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Little Known Doggy Adventures in Detroit

Posted on Monday, July 11 2016 in Uncategorized

Partridge Creek

What better way to spend the dog days of summer than with your, well, dog? Detroit and its surrounding neighborhoods have plenty of dog-friendly things to do and places to stay. Here's our guide to help you pack a doggy bag and plan your trip. 

Get Social 

If you're looking for a play date, there are plenty of other dog lovers in The D to get friendly with.

  • The Mall at Partridge Creek: In Clinton Township, this outdoor shopping center welcomes leashed dogs, and many stores are dog-friendly, as well (including, of course, the Three Dog Bakery).
  • Walks on the Riverfront: Canine to Five hosts Sunday Riverfront Pack Walks every week along the river and up the Dequindre Cut if you want to stretch your legs.
  • Drinking with Dogs: Bring your pooch and grab a pint. Follow Drinking with Dogs on Facebook for the latest schedule of events.

Head to the Park

Detroit has no shortage of greenspace for your dog to run off some energy (both dog parks and people parks).

  • Detroit Dog Park: Detroit's first dog park opened in 2014 at 17th Street and Rose in historic Corktown.
  • Midtown Dog Park: Also in 2014, Shinola partnered with Midtown Detroit, Inc. to open the neighborhood's first dog park at Cass Avenue and West Canfield.
  • Orion Oaks Dog Park: One of the largest dog parks in metro Detroit offers 24 acres of enclosed space, including a small dog area, two trails, a picnic shelter and access to Lake Sixteen for swimming (dogs only).
  • Dequindre Cut Greenway: A 1.65-mile greenway along what was once the Grand Trunk Railroad line is a great place for a stroll.

Food (For You)

Health codes can throw a wrench in four-legged fun at restaurants, but there are still places to grab a bite with a dog in tow. Of course, we highly recommend calling ahead to check the policy.

  • Jolly Pumpkin: Furry patrons are occasionally spotted on this Midtown brewery's outdoor patio.
  • Traffic Jam and Snug: This bakery/brewery/restaurant is known for allowing pets to join the party on the outdoor patio.
  • M-Brew: They sell jerky and provide water for any pooch on their patio.
  • Lipuma's Coney Island: Picnic-style outdoor seating alongside the Paint Creek Trail and river make this hotdog hotspot a popular choice.

Food (For Them)

It wouldn't be right to plan a pet-friendly trip without touring some of the area's premier dog bakeries and treat shops. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • 3 Dogs 1 Cat: This urban pet shop will keep your dog on the brink of every trend with their variety of eclectic and affordable merchandise.
  • Bow Wow Baketique: On Thursdays, the shop hosts an "ice cream" social for dogs with pup-friendly frozen yogurt.
  • Three Dog Bakery: Has several locations around metro Detroit, including Plymouth, Rochester and the Mall at Partridge Creek in Clinton Township.
  • Eastern Market: Dogs aren't allowed inside the sheds, so you'll need a partner to hang on to Fido outside, but several vendors at the market sell dog-friendly treats.


When you're visiting Detroit from out of town, you'll likely have to arrange for transportation and lodging. Choose a pet-friendly hotel, or leave your pup in the capable hands of a pet resort.

  • Metro Detroit Airport: Watch for "Service Animal/Pet Relief" areas for when nature calls. Otherwise, pets must be kept in their travel crates.
  • Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront: Book a room for you and two dogs up to 40 pounds for a small extra fee.
  • Best Western: Most Best Western hotels are dog friendly, though it's best to call before to confirm (Allen Park, Livonia, Roseville and more).
  • Westin Book Cadillac Detroit: This five-bone historic hotel allows dogs less than 40 pounds. if you book a pet-friendly room.
  • Transportation: Crown Limousine will transport crated animals.
  • Canine to Five: If your dog can't join you on your Detroit adventures, make a boarding or daycare reservation at Canine to Five.
  • Camp Bow Wow: Book a boarding/daycare reservation — or better yet, hire them to come to your hotel to pet-sit.

By: Heidi Tiano

Photo credit: The Mall at Partridge Creek