Bend, Oregon is DogTown USA

Bend loves dogs. Seriously. We really love dogs. Often referred to as DogTown USA, Bend is home to over 70 dog-friendly restaurants and many more local businesses, miles of trails in and around town, and several off-leash areas.

Moving or new to town? We’ve got plenty of dog-approved area activities and adventures listed below. If you’re not already here, we ask that you please plan your Bend vacation later as we all do our part in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. We’ll still be here when it’s time to travel again, and we’ve got lots for you and your furry friends to enjoy when you do come and visit.


5 ways dogs live the good life in Bend:


1. You can bring your dog along to drink beer

Dogs are welcome at more places that not around town and most offer dog-friendly areas and on-leash outside dining/patio areas, including popular hot spots such as 10 Barrel, Bend Brewing Company, Cascade Lakes Brewing Company, Crux Fermentation Project, GoodLife Brewing, McMenamins Old St. Francis School, and Worthy Brewing.

Keep in mind that right now restaurants and pubs are following COVID-19 protocol and full patio space and grassy areas may not be in use at this time. Call ahead before you go to confirm current availability and guidelines. Full list of dog-friendly restaurants in Bend, OR here.


2. You can run or bike the trails with Fido

With approximately a gazillion miles of trails around Bend, there’s always a new and dog-approved adventure waiting on your doorstep. Get inspired: A Dogs Guide To Trails In Central Oregon


Using the trails during COVID-19 – BPRD parks and trails:

  • Distancing is a must when you visit a Bend Park & Recreation District park, trail, recreation center and even the river
  • Stay six feet from others, indoors and out
  • If you cannot maintain six feet distance from others, wear a face covering. (Recommended, but not required, for ages 2-12. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation)
  • Wash hands before and after any visit to a park or trail
  • Visit less popular parks and trails or at less popular times
  • Go only with your household or small groups, no large groups
  • Keep dogs on leash; It’s the law in Bend except at designated off-leash areas
  • Bring your own drinking water as drinking fountains are not available
  • If you are sick, stay home
  • Learn more here



3. There’s a whole parade dedicated to pets (so get those fashion-week worthy ensembles ready)

The annual 4th of July Pet Parade is always a favorite of locals and visitors, and though the 2020 parade was canceled due to COVID-19, we’re hopeful it’ll be back in action for 2021. You’ll see pets of all varieties from horses, chickens, dogs, llamas, lizards, and everything in-between.  And, let’s not forget the cuteness overload of the Wiener Dog Races as part of Bend’s Oktoberfest festival typically held in September.



4. The shopping is awesome

Locally based retailer, Ruffwear, offers equipment and apparel designed for animals to enhance their (and your) recreational activities. 

Proudly built in Bend, Spindrift creates long-lasting dog gear designed for adventure, including collars, leashes, harnesses, and the Sprindrifter Dog Disc that has a rim on both sides and construction that is easy on your dog’s teeth when catching out of the air.

Bend’s own Silipint offers portable silicone dog bowls that are lightweight and collapsible (perfect for camping, hiking, and other Bend adventures you and Fido go on).

There’s even a whole store in downtown Bend dedicated to offering unique products, artwork and locally created goods to offer the best and most diverse dog products available! Visit Bendy Dog here.


5. There’s always somewhere to stay and play with pals

It’s likely no surprise that in Bend, even our accommodations have gone to the dogs:


Bend has eight dog off-leash areas in local parks, so there are plenty of places to run free! No matter the activity or adventure, it’s important that dog owners manage their dog responsibly so that everyone can enjoy the parks and trails. City of Bend law and Bend Park & Recreation District rules require that:


Map – Dog Parks In Bend, Oregon:


However you choose to explore, play, shop, or relax, we can all agree, it’s a ruff life here in Bend.


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