I’ve lived in Arizona for over 16 years. All of my dog mom days have taken place in this beautiful state and after becoming a resident of Gilbert, a beautiful suburban area, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Dogs are welcome almost everywhere in Gilbert! Or at least it seems that way.
If you are like my friends and I, then you are always looking for an opportunity to take your dog out and about. I know that many places are “dog friendly” but Gilbert has a ton of “dog welcoming” locations, which means they welcome dogs with open arms and even cater to them. Here are some great locations that make Gilbert, AZ a great place for dogs and their people:
Dog Friendly Locations in Gilbert, AZ
Restaurants: Gilbert has a plethora of restaurants that welcome dogs. Since we have beautiful weather all year round, it makes it easy to sit on the patio at your favorite restaurant with your pampered pooch. Some restaurants, such as Postino Wine Cafe, will even bring your dog a fresh cold bowl of water! It’s a dog mom’s dream. There are many other places that you and your dog can grab some grub including Joe’s Farm Grill, SoCal Fish Taco Company, The Coffee Shop at Agritopia and Joe’s Real BBQ.
Parks: Gilbert has several beautiful parks where dogs are welcome, including dog parks and preserves. A few include Cosmo Dog Park, Crossroads Dog Park and the Riparian Preserve (our favorite!). You will often find us at the Riparian Preserve when the weather is cooler, along with a ton of other people and their dogs! It’s a beautiful, peaceful place to have some fun and get exercise.
Events: Arizona has pet events year round (another dog mom’s dream!). In the fall you can take your dogs to the pumpkin patch at Vertruccio Farms or stroll the Gilbert Farmer’s Market for fresh product and homemade dog treats. Don’t forget to visit the annual Barktoberfest held in Downtown Gilbert in October! They are expecting over 7,500 people to attend this year! Gilbert is full of dog lovers 🙂
Outdoor malls: Arizona is full of outdoor malls. Gilbert has a beautiful one called SanTan Village Mall. It’s fairly new and it’s a great place for my friends and I to go train our dogs. You will find water bowls outside of many store fronts, and the Easter bunny even allowed our kids to take a picture with him this spring!
Stores: Public places are great for dog training. Dogs can learn how to act and stay calm in public, as well as be around strange people and noises. Stores are great options for training but it’s also very convenient if you like to take your dog everywhere! Some of the dog friendly stores in Gilbert include Home Depot, Lowes, Barnes & Noble, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics and Target. You will want to check out the policies where you live, but many of the big box stores and small businesses in Gilbert welcome dogs anytime.
If you happen to be traveling through Arizona or perhaps you’re a dog lover looking for some adventure, you must visit Gilbert! You can take your dog with you to do pretty much everything. From exploring to eating to shopping, Gilbert, AZ has it all for you and your fur kids.