Best Dog-Friendly Activities in Sugar Land

Sugar Land is a great place for people to live, but what about pets? As luck would have it, there is plenty for them to do as well. Whether you want to take your dog for fun of her own, or include her in yours, Sugar Land has what you need.

Social activities for your dog
Sugar Land has two off-leash dog parks. The first is Pawm Springs, a six-acre, tropical themed park for your four-legged friend. The park has two fenced in areas—one for small dogs, and another for large dogs. All dogs have to be leashed as they enter and leave the park, but once inside, they are free to run and roam as long as you stay near by and maintain voice control. This park even has a pond for the dogs to play in. For canines and their human companions, there is a shaded pavilion and plenty of benches. You may bring up to two dogs per adult, and the park is open from dawn to dusk.

Riverstone Dog Park is a 3.5 acre private dog park in the Riverstone development. Like Pawm Springs, it has two leash-free enclosed areas—one for big dogs and another for small dogs. It also has a canine obstacle courses, and a pet washing station.

Self-improvement for pets
No one wants a smelly or inconsiderate roommate, and pets are certainly no different. Fortunately, Sugar Land has plenty of ways for your pet to learn good manners and to look and smell his best.

PetSmart in Sugar Land is a great place for your dog to practice socialization skills. Even if you don't sign up for the classes, just a trip to the store can provide opportunities for your dog to interact with other dogs of all sizes, and people too. Group classes start at around $120. Money spent on training is worth it. You will be living with your dog for years to come, help her to become her best self.

Woof Gang Bakery offers more than just treats. It's a great little boutique shop where you can also get your dog groomed by a professional, or in a do-it-yourself station. Your pet will love the treats, and you will enjoy the welcoming atmosphere and knowledgeable staff.

Bring your four-legged friend along for your fun
Not all restaurants welcome dogs, but if you and your pet enjoy sitting on a beautiful deck enjoying terrific hamburgers, the two of you may want to check out Beck's Prime. Dogs are only welcome on the patio. The patio backs up to the creek frequented by ducks. If your dog has a high prey drive, this may not be a great place to bring him, but if he is tolerant of other people and animals, by all means take advantage of the cooler weather by visiting this restaurant.

Another great spot to take your dog is Town Center. The wide walkways and green space at the center are very pet friendly. When you are ready to eat, there are a variety of restaurants with patio seating welcoming to pets. A personal favorite is Japaniero's Sushi Bistro and Latin Grill. It's hard to resist a restaurant with the courage to combine such different cuisines, but they do it successfully. Dogs are welcome on the patio.

Pets make our lives so much more enjoyable. Those of us who consider our dog to be a member of our family, enjoy exploring spaces in the city willing to accommodate them. What are you favorite spots? Leave your answer in the comments below.

LaDawn Fletcher is a writer living in Fort Bend county.