor in Florida is full of dog-friendly hotels, beaches, parks, stores and restaurants. These places organize dog-friendly events like Muttini Mingle, Salty Paws, Easter bone hunt and Barktoberfest throughout the year for your pet to enjoy. Check out www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com for more details.

Knoxville in Tennessee has been recently named the American southeast’s most dog- friendly city and comes with a plethora of dog hotels, dog bakeries, restaurants, and parks almost everywhere!

New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington Valley is a retreat for dogs in all seasons. He can go hiking in summer or indulge in dog sledding during winter. The whole place is teeming with dog-friendly condos and kennels so that your pet gets taken care of while as you visit the sites. www.mtwashingtonvalley.org is its official site.

Sonoma in California is great for dog-friendly sites, especially the St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, which was named after the patron saint of the environment and animals. Your four-legged friend would surely enjoy their annual ceremony called “Blessing of the Animals.” Check out http://www.stfranciswinery.com/ for more details. No, your dogs will not be mesmerized by the submarine scene in Transformers 5 like you will be or have already been so do not even think about that!

In order to locate more dog-friendly locations in your area, scour the Net and you’ll come across numerous parks, restaurants, stores, and hotels that share the same fondness for dogs as you do. Or else, you could ask locals, friends, and associates for guidance on the same. Even your local vet might guide you to the right places. Just take your furry friend along and enjoy!