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 October 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.
Meditation With Your Dog with Sama Dog Wellbeing | Virtual | Thursday, October 1 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM
“Join us for a free introductory session and experience this practice first hand. In this class, we will do a meditation with our dog, learn about the benefits of this practice, and have the opportunity to ask questions. Meditators at all levels are welcome!” Learn more here.
Smile Specialists Dental Clinic | Santa Monica | Tuesday, October 20 | 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.
Yoga with Your Dog by Melaney Wolf | Virtual | Tuesday, October 6 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
“Namastay! Join Melaney Wolf, an E-RYT 200-hr yoga instructor and Doga instructor at Healme.nyc, for a yoga class devoted to you and your pet. You’ll experience the healing, energizing, mindful and fun ways your pet can contribute to your yoga practice. Beginners welcome!” Learn more here.
Howl-o-ween Hike | Virtual | Saturday, October 31 | 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
“Come celebrate Howl-O-Ween with a Jindos of LA hike from Ferndell to the Griffith Observatory! We will be hiking from Ferndell on the West Observatory Trail to Griffith Observatory (2.5 mile loop). The hike is easy to moderate. Dog costumes are encouraged! In addition, we will have Howl-O-Ween treats for the pups and a prize raffle.” 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. In addition, 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.
DogKeepr: Mini Webinar Series DOG ENRICHMENT during COVID-19 w/ Gabriela Hubbard | Virtual | Thursday, October 22 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
“Join us for a special mini webinar and Q&A with dog trainer, Gabriela Hubbard of High Five Dog Training. Gabriela will give us a presentation on how to enrich our dogs during COVID-19 and give training tips to new and future dog parents.” 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.
60min Disney Halloween Animals – Pumpkin Dalmation | Virtual | Sunday, October 11 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
“Learn how to draw with step-by-step guidance from a live art instructor! The class will begin with basic shape recognition during the sketching phase and will then move on to coloring and basic shading techniques.” 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! In addition, 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
Howl-o-ween Photos | Santa Monica | Sunday, October 25 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
“Howl-O-Ween looks a little different this year. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun memories to look back on. We’ve got the pawfect Howl-O-Ween themed photo setup and a professional photographer will be there to snap a pic of you and your pup! In addition, RSVP fee is $10 with all the proceeds being donated to The Rescue Train.” Learn more here.
Best Friends Strut your Mutt | Virtual | Saturday, October 24
“Strut Your Mutt Day is the virtual walk and fundraising event that since 2011 has been raising crucial funds to save the lives of dogs and cats in communities across the country. When you register for Strut Your Mutt Day, you can virtually raise funds for Best Friends Animal Society or for the participating local network partner of your choice. It all culminates on Strut Your Mutt Day, October 24, when animal lovers across the country are encouraged to get outside and walk their dogs, stay in and snuggle their cats or donate to help pets in their communities.” Learn more here.
HOWLOWEEN presented by Woof Republic benefitting Best Friend’s | Virtual | Wednesday, October 28 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
“Woof Republic presents Virtual Howloween, a Zoom event for humans and their dogs! Join us on October 28th at 5pm PT/8pm ET for live trivia, a costume contest with celebrity judges, and fun prizes! Most importantly, 100% of your donations will benefit Best Friend’s Animal Society helping dogs in need.” Learn more here.
Adoption & Volunteering
Wags & Walks Volunteer Orientation | West LA | Recurring dates (cancelled)
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!
JustFoodForDogs Instagram Live Cooking Demo | Virtual | Wednesday, October 28 | 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
“Gather your ingredients, prepare your questions, and get ready to join us for an interactive cooking experience on Instagram Live on October 28 at 5 pm PDT /8 pm EDT on the @justfoodfordogs Instagram live! JustFoodForDogs Veterinarian & Certified Whole Food Formulator, Dr. Kendra Scheibe, DVM will show you how easy it is to prepare fresh whole-food for your dog at-home. This month Dr. Scheibe will prepare the JustFoodForDogs Venison & Squash Recipe.” Learn more here.
Fitdog’s 10th Annual Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest | Virtual | October 12 – October 31
“Our 10th Annual Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest is the best and spookiest one yet! We’ve partnered with Dogo for the ultimate giveaway. Dress your pup in their Halloween best and post on Instagram using hashtag #FitdogHowloween20 for your chance to win all the amazing prizes. In addition, winners will be selected by Los Angeles based influencers, @misshollywoof and @leothelovedoodle.
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Last updated on September 30, 2020.