Dog Friendly Archives - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX
Austin is a very dog friendly city so you're sure to find no lack of places where you can have fun with your dog. There are many dog friendly places in Austin, Texas and dog friendly events.

Dogs are family. For a lot of us, they’re more than family. The Huffington Post surveyed 1,000 dog owners, and 38% say they love their dog MORE than their spouse.

Austin is for dog lovers—we would do anything to make sure our pets are healthy and happy—but 1 out of 3 dogs still don’t get the amount of daily exercise and stimulation they need. We all want to be responsible pet owners, but, as everyone knows, sometimes that can be hard … we get caught in traffic, our managers add us to last-minute lunch meetings, and we get stuck late at the office. We’re doing our best but sometimes we fall short, and when that happens, our dogs end up spending more time alone at home than we know is best for them. But we’re here to tell you there’s an answer …

Get you a dog walker.

Dog walking services offer mid-day walks and potty breaks for our esteemed furry colleagues. Getting a dog walker is the responsible choice for people who have taken on the commitment to own a dog but who can’t always be around to take care of them.

If you’re thinking to yourself, “That’s me, but how do I find a dog walking service I can trust?” We’ve got you. We did the research and found the dog walking service that fits the bill.

Skipper is a local, on-demand dog walking company run by a trained team of pet care professionals. Unlike most other dog walking services, Skipper employs all of its staff. Skipper dog walkers are W2 employees, not contractors. Skipper walkers go through two full background checks and 10 hours of classroom and field training before they join the Skipper team. Skipper’s standards are high, and they accept less than 10% of applicants.

When you sign up for Skipper dog walking services, a trained Skipper team member will come by your home to do an in-home consultation where they ask for your home and pet information, including your pet’s personality type, meal instructions, and visit routine. (If you live in an apartment, they work directly with your leasing office to check out a key). After the consultation, Skipper activates your online account and you can start scheduling visits right away. Skipper has a local team in Austin that monitors all the Skipper dog walkers and visits, so you can rest easy knowing your pup will get personalized, quality service every time.

When your Skipper team member arrives, you’ll get a notification that they’re there. At the end of the visit, Skipper sends a visit summary report with a GPS-tracked map along with photos of your pet and a detailed summary of everything that happened at the visit (see below). With Skipper’s real-time updates and fully-trained team of pet care professionals, you’ll know exactly when we were there and what your pup (or cat!) did during their Skipper visit.

Skipper offers online payment doesn’t charge additional for extra pets or scheduling same-day service. You can customize each visit to fit your needs, all free of charge. Their visit rates are extremely affordable and you can also buy visits in bulk for extra cost savings – a 20 minute visit will run you $17.

With all of these good things, Skipper also just announced they’ve partnered with ZilkerBark! In celebration of ZilkerBark reaching 150K followers, ZilkerBark will be doing a giveaway of free dog photos and Insta features each week for the next couple of months for anyone who books a dog walk with Skipper. For a chance to have your dog featured on ZilkerBark, follow Skipper and ZilkerBark on Instagram and sign up for your free Skipper consultation using code “ZBWALKME”… you’ll get $40 in Skipper credit and the chance to have your dog walked and featured by ZilkerBark.

The back to basics nutritional movement marches on, and naturally (pun intended), the animals are getting in on the action. As Americans live longer, healthier lives- with a more focused, additive free diet and lifestyle-they want their pets to enjoy longevity right along with them. So “pet parents”, as they are commonly known, are becoming much more health conscious regarding the products they serve their little ones.

The natural pet product industry’s stock is rising as more and more consumers say they’re willing to pay more for the wellness of their pets. And many of these pet centric families call Austin, TX- an epicenter of small business-minded, quality controlled marketplace-their home.

It is within this arena that Kriser’s Natural Pet– a multiple-award winning pet supply company (2015 Global Pet Expo’s “Best Overall Pet Retailer” among others)-has decided to double up their presence in the Texas capitol (the debut Austin store opened last year off Rt. 183 near the Arboretum). Known widely as “the Whole Foods for pets,” Kriser’s- which opened its first storefront in Chicago and has since spread to numerous locations throughout the country- has been providing high-quality service of all kinds to pets and their families since 2006.


Kriser’s has been at the forefront helping to provide a wholesome lifestyle to our domestic counterparts. “The Austin pet community is thriving and we’re thrilled to continue our mission of helping pets live happier, healthier lives, naturally, with this second location,” said Brad Kriser, founder and CEO. “The store we opened last year was met with a remarkably positive response, and we’re excited to help even more pet parents care for their pets with education, outstanding products and grooming.”

So pencil in a visit and head down this weekend to the newest Kriser’s Natural Pet location. Whether your beloved pet (or pets) are in need of anything from toys to supplements to everything in between, they have you covered. Converse with their knowledgeable and dedicated staff. Browse their comprehensive selection and services (all extensively curated and “Kriser’s Approved”) and see why Kriser’s Natural Pet is revolutionizing the domestic animal kingdom.

4400 North Lamar
Austin, Texas

If you have a four-legged friend and you’re living in Austin, you’ll be pleased to know that the Texas capital is one of the most dog-friendly cities out there. With our plethora of parks and outdoor patios, your pup will be able to accompany you to brunches, days at the pool, and post-work happy hours.

Moving to Austin? Find a great real estate agent who is licensed and has completed their continuing education coursesthey should be able to point you toward the right neighborhood with plenty of places where your dog will be as welcomed as you are.

Check out some of the best dog-friendly bars, restaurants and patios in Austin (listed in alphabetical order).

4th Tap Brewing and Co-Op


Amy’s Ice Cream (Burnet)

Austin Java

Austin Terrier

Banger’s Sausage House

Bar 96

Barton Springs Saloon

Billy’s on Burnet

Black Sheep Lodge

Black Star Co-Op

Bouldin Creek Cafe

The Buzz Mill


Cedar Door

Central Market Cafe

Cheer Up Charlies

Cherrywood Coffee House



Corner Bar

Crown and Anchor Pub

Dog House Drinkery


Draught House

Easy Tiger

El Mercado

Fado Irish Pub

Galaxy Cafe

Gibson Street Bar




Hops and Grain

Irie Bean Coffee Bar

Jo’s Coffee

Kerbey Lane



Little Woodrow’s

Luke’s Inside Out


Maria’s Taco Xpress

Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill

Moontower Saloon

Mother’s Cafe

Motzart’s Coffee Roasters

North by Northwest

Opal Divine’s Marina




Phil’s Icehouse


Radio Coffee

Red’s Porch

Salty Sow


Scholz Garten

Shake Shack


Skylark Lounge

Soup Peddler

South Austin Trailer Park and Eatery

Spider House Patio Bar and Cafe

The Brixton

The Gatsby

The Ginger Man

The Liberty

The Picnic – Foodtruck Park

Uncle Billys Brewery

Vera Cruz

Whip In


White Horse

Work Horse Bar

Yard Bar

Yellow Jacket Social Club
When in doubt, just give your favorite establishment a call to see if your furry friend is welcome! You’d be surprised how many restaurants and bars are happy to have your pup.

Pets in Austin have it made. Sunshine, sidewalks, beautiful weather, and parks galore! Now they also have the pack of pet lovers at Kriser’s Natural Pet standing by to help them live happier, healthier lives, naturally.

Founder Brad Kriser was always at his happiest sitting on the floor, surrounded by pets. Upon giving up a career in the dot-com world in 1999, he opened a grooming, daycare, boarding and retail business, seeking a day-to-day life that he could be more passionate about. In doing so, Brad also discovered the benefits of feeding his pets an all-natural diet and vowed to stock only natural products in his stores.

Fast forward 10+ years, and Brad is still happiest on the floor surrounded by pets, only now that floor is in one of his Kriser’s Natural Pet stores, including the newest one on Research Blvd (next to Sprouts).


“I love our stores, our customers and the Kriser’s Pack so much, and feel honored to get to do as a career,” says Brad, with a content grin. “Having all the pets and their people around, educating pet parents, helping organization and rescues with our support, and getting to meet so many new faces…it just makes me feel great about why we turn on the lights every day. Each store is a new opportunity to help a group of pets discover the healthy pet movement.”

Brad and his entire Kriser’s pack are 100% dedicated to the helping pets in Austin by providing a selection of 3000 items that are Kriser’s Approved. The store is a pet paradise, with an array of natural food, treats, supplies and accessories, all selected by Brad himself, and a professionally staffed grooming salon.

“The items that we call ‘Kriser’s Approved’ are all carefully selected for what they can bring to a pet’s life, whether it’s the best nutrition, toys for physical and mental engagement, or high quality accessories we are proud to carry,” said Brad. “For instance, our food products contain no corn, soy, wheat or animal by-products, and our treats are all sourced from responsible, trusted locations, never from China.”


While the Kriser’s brand has extended beyond Texas, this family-run business still operates every store like it’s the only one, and Brad has staffed each location with a remarkable group of passionate pet lovers to help ensure the wellness of pets. Brad notes, “We train our Pack Members to be exceptional educators and provide outstanding customer service. We get excited about every customer that allows us to be part of their pet’s lives, and strive to exceed expectations every day. We want Kriser’s to be somewhere that pets and their humans LOVE to visit, not just an errand on their list.”

For more information about Kriser’s, Kriser’s Approved brands, and store hours and events, please visit

Tomorrow is National Dog Day! Here are some ways to celebrate!
Little Woodrow’s and Vodka for Dog People, the charitable arm of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, are hosting a “Dog Days of Summer” Yappy Hour to raise funds for local dog charities! The event will feature drink specials with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, free treats, giveaways, Tito’s for Dog People merchandise, a photo booth and more. Stop by with your pup to sip, mingle and have fun while fundraising for canine charities!
When: Friday, 8/26 from 5-7 p.m.
Yappy Hour will take place at each of the following Austin locations:
• 12601 Tech Ridge Dr., Austin, TX 78753
• 6301 Parmer Ln., Austin, TX 78729
• 520 W. 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701 (with Tito’s representative)
• 5425 Burnet Rd., Austin TX 78756
• 9500 S Interstate 35 #100, Austin, TX 78748
Ski Shores and Vodka for Dog People, the charitable arm of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, are hosting a “Dog Days of Summer” Yappy Hour to raise funds for local dog charities! The event will feature drink specials with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, free treats, dog pools, giveaways, Tito’s for Dog People merchandise, and more!
When: All Day Friday, 8/26
Where: Ski Shores, 2905 Pearce Road, Austin, Texas 78730
Uncle Billy’s and Vodka for Dog People, the charitable arm of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, are hosting a “Dog Days of Summer” Yappy Hour to raise funds for local dog charities! The event will feature drink specials with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, free treats, giveaways, Tito’s for Dog People merchandise, a photo booth and more.
When: Friday, 8/26 from 4-7 p.m.
Where: Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse, 1530 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704
Join BarkHappy in celebrating National Dog Day at Jo’s Coffee on South Congress, benefitting Austin Dog Rescue. You and your pup love each other—so you must take a pic in front of the iconic “I love you so much” mural! A professional photographer will be on-site. You can email the photo to yourself and share it with the world!
When: Friday, 8/26 from 5-8 p.m.
Where: Jo’s Coffee on South Congress

Austin is full of sprawling green spaces and beautiful scenery, but no destination compares to the mecca of outdoor fun: Zilker Park. It’s comprised of 351 acres that were donated to the city in three parts by a local banker named Andrew Jackson Zilker. This included the surrounding spring-fed pool now known as Barton Springs. These days the park is regularly bustling with festivals, performances, and holiday celebrations. For locals, it’s an essential part of living the good life in Austin. Here are the things you don’t want to miss.

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For the Kids

Do you have kids? Kids love trains, trees, and kites. If it’s the first Sunday in March you’ll want to take your little one to visit the Zilker Kite Festival where you’ll revel in hundreds of colorful kites dotting the big Texas sky. If you find yourself looking for an activity on a December evening, take the tykes to see the magnificent 155-foot-tall Zilker Tree, lit up bright with more than 3,000 lights. If it’s literally any other time of the year between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., take a ride on the Zilker Zephyr, a miniature train that takes a 20-minute tour of the park.

zilker zephyr



Do you enjoy plants and outdoor sculptures? It sounds like the Zilker Botanical Garden and Umlauf Sculpture Garden are for you. At the botanical garden, check out the rose, cactus, and herb gardens, plus the butterfly and escarpment trails. Opened in 1991 with pieces donated by sculptor Charles Umlauf, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum is a xeriscaped garden filled with a waterfall, streams, and, of course, dozens of bronze and stone sculptures at which to look at and ponder life peacefully.

Cooling Down

Do you like to swim? This is a trick question, because everyone likes to swim. Barton Springs Pool is a three-acre, spring-fed pool that is consistently between 68-70 degrees. Now this may seem frigid, but if there’s a better cure for a hangover in 100-degree weather than a dip in the springs, we haven’t found it yet. It’s open most days, except for a large chunk of Thursday, when this federally protected habitat is methodically cleaned. The endangered Barton Springs Salamander is thankful for this.

barton springs

Lastly, there’s some recent good news and bad news in regards to Zilker Park. Bad news first? You know those parking meters that have sprung up all over the East Side in the past year? They’ve made their way to Lou Neff Road at the northeast end of the park as of March 5. The good news is, these meters are seasonal, meaning they’ll coincide with festival season, and turned off after Labor Day, according to KLBJ.

Is your dog your Valentine again this year? Or is he/she the third wheel that keeps your relationship rolling? Or, are you just a crazy dog lady/guy who has a few too many pets?

Regardless, this is your opportunity to immortalize your relationship with a photo from local dographer, Zilker Bark!

Zilker Bark is teaming up with Drink and Click (a social Photography group founded in Austin, yeehaw!) and Precision Camera to create lasting memories for you in the form of a hight quality photo print.

But we haven’t even told you the best part!

Donations of cash or physical pet goods (see list for item wish: will be given to Austin Pets Alive! in an effort to keep Austin a No Kill City!! (We’re so cool)

Here are a few more details:

  • There will be a lighting setup in front of the “I love you so much!” wall at Jo’s Coffee. 
  • There is no limit to the number of people/dogs you can have in a photo, but the fewer the better!
  • If you don’t have a dog, and would still like to support APA, you can fly solo, or pose with my little beagle mix, Sid.
  • The recommended value of donations is $15.
  • You’ll be given a number for your photo that will go onto an online album for you to select for ordering and pick up at Precison Camera.
  • You can select more than one photo to have printed, but remember, one donation = One photo.
  • Hotel San Jose will be hosting a movie night and drink special, so be prepared to hang out!
  • Please share this event with friends! We’d love to have this be a huge boost in APA!’s funding.

When: today, February 11th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

1300 South Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704

Of course there is a Mardi Gras dog parade in Austin today because why not?

The ABGB is having a day full of festivities celebrating both Mardi Gras and your dog. Here is the rundown!
A Doggie Mardi Gras Parade! Come have your pup “bark for beads” with our friends from BarkHappy @ 5pm. All dogs dressed in costume can bark for beads and be registered for a chance to win a special raffle contest! Everyone that shows the BarkHappy app on their phone will receive beads and a special treat!

Come hang with all your favorite BarkHappy folks and pups.

And a whole lot more:
There will be special stuff on the menu via Chef Tim!

King Cake, that is!

Inside, on our stage, will be some of favorite musicians:
Greg Izor 3p
Gumbo Ce Soir 7p
Jimmie Dreams & The Crescent Soul Revue 10p

When: today, February 6th

Time: 5pm

1305 W Oltof Street
Austin, Texas 78704

Your pet deserves a night out on the town! Bring your furry friend out tonight to enjoy FREE Amy’s Dog Ice Cream and Treats, door prizes, 80’s music and more!

Austin Pets Alive will be on site with adoptable dogs.

When: today, November 19th

Time: 5 pm – 9pm

Lone Star Court
10901 Domain Drive
Austin, Texas 78758

One of Austin’s oldest and longest running festivals is back! The Pecan Street Festival is one of those classic Austin festivals.

If you’ve never been, it’s a gigantic street fair with music, art, kids activities, jewelry, giant turkey legs, and all kinds of other cool stuff. It’s actually the largest art festival in Central Texas, attracting over 300,000 people!

They have tons of distinctively Austin attractions, including a facial hair groomer. It’s just a good time and a perfect activity for the kiddos.

Be sure to bring your appetite. They’ll have food vendors all over the place for you to grab a bite.

For other fun happening around town, here is a list of our Weekend Top Picks!

Admission: free

When: today, September 26th & tomorrow, September 27th

Time: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Downtown Austin
6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

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