Eight Pawsome Places in Lancaster County that are Dog Friendly

Written by Laurie Yost, owner of Playful Pups Retreat

Mirra at the Hidden StillPlayful Pups Retreat is proud to be a Fear Free certified facility. Laurie also holds the highest level of certification through PACCC (Professional Animal Care Certification Council) with a CPACO certification (Certified Professional Animal Care Operator).

The beautiful Spring weather of Central PA is upon us and that means it is time to get out and have some fun, right?!  Getting out into nature, or enjoying yummy food (and the occasional adult beverage) is an important way to reduce our stress and connect with friends and family. Our mental well-being improves when we allow time for fun and this is enhanced when your furry family member can join in on the festivities!

Did you know there is a growing list of cool new places that are dog friendly in Lancaster County? We are excited to share 8 of our favorites!  Get out of the house and do something fun with your family and friends, and your pup! Before you head out though, read our friendly reminders below to have the best, and safest, experience for both you and your dog.

  1. The Fridge
    534 N Mulberry St, Lancaster, PA
    offering outdoor seating where pups are allowed
    craft beer and pizza
  2. Rachel’s Cafe & Creperie
    201 W Walnut St, Lancaster, PA
    outdoor tables for your pup
    French inspired cafe
  3. Spring House Brewing Co.
    209 Hazel Street, Lancaster, PA
  4. Bierhall Brewing
    1703 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, PA
    limited outdoor tables for pup
    German based brewery and food
  5. moshe with brother at the hidden stillHarvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar
    1573 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA
    pet friendly outdoor tables
    uses fresh, seasonal ingredients
  6. Splits & Giggles Cafe
    500 W Lemon St, Lancaster, PA,
    outdoor seating for you and your dog
    specialty ice cream just for pups!
  7. Twisted Bine Brewing
    93 East Main Street, Mount Joy, PA
    handcrafted beer and foods
    doggie wall of fame for regular furry guests
  8. Molly’s Courtyard Café of Marietta
    17 East Market St, Marietta, PA
    small dog friendly outdoor patio
    serving coffee & espresso, smoothies, breakfast, lunch & baked goods

As much as we love taking our dogs places and want to include them in as much of our lives as possible, it is important to remember that some dogs do not enjoy social environments. For those pups it can cause overwhelm, anxiety and stress. As a responsible and dedicated pet parent, it is critical to set your dog up for success. So, if your dogs doesn’t truly enjoy car rides, and hanging out at events or places where other dogs and dog lovers will want to give them love and attention it may be best to leave them at home.

If your dog is a social butterfly and loves hanging with his homies then it will be a fun experience for everyone if he tags along. When taking your dog places go prepared though.

dogs out on the townHere are some reminders to ensure you and your dog have a blast during your adventures together:

    • Take a blanket, pad, or dog bed so your dog can relax comfortably
    • Ensure you have treats for rewards for positive behaviors and water and a portable bowl or ask the wait staff if they can bring water for your dog, especially if it is a hot summer day. All dog friendly places are typically happy to provide water.
    • Call ahead to make sure they have space for your furry pal.
    • Do your dog, and all the other guests a favor, and please ditch the flexi leash and take a leash that always gives you full control of your pup.