Detroit Dog City: A Guide to Dog-Friendly Detroit
The Rules and Regulations | Dog Daycare | Dog Grooming | Dog Boarding | Veterinary Care | Emergency Vets | Detroit Dog Parks | Beautiful Walks with Your Dog | Events for Dogs | Dog Supplies & Retail | Dog Training | Bad News – When You Can’t Keep Your Dog Anymore | More Dogs!
Owning a dog is rewarding. Your dog provides companionship, increases your activity level, makes you a happier person and overall just makes your life better. But you have a responsibility to your pet to give him or her the best life you can. That is why we have created this guide. From dog parks to grooming to boarding to veterinary care, this guide will give you all the information you need for a happy, healthy dog in the City of Detroit.
First of all, as a responsible citizen it is important that you are familiar with the laws regarding dog ownership. For example, in the State of Michigan it is the law that dogs six months and older must be licensed, and must wear a collar with a tag at all times when outside of the house.
These laws provide for the protection of not only your dog, but other people as well. There are legal vaccination requirements, leash rules for dogs in heat, and liability issues regarding dog bites – dog safety is important! So take some time to familiarize yourself with the laws and ordinances covering dog ownership in Detroit.
Once you are familiar with your basic legal requirements as a dog owner, you can focus on the fun part – the day-to-day life of your pet!
Canine to Five Detroit is Detroit’s only full-service dog daycare, grooming and boarding facility. Centrally-located in the heart of Midtown at Cass Avenue & Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, it has 15,000 sf of combined indoor and outdoor playspace, and separate areas for puppies, small dogs and quiet time.
Proper dog grooming and bathing are essential components in keeping your dog healthy. They also make your pet a joy to be around, for you and others! From nail filings to haircuts to flea treatments, it’s important to find a dog grooming facility that is professional and experienced.
Canine to Five Detroit offers grooming for all dogs in Midtown at Cass Avenue & Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard in Midtown. Learn more on their grooming page here.
Petco in the Gateway Marketplace Uptown at 8 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue offers full-service dog grooming. Learn more on their grooming page here.
Canine to Five Detroit offers non-traditional free-play dog boarding centrally-located in Midtown, with three levels of care. It’s important to note that non-traditional dog boarding requires a pre-evaluation at least two weeks prior to boarding. Learn more about Canine to Five’s boarding here.
Got a dog who does not great in a group setting? Check out Canine To Five Ferndale’s Private Play Lodging Options.
For dogs with specific medical conditions who need boarding, check with your dog’s vet.
Patterson Dog & Cat Hospital
3800 Grand River
Detroit, MI 48208
(Patterson is where we take our dogs if they aren’t feeling well)
Jefferson Veterinary Center
11300 E. Jefferson
Detroit, MI 48214
Michigan Human Society Veterinary Clinic (New location!)
7887 Chrysler Drive
Detroit, MI 48211
They come to you!
This business makes house calls across the Metro Detroit area.
We rely on Yelp for a lot of things, and they have a lot of information about these and other Detroit area veterinarians. Check out that information here.
Affiliated Veterinary Service
15220 Southfield Road
Allen Park, MI 48101
Veterinary Emergency Service
East: 28223 John Road
Madison Heights, MI 48071
West: 40850 Ann Arbor Road
Plymouth, MI 48170
The Grand Circus Park Dog Park is located in the eastern half of Grand Circus Park, near Comerica Park. If you are visiting you can usually find easy metered parking on E. Adams Street, Madison Street by the Opera House, or Washington Boulevard, just across the park.
The Detroit Dog Park in Corktown is located at the corner of 17th St. and Rose St. in Macomb Park, just west of the Michigan Central Station. It’s open from 7am to 10pm daily. Street parking is available.
The Midtown Dog Park is located at the corner of Cass Avenue and West Canfield Street. It has a separate small dog area and water for your pup, and is open dawn to dusk. Metered parking is available on Cass and Canfield Streets, and on evenings and weekends the Wayne State University parking lot just north on Cass is available to park in for free.
On the east side, Balduck Park, located at Chandler Park Drive and Canyon Street, has a dog park behind the wooded area at the north end of the park. It is open from dawn to dusk. Those wooded areas can be nice for an on-leash walk as well. Park along Canyon Street.
Remember, for all dog parks it is important that your dog be vaccinated and appropriately-licensed, and be sure to keep your dog on-leash when you aren’t in the gated area. And if you are using metered parking in the City of Detroit, the Park Detroit app is a super convenient way to keep the meter maid at bay!
The Riverwalk / Dequindre Cut
Belle Isle State Park
Elmwood Cemetery and Woodlawn Cemetery
Uptown’s grand neighborhoods: Palmer Woods, Sherwood Forest and University District
The Indian Village neighborhood
Wayne State University’s Main Campus
Detroit Medical Center
Lafayette Park and the Mies van der Rohe-designed co-ops
Please remember, you are a guest in these areas. Be sure to clean up after your dog!
People for Palmer Park hosts a Doggie Fashion Parade during their Winterfest celebration each year.
The Riverfront Pack Walks are sponsored by Canine to Five and take place along the river and up the Dequindre Cut. They take place on Sundays, monthly in the winter and weekly in the summer.
Drinking with Dogs is a monthly event sponsored by Canine to Five in the warmer months. Meet up with other dog owners and drink some hooch with your pooch on Detroit’s dog-friendly patios! See the updated Drinking With dogs schedule here.
In the Fall, the Michigan Humane Society sponsors the Mega March for Animals, a 2 mile walk on Belle Isle State Park to raise money for MHS services.
If you want to regularly meet up with other dog enthusiasts, Meetup has a list of groups and events throughout the year.
Cass Corridog is located at 4240 Cass Avenue, in the heart of Midtown.
City Bark features Michigan-made products and is located downtown.
3DOGS1CAT is located at 2472 Riopelle in Eastern Market
Detroit K-9 has four locations serving the east side, west side, and northwest Detroit.
Pet Supplies Plus has a Detroit location along the Avenue of Fashion, near Livernois and Outer Drive.
Petco has a new location in Detroit in the Gateway Marketplace at 8 Mile and Woodward.
For a great resource on all the known dog-friendly buildings in Detroit, check this out.
As of Fall of 2016, Canine to Five began offering both puppy and adult training classes at its Ferndale location! For more information, shoot an email to CTFdogtraining@gmail.com.
We also highly recommend K9 Turbo Training. They specialize in reactive dogs and puppies. Their own Katelin Thomas has helped us design our own pack and our revolutionary puppy program!
If you find a lost dog, these are also the places you should call. They are the best equipped to find a dog’s rightful owner, or help find him or her a new home.
In the terrible occasion where it is time to let your dog move on but you are unsure of how to proceed, PACE provides caring, meaningful removal services for your deceased dog.
If you are looking to add a dog to your family, your best bet is to check PetFinder.com, where you can search by breed, location and more. The Michigan Humane Society and the Detroit Animal Control & Care Department all use PetFinder.com to help place rescued dogs.
This guide is by no means exhaustive! If you know of some other resources you think should be added to the list, we would love to hear about them. Please send them to us here.