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Dog Friendly Neighborhood

Portland, Oregon has been called one of the most pet-friendly cities in America, and it's not hard to see why. With an abundance of pet stores, dog parks, pet-friendly restaurants, and dog walking trails, Portland is a pet owner's dream city. 

Our brokers are proud to live in a city that welcomes all our four-legged friends. If you're looking for your next home in the area, here's what you should look out for to know you're in a pet-friendly neighborhood. 

  1. Trash Cans
    We've all done it, but throwing your dog's poop bag in a neighbor's garbage can while you're out for a walk is a definite faux pas. That's why it's always great to live in a neighborhood with public trash cans on every corner. It's a sure sign that you and your pooch will be happy, and you won't have to be sneaky when you dispose of your dog's waste. 
  2. Dog Parks
    Dogs need places where they can run free, and a sure sign of a welcoming neighborhood is an abundance of dog parks nearby. In particular, look for dog parks that are clean and well-kept, with nicely cut grass and an absence of litter. If possible, visit during a time when the dog park is likely to be busy, and see if it looks like people are cleaning up after their animals and respecting the park. Some of our favorite dog parks in the Portland area include Mt. Tabor Dog Park and the off-leash area at Sellwood Riverfront Park
  3. Sidewalks
    They're easy to take for granted until you need one and don't have it. Sidewalks are essential for daily dog walks, so make sure your neighborhood has them! Bonus points if they're nice and clean, and free of cracks and potholes. 
  4. Services and Amenities
    When you see a lot of pet supply stores, vet offices, dog grooming services, doggie day-cares, and other pet-centric amenities, there's a good chance you're in a great neighborhood for pets. It's best if you can visit neighborhoods in person and explore, but Google Maps is a great tool for evaluating neighborhoods remotely. 
  5. Other Dogs
    Pet-friendly neighborhoods tend to attract people who have pets. So look around. Visit the neighborhood in the morning and evening, and see how many dogs you can see out taking their humans for a walk. In addition to the number of dogs you spot, take note of how healthy they look, and how many different breeds you see. A wide variety of dog breeds usually indicates a dog-savvy human population. 
  6. Dog-Friendly Restaurants
    A sure sign that Fido will feel right at home is an abundance of pet-friendly restaurants in the area. Portland certainly has plenty of them, with spots like Java Hound Coffee Bar, a coffee shop inside a pet shop, where you can enjoy treats for humans and pets alike. Be sure to talk to our team about more pet-friendly restaurants, bars, and cafes near Portland homes for sale. Even in shops where dogs aren't able to come inside, you'll usually see water bowls outside and pet-friendly patios. 
  7. Walking and Jogging Trails
    It's always good to get off the beaten path with Fido, and sometimes you get tired of walking down roads and sidewalks every day. Look for a neighborhood with easy access to plenty of urban hiking trails, bike paths, and greenways. Portland, for example, is home to 152 miles of regional trails that connect all different parts of the city. That's a lot of green space waiting to be sniffed and explored!

Contact us today to learn more about life in Portland, Oregon. As residents of one of the most pet-friendly cities in America, our brokers are committed to helping find the dream home for both you and your furry friends. 

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