Pets are more than just a companion; they are truly part of the family. They bring joy to the lives of those around them and deserve to be out and about, running free in a field or eating a fry dropped on the ground. Fortunately, Pittsburgh has a vast array of dog parks, pet-friendly businesses, and pet stores!
Pittsburgh boasts seven dog parks (with many others a short drive away), miles of hiking trails, and countless pet-friendly restaurant patios. As far as basic puppy protocol in the park, all dogs must be 4 months or older, vaccinated, licensed, and not in-season. There's a maximum of three dogs for each owner, and every dog must be leashed until they are within the fenced-in area. Owners are responsible for picking up after their dogs, and dog handlers must be 16 years of age or older.
Watch a Ballgame at PNC Park Pirates Pup Night
With dog-friendly vendors and snacks available throughout the game, Pup Nights at PNC Park (home to the Pittsburgh Pirates) is the place to be on Tuesday nights. What make Pirates Pup Nights unique are their frequency and the ballpark itself. While other Major League teams generally hold one or two dog-friendly nights a year, the Pirates have dog-friendly action all season long, and it’s common to see out-of-town fans and their pooches in left field. Due to their popularity, advanced tickets to the games are required.
Off-Leash Dog Parks
Highland Park Dog Park
Bigelow Trail, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Highland Park’s off-leash exercise area is great for a number of reasons: The fenced-in space is divided into a section for small dogs and big dogs; there’s a water fountain, bowls and extra clean-up supplies right outside the front gate; and there’s benches for tired dog owners to sit down. The sheer size of the space is perfect to give your doggos some much-needed exercise.
Frick Park Off-Leash Exercise Area, Squirrel Hill
Nicholson Street and Beechwood Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
At 644 acres, Frick Park is the largest park within city limits. There are two fenced in off leash play areas near Blue Slide Playground. There are water fountains and doggie bags available, and there is even a swimming hole just for dogs near Lower Tranquil Trail!
Downtown Dog Park (OLEA)
901 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Located in downtown Pittsburgh, this small, fenced-in dog park provides great views of the Allegheny River and bridges. Be sure to bring your own water, and be prepared to stand!
Olympia Park, Mount Washington
Olympia Street and Virginia Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15211
This Mount Washington Park has a newly reopened, fenced-in, off-leash dog park. There are lots of trails nearby, and true to Pittsburgh it has hilly and flat play areas.
Allegheny Commons Park (West Commons), Central Northside
810 Arch St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Established in 1867, Allegheny Commons Park is Pittsburgh’s oldest park. It is known for its mature canopy trees, wide promenade, and the beautiful Lake Elizabeth. There is a large off-leash area where dogs can run free and even splash around in a pond. Ensure your dogs are well trained, because this park is not completely fenced in. Remember to bring doggie waste bags, water, and a towel or two!
Bernard Dog Run, Lawrenceville
40th St. Lawrenceville Triangle, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
This unique dog park takes up half an acre of space and is under 40th Street Bridge! It has separate play areas for both large and small dogs. Remember to bring your own water!
5880 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Petagogy, a pet store located in Shadyside, has been named one of America’s coolest pet stores by PETS, "The Better Business Magazine for American Pet Pros.” PETS+ highlights the best examples of independent pet businesses throughout the United States. Petagogy carries unique toys and accessories, and natural foods and treats.
Lawrenceville Pet Supply
5152 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Lawrenceville Pet Supply carries high-quality products, many of which come from local, small business owners and are made with organic, natural, and grain-free ingredients. They also carry an abundance of toys and accessories.
632 E. Ohio St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Wagsburgh, “Where Pittsburgh Pets Shop,” is a pet shop in the Northside which carries nutritional foods for your pets so they can have a long, healthy, active life. They carry toys and accessories, including apparel/travel accessories. Wagsburgh holds events such as pet adoptions, donations, education, and family fun events to give back to the community.