It may come as no surprise that there are always dog-friendly events happening in Los Angeles. No matter what neighborhood you live in, or what your interests are, there is something for you and your pup to do.
However, the COVID-19 crisis has put a damper on many of our beloved doggy events. But, the good news is that organizers have been quick to move their events to a virtual format, so we can all stay connected.
Here is our guide to best dog-friendly events in Los Angeles and beyond for September 2020.
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Health & Wellness
Microchip Mondays | Culver City | Recurring | 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM (cancelled)
Adopt & Shop offers $10 Microchip Mondays, making it affordable for pet owners to microchip pets. In the event that your dog goes missing, shelters can scan your dog’s microchip and contact you when they are found. This service is totally worth it, just as long as you keep your information current. Microchip Monday is a recurring event at both Adopt & Shop locations: Culver City and Lakewood. Learn more here.
Sit, Stay, Smile! Yoga & Meditation with your Animal Companion | Virtual | Thursday, September 3 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM
“During this class, we will learn simple ways to destress and meditate or should we say ‘petitate’ with your pet by your side. In addition, we will practice some gentle yoga (focusing on poses named for the animals), and finish with a loving kindness meditation to enhance a deeper bond between you and your pet and the animal kingdom at large.” Learn more here.
Smile Specialists Dental Clinic | Santa Monica | Tuesday, September 15 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Smile Specialists are at the Fitdog Club on the third Tuesday of every month to perform anesthesia-free dental cleanings. The cleanings are gentle, safe, and effective in maintaining good oral health for your pets. The procedure takes no more than a half-hour. Call (310) 828-3647 to book your appointment.
Pet Disaster Preparedness | Virtual | Wednesday, September 16 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
“Pet Porter Pals and Pasadena Humane have teamed up to provide pet parents with vital information on how to keep their furry, feathery, or scaly companion safe during a time when pets need them the most. During the webinar, pet parents will learn how to prepare pets for an emergency and what essential items to include in a pet emergency kit.” Learn more here.
Pups & Pilates | Virtual | Thursday, September 17 | 5:00 – 5:30 PM
“This quick 30-minute workout with your pup will have you both ready to settle in for the night, and give you some new moves to practice from home.” Learn more here.
The 7 Core Commands of Training with Sylvia Wes | Every Saturday of the month | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Join our Fitdog partner trainer, Sylvia Wes, for a free training webinar session. Learn the tools from a professional that will get your dog to focus on you and control their impulses. The session will include a detailed breakdown of the 7 core commands of training, including sit, down, focus, touch, place, wait, and leave-it. Watch here.
“Training Your Newly-Adopted Pup” Webinar and Q&A Session | Virtual | Thursday, September 10 | 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
“Getting a new puppy can be a rewarding, yet challenging experience. So, join me for a ‘Pay What You Can’ webinar on how to successfully train your newly-adopted pup, with 100% of every dollar raised from your donations going to directly to support the Pawsco Rescue! Learn more here.
Family Fun Activities
Annenberg PetSpace Puppet Show | Virtual | Every Thursday of month| 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
“If you are looking for some fun, funny and engaging educational content for your kids, join our LIVE Interactive Puppet Show. Meet adorable puppet pup Wally and the sassy Ms. Cat-erine Heppurrrn, as well as their PetSpace pals and the Barking News Live news team.” Learn more here.
Pets, Paints & Pints | Virtual | Thursday, September 10 | 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
“Create a custom painting of YOUR pet in a live virtual class using Zoom! We will take you step by step through the painting process so you end up with a beautiful portrait of your pet.” Learn more here.
South Coast Botanic Garden Dog Walking | Palos Verdes | 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of month | 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
“Fur babies are welcome at the Garden this summer! Twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, from 5:00-8:00 pm, you can hit the Garden’s 87 acres with your four-legged friend. Bring the whole family, fur baby included, for a walk in the Garden. Advanced reservations required.” Learn more here.
Paw & Pages Online | Virtual | Every Wednesday of month | 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
“While staying safer at home, you can still take part in a special online version of Paws & Pages with Annenberg PetSpace! This fun, family-friendly online reading will feature a new story read each week, followed by a virtual Pet Encounter! You can enjoy the story, ‘meet’ one of our adoptable pets, and post questions for one of our animal care specialists.” Learn more here.
Fundraising & Charity Events
Back to School Photos | Santa Monica | September 15 – September 17 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Stop by Fitdog between September 15 to September 17 to get professional “Back to School” photos of your pup! Receive a digital print of your dog’s best headshot for $20 and 100% of the proceeds will go to the California Fire Foundation. Call (310) 828-3647 to book your appointment.
Venice Rescue Dog Walk | Virtual | Wednesday, September 2 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
“Famous as the spot in so many film and shows, bohemian Venice Beach is the perfect setting to lend a hand to dogs in need and get them seen by the public for adoptions! And, our walk will focus on the dogs and sightseeing, with proper social distancing. Our rescue dogs are really ready to get out and exercise and meet people!” Learn more here.
Good Dog Jog 5K & Mutty Miler Virtual Run / Walk | Virtual | Anytime
“The Good Dog Jog 5K and Mutty Miler Run & Walk is a VIRTUAL race event that you can participate in wherever you are in the world! Just choose the time and the location of your run or walk, and off you go! In addition, the race proceeds benefit Popo Rescue & the Hopeful Faces Project, two amazing dog rescue organizations dedicated to rehoming homeless pets.” Learn more here.
ASPCA’s Release the Hounds | Virtual | Anytime
“Release the Hounds and let you dogs stretch their legs! They get cabin fever just like us so get the leash out and your poop bags ready. Run or walk 1 mile, 2 miles, or a 5k with your best friend.” Learn more here.
Adoption & Volunteering
Wags & Walks Volunteer Orientation | West LA | Recurring dates (cancelled)
Mimosa Brunch Adoption Event – Find Your Pal Online | Virtual | Saturday, September 12 | 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
“Since you can not come see the dogs, we are bringing the pups to you, along with a signature mimosa cocktail, online. All breeds, sizes and ages will be showcased via live stream..” Learn more here.
L.A. Puppy Social Weekend Brunch | Los Angeles| Saturday, September 12 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
“RSVP and join us in our indoor-outdoor space, as we welcome you and your canine family member to our unique oasis in the city. In addition, our puppy social is intended for fully-vaccinated puppies between the ages of 4-7 months of age.” Learn more here.
Yappy Hours & More
Barky Brunch at LACMA | Miracle Mile | Every Saturday & Sunday | 10 AM – 3 PM (cancelled)
Every Saturday and Sunday, Ray’s at LACMA offers a Barky Brunch menu in addition to their human-friendly fare. Enjoy a boozy brunch before strolling the grounds where you can see famous installations such as Urban Light, and the naturally occurring La Brea tar pits. However, only service animals are allowed inside LACMA.
Read Ginger’s review of LACMA’s Barky Brunch here!
Yappy Hour: Sips + Treats for you and your dog! | Santa Monica, Larchmont, Los Angeles | Thursdays in July | 5:00 – 6:00 PM (cancelled)
“Sip and snack with your favorite friend at the Malin and Goetz Montana location! Every Thursday this month they will have a Yappy Hour at 5 PM. Come and unwind with a drink and your furry friend.” Learn more here.
Pet Photography Lecture and Hands-On Workshop with Anabel DFlux | Pasadena | Sunday, September 12 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
“Join Anabel DFlux for the day and learn ten easy steps to improve your pet photography. From working with the hyper, the untrained, or the unruly, you’ll be an expert on bringing out their best sides. Secondly, this workshop features a two hour lecture detailing 10 steps anyone can follow to improve their animal photography. In addition, Anabel will lead a hands-on shooting portion of the workshop where you will have the opportunity to photograph the cutest dogs!” Learn more here.
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Last updated on August 31, 2020.