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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!

Dog Friendly Detroit

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.

The Rules and Regulations

K9 to 5 Detroit RulesFirst 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.

Where to get a dog license in Detroit
Dog laws in the city of Detroit and State of Michigan

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!

Dog Daycare

Canine to Five Dog DaycareDog Daycare is a great way for your pet to get exercise and play while you are busy during the day.

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.

Dog Grooming

Dog Grooming DetroitProper 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.

Dog Boarding

Dog Boarding DetroitThere are two different kinds of boarding: traditional boarding in a dog kennel, and non-traditional, free-play dog boarding. The style you choose depends on your pet and his or her particular needs.

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.

Veterinary Care

Veterinary Care Detroit AreaEstablishing a relationship with a qualified veterinarian is something you will want to do right away if you are just moving to the city. The two closest vets to downtown are:

Patterson Dog & Cat Hospital
3800 Grand River
Detroit, MI 48208
(313) 832-7282
(Patterson is where we take our dogs if they aren’t feeling well)

Jefferson Veterinary Center
11300 E. Jefferson
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 822-2555

Michigan Human Society Veterinary Clinic (New location!)
7887 Chrysler Drive
Detroit, MI 48211
(313) 872-0004

They come to you!
This business makes house calls across the Metro Detroit area.
(313) 788-7387

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.

Emergency Vets

Emergency Vets in DetroitIn the frightening case of an urgent problem, these are the emergency veterinary facilities that are closest to Detroit.

Affiliated Veterinary Service
15220 Southfield Road
Allen Park, MI 48101
(313) 389-1700

Veterinary Emergency Service
East: 28223 John Road
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 547-4677

West: 40850 Ann Arbor Road
Plymouth, MI 48170
(734) 207-8500

Detroit Dog Parks

Dog Parks in DetroitDetroit is home to several great off-leash dog parks where your dog can run free and make new friends.

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!

Beautiful Walks with Your Dog

Dog Walking Service DetroitDetroit is filled with beautiful parks and neighborhoods and your dog will love walking through them as much as you will. Here’s a short list of our favorite places for a scenic stroll with your dog.

The Riverwalk / Dequindre Cut
Belle Isle State Park
Elmwood Cemetery and Woodlawn Cemetery
Uptown’s grand neighborhoods: Palmer Woods, Sherwood Forest and University District
Palmer Park
The Indian Village neighborhood
Wayne State University’s Main Campus
Detroit Medical Center
Lafayette Park and the Mies van der Rohe-designed co-ops
Rogue Park
Clark Park

Please remember, you are a guest in these areas. Be sure to clean up after your dog!

Events for Dogs

Dog Events in DetroitIf you’re looking to spice up your dog’s social life, there are some great dog events in Detroit year-round!

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.

Dog Supplies & Retail

Dog Supplies in DetroitYou don’t have to leave the Detroit City limits to get your dog supply basics plus all kinds of things to pamper your pooch. Remember to shop local!

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.

Dog-Friendly Places to Live

Dog-Friendly Places to LiveAs the number of apartments grows in the City of Detroit, the number of dog-friendly buildings grows too. If you are interested in having a canine companion in the city, check these places out!

Kales Building
Lofts of Merchants Row
David Whitney BuildingBroderick Tower
Detroit City Apartments
The Albert
The Scott
The Griswold

For a great resource on all the known dog-friendly buildings in Detroit, check this out.

Dog Training

Dog Training Canine to FiveAs 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

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!

Bad News – When You Can’t Keep Your Dog Anymore

Sometimes circumstances change and you need to give up your dog. In that situation, the Detroit Animal Control & Care Department and the Michigan Humane Society are both excellent resources.

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.

More Dogs!

If you are looking to add a dog to your family, your best bet is to check, where you can search by breed, location and more. The Michigan Humane Society and the Detroit Animal Control & Care Department all use 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.