A Dog’s Guide to Gig Harbor
Here in the Harbor we love our pups! No matter where we go, we like to bring along our four-legged family members. Gig Harbor is a fantastic city for dog owners, so I have sniffed out the best dog-friendly establishments for all your doggie needs so you can keep your furry friend’s tail wagging.
Places to let them run free
Do you have a pooch with tons of energy to burn? Gig Harbor is home to multiple off-leash dog parks that are pawsitively great places for pet socializing and proper puppy behavior training, not to mention ideal areas for letting Fido roam free!
A popular one is Rotary Bark Park which offers 15 acres of completely fenced doggie freedom. This off-leash park has over a mile of fun trails where you are guaranteed to run into other furry friends. When you arrive, take note that the parking lot is shared with the fire station.
Location: 10100 Bujacich Rd NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332
If you are looking for fewer trails and more open fields check out Tubby’s Trail Dog Park. With the option of separate fields for large and small dogs, this fully fenced park is ideal for dog interaction and hours of fetch.
Location: 2120 14th Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Just outside Gig Harbor, Bandix Dog Park is another fun locale with several trails for you and your canine to enjoy. Though Bandix has some fenced areas, it is not completely enclosed, so beware if you have a dog that is extra adventurous and may stray off the trail.
Location: 13390 Bandix Rd SE, Olalla, WA 98359
Snag specialty toys, treats, and food
After a long day of running through the woods, exploring trails, and playing fetch, your sweet pup deserves a treat! Take her for a stroll through some of Gig Harbor’s doggie shops where leashed animals are always welcome.
With their new location in Gig Harbor, Lucky Dog Outfitters is the cutest doggie boutique that will meet all of your canine needs. With quality pet items, impeccable customer service from their dog-loving staff, and all the extra toys and accessories you could want, this is a must-stop for local dog owners.
Location: 3104 Judson St, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Gig Harbor is lucky to have our own Mud Bay location to provide our community with the best of the best for our dogs (and cats too!). Mud Bay is focused on carrying the healthiest and highest quality supplies and specialty items, so even the trickiest canine diet can be satisfied. Be sure to grab one of their special, locally-made dog treats for your pooch on your way out!
Location: 4816 Point Fosdick Dr NW, Ste 102, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Green Cottage Pets is a local shop that specializes in natural, holistic pet foods and accessories. The staff is super knowledgeable and is always happy to help with those harder questions about pet health and diet. They also offer nail clipping and dental services.
Location: 3028 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
While Washington state law does not allow pets inside certain establishments, including restaurants, there are plenty of places that will happily serve you and your pooch on their dog-friendly patios. These delicious eateries all offer a delightful al fresco experience for you and your dog. “Bone” Appétit!
Gourmet Burger Shop: 4120 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
7 Seas Brewing Co.: 3006 Judson St, #110, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Panera Bread: 4751 Point Fosdick Dr NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Netshed No. 9: 3313 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Fondi Pizzeria: 4621 Point Fosdick Dr NW, #200, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Java and Clay Café: 3210 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Blazing Onion: 4701 Point Fosdick Dr NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Harbor General Store: 7804 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Blue Agave Mexican Grill: 4729 Point Fosdick Dr NW, Suite 200, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Need a pup sitter?
Traveling without your furry best friend can often be nerve-wracking. The good news is that Gig Harbor is home to some awesome (or would that be paw-some?) doggie daycares so you can jetset knowing your pup is in the right hands.
With two handy locations, Our Best Friend Doggie Daycare sticks out from the rest by offering kennel-free boarding. Your fur baby gets to play all day and get cozy all night without ever being sequestered in a kennel. Our Best Friend Doggie Daycare’s services go way beyond pet boarding, as they offer pet birthday parties, positive reinforcement training, grooming options, individual play with staff members, or group play with other dogs, and so much more.
Gig Harbor Location: 3303 Jahn Ave NW, Suite 230, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Purdy Location: 5720 144th St NW, Suite 200, Purdy, WA 98332
Peninsula Pet Lodge offers overnight boarding, daycare, and grooming. Their pet care comes with a lot of extras to make your doggie’s stay more enjoyable. With daily housekeeping, music, wellness checks, and activities with trained staff, your dog is sure to come home feeling pampered and tuckered out.
Location: 2319 Point Fosdick Dr NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Howllywood Grooming and Boarding is located just over the Purdy bridge and sits on 5 acres of property for their guests to roam free. Along with boarding, they also offer full-time grooming services for your pooch. They also groom cats (they even shaved mine, LOL!)
Dog Friendly Lodging
For those of you who are visiting Gig Harbor (or have family or friends visiting) who wouldn’t dream of leaving your four-legged friend at home when you travel, Gig Harbor has you covered there too! Check out these pet-friendly hotels in our community:
The Inn at Gig Harbor: 3211 56th St NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Best Western Wesley Inn & Suites: 6575 Kimball Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Westwynd Motel: 6703 144th St NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332
What did I miss?
There are a plethora of dog-friendly places in Gig Harbor and the surrounding area. Let me know your favorite spot to bring your Spot so I can add it to my list!