Have to travel for work or maybe heading to Chandler for a mini vacay? Don’t leave your best friend at home. Bring your pup with you to experience Chandler, AZ. Chandler has dog friendly patios restaurants, outdoor recreation opportunities, and even pet-friendly hotels.

Dog-friendly restaurants

Thanks to the more than 300 days of sunshine Arizona enjoys every year, patio dining is a favorite pastime for Chandler locals and visitors…and their four-legged friends. Located in south Chandler, BLD is the perfect place to bring your pooch. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant has a K-9 menu with bowls ranging in price from $4 to $8. Treat your dog to the Hound Bowl, a ground beef patty served with rice.

At SanTan Brewing Company, pets receive a free peanut butter pupachino, while Brews TapHouse satisfies both dogs and owners with its chill vibe. Tryst Café is another pet-friendly location. As guests enjoy a healthy breakfast, lunch or dinner, their furry companion gets his own treats and fresh water.

Hiking with your dog

Chandler has plenty of trails to give you and your pup a chance to stretch your legs and take in some fresh air. For an easy option, head to Desert Breeze Park, where you can walk on paved trails around a lake. In southeast Chandler, Veterans Oasis Park has 4.5 miles of groomed dirt trails, including nearly a half mile that goes around its 5-acre lake. Got a dog that gets excited by birds? The park boasts more than 150 different species of birds.

For a longer walk, try the 6.5-mile Paseo Trail along the east side of the Consolidated Canal. Parking is available at the Paseo Vista Recreation Area and Tumbleweed Park. Or hike nearly 50 miles of trails at South Mountain Park, roughly a half hour from Chandler in Phoenix.

Chandler dog parks

You’ll find some of the Valley’s best dog parks in Chandler. Located at Paseo Vista Recreation Area, Shawnee Park, Snedigar Sportsplex, and Nozomi Park, the dog parks feature 6-foot-high chain link fences to keep your dog safe. All four also have doggy drinking fountains, pooper-scoopers, benches for dog owners, and obstacles to entertain your pet. Snedigar Dog Park has a fake fire hydrant, as well.

To play at the park, your dog must be up-to-date on his vaccines. Additionally, dogs in season are not allowed, and you can’t bring food into the fenced area. Paseo Vista, Snedigar, and Nozomi Dog Park are all open 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Shawnee Park is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Dog-friendly hotels

Several Chandler hotels invite you to book a room with your dog. If you’re staying downtown, Crowne Plaza Phoenix – Chandler Golf Resort provides easy access to grassy onsite spaces, including Dr. AJ Chandler Park. And if you need to go out, you can leave your pet unattended in your room.

Near Chandler Fashion Center, pets receive a care package that includes a water bowl, dog toys, and treats at Fairfield Inn & Suites Phoenix Chandler Fashion Center. Also in the area, Element Chandler Fashion Center has grassy areas for you to walk your dog and water bowls and treats in the lobby.