Montecito Dog-Friendly Guide

girl and french bulldog at rosewood santa barbara hotel

My Favorite Dog-Friendly Spots in Montecito


Is Montecito dog-friendly? Here’s your answer – yes! Since it’s a very small city, it feels like you get a highly curated variety of shops, restaurants, hotels, hikes, and of course, beaches you can bring your dog to in Montecito. If you’re not familiar yet, Montecito is a little enclave just east of Santa Barbara, known for its stunning coastline, celebrity residents (Oprah, Ellen, Prince Harry!), charming downtown area, and picturesque Mediterranean architecture. Nestled between the majestic Santa Ynez Mountains and the sparkling Pacific coastline, this idyllic town exudes a sense of understated luxury and, of course, the relaxed SoCal vibes of the coast.

Fira and I recently spent a weekend in Montecito and had the perfect Californian getaway! Here are all my favorite dog-friendly spots in Montecito we discovered during the trip:



bettina patio dog


Located inside the Montecito Country Mart, this cozy Italian restaurant is a perfect combination of Italian + Californian culture and food. A dog-friendly restaurant in Montecito, Bettina specializes in wood-fired pizzas on naturally leavened sourdough crust and local ingredients. If you love Italian food, you’ll feel right at home in this space. The atmosphere is so bright and welcoming, it’s great for a casual lunch or dinner with friends, plus your pup!

pepperoni pizza

If you’re in Montecito on a weekday afternoon, their happy hour is from 4-5:30pm, Monday through Thursday. You can get a free margherita pizza with the purchase of any bottle of wine! Their outdoor courtyard is dog-friendly, so Bettina is a must-visit during your trip to Montecito with your dog

1014 Coast Village Rd (inside Montecito Country Mart).


rori's ice cream outside patio

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Rori’s Artisanal Creamery

After your meal, get Rori’s ice cream! They offer unique flavors like Black Pepper Pistachio, Honey Lavender and the classics like Milk & Cookies and Dark Chocolate. 

1024 Coast Village Rd (inside Montecito Country Mart).

french bulldog with ice cream cone


dog friendly spots in montecito

Montesano Deli & Market

Stop by for breakfast or lunch for classic Italian sandwiches and deli salads at Montesano Deli & Market. This east coast inspired deli also sells gourmet market items, like olive oil, snacks + spices. Sandwiches are thick and full of flavor or get yourself ingredients for a charcuterie board picnic on the beach!

1150 Coast Village Road.


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The most charming breakfast spot in Montecito with adorable pink parasols dotted along the sidewalk. I recommend the tri-tip benedict with American Wagyu beef and two soft poached eggs. Pair it with a warm latte and you’re all set to head out on your adventures exploring the rest of Montecito for the day.

The dog-friendly outdoor seating at Jeannine’s is a great place to cozy up with your pooch. Come here early – they open at 7:30am and close at 1:30pm every day of the week.

1253 Coast Village Rd.


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Looking for vegan? Head to Oliver’s with your dog for an upscale vegan dining experience. A few of the restaurant’s shared plates include scallop pesto bucatini made with king oyster mushrooms, pad thai, wild mushroom tostada, and more. The menu offers many shared plates, so you can try a little bit of everything!

Dimly lit and well-designed, the terrace at Oliver’s is just gorgeous – a perfect spot for you and your precious pup to enjoy the indoor-outdoor design and beautiful setting.

1198 Coast Village Rd.


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Lucky’s Steakhouse

More of a meat eater? Prepare for one of the best steakhouses in California – Lucky’s. Along with a classic, fun atmosphere, Lucky’s serves incredible food. The steak melts in your mouth, and of course, don’t forget the seafood and martinis. There’s an outdoor patio right on the sidewalk, so you and your pup can do some people-watching (maybe a celeb spotting or two?).

1279 Coast Village Rd.



cashy's playpen french bulldog

Cashy’s Playpen 

If you’re looking for some aesthetically-pleasing doggie toys, leashes and bedding for your pup, stop by Cashy’s (named after the owner’s French bulldog, of course)! The shop offers the most gorgeous selection of curated items for pets. They also sell our favorite fresh cooked dog food PURE! 1292 Coast Village Rd.

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Butterfly Beach

This beach is a popular spot among locals in Santa Barbara. Swim, surf, or sunbathe all day here, with your dog right at your side. This is a great beach to come to in Montecito with your dog (on-leash). You’ll see a lot of other people with their pups, so he will have plenty of new friends to meet!

If you’re hungry, you’re only a couple minutes away by car to Coast Village Road for restaurant options or a short 5-10 min walk. 1260 Channel Dr.

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Toro Canyon Park

Tucked in the foothills, Toro Canyon Park is a hidden gem not far from Montecito. The 74-acre park has an off-leash dog park shaded by oak trees right at the entrance. There are plenty of picnic areas, too, so if you’re looking for a leisurely lunch in the park with your pooch, this makes a great spot!

Take a short trail up to an overlook gazebo to catch stunning panoramic views of the mountains in Montecito and Carpinteria. For sure one of the most dog-friendly spots in Montecito. 

576 Toro Canyon Park, Santa Barbara.



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Rosewood Hotel

If you’re going to Montecito with your dog, I highly recommend Rosewood Miramar Beach. The interior design is ultra luxe, beautifully manicured grass to run around in and ocean views at every turn. Steps from Miramar Beach, which is also dog-friendly, this hotel is perfect if you’re dreaming of a relaxing beach vacation. Definitely great in the summer, you and your pup will love this five-star hotel. 

Don’t miss a drink at Cabana Bar, which is poolside. Now, where did I put Fira’s sunglasses?

rosewood hotel santa barbara lobby

rosewood hotel dog friendly

rosewood hotel dog

Pet fee $150/stay. Rooms start at $1,795/night. 1759 S Jameson Ln, Montecito.


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Kimpton Canary

If you’re looking for something more central, the Spanish-style Kimpton Canary will make all your dreams come true. The 360-degree views from the rooftop are gorgeous, and a cozy fire pit adds a comforting touch while catching the sunset. And did I mention a rooftop pool (dogs are welcome!)? When you stay at Kimpton Canary, you can even get complimentary access to Wag! Premium. 

Kimpton Hotels are always so wonderful and also dog-friendly. One of my favorite hotel chains almost anywhere I go with the dogs.

Of course, at every Kimpton hotel: no pet fee! Rooms start at $400/night. 31 W Carrillo St, Santa Barbara.

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San Ysidro Ranch

Even if you aren’t staying the night here, spending an afternoon at San Ysidro Ranch is an absolute must while you’re visiting Montecito with your dog. There are 500 acres of rolling foothills to admire… so much seclusion and natural beauty everywhere. It’s also historic: Camelot began here with John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooning in the cottage that’s now named after them. Resort amenities include complimentary dining, private wine tastings, yoga instruction, botanical gardens and more.

There are just 38 vineyard-covered cottages surrounded by an incredible landscape – flowers, greenery and towering oaks everywhere. There are also nearby hikes and waterfalls. If you’re traveling to Montecito with your dog, don’t miss San Ysidro Ranch!

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Of course your dog will also receive a five star experience with the Pampered Pet Program. Your pup will get a welcome dog treat, plus bedding, water bowl and even their own pet-friendly in-room dining menu.

Read my full hotel review here.

Pet fee: $150/stay. Rooms start at $2,495/night. 900 San Ysidro Lane, Santa Barbara.

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Palihouse Santa Barbara

If you love being right in the heart of the action, Palihouse Santa Barbara is perfect for you since it’s in downtown Santa Barbara. You can stroll through the charming streets of downtown and explore the area. Walking distance to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the historic Arlington Theatre, Palihouse Santa Barbara is a convenient and stylish option and of course, it’s also dog-friendly.

I love Palihouse because the hotels always feel more intimate (like a hideaway!) with an emphasis on hospitality. 

Pet fee: $150/stay. Rooms start at $275/night. 915 Garden St, Santa Barbara.

dog friendly hotel in santa barbara

El Encanto

Nestled amidst lush gardens and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this historic hotel offers a timeless blend of old-world elegance and modern luxury. Built in the 1920s, you’ll get all the classic vibes here with your dog in tow. The views are to die for, and the Spanish-colonial and Californian craftsman styles are definitely camera-friendly. You can register for experiences too, like candle pouring, al fresco movie night, and a hilltop picnic.

Pet fee: $150/stay. Rooms start at $750/night. 800 Alvarado Pl, Santa Barbara.


If you were wondering if Montecito is dog friendly, now you know! If you have any questions, drop me a comment below.

DIY: Mint + Parsley Dog Treats for Fresh Breath

The Best Homemade Dog Treats for Fresh Breath: Mint and Parsley Edition

Parsley is an excellent herb that offers numerous health benefits for dogs, including freshening their breath! Not only is it rich in vitamins and minerals, but it also contains chlorophyll, a natural deodorizer that can help neutralize odors in your pup’s mouth. Additionally, parsley contains enzymes that break down odor-causing compounds and help to promote digestion, making it a great addition to your dog’s diet. So, next time you’re cooking up a homemade meal for your dog, don’t forget to add a bit of fresh parsley to keep their breath smelling clean and fresh!

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Curly parsley only!

When it comes to using parsley in dog treats, it’s important to note that only curly parsley should be used for dogs. Flat-leaf parsley, also known as Italian parsley, contains a higher concentration of essential oils that can be toxic to dogs when consumed in large amounts. Curly parsley has a milder flavor and lower concentration of essential oils, making it safe for dogs to consume. So, if you’re planning on using parsley in your dog’s treats or meals, be sure to stick with curly to ensure their safety and well-being.

The addition of parsley and mint not only gives these treats a refreshing flavor but also provides health benefits for your pup. Parsley contains chlorophyll which helps freshen breath by neutralizing odors in the mouth. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals that can support overall health.

Mint is another herb known for its breath-freshening properties, and it can also aid in digestion and provide a calming effect on the stomach. Mint is safe for dogs when given in small amounts. It has natural antibacterial properties that can help freshen their breath and soothe their upset stomachs. However, it is important to note that too much mint can cause digestive upset in dogs, which is why I’ve kept the mint in this recipe to a small amount of 1/4 cup. 

Bananas are rich in potassium, which can help regulate blood pressure and support proper heart function. They also contain fiber, which can aid in digestion, keep your dog feeling full + satisfied and they’re also a great source of natural sugars, making them a tasty ingredient to include in your dog’s treats! I like adding mashed banana to make their dog treats softer and more full. 

You’ll need:

  • 2.5 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup curly parsley chopped
  • 1/4 cup mint chopped
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 egg



Preheat oven 350 degrees.

Pulse oats in blender until textured powder.

Mix all ingredients together in food processor, or with a hand mixer, or by hand in mixing bowl.

Roll the dough out and cut out treats. You can also make mini balls and mash them down with a fork.

Bake for 16-18 mins. 

Store in airtight container in fridge for 7-10 days. 

Bad breath in dogs can be more than just a simple annoyance; it can be a sign of underlying health issues. Dental problems, such as periodontal disease or tooth decay, can cause bad breath and lead to serious health problems if left untreated. Bad breath can also be an indication of gastrointestinal problems, such as an upset stomach or poor digestion.

Regular dental check-ups, daily teeth brushing, and incorporating dental chews or treats into your dog’s diet can help keep their breath fresh and their teeth healthy. Make sure to check out my post The Ultimate Guide to Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth At Home.

These parsley dog treats are an effective, natural way to keep your dog’s teeth clean and healthy! Check out my post 5 Natural Ways To Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean for more ways to keep your dog’s teeth and breath fresh.

What Should I Feed My French Bulldog Puppy?

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Are you head over heels for your adorable French Bulldog puppy? These little bundles of joy bring so much laughter and love into our lives. As responsible dog owners, it’s essential to provide them with the best nutrition possible to support their growth and overall health. In this article, we’ll dive into the world of feeding your French Bulldog puppy high-quality, protein-rich foods and maintaining a balanced diet to prevent weight issues. Let’s ensure your furry friend gets the nourishment they need for a happy and healthy life!

Best Food for your French Bulldog puppy

According to vets and French Bulldog experts in the US, the best bulldog diet should contain proteins, carbohydrates as well as an equal amount of healthy fats for brain power and energy. When it comes to selecting the best food for your French Bulldog puppy, it’s essential to opt for higher quality options. These top choices are perfect because they contain fewer unnecessary fillers and more nutrients that are vital for your pup’s growth and development.

As you probably know, French Bulldogs have quite a few heath challenges. Just like humans, your dog could be allergic to some kind of food, such as corn or soy, but in most cases, they are actually allergic to fillers found in processed food. These fillers are used to add mass to the product, but have no nutritional value and are difficult to digest. The best way to save your dog from this kind of suffering is avoiding fillers and giving him whole food ingredients.” [ source: ]

While it might be tempting to go for inexpensive dog food for your Frenchie pup, it’s important to keep in mind that cheaper options often come with their drawbacks. These budget-friendly choices mostly trigger allergies and contribute to various health problems. Common brands like Iams, Alpo, Purina and Pedigree don’t have great reviews and aren’t recommended for the sensitive French bulldog puppy stomachs.

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Top food brands for your French Bulldog Puppy

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This is the food our breeder was feeding her puppies and we kept Fira on it til she was 6 months old. Having earned the highest of all ratings, NutriSource is a great choice for puppies!

  • The brand uses a unique “Good 4 Life” system that includes probiotics, prebiotics, and natural fiber to support digestive health and nutrient absorption.
  • Contains all the essential nutrients for the optimum health of your pet.
  • Contains no animal by-products, whole corn, artificial additives or preservatives.


Besides containing nearly all of the essential nutrients, the fact that you can get grain-free varieties and non-grain-free varieties is great. It features fresh Wisconsin duck, fresh chicken, fresh lamb, and the nutrition rich whole eggs & real cheese. Salmon oil and probiotics have been added to aid digestion and promote good health. No corn and no wheat.

Taste of the Wild

Another popular option, Taste of the Wild is many dogs’ favorites mainly because it is 100% natural, grain-free alternative.

  • Made with a blend of bison & roasted venison, omega fatty acids, berries and minerals.
  • Highest consumer ratings!


Other Notable Brands

  1. Natural Balance Premium Limited Ingredient Dog Food
  2. Nulo Freestyle Adult Dog Food
  3. Wellness CORE
  4. Earthborn Holistic Coastal Catch Grain-Free Dry Dog Food
  5. Royal Canin Medium Bulldog Dry Dog Food

What NOT to feed your French Bulldog

  1. Apple seeds
  2. Avocado
  3. Cooked bones can easily splinter when chewed by your dog
  4. Chocolate
  5. Coffee
  6. Corn on the cob
  7. Grapes
  8. Milk
  9. Mushrooms
  10. Onions
  11. Peaches
  12. Persimmons
  13. Plums
  14. Raisins

Cooking your own homemade dog food

After 6 months of age, your pup is ready to transition to fresh, cooked foods. I always prefer to feed fresh food, as even the best grain-free kibble still has fillers. And trust me, your pup will lick his bowl clean every time with fresh, cooked foods. 

Make sure to always ask your vet if you decide to go this route. Homemade dog food allows you to know exactly what’s in their food, especially if they have certain food allergies. Here is my most popular homemade dog food recipe.

Need to find out what food allergies your dog may have? I used NutriScan and found out Weston + Fira were allergies to so many ingredients I would have never even known! 


Don’t have time to cook? 

Just Food For Dogs is the first fresh dog food company that I tried, which was almost a decade ago! They specialize in providing high-quality, human-grade food for dogs. Their meals are prepared in their own kitchens, following strict food safety standards, and are tested for nutritional content by accredited vets. There’s a decent variety of flavors like beef + potato, lamb + rice, white fish + sweet potato and turkey + macaroni. 

With over 200 locations nationwide, including all Petco stores, I find myself easily picking up Just Food For Dogs when I’m running low on dog food and need to get it fast! 

The Farmer’s Dog is also one of the more popular dog food brands out there! The meals are pre-portioned and personalized for your dogs’ specific needs based on a profile you create when signing up. The food is gently cooked to maintain whole food integrity and natural nutrients, then frozen and shipped directly to your door. Sign up and get 50% off your first order!

PetPlate also offers delicious, balanced dog food that looks like real food. They come in convenient little containers and and an easy subscription plan (a full plan could cost as little as $1.29/day!). Your dog will thank you!


Is It Safe to Fly with a French Bulldog?

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As a mom to French bulldogs, I get it. We want to go everywhere with our pups. It’s understandable that most dog parents want to bring their fur babies whenever leaving town. Are you considering a longer trip with your Frenchie, and you might even be hoping to fly? Here is a list of things you should know before you make your final decision. 

The top concern amongst French Bulldog owners: how do I fly with my French Bulldog and is it safe?

Flying with Brachycephalic Breeds

Flying with these flat-nosed breeds can be stressful, so be sure your dog is ready for the trip. French bulldogs and other brachycephalic breeds are known to have breathing issues and other health problems. Not every Frenchie does, but it is still something you need to keep in mind. There have been reports of French Bulldogs and other flat-faced dogs getting injured or even dying during flights, but this is luckily an exception rather than the norm.

That said, Frenchies can fly, and it comes down to finding the ideal flight route, the right airline dog carrier, and preparing properly before the trip. Let’s have a look at how you can make the flight as safe and comfortable as possible for your pup.

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Veterinary Check-Up 

One of the first things you need to do before you book a flight for yourself and your Frenchie is to schedule a vet check-up. Your pup might be the healthiest dog around, but it is always best to consult a professional before going airborne with your pup. Also, make sure you mention your travel plans so that your veterinarian can weigh in. Most domestic flights don’t require a health certificate but if you are flying international, you’ll need a health certificate for your dog

Be Aware of Warm Weather

Whenever possible, it is a good idea to avoid flying during the summer months. Small, flat-faced dogs like Frenchies can get overheated easily, and while your pup will likely spend most of its time with you inside the air-conditioned terminal and on the plane, it’s good to be aware of the weather, especially when you get to your destination. I definitely leave the pups at home with a sitter if we are going somewhere very warm.

Flying a Frenchie in Cargo vs. Cabin

A common question is whether to take your Frenchie with you in the cabin or if your pup will be okay to fly as cargo. French bulldogs are brachycephalic breeds–flat nosed dogs–and those breeds are banned from flying commercial airlines underneath the plane. It’s important to know that most airlines do not allow brachycephalic breeds to fly as cargo.

What does that mean?

I think when most people see this ban, they automatically assume “so, French bulldogs are not allowed on the plane?” This ban only applies to dogs who are flying in the cargo and underneath the plane. 

We can fly with our French bulldogs in cabin. Most airlines charge $100-125 each way for a “pet ticket” and all you need to do is bring them in an airline-approved carrier (Sherpa Medium) as a carry-on. Which means, your French bulldog must be able to fit comfortably inside an airline carrier and be placed under the seat in front of you. 

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Sherpa Airline-Approved Dog Carrier

While thousands of dogs fly cargo every year, your Frenchie can only go in the cabin with you. Extra precaution is needed when it comes to brachycephalic dogs due to their short snouts and potential breathing problems. 

The catch is that dogs flying in-cabin need to meet certain size requirements. Every airline has its own rules, but one thing almost all airlines require is that your dog’s carrier needs to fit under the seat in front of you. Some airlines do have weight limits.

Before you buy your pet carrier or choose your airline, make sure to check the airline’s pet policy page and get the maximum measurements for pet carriers. I’ve listed the most popular domestic pet-friendly airlines below with their max carrier measurements!

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  • UNITED – 18 inches length x 11 inches wide x 11 inches height
  • AMERICAN AIRLINES – 18″ x 11″ x 11″
  • JETBLUE – 17″ x 12.5″ x 8.5″
  • SOUTHWEST – 18.5″ x 13.5″ x 8.5″
  • DELTA 18” x 11” x 11”
  • ALASKA AIRLINES 17″ x 11″ x 9.5″

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Choosing the Right Dog Carrier for the Flight

For small dogs traveling in-cabin, a soft-sided carrier is usually your best option. This is because they tend to be easier to fit under the seat, but they are also more practical to store once your trip is over. Some carriers even fold down, making it super easy to stow away. 


Getting Used to the Carrier

If your French Bulldog isn’t crate trained or used to spending time in a carrier, it is important to take some time to teach this first. You can leave the carrier out in the house for a few weeks, to allow your dog to familiarize itself with it on its own terms. 

It is going to take some time and you want to make sure you start practicing well ahead of your trip. To make crating a positive experience for your dog, start by putting treats or toys into it, to encourage your fur baby to walk in on its own. Don’t forget to give plenty praise and love.

Tip: Put one of your used t-shirts inside the bag, so it smells like you. It will create the most safe and comfortable environment for your pup!

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Pick a Good Flight for Your French Bulldog

Another step in the process is to pick the best possible flight for your dog. Look for flights with no layovers, if possible, to make the journey short and convenient for the two of you. The longer the flight, the more likely your Frenchie will get restless.

Now, if your flight is more than 6 hours, I definitely recommend breaking up the flight. When we flew to Paris with the dogs, we went from LA to NYC, then stayed in NYC a couple nights, then flew to Paris. 

You might also want to consider traveling in the evening, so the outdoor temperature is nice and cool for your pup. 

Related Post:

Traveling to Paris With Your Dog: Everything You Need to Know

Notify the Airline

Make sure you double-check that the airline allows in-cabin pets during flights before you book your ticket, and once it is booked, contact the airline to let them know you will be bringing a dog. There is usually a pet fee (usually, $125 one-way) associated with taking dogs on planes, and there might be restrictions regarding how many pets are allowed on one flight. Always notify the airline of your travel plans as soon as possible.

Domestic vs. International Flights

Don’t forget to do your research if you are flying internationally. It isn’t just the airline rules you need to worry about, but you also need to double-check the pet import rules in the country where you’ll be landing, to make sure your French Bulldog has all the necessary shots, paperwork and more. This often requires months of preparation beforehand.


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Pet Relief Areas

Most major airlines now have pet relief areas and/or rooms with artificial grass patches for your dog. At the Miami airport, there was a room with mini fire hydrants and a flush button! Once you flush, the hydrants turn on their sprinklers and clean the patch. How cute, right??

Ready to fly?

For those flying with their Frenchies for the first time — preparation is key. Ask yourself: Is my pet too old or too young to handle the stress of traveling? Is my pet in good health? Is my pet okay in a carrier?

Once your pup has been cleared for travel by your vet, you are ready to prepare for your trip. The better you prepare, the more likely it is your Frenchie (and you) will have a safe, stress-free flight. 🙂


Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about traveling with your Frenchie!

Top 9 Dog-Friendly Destinations for Your Next Family Adventure

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Planning a vacation with your family can be exciting, but when it comes to bringing your dog, it isn’t always easy. Finding dog-friendly locations that cater to you and your furbabe is essential. To help you plan your next family adventure, I’ve put together a list of the top 9 dog-friendly destinations across the United States. From the scenic mountains of Jackson Hole, Wyoming to the tropical beaches of Key West, Florida, these locations offer unique experiences and ever-lasting memories for you and your pup.


Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, nestled in the beautiful Teton Range, is a fantastic destination for outdoor lovers and their pets. With an abundance of hiking trails, open meadows, and crystal-clear lakes, this location is perfect for pups that enjoy exploring and staying active.

Don’t miss:

  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
  • National Elk Refuge

Portland, Oregon

Known for its green spaces and dog-friendly attitude, Portland is an excellent choice for dog parents who also enjoy the convenience of an urban environment. With over 30 dog parks, numerous pet-friendly breweries, and plenty of pet-friendly accommodations, your dog will fit right in.

Don’t miss:

  • Forest Park
  • International Rose Test Garden
  • Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Check out my Dog-Friendly Portland Guide

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Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Carmel-by-the-Sea offers sandy beaches, picture-perfect sunsets, and is one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country. Your dog can freely roam the off-leash Carmel Beach and visit the charming downtown shops – many of which provide treats and water bowls on their doorstep.

Don’t miss:

  • Carmel Beach
  • Cypress Inn
  • Garrapata State Park
Read the post: Dog-Friendly Road Trip to Mendocino County, including our stop in Carmel!
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Asheville, North Carolina

With its laid-back vibe and scenic backdrop, Asheville is an ideal destination for relaxation and outdoor fun. Your dog can join you on hikes in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, visit the Biltmore Estate, and even enjoy a treat at the local dog-friendly breweries.

Don’t miss:

  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Biltmore Estate
  • Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Despite its reputation for lively parties, New Orleans is a surprisingly dog-friendly destination. Many accommodations welcome pets, and the historic Garden District offers peaceful walks under shady oak trees. Become immersed in the city’s vibrant culture at Jackson Square and the French Quarter.

Don’t miss:

  • Garden District
  • Jackson Square
  • NOLA City Bark

Austin, Texas

With its thriving dog-owner community, Austin is ideal for those seeking the complete dog-friendly experience. Enjoy off-leash parks like Zilker Metropolitan Park and the Red Bud Isle Dog Park, dive into the food truck scene, and try the famous BBQ spots (Terry Black’s, Franklin)!

Don’t miss:

  • Zilker Metropolitan Park
  • Red Bud Isle Dog Park
  • South Congress Avenue

Boulder, Colorado

A haven for nature enthusiasts, Boulder offers an array of hiking trails, scenic drives, and outdoor adventures for you and your dog to explore. After working up an appetite, visit the popular pet-friendly Pearl Street Mall, where many restaurants and retail stores cater to four-legged friends.

Don’t miss:

  • Chautauqua Park
  • Boulder Creek Path
  • Pearl Street Mall

San Diego, California

With sunny skies and idyllic beaches, San Diego is a dog-friendly paradise. Take your dog for a run at the iconic Ocean Beach Dog Beach, explore Balboa Park, and pick up a dog treat at the local pet shop Dexter’s Deli!

Don’t miss:

  • Ocean Beach Dog Beach
  • Balboa Park
  • Sun Deck at Hotel Del Coronado

Key West, Florida

Known for its stunning beaches and beautiful sunsets, Key West, Florida, is a tropical paradise for both humans and dogs. Enjoy a stroll on the popular dog-friendly Higgs Beach, or explore the local area through various pet-friendly excursions and activities like the Key West Aquarium (yes, dogs are welcome!).

Don’t miss:

  • Higgs Beach
  • Key West Aquarium
  • Lazy Dog Adventures Paddleboarding + Kayaking


As you embark on your next family adventure with your dog, consider these dog-friendly destinations to ensure that your whole family, including your furbaby, enjoys a vacation filled with fun, exciting and lasting memories!


5 Effective Natural Ways to Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean

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Natural Dental Care: How to Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean Without Chemicals

As a modern dog parent, you want the best for your pup, and that includes keeping their dental health in check. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are important, but did you know there are natural ways to clean your dog’s teeth too?

Just like us, dogs need proper dental care to maintain their overall health and well-being. Good dental hygiene can help prevent dental diseases, such as gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath. Regular visits to the veterinarian for professional teeth cleaning can be costly, but fortunately, there are a few natural ways to clean your dog’s teeth at home. 

Dental hygiene is an essential aspect of your dog’s overall health, but traditional teeth cleaning methods may not be suitable for every pup. Teeth brushing time is essentially impossible with Fira, as she refuses to let me put anything in her mouth!

Not to mention, chemical-laden toothpaste and harsh brushing techniques can be uncomfortable or even harmful for some dogs. That’s why natural solutions are an excellent option to consider for cleaning your dog’s teeth naturally. Not only are they gentler on your dog’s teeth and gums, but they can also be more cost-effective and better for the environment. 

Check out my post The Ultimate Guide to Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth At Home.

Let’s go over 5 effective natural ways to keep your dog’s teeth clean. 

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1. Raw Bones

Chewing on natural treats is a great way to promote your dog’s dental health. The chewing action helps to scrape away tartar and plaque, while also providing a healthy source of nutrients and minerals. Not only do they help clean your dog’s teeth, but they can also provide mental stimulation, satisfy their natural urge to chew, and reduce bad breath. Some of the best natural chews for dogs include raw bones, bully sticks, and dental chews made with natural ingredients. To incorporate natural chews into your dog’s routine, start by offering them for short periods of time under your supervision, gradually increasing the length of time as your dog gets used to them.

Large, weight-bearing bones such as beef knuckles or femurs are too hard and can cause your dog’s teeth to fracture. Instead, consider softer bones such as chicken or turkey necks or backs. These bones are still effective at cleaning teeth and providing a good source of nutrients, but are less likely to cause harm.

  • Choose the right type of bone: Make sure to choose a raw bone that is appropriate for your dog’s size and breed. Avoid small bones that can be swallowed or large bones that can cause dental fractures.
  • Supervise your dog: Never leave your dog unattended while they are chewing on a raw bone. Watch for any signs of discomfort, choking, or other issues.
  • Store the bone safely: Store the raw bone in the refrigerator or freezer when not in use. This will prevent bacteria growth and keep the bone fresh. You might need to rinse and clean it off before storing.
  • Dispose of the bone properly: Once the bone is too small, has been chewed down or has sharp jagged edges, trash it. 

2. Coconut oil 

Coconut oil has become a popular natural solution for various health issues, including oral health for dogs. The antimicrobial properties of coconut oil can help fight harmful bacteria in your dog’s mouth, making it an effective tool in maintaining their dental health. Not only does it promote fresh breath, but it can also prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar.

Coconut oil contains antibacterial properties that can help to reduce the amount of bacteria in your dog’s mouth. Simply apply a small amount of coconut oil to your dog’s teeth and gums, or mix it into their food.

To get started, you will need a jar of organic, unrefined coconut oil, and a toothbrush specifically designed for dogs. You can also use a soft-bristled human toothbrush or a piece of gauze wrapped around your finger if you don’t have a dog toothbrush.

Start by scooping a small amount of coconut oil onto the toothbrush, and allow your dog to sniff and taste it before beginning. Then, gently lift your dog’s lip and begin brushing in a circular motion on the outer surfaces of the teeth and gums. Be sure to focus on the back teeth, as this is where the most plaque and tartar tend to accumulate. Don’t worry if your dog swallows some of the coconut oil, as it is completely safe and non-toxic.

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3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a natural disinfectant and can help to kill bacteria in your dog’s mouth. Mix a small amount of apple cider vinegar with water and use it as a mouthwash for your dog.

To use apple cider vinegar as a mouthwash for your dog, mix a small amount of it with water in a bowl. Dip a clean cloth or gauze pad into the mixture, then use it to gently wipe your dog’s teeth and gums. Be careful not to use too much vinegar, as it can be too acidic for your dog’s mouth and cause irritation. It’s best to start with a small amount and gradually increase the concentration over time. You can also add a small amount of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s drinking water to help promote overall oral health. (Be sure to consult with your veterinarian before adding anything to your dog’s diet or oral care routine.)

4. Carrots

Raw carrots can help to scrape away tartar and plaque, while also providing a healthy source of vitamins and minerals for your dog.

Raw carrots can serve as a natural teeth-cleaning tool for your dog. The crunchy texture of carrots can help scrape away plaque and tartar buildup on your dog’s teeth while they chew on them. Additionally, carrots are packed with essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin A and potassium! Providing your dog with a few raw carrots as a treat or incorporating them into their regular diet can be a simple and effective way to promote their dental hygiene naturally. However, it’s important to note that feeding your dog too many carrots can lead to digestive issues and should be given in moderation.

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5. Herbal Remedies

There are several herbal remedies that can help to promote healthy teeth and gums in dogs, including peppermint, curly parsley, and fennel.

Herbal remedies can be a natural and effective way to keep your dog’s teeth clean. Peppermint, parsley, and fennel are all herbs that can help promote healthy teeth and gums in dogs. Peppermint has natural antiseptic properties that can help to kill bacteria in the mouth and freshen your dog’s breath. Parsley contains chlorophyll, which can neutralize odors and help to remove plaque. Only curly parsley is safe for dogs. Fennel is a natural breath freshener and can help to reduce inflammation in the mouth. These herbs can be added to your dog’s food or given as a treat/supplement!

How Seaweed Can Help Naturally Clean Your Dog’s Teeth

If you’re looking for a convenient and effective way to maintain your dog’s dental hygiene, PlaqueOff Powder might be just what you need. I had this recommended to me from a friend and it has many rave reviews! This all-natural supplement is made from a special type of sea kelp that is known to reduce plaque and dissolve tartar buildup in your dog’s teeth. This organic sea kelp contains a natural bioactive ingredient that helps to soften plaque and tartar buildup, which then easily sloughs away with chewing and/or brushing. Just sprinkle a small amount of the powder onto your dog’s food each day, and over time you should see a noticeable improvement in your dog’s dental health.

PlaqueOff powder is a great option for those pups who hate having their teeth brushed and need a little extra help for their stinky breath!

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It’s important to note that while these natural methods can be effective in promoting dental health, they should not be used as a substitute for regular dental checkups and professional cleanings by your veterinarian.

Hope these all-natural options are helpful for your dog’s dental health!

Check out my post The Ultimate Guide to Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth At Home.

I Reviewed 9 Dog Bowls To Find The Best for French Bulldogs

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The Best Food Bowls for Frenchies

If you’re a French Bulldog owner, you know that finding the right dog bowl can be a challenge. These pups have a unique body shape and size that can make it difficult for them to comfortably eat and drink from traditional dog bowls. They’re either too short, too deep, not elevated, not cute, etc., etc. 

Not only does my Frenchie Fira have a non-existent snout, she is also the MESSIEST eater. Half of her food ends up on the floor. So, I wanted to look for something with a tray or something that catches or prevents the fall-out food. Her bowl would also get tipped over on its side after she finished eating. She is wild.

That’s where specially-designed French Bulldog dog bowls come in! My criteria for the bowls this time was mainly for Fira. Weston is the quietest, most gentle, delicate eater — he doesn’t spill a drop! Fira is the complicated one. Weston also has a bit of a longer snout than Fira, making it easier for him to reach his food. 

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So, Fira needed a bowl that would be suitable for her non-existent snout and easy for clean-up. She needed something that would stay put on the floor, help prevent regurgitating and look good in the kitchen.

In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the best dog bowl options for French Bulldogs and discuss what features to look for when choosing the perfect bowl for your furry friend.

Here are the 9 bowls I picked up for my French Bulldogs:

(Hint: Scroll down to the end of this post to find my #1 choice for dog food bowl.)

Ono The Good Bowl: When I opened the box for this, I was ooo-ing and aah-ing over the way it was sleekly packaged and just super clean/modern. The bowls are really shallow and wide, so it helps small-snout and squishy-face dogs get into the bowl better. 

The removable silver bowls stay snug in the mat and the best feature of these bowls is that the entire silicone mat stays gripped to the floor so it doesn’t go anywhere

These are perfect for a neat eater (aka: Weston!), but the bowls were too shallow for little Fira. The tray around the bowl was littered with fallen food right away.

best bowl for french bulldogs

I originally got this Duo Collapsible Dog Bowl for traveling, but ended up using it as Fira’s dog bowl for awhile! What I love about it is its size (pretty roomy), grip (silicone stays on the floor and doesn’t move around), easy to clean and has that tray for fall-out. Not sure how but it ended up ripping, so we had to throw it out, but I included it on this list as a good bowl for French bulldogs.

Ceramics Raised Bowl: The design of this bowl is really nice, very modern and a cool shape. I could see this really as a nice accent piece in a contemporary kitchen. It has a solid weight because of the ceramic and doesn’t move around. It’s meant to be a cat food bowl so it is a bit small and food kept spilling over the edge, but I like that it is elevated.

BTW, this is the silicone mat we use and we don’t let Fira eat without one! It’s a must for clean floors and easy clean-up — not the mention, keeps the dog bowl from moving around.


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Wide Ceramic Dog Bowl: Super pretty dog bowl made of solid ceramic. This bowl is super wide and is taller at the back, which I thought would work for Fira. I think it was too large and the food got stuck at the back and top edges. She couldn’t ever finish her meal without me scraping the food back toward the front. So maybe not the best French Bulldog food bowl for Fira. 

But I think if your dog eats dry food or is bigger, this dog bowl is a decent choice!


Slow Feeder Bowl: if your dog eats super fast, like Fira does, a dog bowl for fast eaters is a smart option. A slow bowl is great as it forces your French Bulldog to work around the bowl and gives them time to chew and digest — and not inhale their food. Sometimes it feels like some dogs don’t even chew their food!

This one did not work for Weston or Fira at ALL. Fira couldn’t get her little face in and just stared at it confused and frustrated, lol. Fira needs something sturdy so it doesn’t move around and high around the edges so the food doesn’t spill over the sides but not too high where she can’t reach. It still wasn’t the winner. So I kept looking for the best French Bulldog food bowl…


Fluff Trough. Obviously, you can tell by its unique shape, it’s designed for short-snout dogs (and regular too!) — just like a pig trough, lol. I really like how it’s elevated and the wide size of it. It makes eating meals a bit slower for Fira. It’s not the most aesthetically pleasing but it has rave reviews from French bulldog owners.

Fira still pushes food up the sides and can’t really reach the top of it (ie: if we put the bowl against the wall), so my solution was putting a wide bowl behind it to catch all fall-out. It’s like she gets two bowls of food! 🙂 

And of course with a silicone mat, it doesn’t slide around.

Even though I found a solution for this bowl, I found it too cumbersome and a few too many added steps for her meal time. 

Tilted Ceramic Dog Bowl with Wooden Stand: This dog bowl is great! Love the slanted feature and Fira had a much better time eating without a huge mess. Elevated bowls are really beneficial for French Bulldogs, as it helps them swallow their food down better without regurgitating it up. This tilted dog bowl also came with silicone grips to stick onto the bottom of the wooden legs — nice! I’d give this a positive 8/10 score.

The Best Food Bowl For My French Bulldog

When I was posting about dog bowls on Instagram, I got so many messages raving about this Enhanced Pet Bowl. It’s made just for French Bulldog problems like this. Sturdy grip on the bottom, large area for their face to move around and at an elevated angle. 

You can even buy a stand, so your pup’s bowl is lifted, making it easier to swallow their food without the regurgitation problems. Elevated dog food bowls have many benefits including improved digestion, reduced strain on joints, better posture during feeding, and less mess during meal times, making them an effective way to improve your dog’s health.

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I had to return the stand, as it was a bit too tall for Fira (she’s definitely on the shorter side for a Frenchie), but I really like the bowl and it’s been working so far! This is my #1 choice. 

french bulldog eating food

Stainless steel dog bowls are not only durable and easy to clean, but they also have the added benefit of being bacteria-resistant. Unlike other materials such as plastic, which can develop scratches and grooves over time that can harbor bacteria, stainless steel is non-porous and smooth. This means that it is less likely to harbor bacteria and other germs that could potentially harm your dog’s health. On a Frenchie Facebook group, I read about someone switching dog bowls to all stainless steel and their French bulldog’s tear stains completely disappeared!


There you have it – the best bowls for French Bulldogs (so far). Hope you enjoyed it! If you have any recommendations, please add them in the comments!


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