25 Things To Do With Your Dog In Pittsburgh

I’ve noticed that Pittsburgh (and the world) is becoming more and more dog-friendly! Whether you’ve lived here all your life, or you’re just visiting, there are some great things to do with your dog in Pittsburgh that I bet you don’t know about yet. I rounded up 25 fun activities, places and things to do year-round with your dog in the Steel City.

25 things to do with your dog in pittsburgh

25 Things To Do With Your Dog In Pittsburgh

Big dogs, little dogs, silly dogs and active dogs… there’s something on this list for everyone! Explore the city or head off the beaten path. No matter what you do, make sure to pack plenty of treats and water for your pup and put on your Steel City Dog Mom shirt!

1. Grab a Beer at Grist House

Grist House is undeniably one of the most dog friendly breweries in the city. If you haven’t been there with your dog, then make plans to go this weekend! Sometimes I swear there are more dogs than people there! They recently expanded the beer garden to add even more space, making this an even better place to hit up with your dog. You’re even allowed to take them inside with you to order your beer. Which means this is a dog friendly spot year round!

Dogs at Grist House Pittsburgh

2. Labor Day Dog Swim

One of the very best days of the year is Labor Day because the Allegheny County Parks pools host a dog swim! I recommend going to one of the wave pool ones because it’s really easy for the dogs to get in and out of the pool (they don’t turn the waves on). Remember to wear a swimsuit because everyone goes in the pool with the dogs. It’s the greatest thing I’ve ever been to!

Dos and Don'ts of Labor Day Dog Swim

3. Ice Cream at Paige Dairy Mart

There’s nothing better on a Summer night than soft serve at the iconic Paige Dairy Mart. Park under the overpass and stand in line to order your favorite treat – a swirl, a dipped cone, a milkshake or anything else on the menu. Don’t forget to get a pup cup for your dog! I like to take our treats back to the car, open the trunk and sit there to eat our ice cream.

4. Brunch at the Ace Hotel

One of the best indoor places to take your pup is the Ace Hotel. They welcome all pups with open arms! An insider tip is that you can order off the full restaurant menu while sitting in the dog friendly bar and lounge area. I recommend going for brunch and ordering the pancake (yes it’s just one, but it’s huge and amazing!).

5. Open Streets Pittsburgh

This year we hosted pack walks at Open Streets Pittsburgh, an event that closes all the streets along an urban route for 1 day in May, June and July. There are miles of streets blocked off for runners, bikers, walkers, rollerskaters and more! If you take your dog I recommend going early – the course opens at 9 am – and remember to bring your water.

Pack walk at Open Streets Pittsburgh

6. Movies in the Park with Your Dog

There are several parks you can take your dog to and enjoy a free outdoor movie. Our favorites are Observatory Hill, which also has a great fenced in dog park, and Flagstaff Hill. Just bring a blanket, some snacks and refreshments and enjoy the movie!

7. Concerts at Hartwood Acres

Hartwood Acres hosts all sorts of different bands throughout the Summer and it’s a must-do with your dog. There’s a fabulous fenced in dog park a short walk behind the stage. After some playtime, set up your blanket and enjoy the live music. Keep an eye out for when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs, it’s a really fun way to enjoy our world class symphony! Plus, classical music can have a calming effect on dogs. Check the schedule to see what food trucks will be at each performance. Sometimes our friends at the Rollaway Dog Cafe at set up there!

8. Visit The Point with your Dog

For the classic Pittsburgh view, you have to visit the fountain at The Point! It’s located at the far end of Point State Park which is totally dog friendly. Walk along the paths and check out the fountain then sit and enjoy the view!

9. Pirates Pup Night at PNC Park

Pup Night at PNC Park stared about 10 years ago. I remember taking my old dog, Lola! It’s become so popular that it now happens during every Tuesday home game! The dogs have a special ticket and special area (the seats under the scoreboard). There are treats and water bowls out for everyone and you’re bound to see at least a few Insta-famous local dogs while you’re there.

10. Stand Up Paddleboarding with Your Dog in North Park

This was on our bucket list for years, and in 2019 I finally took Lucy to stand up paddleboarding with me in North Park. Venture Outdoors has a gear rental shack there, but they don’t allow dogs on their SUP boards. For that, you have to look for the LL Bean gear trailer! They host classes and activities all summer. If it’s your first time trying this sport, I recommend doing a lesson with them.

Stand Up paddleboard with your dog pittsburgh

11. Swim at Misty Pines

If your dog loves to swim it can be hard to find dog friendly swimming spots that are open all season long. Although it’s a bit of a trek up to Wexford, I recommend checking out Misty Pines. It’s a dog paradise up there, and with a small entry fee and proof of vaccination, you can explore it all. Enjoy the agility course in the park then walk down to the swimming pond complete with a dock diving platform.

12. Shop in Shadyside

Shadyside has over 50 dog friendly shops, sidewalk cafes and businesses. Dogs who are regulars to Walnut Street know what shops have a steady supply of treats. If you’ve never browsed the street with your dog, head over and let their nose guide you! Although almost every place allows dogs, you might want to pop your head in and ask permission before charging in.

13. Watch the Fireworks

Fireworks aren’t generally considered a dog friendly activity, but I found a hack! I love watching the fireworks go off all over Pittsburgh from the hilltop of Schenley Oval. You can see the big Downtown show (slightly obscured by buildings) plus shows in a bunch of smaller communities surrounding the city. Since they’re all 5+ miles away you don’t even hear the boom! Unfortunately, a few jerks set off fireworks IN Schenley park this past year, but it would be great to crack down on that and make this a safe place for dogs and kids to enjoy the light show!

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14. Browse the Three Rivers Arts Festival

The Three Rivers Arts Festival is a 10-day art and music fest in Downtown Pittsburgh, and the whole thing is dog friendly! I love to take Lucy down to browse the artist booths then stick around for a free concert in Point State Park (and fair food!).

15. Do Yoga with Your Dog

Is your dog ready to try DOGA? It’s something worth checking out, and there are a few places around Pittsburgh that invite you and your pup to find some zen together. Keep an eye on Sterling Yoga’s events page for special rooftop doga classes. Animal Friends also offers some doga classes at their North Hills facility (while you’re looking, they also offer yoga with bunnies! But your dog isn’t invited to that.)

Doga in pittsburgh

16. Check out the Pittsburgh Pet Expo

The Pittsburgh Pet Expo comes to the David Lawrence Convention Center downtown every November. Dogs are welcome to attend and browse the booths, watch the grooming competitions and meet people in the pet industry. Starting in 2018, the #DogsofPittsburgh (AKA our Instagram pack) have been hosting a Q&A. This year we’ll be there on Saturday 11/16 at noon and Sunday 11/17 at 1 pm. We’ll be talking about our favorite dog friendly places in Pittsburgh, sharing Instagram tips and more!

17. Indulge at Three Dog Bakery Sewickley

Who can resist a gourmet bakery just for dogs?! Three Dog Bakery in Sewickley has tons of homemade treats from whoopie pies and cannolis to birthday cakes and crunchy treats. It’s the place to go to find a special treat for your birthday or gotcha day.

18. Hike the Trails in Frick Park

Frick Park is 644 acres of woods and trails located right in the middle of Pittsburgh! Its one of our favorite parks because it spans so many neighborhoods and has so many great different trails and areas to explore. You can walk from Squirrel Hill to Regent Square and over to Point Breeze. If off-leash dog parks are your thing, there’s a pretty big one located 1 mile back from the Blue Slide Park entrance.

19. Watch the Pittsburgh Marathon

Your dog can’t run the whole marathon with you, but they can watch by your side! Since most of the streets around town are shut down on marathon day we love to walk up to Fifth Avenue in Shadyside or Homewood and watch the runners zoom by. As the morning goes by, Lucy and Burt love to lend some moral support and puppy power to all the runners who are getting a little tired at Mile 20!

Pittsburgh Marathon Dog Cheering

20. Mutts on the Mountain

Don’t want to just watch the race? Get in on the fun alongside your dog at Mutts on the Mountain at Seven Springs. It’s like a Tough Mudder but with obstacles designed with your dog in mind! Get down and dirty in the special 5k or one-mile course that keeps both dogs and their humans in mind. You and your pup can take on 18 obstacles while slogging through every dog’s favorite: MUD!

21. Get Your Dog’s Photo with Santa (or the Grinch!)

We all take thousands of photos of our dogs, but how often do you create a photo keepsake? I’ve been taking the dogs to photos with Santa for the past 7 years and now I have an ornament for every year. They’re my favorite ones to put on the tree! You can find photos with Santa at Petagogy (both locations) as well as Animal Friends, and many PetCo and PetSmart locations. Want a slightly different spin on holiday photos? Wagsburgh does pet photos with THE GRINCH every year!

22. Learn the Agility Course at Splash and Dash

Do you have an athletic dog? A great way to burn off some of that energy and have fun together is at an agility course. Splash and Dash has a great facility in Plum and a full schedule of classes from beginner to advanced. In addition to agility, you can also teach your dog Flyball, Treibball, and other tricks. Not only will you get to bond with your dog and learn stuff to impress your friends with, but you’ll also meet a lot of cool people!

23. Order off the Doggy Menu

Do you love to take your dog out to dinner, but feel bad when your meal comes out and they don’t get anything? There are several restaurants around Pittsburgh with a special doggy menu! Head over to The Double Wide Grill on the Southside where they also have a “dog patio” seating area. You can order things for your dogs like a chicken breast, beef patty, or an organic dog biscuit. Social at Bakery Square also has a doggy menu that includes homemade dog-friendly ice cream. Another option is to look for the Rollaway Dog Cafe, they’re often set up at other food truck events around the city and have a whole menu of dog ice cream, treats, chews and more!

Rollaway Dog Cafe Pittsburgh

24. Get Artsy with Your Dog at Randyland

Not many art museums allow dogs, but Randyland isn’t like most art museums. This giant installation takes over Randy Gilson’s whole house on the Northside (and it’s always growing). You can explore all of the colorful installations, assemblages, and murals around the property for free daily from 10 am – dusk. Randyland is a great place to take unique photos of you and your dog together!

25. Give Your Dog a DIY Bath

If you’re exploring the city with your dog all year round then you’ll definitely run into lots of MUD! We never let a little dirt get in the way of a good time. That’s why it’s good to know where the DIY dog washes are around town. There’s Lather in Bloomfield, Pet Valu in the Southside Works and Larry’s Laundromutt on Ohio River Blvd. Enjoy all the great shampoos, conditioners and sprays then head home for some fresh-smelling cuddle time!

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Looking for more things to do with your dog in Pittsburgh? You’ll love these posts:
Dog Friendly Pittsburgh Event Guide
Dog Friendly Downtown Pittsburgh 
The Best Dog-Friendly AirBnBs in Pittsburgh 
Dog Friendly Summer Day Trip to Cleveland

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