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Raleigh Guide for the Perfect Doggy Day Trip

(The Triangle Trend) — In light of National Spoil Your Dog Day falling on August 10, now is the perfect time to educate Raleigh dog owners on all the best local doggy outings. Chances are that during self-quarantine, you and your pooch have spent an almost unhealthy amount of time together. And despite seeing all your flaws in their purest form, Biscuit is still sitting loyally at your side. Going out with friends is something that we all try to do from time to time… but spending time out with the adorable specimens who have literally been named ‘man’s best friend?’ Well, not so much. Chances are your pooch is in well need of some quality time outside of your neighborhood. Here’s a guide of all the best local spots* to create the perfect doggy day trip.

*All the locations listed have been confirmed to be open and operating during the current pandemic.

Start with a Walk in the Park

Oakwood Dog Park

910 Brookside Dr, Raleigh, NC 27604

Off-leash dog area with fenced sections for big and small breeds in a 12.7-acre park.

Buffaloe Road Dog Park

5908 Buffaloe Rd, Raleigh, NC 27604

Very well kept park with a side for both small and large dogs. The big dog area is huge, with both shade and sun, a lot of benches, and a good water fountain system for both dogs and people.

Dog Park at Dix Park

801 Biggs Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603

Spacious park with plenty of room for dogs to run along with well maintained grounds. Plus you’ll score some good views of downtown Raleigh!

William B. Umstead State Park

8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617

This park covers 5,599 acres nestled between Raleigh, Cary, and Durham. Very convenient location for triangle residents to do some hiking without having to get far from their residence.

Millbrook Dog Park

1905 Spring Forest Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

A great park for a quick walk if you’d like. Equipped with a big fence for large dogs and another fenced in area for medium size dogs. Water and buckets handy and pick up bags stocked.

Take your furry friend shopping

Unleashed, The Dog & Cat Store at City Market

329 Blake St #1801, Raleigh, NC 27601

Unleashed, LLC is locally owned and dedicated to providing the best a Dog or Cat can get, at affordable prices. Services include pet washes, nutritional consultations, and curbside personal shopping (during Covid19). Doggy products include toys, all-natural treats, and all-natural food.


2535 Atlantic Ave, Raleigh, NC 27604

Phydeaux (pronounced “Fido”) is an independent, locally-owned pet supply store providing some of the best quality products, at reasonable prices, for your dog, cat, bird or small animal. They also offer same day delivery, curb-side, and in-store pickup.

Pet Mania

7901 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

Pet Mania is a warm and inviting shop where genuine care and comfort of customers and pets are of highest priority. Expect a friendly and fun experience shopping for your pet supplies, as well as an excellent selection of products with expert advice for your pet.

Pet Wants North Raleigh

6108 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609

Pet Wants’ specially-crafted pet food formulas are made in small batches with the freshest natural ingredients for a complete and balanced diet in every bowl. Pet Wants North Raleigh has multiple blends of dog and cat food formulas as well as homemade treats, healing salve, and more.

Where to Pamper Your Pooch


900 E Six Forks Rd #106, Raleigh, NC 27604

At WAGS HAPPY DOGS, grooming services include brush-out & bath, all natural pet care products, attended cool air and towel drying, ear cleaning, and interior hair trim, hairstyling, nail clipping, and more. They also offer a fun, safe, and clean environment for pets to play in.

City Pet Grooming

727 W Johnson St, Raleigh, NC 27603

City Pet Grooming is a boutique style pet grooming salon located in downtown Raleigh. They also offer pet supplies and homemade treats. Aside from some full body pampering, bring your dog by for some delicious ice cream or a beautiful cookie.

Top Notch Pet Spa

8521 Cantilever Way #103, Raleigh, NC 27613

Top Notch Pet spa offers grooming on all dog breeds, cats, small animals and nail trimming on other types of animals. Walk-in services include nail buffing, brushouts, face trims and many more. SAFE coloring services are also provided by 2 groomers.

So take your pick!

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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