Anna Strider and dog Gabe at Fontainbleau State Park
Dog Days On
the Northshore

10 Things to Do with your Dog in St. Tammany Parish

Traveling to a destination with accommodations and activities for your four-legged friend is a must on the vacation checklist. The Northshore has it all - dining options, outdoor recreation and cozy, canine-friendly digs. Pack the pooch's favorite squeak toy and get ready for an adventure.  

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1. Grab a Cold Scoop

On a hot Louisiana summer day, a scoop of your favorite frozen delight is just the way to cool you and your dog down.  Louisiana's known for the delicious twist of shaved ice with an assortment of flavored syrups and ice cream stuffings, called snoballs. Order a sugar free flavor for your dog and top yours with all the fixings to satisfy the ultimate sweet tooth.The sugar-free, peanut butter dog biscuit flavored snoball is a must order at Pelican's SnoBalls in Mandeville or Slidell. If you are cruising around town, swing thru BOP’s Frozen Custard drive-thru in Mandeville to request the doggie delight for a sweet ride. 

 

 

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2. Sit, Sip, & Sniff

A fun day out around the town is sure to work up an appetite, so fuel up at one of St. Tammany’s local dives. If you’re in Mandeville strolling the lakefront, stop for a waterfront view and your choice of local draft beer at The Barley Oak. Meander down to enjoy live music and a doggie burger (or hot dog) at the Beach House Bar & Grill. If you’re treasure hunting at the Sunday Abita Market, walk up the block to the Abita Brew Pub or Abita Springs Café and kick back on the patio. A scrumptious meal is a must after a play date at the Camellia City Bark Park and Bruiser’s Hot Dog Place has a gourmet hot dog for everyone’s taste. Arrive by car or boat to The Chimes in Covington and enjoy Louisiana regional specialties on the bi-level, hangout porch.

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3. Take a Hike

With St. Tammany’s outdoor lifestyle, it’s no surprise that our State Parks are put to great use by pets and their owners. Whether you’re popping up a tent for the weekend or taking a day trip hike, Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville and Fairview-Riverside State Park in Madisonville are sure to provide the inimitable setting. Our Northlake Nature Center's trail is a gem that leads you along Bayou Castine for a close-up Louisiana bayou and birdwatching adventure.

Pelican Bark Dog Park

3. Go off Leash

You and your pup will love the new friends you make at our local dog parks. Our dog parks offer fenced in, off-leash play areas with pools, water stations, sand and grass play areas. Best yet, there are benches for you to sit and relax. With locations in our community recreation parks in Mandeville (Pelican Bark Park) and Slidell (the Camellia City Bark Park), they're an ideal spot for both the kids and dog to release some energy. The Pretty Acres Dog Park in Covington is conveniently located for a play pit stop.

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Instagram @bindiandbaylor

5. Play at the Lakefront

Walk, run, ride or catch a frisbee along the Mandeville lakefront. This 1.5 - mile trek is an immaculate setting, offering a paved path along the shoreline with multiple step entrances to access the water for a dip or fetch of a stick. Lakeshore drive begins with a perfectly set sandy-beach area to soak up some rays while the pups cool down with a splash in Lake Pontchartrain. The middle of the stretch is an open grass area ideal for pups to chase their favorite ball. 

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Photograph: Cafe du Bone

6. Shop your Tail Off

Who can deny a freshly baked treat, because we know we sure can’t! Cafe du Bone Dog Bakery & Boutique in Slidell is your dog's sweet tooth stop. Your dog will beg for their homemade, all natural beg-nets, flavored treats, and celebration cakes. Bring your dog into Zorro’s FUNZone for Dogs for a complete doggie makeover. Let your pup pick out their new, designer apparel before hopping into the self-scrub tub, finish their new do with a savory treat to make for a perfect day. 

Anna Strider with dog Perre
 

7. Browse the Farmers Market

Weekends in our towns consist of local farmers markets with artists, designers, farmers, and food from all over the Parish. There’s a booth for everyone to look at, including your pets. With pet-friendly soaps, apparel, and artwork for any ultimate dog house, it’s no wonder your dog’s assistance in choosing the perfect accessories is needed. Starting on Saturday's the Mandeville Trailhead Community Market, Slidell's Camellia City Farmers Market, and Covington Farmers Markets provides an entire day for you  and the pup to browse. On Sunday's the Abita Springs Farmers Market is the perfect way to end the weekend. 

St. Tammany Humane Society Dog Event
Photograph: St. Tammany Humane Society

8. Support St. Tammany Humane Society

It’s a dream come true when you can attend an event with your pup while raising awareness and funds for other pets. The St. Tammany Humane Society makes this possible by hosting numerous annual events. Beer and dogs are a win-win with must love beer and dogs at Larry’s Twisted Beer Fest serving over 200 beers to sample. Halloween is made safe and fun at the Hawl-o-Weeny Pawty where your best costume duo is required for the costume contest. The holidays are speckled with sightings of Santa, as he makes a special appearance just for the dogs with Santa Paws at the Home for the Holidays Christmas adoption event.

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George Long Photography 

9. Parade with the Pups

Mardi Gras parade season kicks off and ends with the dogs! Dress up and join the parade or spectate as they march along, either way, you and your dog will be sure to enjoy. The dog's annual debut begins with the Krewe de Paws of Olde Slidell, marching along to dog-loving nonprofit organizations. Ending the Carnival festivities is the Mystical Krewe of Mardi Paws along the Mandeville Lakefront. Beads, chew toys, and dog bones are thrown to patrons and pups gathered along the miles-long routes. 

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Photograph: Splendor Farms Bed & Breakfast

10. Stay a While

A family vacation is not the same without your trusty companion, as they are an essential member of the family too. Whether you prefer to stay in a cozy B&B like Splendor Farms, About Trace B&B  or you'd rather an amenity filled hotel, the Northshore’s diverse towns have an unparalleled spot for you and your four-legged family to stay. Its no question that with a full list of places to experience with your pup, there are endless memories to be made. 

Check out the Northshore's Calendar of Events for more dog-friendly adventures