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All the Dog-Friendly Spots to Play With Your Pooch in Tahoe


Bring your pooch with you to Tahoe this summer. Not only can you standup paddleboard with your pup on the blue waters of the lake, but you can also enjoy some cocktails, pizza and even play some bocce with your best friend at your side.

Dogs on the Lake

SUP PUPS at Waterman's Landing Beach Café

This summer, both dogs and owners can learn how to stand-up paddleboard (SUP) together on Lake Tahoe. Waterman's Landing Beach Café is partnering with SUP PUPS to offer professional instruction for dogs and dog owners who want to SUP together on the lake. Using force-free, positive-reinforcement instruction by a trainer certified in animal-behavior modification, owners will learn to keep their dog calm on the paddleboard. The instruction will take place July 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $60 per person and paddleboard rentals are available for $60 per person for three hours. A 30-minute break will be included to give dog owners and their pups time to eat lunch. All dog students will receive an organic chew bone so they have something to gnaw on while their owner learns to paddle by demonstration. // 5166 North Lake Blvd. (Carnelian Bay), watermanslanding.com

Yappy Hour

Peaks & Paws Festival at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows

The Village at Squaw Valley will be celebrating man's best friend on August 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The festival includes dog-friendly hikes, pet vendors, live bluegrass, and dog shows. JD Platt and the K9 Kings will be performing the Ultimate Flying Dog Show and Lagunitas Brewing Company will be serving $5 beers. The "Yappy Hour" will offer $1 off drinks as well as complimentary pet treats from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. // 1960 Squaw Valley Road (Olympic Valley), squawalpine.com

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe Yappy Hour will start in July. (The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe/Facebook)

Yappy Hour at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

For our furry friends who enjoy the finer things in life, the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe is offering Yappy Hour on Sundays starting July 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Drink specials will be designed for canines and their human companions. Dogs can also ride the lift to and from the hotel to Northstar Village and pet-friendly rooms are available at the hotel by request. // 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court (Truckee), ritzcarlton.com

Dog-Friendly Dining

Several restaurants and cafés in the area open up their lawns and decks to dogs and their owners. Blue Dog Gourmet Pizza in South Lake Tahoe is a dog-friendly spot with several dog-themed pizzas including Hair of the Dog with pepperoni and Canadian bacon. // 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd. (South Lake Tahoe), bluedogpizzatahoe.com

The Tunnel Creek Café in Incline Village is not only a great place to rent a bike for the Flume Trail, but the back porch is also dog-friendly. The cafe serves Hood River Coffee Roasters joe and beer on tap to go with their breakfast, brunch and lunch. We recommend the Blue Jack and Ham (tandori naan, ham, Monterey Blue Marble Jack Cheese, spicy brown mustard). Does your dog like veggies? Bring them to the Tunnel Creek Farmers Market every Wednesday this summer, behind the Tunnel Creek Café from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Some booths cater just to dog owners. // 1115 Tunnel Creek Road (Incline Village), tunnelcreekcafe.com

If you or your dog want to chase some balls, the Truckee River Winery is a pet-friendly spot to drink the award-winning Best Man pinto noir or the Pink Barn dry rosé. The six bocce courts are free for customers to get their roll on. // 11467 Brockway Rd. (Truckee), truckeeriverwinery.com

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