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Numerous Danville businesses are welcoming to dogs

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 Then Danville is for you and your pup—the town has a reputation for being super dog friendly. From businesses that cater to pooches and their human companions, to the popular Canine Corral dog park, to an entire evening devoted to dogs called Doggie Night, Danville is perfect for our four-legged friends.

Dogs and their owners are a common sight throughout the downtown area. Numerous businesses are welcoming to dogs; look for the “Dog Friendly” symbol in shop windows. More than 30 restaurants and cafes welcome dogs into their outdoor eating areas. From casual coffee shops, to fine dining restaurants, dogs are a part of the Danville scene. Many establishments offer treats and bowls of water for canines to enjoy while their owners sip a drink or dine. Danville is also home to several businesses made just for dogs, selling specialty collars, leashes, beds, toys, food and more, or offering grooming, training and boarding.

One of the favorite places for dogs in all of Danville is the Canine Corral at Hap Magee Ranch Park, 1025 La Gonda Way. The Corral offers 1.5 acres of fenced-in, off-leash fun for dogs. The park is split into two areas for larger and smaller dogs (over or under 25 pounds). There’s grass, benches, and a water feature just for the dogs. Local dog owners are known to meet up on Friday evenings for a “Yappy Hour”, sharing potluck snacks and wine. The park is not monitored, and handlers are expected to clean up after their dogs. The Town of Danville recommends visiting the park without your dog first, and making yourself familiar with regulations and etiquette guidelines. Children under 8 are not allowed inside the fenced area, and older children up to age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more outdoor fun with your dog, there are miles and miles of trails in and around Danville open to dogs. The Iron Horse Trail that runs through downtown Danville is a perfect thoroughfare for people walking their dogs on leash. The multi-use paved trail is a comfortable way to walk away from most traffic, and many outdoor eateries and coffee shops are within a few steps from the trail for a brief respite for both you and your pooch. For nearby wilderness adventure, take your dog to Las Trampas Regional Wilderness Area. The 5,300-acre park includes many scenic hikes, interesting geology, and spectacular views. Dogs are allowed off-leash in the wilderness area.

You’ve heard the expression for success, “every dog has his day”? In Danville it’s an entire night. Every spring in late May local merchants host Doggie Night in the downtown area. Maps are provided with a walking tour of businesses just for dogs and their owners. Lots of treats and special surprises are in store for participants. The fair also features booths displaying dog-related services from local veterinarians, trainers, pet sitters, photographers and others. And of course you’ll meet lots of other dogs and the humans who love them.

Danville’s dog-friendly status adds to the town’s charm and small town atmosphere.

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